been looking for 18 years...
finally found it!
do you love?
really excited about what I've found.
might be a little long, but by the end I believe you'll be glad
you read it : )
before the time I became involved with large group seminars in
1977 I wanted to contribute. I had a dream of sharing with others
something I loved. I loved the experiential education, personal
development, heartfelt learning and loving connection I was involved
with through in-room seminars. I loved the outdoors and nature.
I loved mountains and rivers, adventure, exploring and discovery.
I thought, what if we took this educational method out into the
best classroom of all, nature? We did. I began conducting our
Idaho Wilderness Experience in the mid 1980’s. It worked, really
well, as you may have heard from others.
love the Wilderness Experience. I love the camaraderie, laughter,
play, connection, challenge and learning, and wonderful, people
who show up as well as the fresh air, clear skies, pure clear
waters, stunning views and magnificent environment.
I love that I get to return each summer. After all these years
I still enjoy it as much as the first trips—the Wilderness Experience
is still the highlight of my year. I experience being “more me”
there than at any other time and place.
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out / Perspective and Balance
found it very important to my balance, perspective and soul to
give myself that annual 10 days away from
the wilderness I get to review my life, where I am in it and what's
important (and what's not). From that place I see my priorities
clearly, make good choices and gain the enthusiasm to move on
the end of each trip participants are at peace, centered and clear
and more enthusiastic. I often hear, “I'm coming back.” Many do.
And many who said they wanted to haven't. Many of those in that
group tell me they would love to return to the experience if I
ever do one in another location.
heard that. So, for years I have looked for another location that
would meet or exceed what is offered in the Sawtooth Wilderness
and Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. Throughout my years
of travels I looked in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Europe,
Africa, Australia, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Siberia…
last year I didn't find the location that would meet all my criteria
as well as Idaho. It had to be remote, yet accessible via air
travel with resort-quality at-least-four-star-lodging nearby.
I wanted awe-inspiring beauty and true Wilderness. It needed to
be safe for inexperienced adventurers, yet challenging for any
level of experience and participant. I wanted mountains and river.
I was looking for extraordinary elements and ingredients that
made the location unique and special.
I finally found it!! In Patagonia (Argentina)!
We did an inaugural Adventure Travel Wilderness Experience Seminar
there in February 2004. You're
among the first to be invited to the next one. The 20 available
spaces will fill on a first come first serve basis.
2002 Evelyn Hoter showed up on the Idaho August Wilderness Experience
trip. She is from Argentina and has a loving, adventurous energetic
and enthusiastic nature. I also found out that she is one who
had a big dream, pursued it and fulfilled it. That is inspiring
to me. She and her husband developed an enchanted and enchanting
luxury guest ranch, named Peuma Hue, in the Northern
invited me to visit. I did that in January 2003 (Summer in Argentina
where Peuma Hue is located). Several friends joined me—Vance Jorgenson,
Celeste Krueger and Lynn Fischer. Our experience far exceeded
my expectations! We had an outstanding adventure and deep, moving
experiences. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.
Place of Dreams
within the grounds of the first and largest national park in Argentina,
the Nahuel Huapi National Park ,
in the Northern Patagonia Lake District ,
Peuma Hue´s 500 acres of wilderness are located at the southern
end of Gutiérrez Lake, only 35 minutes south from the town of
Bariloche and 45 minutes from its international airport. Bariloche
is the gateway to the northern Patagonian Andes and an internationally
renowned mountain resort, famous for its wonderful skiing in winter
and its unique beauty in spring, summer and fall.
how Evelyn describes it, “Peuma Hue… ‘Place of Dreams’ in
native Mapuche language. Long before we stepped on its grounds
we had this dream of running a place where natural beauty would
be the background for a healthy, peaceful and meaningful life.
Peuma Hue´s beauty is striking and varied wherever you look. To
the north and in front of the main house there is a long, deep
glacial valley filled by the blue waters of Gutiérrez Lake and
the unique emerald-green to turquoise waters of Peuma Hue bay.
To the west and close to the house, the rugged granite walls of
the D´Agostini peak drop steep into the valley, filling the area
with the energy only sacred places provide. To the east, the rolling
hills of an ancient range soothe souls with harmony and balance.
To the south, the Continental Divide valley, divides waters into
the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.”
out Peuma Hue’s web site where you
can see photos and get and idea of the uncommon specialness:
check out the “Location”, “The Dream”, “Facilities”, and “Photogallery”
to do a Wilderness Experience in Patagonia, in February 2004.
was different from the Idaho Wilderness Experience. And similar.
was an outstanding success, and another reminder why I continue
to do this work. The experience, and more importantly the people
who showed up, were wonderful! The experiences were once again
deep, moving, rich, touching and in some cases life changing.
The laughter, joy, loving, support, honesty, vulnerability, play,
fun and more were abundant. Many of the participants said they
wanted to return in 2005.
we are scheduling two more in 2005:
14 - 23
28 - March 9
are among the first to receive this information and to be invited.
We have room for only 20 participants. (There are more of details
at the end of this email).
