Canvas, Catalyst, Crucible: Exploring the Role of the Setting in the Wilderness Expedition Experience


  • Brad Daniel Montreat College


What is the role of the setting in the wilderness expedition experience? This paper presents one of the findings of a 25-year retrospective study that looked at the life significance of a spiritually oriented, Outward Bound-type, 20-day wilderness expedition offered by a small liberal arts college in North Carolina. The purpose was to understand what role the wilderness setting played in the overall expedition experience.