Join Holiday and The Venture out Project as we navigate our 4th year of LGBTQ+ trip offerings, or join Holiday for our 3rd year running a BIPOC river trip! Regardless of where your identity lands, you are most welcome to go with the flow with us!
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. Though often erased, indigenous ancestral knowledge provides critical leadership toward holding the right relationship with the land. These affinity trip offerings are a chance to reclaim a long-standing and powerful connection to wild places. Find joy within the container of a specific identity group space. Holiday, partners, & facilitators share a belief that although 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.
Structural oppression has long impacted marginalized identities in a myriad of negative ways: Indigenous people erased from history books, Black folks subjugated by extractive capitalism, immigrants exoticized or defined as “other,” and 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 white supremacy, patriarchy, and heteronormativity may be the sea we often swim in; but in the great outdoors we have a unique opportunity to re-imagine, heal, and get in the “right relationship” with each other and the land. That’s why we are cultivating these affinity based trips.
If you have any questions regarding any of our affinity group trips don’t hesitate to call our administrative office & ask for Lauren!