Camp For A Cause
Wolves and Wilderness Community Experience
August 4 – 6, 2023
Our Camp For A Cause events are retreats for adults and youth ages 8 and up. Our community focus is environmental stewardship. During our time together we develop and enrich our relationship with each other, ourselves, and the more than human world for inspired living in wholeness and elevated health. Our Camp For A Cause events occur in partnership with nonprofit organizations seeking to uplift the wellbeing of people, animals, and places through education and conservation. This event is open to anyone experienced or inexperienced with camping, to support Mission: Wolf. Willingness to work outdoors independently and as part of a team in adverse weather conditions are a must. Beginner hikers and families are welcome. Please note, dogs are not permitted on the wolf sanctuary. We have one Camp For A Cause event currently on our calendar with Mission: Wolf this year. Contact us for more information.
Mission: Wolf is a 200 acre sanctuary located in the Wet Mountains of southcentral Colorado near Gardner, Colorado. The sanctuary is currently home to twenty-three rescued wolves and wolf hybrids including three gregarious ambassador wolves. The sanctuary has played a critical role in educating people about wolves for over 30 years, with tours through the nation’s capital and schools across the nation and even a spot on Mr. Rogers, Mission: Wolf has touched the hearts of millions. And their efforts helped to clear the path for reintroduction of wild wolves into Yellowstone National Park and their work continues.
Now it’s our turn to help. Due to impacts from COVID-19, Mission: Wolf has experienced a reduction in critical volunteer support. And July 29, 2022 they experienced a flash flood bringing severe damage to the sanctuary. But at Wild Heart Revival we are inspired to help and hope you will join us. Learn more about Mission: Wolf and find out how you can help captive and wild wolves. And keep scrolling to register to join us at a Camp For A Cause volunteer event with Mission: Wolf.
Date and Time:
August 4 – 6, 2023
Arrive to our meeting location in the town of Westcliffe at 11am on Friday. Our time together officially concludes at 2pm on Sunday but you may continue to enjoy the afternoon volunteering or exploring the sanctuary and adjacent area. We will remain onsite throughout the duration of our Camp For A Cause event. Late arrivals and early departures may be accepted with pre-approval. Contact us to discuss.
This Camp For A Cause event takes place at Mission: Wolf Sanctuary located near the town of Gardner in southcentral Colorado. The drive from Denver to the retreat site is approximately four hours. Parking on site for our camp is limited and we seek to minimize our carbon footprint, thus carpooling is strongly encouraged. You may extend your stay in the region, booking your own hotel in Westcliffe or camping additional nights. Driving directions and meeting location will be provided to participants upon registration.
♥ Live and camp in community for 3 days and 2 nights in a remote and forested high desert wilderness setting in the Wet Mountains of southcentral Colorado where vast meadows offer expansive views of the Sangre de Christo Mountains
♥ Morning meditation and movement
♥ Learn about wolf behavior and ecology
♥ Eco-stewardship and volunteer service project
♥ Drum circle
♥ Community fire ceremony (pending fire bans)
♥ Nature connection
♥ Stargazing and night hikes
Four organic meals are provided. These include dinner on Friday; breakfast and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast on Sunday. *Vegan and gluten-free options available. Please bring a sack lunch from home for Saturday and snacks for your travels to and from camp. Select your option when you register.
Here’s what the weekend will look like:
Meet in Westcliffe at 11am for caravan to campsite.
Arrive to camp at 2pm for tour of Mission: Wolf
Community gathering and dinner begin at sunset
Meeting location and driving directions provided with registration
Morning meditation and mindful movement
Volunteer project with Mission: Wolf
Community dinner and celebration
Sunrise regenerative sound bath
Morning meditation and movement
Break camp at noon
Afternoon choose your own adventures: day hike, revisit Mission: Wolf, volunteer project
What’s not included and what you need to bring:
Do bring sack lunch for yourself for Saturday and Sunday, snacks for your car ride, and your personal camping gear (rental gear available).
Our Camp For A Cause retreat value is $450. Our requested minimum contribution is $200 per person. Please select your contribution level and submit via PayPal, Venmo, or Cash Ap on our registration page. Your financial contribution supports sustainability of Camp For A Cause events, four meals with gluten-free and vegan options available, and membership donation to the wolf sanctuary. No one turned away for financial reasons for this event. Check out other ways to give back and support our camp on our scholarship page.
Inclusivity Statement: This event is for anyone agreeing to co-create a safe and loving space and experience for all people and all beings. Individuals with mobility limitations are invited to contact us directly to discuss accessibility at the retreat location.Wild Heart Revival events are substance free. Use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and mind altering substances is prohibited. We welcome you just as you are, unaltered, and in your true nature while on retreat with us.
Meet our organizer:
Melissa Reed-Eckert is founder of Wild Heart Revival and visionary for our Camp For A Cause events and Women Rising Wildtransformational retreats. She is a fourth generation medicine woman and wilderness guide. She has lived closely with wild canids since childhood and has over 20 years experience as a science educator and wildlife ecologist specializing in studies of rare and endangered mammals. Melissa is a tracker, medicine weaver, and mystic with deep and intimate ties to nature. Melissa is our fire tender and Camp For A Cause event manager.