Frequently asked questions
What is Camp Wildling?
Camp Wildling is a very special weekend retreat for adults in the upper Ozark highlands of Missouri on the headwaters of the Meramec River. We offer a full schedule of conscientiously-curated classes and experiences. You may choose to do as many as you like or do something completely different. Guests may choose from multiple lodging options ranging from private rooms to primitive tent camping. We provide lovely vegetarian meals. There are miles of hiking trails, kayaks for river adventures, and caves and sacred mounds to visit. Attendance is capped to just under 50 people to ensure space for social distancing. The vibe at camp is relaxed, supportive, fun, encouraging, welcoming, and creative. Imagine if you rented out an entire retreat center and invited your best, coolest friends to come, that's how camp feels.
What kind of programming is offered at Camp Wildling?
We've curated fascinating classes and engaging experiences with gifted, supportive teachers. Each camp session is different. In June, we're offering things like textile arts, charcoal drawing and yoga. In August, we're touching on magic, mandalas and breathwork, among other things. Rest assured, we've stayed up many late nights crafting lineups so good you'll have a hard time narrowing down your choices. Check out our Classes page for more information.
Am I required to participate in anything?
The best part about camp is that you get to do suits you best. Want to check out as many classes as possible? We've got so many to choose from. Want to hang out in an inner tube by the river all day? That sounds AMAZING! Wanna wander the forest by yourself to reconnect with your inner wildling? We can't wait to hear about it when you get back. Bottom line, this is your camp and you get to create your own experience.
Where is Camp Wildling held?
Camp Wildling is held at the beautiful Mound Ridge Retreat Center located in the Upper Meramec region of the Missouri Ozarks. The closest city is Rolla, which is about a half hour from camp. It's a four hour drive from Kansas City and a two hour drive from St Louis.
Can I come alone?
Absolutely! The energy at Camp Wildling is our unfolding co-creation. Our dearest intention is to create a vibrant space that fosters a deep sense of community, openness, and exploration. The beauty of sleepaway camp is that it coaxes us out of our comfort zones and routines, and brings us into this beautiful shared space where we just get to be ourselves. Rooting in your authenticity is the gateway to true connection with others. Camp Wildling offers endless opportunities to connect with yourself, community, and nature.
How many campers will there be?
In light of the COVID situation, we have limited the number of attendees. Under ideal circumstances we can host up to 100 people. However, we are opting to host around 70 campers during the August session.
When does camp start and end?
For first time attendees, registration begins at 12 PM on Thursday, August 19th and ends on Sunday, August 22nd.
Can I arrive late or leave early?
We hope that you'll be able to be with us for the entire experience but we understand that may not be possible. While we can't change our prices, you're welcome to join the party a little late or sneak out early. Please be sure to let us know when to expect you so we can have everything ready for you.
Should I bring bedding and towels?
Due to the COVID situation, bedding is not provided. Please bring your own bedding (comforter/sleeping bag, sheets, pillows, etc.) and your own towels.
Is there WIFI and cellphone service?
Kind of. There are some WIFI hotspots located in the main camp but service can be spotty. Cell service is available at main camp as well. WIFI is not available in the cabins, tent camping area by the river, or glamping platforms. If you need to have consistent WIFI and cell phone service, this probably isn't the experience for you. Our camp is located deep in the forest on a remote and ancient mountain.
What about the pool and the river?
The pool is the perfect size for swimming with friends or hanging out poolside. We're considering offering Aqua Yoga in 2021.
Can I bring my kids or pets?
Is there going to be alcohol?
We will not be providing alcohol at camp. We're okay if you enjoy responsibly and thoughtfully as long as you are respectful and clean up after yourself. We don't want to find leftovers from your evening adventures littered around the pool and river. Alcohol is not permitted in any of the workshops. This is not a party camp or a place to get trashed and numb, quite the opposite. Camp was created to be a mindful experience that evokes true presence and deep inner connection.
Can I smoke cigarettes at camp?
Smoking is permitted outdoors but be cool. Don't smoke in the workshops, events or near groups of people. Clean up your butts and litter.
Do I need a certain level of physical fitness to participate at camp?
While some activities are more physically-oriented than others, there is something for everyone, and we will work to make all activities accessible to the full range of participants. Go for the activities that speak to your heart, while participating at a level that feels appropriate for your personal health and fitness.
Is my ticket transferable? Is it refundable?
Do you need volunteers?
Yes! If you’ve got killer skills and camp spirit to spare, we’d love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you have to offer.
Are you hiring teachers?
We have hired our staff for the 2021 season. However, you may submit your information to be considered as a back up teacher or for 2022. That being said, the very best way to secure a teaching job at camp is to attend as a camper. It lets us know you're interested, you're a good fit, and that care enough to invest yourself with us. :)
Who's behind Camp Wildling?
Is Camp Wildling religiously affiliated?
We are not a Christian camp. The retreat center itself is run by a lovely Christian non-profit that respects people on all paths. Camp is an evolving co-creation of all its diverse attendees. You might bow before the altar of nature, the moon and stars, the deep forest and the sun during our time together. You will learn Vedic philosophy if you choose to attend our amazing yoga classes. You may experience Buddhist dharma talks if you come to meditation. You might spend time in prayer and reverence in the beautiful outdoor chapel, if your faith moves you to do so. Camp asks you to come as you are, follow your wide open heart, and dive into the depths that beckon you.
How many people are in the VIP and Group cabins?
Due to the COVID situation, we are limiting attendance to a small group of around 50 campers per session. All of the Main Lodge - VIP rooms will be for a single person or 2-3 people within the same "bubble". Sharing space in the group cabins depends on the cabin layout. In some cabins, a single person or couple can book their own wing of a cabin that shares a bath with the other wing. Other cabins can occupy 2 or more who are in the same bubble. Please see the Lodging page for cabin descriptions and get in touch with questions prior to booking your space.
What are the COVID precautions?
Your health and wellbeing are of utmost importance to us. Although there is no way to offer complete protection from the virus, we have implemented guidelines to help keep you as safe as possible. To that end, we have drastically limited attendance to around 50 people. All of the VIP rooms are offered as single rooms or shared with a partner. All of the group cabins are limited to 2 people or small group bubbles. All of the activities are held outside. Meals are served on the covered outdoor patio or you eat by the fire circle outside of the dining hall.
More about our BIPOC and LGBTQIA scholarships
We are happy to offer full scholarships for Black, Indigenous, people of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual friends. Thanks to generous donors, we have four scholarships: two for June and two for August. These scholarships include one tent camping space, all vegetarian meals, all classes and special activities, kayaking, hiking, and more.
What indigenous land is camp on?
Mound Ridge Retreat Center, our camp home, is located on Kickapoo, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, and 𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 𐒼𐓂𐓊𐒻 𐓆𐒻𐒿𐒷 𐓀𐒰^𐓓𐒰^ (Osage) lands. We honor and acknowledge them. We vow to be thoughtful stewards of the land during our time at camp.