October Book Club with the Wild Within

21 reviews
Oct 24, 2021
Group size: 1 - 25
October Book Club with the Wild Within
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21 reviews

Oct 24, 2021
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

We will be reading Martin Prechtel's

Secrets of the Talking Jaguar :
Memoirs from the Living Heart of a Mayan Village


One Virtual Meetings:

4:30 PM EST - 6:30 PM EST

Sunday, October 24th 

"Twenty-five years ago, a young musician and painter named Martin Prechtel  wandered through the brilliant landscapes of Mexico and Guatemala.  Arriving at Santiago Atitlan, a Tzutujil Mayan village on the  breathtaking shores of Lake Atitlan, Prechtel met Nicolas Chiviliu Tacaxoy--perhaps the most famous shaman in Tzutujil history--who believed Prechtel was the new student he had asked the gods to provide. For the next thirteen years, Prechtel studied the ancient Tzutujil culture and became a village chief and a famous shaman in his own right.In Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, Prechtel  brings to vivid life the sights, sounds, scents, and colors of Santiago  Atitlan: its magical personalities, its beauty, its material poverty  and spiritual richness, its eight-hundred-year-old rituals juxtaposed  with quintessential small-town gossip. The story of his education is a  tale filled with enchantment, danger, passion, and hope."



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21 reviews
We believe the greatest adventure of all is in living our one wild life—the life that is entirely our own and has been waiting for us since we were born. Wild Within was founded to help you step into that life. We support those on this journey through retreats, gatherings, courses and workshops. We draw upon the healing and transformative power of community, the wilderness, the journey and a wide range of ancient traditions and modern teachings to aid those who hear the call of the Wild Within.


Trekking through Yosemite was absolutely incredible! It was my very first time camping, hiking for more than a couple of hours, swimming in some of the most enchanting bodies of water all while meeting some of the most wonderful people I'll treasure for the rest of my days. And the food!! my gosh!! From the Thai noodles, to the apple crisp, rice and beans...all so delicious and made in minutes with a little water and heat. This experience opened me up to do and feel so much more than I had in a long time, I'm so grateful to Kelly and Alasdair for making it happen. If you're looking to expand your horizons, build community and challenge yourself to cherish nature in a truly unique way -- this trip is for you! Thank you for everything Yosemite fam, missing you!
By Karla E for YOSEMITE 2021: Group B on 10 Sep, 2021
I experienced many different emotions on my Yosemite trip. Looking back, I consider myself incredibly lucky to have experienced it, and I know it will be a clear and cherished memory I will have for the rest of my life. The trip entails a 6-7 day trek though the backwoods of Yosemite (on trails). The first and last days are in well-traveled areas, but while in the backwoods you rarely see other hikers. The trip is physically challenging. We covered over 40 miles in 6 days. If you go on the trip, prepare accordingly. The trip covers a wide variety of landscapes--forests, both lush and burnt, hill sides, mountain tops, valleys, lakes, etc. Self-reflection is embedded throughout trip, which was my favorite part. The trip has ample opportunities for social interaction, but it is not forced. Finally, Alasdair and Kelly are true professionals, and they put an incredible amount of work into ensuring the trip is a success. Overall, I'm incredible happy I decided to go on this trip.
By Mike B for YOSEMITE 2021: Group A on 03 Sep, 2021
It was simply amazing!! It is almost hard to even put into words, because it is one of those trips that each moment (step) was just as great as the last. Yosemite was beautiful and set the scene. However, The Wild Within crew is what elevated the experience into not only an adventure but also a spiritual adventure. Our entire group and everything in-between felt amazingly curated. It was monumental and life changing. I want to take all the trips with them haha!
By Jordan S for YOSEMITE 2021: Group A on 31 Aug, 2021
I cannot begin to say enough positive things about Wild Within. This is my second trip with Kelly, and with both Peru and Yosemite under my belt I can say that these trips have changed my life. Not only is everything planned so meticulously that I did not have to worry about a thing, but also the experience itself is transformative. I am often excited for a physically challenging outdoor experience, but as a shy, introverted guy, a mentally and spiritually challenging experience with a group of strangers is not something I would normally jump up to volunteer for. Kelly, Alasdair, and the whole group allowed me to learn backpacking skills, explore the beautiful valley of Yosemite, and better understand myself along the way. This was my first time on a trip with Alasdair and his backpacking experience and his knowledge proved invaluable during our whole expedition. I felt very safe throughout the whole trip with him as our leader. I cannot recommend this experience enough and feel it is worth every penny. Thank you again Kelly and Alasdair, I can’t wait to join the both of you on another trip in the future!
By Kyle Z for YOSEMITE 2021: Group A on 24 Aug, 2021
The most challenging, fulfilling, once in a lifetime adventure that I will truly never forget. Completely stepped out of my comfort zone and I will forever be grateful that I did. This trip was filled with so many laughs, tears, new friends and new experiences. Amazing guides, amazing food, and views! Challenge your mind, body, and soul, go on this trip!! Thank you Kelly, Alasdair, JR, and Courtney- eternally grateful for you all, you all have truly changed my life! ♥️
By Brittany L for YOSEMITE 2021: Group B on 13 Aug, 2021
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