Wilderness Wanderings

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in,

where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ---John Muir.

The Backpacking Pilgrimage

The trip is designed for those who are hungry for the spiritual healing that can come when we wander into the wilderness in intentional ways with spiritual guides and a community of fellow seekers. 


We have several sessions coming up!


Wilderness Wanderings for Clergy & Their Families

April 23-25

A few days to wander in the mountains to renew your body, soul, and mind after the Holy work of Lent, and Holy Week, and Easter.  We will be hiking with packs and sleeping in tents. We will also have time to pray and laugh and enjoy one another’s company as we soak up the glories of God’s creation.  Experienced backpackers are welcome as well as those who feel the wild calling and don’t have the equipment or skills to wandering off into the woods by themselves for an overnight trip.  You do not need to be a great athlete, but we will be carrying backpacks, sleeping in tents, and walking uphill and downhill.  The trip will be lead by The Rev. Karla Woggon who has served as a parish priest for 24 years and spent her last sabbatical renewing her spirit and calling to ordained ministry by slowly sauntering along the John Muir Trail on a 23 day backpacking adventure. Kathryn Florack director of Camp Henry and a Camp Henry Outdoor School Guide will come along as well.  Camp Henry outdoor school will provide all the equipment you will need except for your boots.  We will provide packs, sleeping bags, tents, fleece jackets, rain jackets, rain pants, and your meals and snacks.  If you have your own equipment you are welcome to use it.  

Clergy & Spouses and Families are all welcome. 

To Register: Email Kathryn Florack, director.camphenry@gmail.com or call 828-475-9264.

Trip Details:

10:00 a.m. Tuesday April 23-5:00 p.m. April 25

We will determine the exact location of the trip after we see how many people sign up.  We will be one of the great national parks, and forest that surround us in this diocese.

Cost:  $110.

A little bit about the cost: The cost covers all of your food, camping gear, guides, and the ease of not having to plan all the details of the trip.  But please do not let the cost deter you.  We have scholarship money available if you cannot afford the full $110.

Hope to wander with you soon!


Wilderness Wanderings for Adults

Two sessions available, June 12-15 and Oct. 2-5

John Muir’s intimate relationship with nature understood the rich, deep and personal link between Creation and our own lives, spiritually, physically, mentally and maybe even, communally. We invite you to wander into the wilderness with a community of seekers. Wondering about faith, spirit, connection, we will wander through and explore ‘our Selves’ amidst creation’s own link to our being while in communion with fellow wanderers. Not risk-free, we will experience the risk and vulnerability of living outside in the elements, traveling together with other humans, facing our own inner truths and exposure to spiritual practices. Come-- Let this offer you a recipe for your own journey toward whole-hearted living.

To Register: Email Kathryn Florack, director.camphenry@gmail.com or call 828-475-9264.

Trip Details:

Trip Size and Age: 12 people, 21 years or older

The trip will begin the afternoon of the first day and end the afternoon of the last day.  If you have a conflict, but are still interested, don't worry we can work it out! Exact location will be determined, but most likely we will be enjoying the Shining Rock Wilderness and will meet at Lake Logan Conference Center in Canton, NC. We are partnering with Camp Henry Outdoor School who will provide all of our gear. If you have a backpack or sleeping bag of your own that you would like to use that is fine. We will be providing the shelter.

This will be different from a regular backpacking trip with friends. You will be backpacking with friends, but also exploring your spiritual life, leadership, and the way you function in a community.

Prior to the trip, we will begin forming our community, discussing logistics, and preparing for the trip via email and video conferencing.

Cost:    Tier I - $100;    Tier II - $175;   Tier III - $225

At little bit more about the cost: The cost covers all of your food, camping gear, guides, and the ease of not having to plan all the details of the trip. Realizing that families and individuals have different abilities to pay, we are instituting a voluntary three-tier fee program. You may choose the tier that is most suitable for you. It is really an honor system; you tell us what is affordable for your family. All participants receive the same great experience no matter what they pay. For those who cannot afford Tier I additional financial assistance is available to ensure that all children have this wonderful opportunity to attend camp.

Tier I – Partially Subsidized. This reduced rate is made possible through the funding we receive from the diocese, churches, foundations, organizations and individual donors who value the impact that the camp experience at Camp Henry has on children, youth, individuals and families.

Tier II – Direct Cost. This represents the DIRECT cost of camp. Direct costs include program costs, food, staff, and camp administration cost.

Tier III – True Cost. This rate more closely accounts for the TRUE costs of the program. True costs include all direct costs plus equipment, insurance, utilities, etc. Choosing Tier III gives you an opportunity to help us do more with the donor funding we receive. You help us stretch our limited scholarship funds further, so more people can experience the power of camp. And you help this program make needed upgrades and available to continue in the future.


If you cannot attend this one but are interested in learning about future trips, please let us know.

Hope to wander with you soon!

Kathryn Florack
Camp Henry Director
The Rev. Karla Woggon
Rector, The Episcopal Church of the Ascension