A one-week full Wilderness Immersion in the UNESCO protected are of Valle de Madriu. The week considered as a mini expedition starting with its preparation guided by the Go Prepared protocol. Risk management, Emergency Response Plan, route planning, equipment and nutrition are all part of this process supported by online classes and home study exercises.
During the field week, basic survival skills such as fire making, axe and knife use, shelter building and camp management are combined with personal development exercises that normally take place slightly outside of the participants comfort zone. Meditation, sensing, observation, wildlife tracking, group dynamics and group- and self-care are de fundaments of the learning journey. The week will end with a personal vision quest in which all the knowledge learned will have to be applied allowing the participants space for profound personal exploration and growth.
By combining the hard skills necessary in the wilderness with the soft skills needed to create memorable experiences for guests, this course offers you insights and training in wilderness expedition, survival practices, wildlife observation, interpretative guiding and hospitality, while also focusing on personal development and (re)connection with nature.
After successfully fulfilling this course you will receive an official certification of the European Wilderness Education School (EWES), a first step towards your way for the Wilderness Guide Certification Level 1 as certified by the Wilderness Guides Association (WGA).