In 2003 when Vance, Celeste, Lynn and I visited Evelyn we stayed
at the guest ranch and took trips from there to scout out the
territory. I was planning on duplicating our Idaho trip, just
in a different location. I thought I was looking for places we
could do the same activities. But that changed as I discovered
more of what this area uniquely offered.
of all, in the midst of this heavenly environment, the ranch is
sublime. Evelyn and her husband Miguel have done a masterful job
building it. The buildings are elegant log construction. The furnishings
were made in the wood and metal shops on the property. Each building
is inviting, warm, homey and tasteful. And the staff is outstanding,
warm and friendly—family.
morning we would awake to be served another sample of the tasteful
local cuisine. Evelyn would describe various options for the day
and we’d decide. Each day she showed us a different area and aspect
of her dreamland:
day we went rafting on the Manso River. Our guides were the first
ever to navigate this river, only "yesterday" in 1991.
It was beautiful with fun roller coaster big wave rapids surprising
us around rock-walled bends in the river. In between were deep
calm spots where we could jump in and float. Whee!
is no end of terrific wilderness hikes in the area. We hiked into
glaciers (including the unusual “black glacier”). There is a waterfall
on the property, which we hiked up to. And a short drive from
the ranch we hiked into another spectacular waterfall. We also
did a summit ascent with breathtaking views
other days we went for horseback rides. There are many varied
choices right nearby the ranch. I'm not experienced with horses.
So I got a great opportunity to stretch my comfort zone, and learn
more about me. Horses seem to communicate with the unconscious
and reflect back where the rider’s consciousness
and energy is.
is a ropes course on the property (which we will be expanding
into even more events). We ran ourselves through it. As many times
as I've conducted and participated in ropes events, I still had
a fun and deep learning experience.
/ ENCHANTING MAGICAL PLACES
day we went into El Boson, an artist community that is more a
time than a place. I felt like I returned to the 60’s – 70’s hippie
era. There was an open market with crafts for sale.
the mountain adjacent to the town there is a hike up to one of
the most unusual places I've ever visited. It’s truly an enchanted
forest, el Bosque Tallado. Some years ago an artist carved a sculpture
in a fallen tree there. Another did the same. And then another.
And now today there are perhaps 30 different sculptures all carved
in the dead and fallen trees. I've never seen anything like it.
I was fascinated.
night we attended a medieval music play put on by a local group
which has researched and built authentic instruments from the
period. You'll never see anything else like this either. We were
transported in time.
One day we visited a shaman who is a world-renowned geologist.
We had such a deep connection with him and his wife that we invited
them to dinner our last night.
husband and wife on the Peuma Hue staff love tango dancing. They
teach it. One night they taught us. It was one of the most fun
nights of our stay, and most personally valuable. It turned into
a deep, cathartic process for several of us, cleansing old childhood
and adolescent blocked energy.
We also had spare time to hang out and do things locally like:
AND QUIET TIME
is a beautiful chapel/sanctuary on the property that is ideal
for peace and renewal.
ranch is right on Gutiérrez Lake-excellent for kayaking, which
bikes are available and trails are abundant.
Patagonia Wilderness Adventure is a combination of our Idaho Wilderness
Experience, an Adventure Travel trip, a self-development seminar
and a holiday. We will be participating in all I mentioned above,
plus a few more surprises.
of the nights we will be staying in the first class accommodations
at Peuma Hue. If you haven't. already, take a look at their web
I plan to have photos and a short video from our trip on my web
site. I’ll let you know when.
days and one night we will be on the Manso River, camping and
rafting and site-seeing and swimming and playing and singing and
days and two nights we will be in the spectacular Patagonia mountains,
hiking into a magnicent glaciated valley and a high mountain lake.
all over the world dream of visiting Patagonia and the Andes.
We've found a grand five-star way to do that and for a lower tuition
than in Idaho or anywhere else I've considered. We’re able to
offer such a good value because Argentina recently experienced
a currency devaluation, and we get the benefit of that.
seminar dates are:
14– 23, 2005
28 - March 9, 2005
is the heart of summer in Argentina, and the ideal time for our
visit in terms of weather. Evelyn tells me that it’s the end of
the bug and horse fly season too.
full tuition is $3,950 .
Send in your (non-refundable) $750 deposit now
to reserve a place. Full payments are due no later than January
21st. (And of course you are eligible for the bonus saving.)
The seminar will be limited to 20 participants.
recently experienced currency devaluation. As a result prices
there are reduced and we are able to pass along the saving to
are offering a Bonus Savings
for friends and family :
three or more
the tuition is reduced
will also receive some surprise free
of your trip.
we receive your deposit, we will
further information on equipment,
and other logistics.
ahead, go for it! You'll be so happy
your convenience, you may register for The Patagonia Wilderness
Adventure via email, phone, fax or postal mail.
Wilshire Blvd. #237
Monica, CA 90403
Phone +1 310 435-2705
can accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express, wire transfers,
checks or cash.
you have questions, or just want to say hello, call Terry at +1 310 435-2705, or Lynne at 818 763-2888.
look forward to seeing you in Patagonia.
the Spirit of adventure, learning, loving and fun,
For the rest of the tail/tale, see you in Patagonia.