Introduction: Welcome to the I Am The Wild, 30 Day Experience. We created this self paced guide to support you in finding your connection to the wild and experiencing it’s divine magic. Our intention is to help you understand that we are all one- the earth, the moon, the stars, the trees, the animals, the rivers, and the sky. We are deeply connected and have symbiotic relationships with each component of the wild. The activities that will be emailed to you every day for 30 days will teach you how to find and strengthen your connection to the wild through daily adventures, journaling, meditations, and affirmations. You will dive deep into nature and your inner self and have fun doing it!
The divine magic you will find in the wild is the same magic that is inside of you. You may have lost touch with that part of you, but it has always been there and you will find it again in the next 30 days. This magic has many gifts to offer you if you are willing to accept them. Some of the gifts are:
For each daily activity, find a place in nature that you feel connected to. This place might be deep in the woods, at the beach, at a city park, or even just your backyard, it doesn’t matter as long as you feel a connection to it and you have access to fresh air, dirt, the sky, plants, flowers, and/or trees. It isn’t necessary to travel long distances to have an adventure in nature. Make sure to maintain a strong respect for the wild during the 30 days. Always practice Leave No Trace principles anytime you’re in the wild. (If you don’t know what the Leave No Trace principles are please see the course below under “what you need for the challenge”.) Share your experiences with the Facebook community we’ve created with others who are also finding their wild.
Keep an open mind and open heart while going through your activities. Jump in 100% even if they might seem “unnatural” for you. You’ve been disconnected from the wild for so long it doesn’t seem like it’s a part of you anymore…. but you will soon find that the call you hear is you and you are the wild.
What you need to start the challenge:
Download the Printable Journal (If you'd rather use a digital journal there are many free apps you can download)
Download the Insight Timer App for the Meditations Here
Take this Leave No Trace Course and then take the Leave No Trace pledge!
Keep in mind this is 30 days of activities but you do not need to complete it all within 30 days! Take your time and enjoy each activity and allow them to soak in. If you need more time, that is okay and encouraged. This isn’t a challenge, it is an experience, and how you experience it and the time you need might be much more than 30 days. Each email you receive will have a link to the private page on our website so you are able to go back and reference any activities at any time.
How each day is curated: We will introduce each activity with a breakdown of how you will benefit and the importance of the activity you will be doing. We may include links to studies or research that supports the benefits of the activity.
Activity- The activity portion of the day is where you will be given an action (or non-action) to take that will push you deeper into finding your wild. The activities will be hands-on and involve physically getting outside and interacting with the wild. They can be modified to suit your own needs or circumstances.
Journal Prompts- Journaling is the reflective portion of each activity. It is a chance to dig deeper and really explore what you experienced for each activity. In addition, journaling itself has its own benefits including stretching your IQ, evoking mindfulness, improving emotional intelligence, boosting your memory and comprehension skills, healing aspects, spark your creativity, and build your self confidence. Each day you will receive journal prompts that will allow you to reflect on the activity you completed.
Share- We encourage you to share in the I am the wild Facebook community. Sharing builds connection and friendships. It allows us to see different perspectives and find commonalities with other like minded people. Each day, we will suggest something to share in the Facebook group to inspire connection and discussion.You are also welcome to share on your instagram and #iamthewild.
Affirmation- The affirmation is the engine driving the inspiration for the activities. Words are energy, and when we speak them, they create our reality. We encourage you to say your affirmation that is provided in your daily email out loud as a declaration to yourself and the universe. Speaking the words out loud gives them more power and aligns our intention with that power.
Meditation- We suggest you do the daily meditation that will be provided at the beginning of your day or before your activity (unless noted). This will open you up and allow you to receive the benefits of each activity deeper. If you are new to meditation, check out this introduction to meditation from Michelle Zarrin.
This is also a great short guide that may help start your meditation practice as well.
Always let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back when heading out into the wild.
Make sure you know how to navigate if you will be going off trail or in a space you are unfamiliar with.