There’s nothing closer to honest worthwhile therapy than being outside in the wilds of our beautiful world. Allowing ourselves to push our limits mentally, physically and even spiritually can create a life-changing experience for all of us. We find this especially true when done with other women who are equally hungry for similar challenges in the outdoors. Giving ourselves the actual time and focus to strengthen our entire self, can sometimes be the very difference we've been looking for!

“Definitely go! It exceeded my hopes of what my experience might be. It is worth the time and money. If you are a person who is not a super experienced outdoors woman yet but still want to challenge yourself, meet like-minded women, be refreshed, be blown away by the beauty of the natural surroundings, and get away, this is for you.”
-Escalante Participant

2018 Classic Retreats

Sawtooths, ID

This backpacking retreat leads you to the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains over high elevation passes, alpine basins and meadows covered with wildflowers, rugged mountains spires towering above pristine lakes, and a sky full of stars. Participants must be physically capable of carrying a 30-40 pound backpack while hiking 5-10 miles each day. On the last day of the retreat, guests will enjoy soothing their sore muscles in a private natural geothermal hot spring overlooking the mountain range they just spent the past four days in. We are happy to be partnering with Sawtooth Mountain Guides to this beautiful location. 

Wind Rivers, WY

August 16-20, 2018

Level 1 - Cirque of the Towers

The Cirque of the Towers hosts rugged terrain with massive mountain spires towering above clear glacial lakes, colorful wildflowers, and alpine meadows. The route will cover up to 25 miles round trip averaging six miles per day with an elevation change near 1,700 feet. The hike varies from relatively flat trail on two of days through forested sections and visiting pristine alpine lakes to the summit day over high elevation passes and rocky terrain to reach the Cirque of the Towers. The trailhead is at 9,080 ft. elevation and the highest point may reach over 10,800 ft. elevation. This can be a challenging hike, yet the pace is more relaxed for beginner backpackers. Participants will have an incredible experience especially by preparing in advance to be in strong physical condition. *Must be able to carry a backpack weighing around 30-40 pounds each day. We are happy to be partnering with Thompson Outfitters to this beautiful location. 


Escalante, UT

We will be backpacking with an awesome group of women through the magical and awe-inspiring Escalante Grand-Staircase Monument in the Southern Utah desert. The beautiful Navajo Sandstone canyon walls, the sparkling streams, arches, natural bridge, Fremont Indian pictographs and several waterfalls and swimming holes will make this hike a favorite. We are happy to be operating under the permit of Arizona Outback Adventures.

October 4-8, 2018
Level 1 - Coyote Gulch via Hurricane Wash

This route will cover up 26 miles with very minimal elevation gain. The trail crosses water often, so water shoes are recommended! Participants must be physically capable of carrying a 30-40 pound backpack while hiking 5-7 miles each day.

This route will cover up 26 miles with some off trail route finding, one steep sand dune, bypassing four waterfalls with light scrambling, a climb that involves scrambling down a 100-foot pitch of slick rock the ascends from the canyon floor at nearly a 45 degree angle, as well as the entry portal to the gulch which is literally a ‘crack-in-the-wall’ narrow slot. All ability levels are welcome; however, each person must be comfortable with light scrambling, exposure, and physically fit to carry a 30-40 pound backpack hiking 5-10 miles each day. The trail crosses water often, so water shoes are recommended!

"A little while before the Wind Rivers ASDT retreat was announced, I woke up one morning and realized I wasn't quite sure who I was outside of being a mother. I felt stuck. So, I decided I was going to fix that. Then I saw the retreat pop up, I told my husband I was going (never having backpacked before) and bought my ticket. It actually wasn't that easy to make the decision to myself, leaving my four little's, no way to communicate with them while I was away, put my work on hold, and walk into bear country with a 50 lb pack on? It was a bit scary, but something was calling me to do it. I can't even express to you in words how much I needed it. I learned a TON from Amy and Jenn and the others that had backpacked before...Amy did an incredible job teaching us how to cook delicious meals in the mountains and in guiding us on our adventure. It was such an intimate/encouraging group of woman and I feel so lucky to have been able to share the experience with them. There were times that really challenged me, but I truly enjoyed the effort it took to get to our destinations. The views, the smells, the struggle, the laughter, the wild--it was all good for the soul. I walked out of the retreat as a better person. Now, I'm craving and planning more backpacking trips and adventures!
Thank you ASDT!
"It's more than just hiking, it's a chance to connect with women who have a similar mindset and spirit inside them. When else will you have a chance to push yourself, disconnect and meet people in this way as an adult. We never get chances to do these things as adults, to feel like a kid with no responsibilities! It's like the breakfast club where you come in as individuals and leave with little pieces of each other. I can take kindness, cooperation, vulnerability, and positivity from one another.”
-Wind Rivers Participant


Each retreat is customized according to the specific excursion being attended. All participants will be in direct contact with the ambassador/guide a good time in advance, and will be given every bit of information before departure on their retreat. We have already launched the first of our retreat line up, take a look at our calendar for details. Below are Retreats that will be found on our calendar this coming year.
Fly Fishing |Yurt MTB | Horse Packing | MTB Bike Packing | Climbing 

Our Retreats have been made possible in part by our wonderful partners

 Frequently Asked Questions

If I bring my own gear, will the cost change?
The price does not change. The sponsored gear is an added bonus.

How many women come by themselves?
Most participants on the retreats have come by themselves and several participants have signed up with friends. The retreats are a welcoming space for any ladies looking for adventure and spending time exploring with like-minded women.

Will there be a packing list to look at to help me prepare for the trip?
Yes. After participants sign up, they’ll be sent a very detailed packing list, food menu, and will have personal phone calls with the lead guide / ambassadors about specific trip and packing details. The main gear required for backpacking and food is provided, so the packing list consist of mostly personal items.

What is the average age of the participant?
Each trip has had a range of ages from 22-61. The average age is around 32. The magic of ASDT Retreats is how participants connect on a soulful level through adventure where everyone brings special insights regardless of age.

What is the difference between the $795 and $895 package?
We have limited early bird tickets that we offer for the first handful of women who purchase their ticket!

Which airport should I fly into?
  • Wind Rivers: Rock Springs or Jackson Hole are under 2 hours from the meeting location (Pinedale, WY), but are more expensive. Salt Lake City is less expensive, but is a 4.5 hour drive to Pinedale.
  • Sawtooths: Sun Valley airport is the closest option about 1 hour drive from the meeting location (Stanley, ID), but it is more expensive. Salt Lake City has the least expensive flights and is a 5.5 hour drive to Stanley. Twin Falls is another airport option, about 3 hours from Stanley.
  • Escalante: St. George airport is about a 3 hour drive to the meeting location (Escalante, UT). Salt Lake City is a 5.5 hour drive from Escalante.

For those who are flying, we will connect you with other participants for the option of sharing hotel rooms, rental cars, and carpooling.

Will someone be there to pick me up or do I need to arrange my own transportation to our meeting point?

Please plan to arrange your own transportation to the meeting location. Once at the meeting location, the transportation will be provided to and from the trailhead. Please see the below answer for connecting with other participants for carpooling.

Would it be possible to carpool with other participants? How can I get their information?
Absolutely! The participants will be connected with each other over a month before the retreat and are encouraged to plan travel together. ASDT will share appropriate contact information with the trip participants to assist with travel plans.

How old do you have to be to attend an ASDT Retreat?
Each participant needs to be over the age of 18yrs old.