“The experience on the Colorado River was one that will live with me for the rest of my life. The paddling, the hiking, the hot springs, the laughter, oh the laughter! The meals were far better than I anticipated and I felt catered to at every moment and with each emotion that arose. While the time in nature did most of the soul work that I needed, the topics, questions, exercises and ceremonies facilitated by Kelly and Hilary will feed me for years to come. I am, we are, already planning for our alumni trip and I have decided that it is mandatory for my health and well-being to do this, or something like it, every year.”
--- The Parent’s Journey Participants, Oct. 2019.
"Thank you for facilitating the (Green River) trip. It was very rejuvenating in many ways - being unplugged from work, news, kids, etc...I cannot recall a time since kids when I have been so out of touch and yet things were so relaxed.
It was also great to see that there are many other people with similar challenges and to know that we are not alone. Plus the laughter with everyone was an elixir that I will remember for a long time".
- Rich, 2020 participant
"I have had the privilege of going on two Parent’s Journeys with Kelly and Hilary. They are pros at facilitating extraordinary therapeutic experiences that are filled with fellowship, laughter and awe-inspiring nature".
- Katherine, 2019 / 2020 participant
Working alongside Hilary and Kelly in the backcountry is a delight. Each adds intention, care, and humor; they notice the small things and take action when necessary. The quality of facilitation and support far exceeds their client’s expectations, and their foundational programming allows individuals to feel safe and supported even when challenged.
The group takes care of each other, while each person is given the space to find themselves again. Kelly and Hilary connect and spend time listening and sharing authentically with each individual; both of these ladies have the ability to make the group feel safe and open. As a result, individuals walk away with a true “rooted connection” to their experience and each other.
- Breakwater Expeditions Staff
"This was my third trip with Rooted Connections and the best one yet!
The experience was a magical blend of hiking and kayaking and the beautiful San Juan Islands were a perfect backdrop for meaningful connections with new friends as well as for peaceful self-reflection. Kelly, Hilary and Angie go above and beyond meeting the needs of group and are authentic, reliable and fun.
The trip ran smoothly from start to finish with fantastic meals, helpful guidance and when it was necessary to modify the itinerary due to weather, it was done seamlessly. I’m grateful to Rooted Connections for providing me such fantastic outdoor opportunities with likeminded people."
-San Juans 2021 Participant
"Going on a retreat with Hilary and Kelly is literally life-changing. I've done some work and addressed some issues in my life and yet I came away from the week seeing things in a entirely different way I don't think I would've gotten otherwise. I leave this week feeling lighter, happier, and freer".
- Tucson Women's Retreat, 2022