$250 by April 30
$300 by July 31
$500 if registering in August
Food, Lodging, Transportation from the rendezvous point, Course materials, Most gear
About This Trip
Creatio has lead Catholic-based outdoor adventure missions and pilgrimages around the world for 15 years. We are eager to share our tips and tricks for planning your own adventure camping trip, pilgrimage, or mission with your peer group, and how you can relax and enjoy the mission experience while spreading the Good News (because isn't that what this is really all about?)
Creatio was founded as a way to use the beauty of creation as a path towards our Creator. The appeal of the natural world is near-universal with people of all/no faiths "opting outside" at an increasing rate. Wouldn't it be great if they had someone help them discover God in these moments? Creatio has been helping this happen, and we want to equip you to do the same.
Creatio will provide all outdoor equipment, however you are encouraged to bring your personal outdoor gear (backpack, sleeping bag, etc...). Food will be prepared by our Spiritual Formation Director and executive camp chef and (seriously his gnocchi is phenom.) so you do not need to bring stoves/cookware.
DAY 1: Meet in Downtown Denver at one of two rendezvous locations and travel to our backcountry basecamp. Class is now in session!
DAY 2: We will continue with the course throughout the day, and have Vigil Mass said at basecamp that evening.
Day 3: Final lessons, closing, and transportation back to downtown Denver / Denver International Airport for flights home.
Arrivals and Departures from Denver
PLEASE DO NOT BUY FLIGHTS TO COLORADO UNTIL YOUR APPLICATION IS APPROVED!
Pickup points in Denver are easily accessible from Denver International Airport. The A-Line train will take you from the airport to Union Station, where we will meet participants at 12:30pm on August 17th. The train ride takes approximately 45 minutes. The other pickup point is Holy Ghost Church at 1pm. Holy Ghost is one of the most beautiful churches in Colorado, has 11:30am Mass and Reconciliation afterwards. It is nearby the train station, so if your flight arrives earlier in the day you can easily walk/cab to Holy Ghost for Mass.
We will take participants back to Denver International Airport on Sunday, arriving at the airport around 2pm. Security lines in Denver can often be longer than average on Sunday so budget the TSA-recommended 2 two hours and you should have stress-free travel.
Class Topics and Activities
Hiking and Pilgrimages
What makes a hike into a pilgrimage? How do you lead people safely across challenging terrain? How do you apply the “pilgrim church” concept to your participants while walking? What does it take to lead a Camino de Santiago?
Living Amidst the Luxuries of Creation
Best practices for group living including food, fire, and fellowship. What do you do with a group when the sun goes down? Gear questions answered. What sort of campfire conversations can lead people into a deeper relationship with God?
Creatio focuses on developing our relationships with: ourselves, others, creation, and the Creator. You will grow in these four areas on the Leadership Summit, and be able to apply the same techniques to others on your own Adventure Missions and Pilgrimages.
Basecamp is the Sangree M. Froelicher hut. It is part of the 10th Mountain Division network of backcountry huts in the Rocky Mountains.
For more about the hut, click here.