Into the Wild: Gros Morne, Newfoundland

There is something about wild places that calls to us. Even as we live in ever-expanding, ever more comfortably built environments, something draws us into the wild.

While we feel the pull of the wild, rarely do we heed its call. Our tour is an opportunity to explore the geography and history of a uniquely untouched place. This September, join philosopher and nature advocate Wendy O’Brien to explore your relationship with the wild amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland.

We’ll start each day with a themed discussion, guided by the work of classic and contemporary nature writers. We’ll then head out to explore on foot and by boat. Feel the spray of saltwater as you cruise the fjords of spectacular Western Brook Pond and Bonne Bay. Cross the barrens to the rugged clifftop of Green Gardens, learn from an Indigenous interpreter in the boreal forest, and walk over ancient sea floor on the astonishing Tablelands.

Our base for the week is the lovely Bonne Bay Inn, in the historic seaside village of Woody Point surrounded by stunning mountain and ocean views.

Dare to explore this beautiful, wild setting — to rethink what draws us to places like Gros Morne. Explore our place in the wild, and the place of the wild in our lives. Take up the challenge knowing, as Robert MacFarlane has said, that “wild places can kindle new ways of being.” How will Gros Morne inspire you?

NB: We have only double rooms left for this tour; Donna at Worldwide Quest can provide you with more information.

Image: Western Brook Pond, Gros Morne, Flickr; Michael Rathwell on Wikipedia


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Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

September 11 – 17, 2023

Bonne Bay Inn

C$3495 +15% HST

10 to 16 participants

Wendy O’Brien is a celebrated philosopher, teacher, and interviewer. With over 30 years’ experience teaching in post-secondary education, she’s given talks and led seminars on creativity, beauty and wonder at Humber College, Oxford University, Harvard, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Women’s Art Association, Classical Pursuits and The International Festival of Authors. She recently retired from academe to focus her attention on The Wonder Project, a long-term investigation into the concept of wonder and its relation to artistic excellence, natural beauty and scientific discoveries.

The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd, and selected excerpts of writings by Karen Armstrong, Kit Dobson, David Haskell, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Barry Lopez, Mary Oliver, Anita Sethi, and Henry David Thoreau

Cost includes guides, readings, accommodation in double occupancy, two meals a day, discussions, ground transportation, walking tours, talks, excursions, admissions, and taxes and gratuities.

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