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LGBTQ+ Walk in Minnesota
From $479
Per Person (Bunk Bus Rate)
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08 Jul 2022 - 10 Jul 2022
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Duration
3 Days
places
Minnesota, US
Accommodation
2 Nights
Meals
Two breakfasts, one lunch & two dinners
participants
Small Group
Andrew Boddicker
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How This Trip Will Change Your Life

This walking trip will bring you closer to your natural, untamed self, allowing you to better construct and walk back into your daily life with more purpose and intention.

overview

Minnesota is a midwestern state in the US, bordering Canada and Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. It is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, magnificent forests, beautiful prairieland and sparkling blue lakes dotted around the state. Dakota Indians first named this land “minisota,” meaning “land of sky-tinted water,” when they settled there more than three centuries ago. The Root River flows for 80 miles through southeastern Minnesota and the Root River State Trail is an incredible 42 miles of pavement that meander through the bluffs in the Root River Valley. Lanesboro sits in the heart of the trail, making it the perfect place to begin exploring.

This three-day, two-night walking trip to Lanesboro, Minnesota, with our Remarkable Transformer, Andrew Boddicker and Walk Leader and Guide, Adam Janke,, is for anyone who identifies themselves as a part of the LGBTQ+ community. It is a safe, inclusive environment meant to inspire and connect people throughout a nature-filled, adventure-filled weekend. In this case, our shared queerness serves as a bridge to deep relationships and transformative experiences. You will be provided access and led through outdoor excursions, workshops, laughter yoga and events designed to offer you agency in a location that isn’t always hospitable to queer people, thanks to our guides and special guests.

Laughter Yoga is a practice developed by a medical doctor from India that combines playful group exercises with deep, pranayama breathing to enhance wellness and joy. Dr. Lee Berk: “If you bottled up all the healthy effects of laughter into a pill, you’d need FDA approval!”. Laura Gentry, another guide on this trip, is a reckless purveyor of joy. Known as Laughing Laura, she is a Master Teacher of Laughter Yoga and was named a Laughter Ambassador by Laughter University in Mumbai, India. She has presented laughter and motivational programs on six continents and developed a number of resources including a book, a film and seven albums.

You will have a choice of two accommodation options. The first is a bed in the specially made Bunk Bus – each bunk area has a narrow twin spring mattress, outlet, light, and privacy curtain. Or there are private tents that can accommodate one, two, or four people. They are furnished with a bed(s), electricity, a light, fan, and stool and are taken down and set up each night at an additional cost.

Throughout the three days, food is catered, made fresh, or you will have a meal at a local restaurant.

The walking route weaves over the Root River, through valleys, quaint towns, and along bluffs, and much of it is shaded by large trees, providing excellent protection on hot summer days. Distances will vary each day and can range from five to 13 miles. The majority of the trail is a converted railway and as such, is more or less level for the majority of the time. Two short portions of the trail have some steep inclines and the entire distance is paved allowing for safe, unobstructed walking.

What's Included
  • Three days and two nights of fully supported walking
  • Two nights accommodation (your choice of Bunk Bus or Tents)
  • Two breakfasts, one lunch & two dinners
  • Three guides for the duration of the walk
  • Access to daily sessions, activities, and meditations designed to help you unwind, unleash, and connect to yourself and the queer community
  • Daily, long-distance walking
  • A unique workshop with Laura Gentry, laughing yoga and sound bowl practitioner, who will lead an unhinged session of laughter yoga
  • A conservation workshop with guide Adam Janke on wildlife identification and education
  • An afternoon of tubing/ kayaking/ canoeing down the Root River
  • Campfire activities
  • A possible visit to the Commonweal Theatre in Lanseboro (show dates still to be released)
  • A community of fellow seekers and like-minded schemers
  • Access to small kitchen area and lounge in the bespoke Bunk Bus
  • Access to campground shower and bathroom facilities
  • All bedding (sheet, comforter, pillow) and a towel
  • Camping equipment and accessories – i.e. campfire chair, lantern, etc
  • Transportation to and from any activities

Good to Know
– International flights are not included
– Travel insurance is strongly recommended
– A shuttle to and from the Rochester, MN or LaCrosse, WI airport is available for an additional $65
– Walkers are responsible for covering the cost of food when the group eats in a restaurant

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