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Reflections on Creative WYLD

Reflections on Creative WYLD
By Jainee Dial |  Photos by Natalie Gildersleeve

 

For over a year, we planned, schemed, and curated an incredible lineup of speakers, chefs, artists, and entrepreneurs to take part in our 2nd annual Wylder Field Trip. For 3 days and 4 nights we gathered to learn about creativity and entrepreneurship in an off-grid, riverfront setting at a hot spring retreat center called Maple Grove.

 


“Creative WYLD” was an opportunity for participants to disconnect from the noise and hustle of modern life in order to reconnect to a deeper sense of purpose. Each day was filled with workshops at the main yurt themed around business, art, risk, mindfulness, and persistence. With titles like “Vocation as Activism”, “Stand Up to Stand Out”, and “Ready to Engage”, each person was invited to hone their own creative mission and explore new pathways in their careers, projects, and businesses. 

 


Maple Grove is part eco-chic retreat center, part off-grid sanctuary, which made it the perfect setting for balancing important work with adventure, play, and true rest. Every meal was communal and we gathered on the patio at the River House for delicious food, drinks, and lively conversations.

 

 

There were also guided hikes, yoga, paddle boarding, and an early morning meditation to complement the daily itinerary of workshops. At the end of each day, we relaxed in the emerald hot spring pools under a blanket of stars. 

 


We’re so thankful for all of the wild, wonderful humans that took part in this transformative experience. Each and every person had a shared desire to create meaningful work with integrity and purpose. We know this group is going to make an impact in their respective careers, and we can’t wait to watch it all unfold. 

 

 

An added bonus for signing up to Creative WYLD was getting the perfect kit for exploring the landscape. Because we were off-grid in a remote corner of Idaho, it was essential to have the right gear. From head-to-toe, our partners provided the essentials for our time at Maple Grove Hot Springs. 

 

Each participant received a new pair of boots from our friends at Danner for hiking and roaming the property. We've long been fans of their modern, comfy yet rugged boots. Some of our favorite styles are the classic Jags, the new Bull Run leather-stitched boots, and the pull-on, do-it-all Pub Garden.

 

Maple Grove is a completely off-grid property that relies entirely on solar power. Each of the glamping tents and communal areas was outfitted with power stations from our partner, Goal Zero. As entrepreneurs and artists living out in the field, we know creativity doesn't always fit inside four walls or eight hours. That's why it's essential to have access to reliable power. Each participant used their Nomad 5 Solar Panel, Flip 12 Power Bank and Crush Light Chroma every day for Creative WYLD. 

 

We enjoyed near perfect weather during our trip and we're so glad we had sun protection for our outdoor activities like paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and taking dips in both the hot springs and in the Bear River. Revo provided fresh new frames for everyone in a wide variety of colors and styles. Check out their beautiful collection! 

 

 

 

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