Structural violence and oppression has long impacted marginalized identities in a myriad of devastating ways: Indigenous people erased from history books, black folks subjugated by extractive capitalism, immigrants exoticized or defined as ‘other’, women bullied to stay in their lane & queer/ trans communities punished for undermining business as usual. This violence is seen in our societies’ disconnect with our relationship to wilderness & land. The culture of whit supremacy, patriarchy & heteronormativity may be the sea we often swim in; but in the great outdoors we have a unique opportunity to re-imagine, heal & get in “right relationship” with each other and the land. That’s why we are cultivating these affinity based trips.
While queer, trans, black, & many communities of color have had visibility in urban environments in recent history, it doesn’t mean they haven’t existed in rural and wild places forever; And though often erased, indigenous ancestral knowledge provides critical leadership towards being in right relationship with land. These affinity trip offerings are a chance to reclaim a long-standing and powerful connection to these wild places while having a ton of fun on an adventure within the container of a specific identity group space. Holiday, partners, & facilitators share a belief that there is no such thing as a truly ‘safe’ space, we DO believe that with intention & persistence we can attempt to create brave spaces to allow folks to let their guards down & connect to something only found in wildness.
Join Holiday and The Venture out Project as we navigate our 2nd year of LGBTQ trip offerings – inspired in collaboration with Mikah Meyer & Outside Safe Space. Or join Holiday and a powerful team of facilitators, community members & dreamers to kick off our inaugural BIPOC river trip! Regardless where you identify lands, you are most welcome to go with the flow with us!
If you have any questions regarding any of our affinity group trips don’t hesitate to call our administrative office & ask for Lauren!