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Wilderness walks, LLC

Wilderness exploration with Dr. Ben Zorensky, ND:
Naturopathic Physician, NOLS Wilderness First Responder, Yoga Instructor & large format film Photographer

Explore the stunning beauty and restorative time in nature.  This is a once in a lifetime bucket-list experience. 

Upcoming Fall Trip: Paria Canyon Wilderness! 

Discover Paria Canyon, a natural wonder, with Dr. Ben Zorensky, ND for four nights and five days. Experience forty-two miles of pristine slot canyons and wide-open space from Utah to Arizona. With an emphasis on safety and the therapeutic property of wilderness, Dr. Ben brings you to the right place at the right time for the experience of a lifetime! Dr. Ben has hiked Paria Canyon more than forty times in the last eighteen years and is eager to share his knowledge of the wonder of this sacred journey.  He is one of only a few certified guides for Paria Canyon. If you live out of state, fly in and out of Phoenix.  

Unplug, yet recharge.  This is the perfect "Girls Trip", "Guys Trip", team-building opportunity, Digital Detox, or family bonding experience!  Or sign up on your own and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals.  Please scroll down to view our sample itinerary, testimonials, and to enroll.

Dates:  October 23rd, 2019 - October 27th, 2019  

  • Wednesday morning, October 23rd 2019: 8:30 AM meet at WellSpring Holistic Health in Tempe, AZ

  • Wednesday travel to Page, AZ. Day 1 of epic trip begins!

  • Sunday, October 27th 2019: exit pristine wilderness to Lee's Ferry, AZ

  • Sunday travel from Lee's Ferry to Tempe, AZ. Estimated time of arrival back to Tempe. . .5:30 PM

  • Fly in and out of Phoenix Sky Harbor

Trip includes:

  • Transportation from Tempe, AZ to Page, AZ (Day 1)

  • Transportation from Lee's Ferry, AZ to Tempe, AZ (Day 5)

  • Shuttle to start point on Day 1

  • Full guiding experience (1 guide for every 4 people)

  • Permits

  • Detailed packing list

  • Optional botanical medicine talks

  • Stunning photography opportunities

  • Optional therapeutic yoga stretches to soothe sore muscles

  • Unbounded clarity and limitless smiles

Requirements:

  • Intermediate hiking experience

  • Primary Care physician approval

  • Hiking and camping gear (trekking pack, tent etc)

  • Food and 5 liter water capacity (Day 2, natural spring fill-up station)

Investment:

  • $1,295 per person

  • $500 deposit required to secure spot

  • Non-refundable, but it is transferable to another trip or person

  • Space is limited

Soak up pristine beauty and take a break from the demands of every day life.  Space is limited and spots will fill up quickly.  

October 10/23 - 10/27  *SIGN UP HERE

*The buttons above will take you to the Wilderness Walks & Workshops tab on WellSpring Holistic Health's Mindbody Online.

1) Browse the Event Schedule and select the desired trip option.
2) Click 'Sign Up Now' under the desired trip option.  
3) Once signed in, click 'Enroll'.
4) When asked which 'series or membership', choose 'Paria Canyon payment in full' (even if just paying the deposit).  
5) Now please 'select an initial payment'.  Choose 'Paria Canyon deposit' or 'Paria Canyon payment in full'.  

Questions or need assistance?  Please call us at 480-598-7723 or email us at info@naturopathicathlete.com 

Photos on this site provided by BEZ PHOTOGRAPHY.

WILDERNESS WALKS TESTIMONIALS

"Paria Canyon is a magical place.  Paria Canyon with Dr. Ben as a guide is even more so.  He knows every square inch of the journey through it, but that doesn’t stop him from discovering the new and the nuanced every time he is there.  A good guide doesn’t point out every special landmark or vista worth contemplating.  A good guide invites you to immerse yourself in the animation of the river, the majesty of the rock formations, the diversity of the colors and shapes that surround you.  In this way, Dr. Ben is the best of guides.  A journey through Paria Canyon with Wilderness Walks is an unforgettable experience.  Paria Canyon offers spectacular vistas and unforgettable moments to anyone who ventures through it.  Dr. Ben helps you open your eyes and your heart to the beauty and the magic and the uniqueness you experience everywhere you turn.  I emerged from my journey through the canyon with a greater appreciation for the wilderness and its nurturing gifts than I could have ever imagined."  -Nancy (age 58, Conifer, CO)

"Dr. Ben Zorensky, ND took me on my first trip to Paria in April 2017.  He has been going for the better part of two decades and knows the trail well enough that he could probably do it blind folded. From his years of experience, he knows all the best camping spots, views, and experiences to make the trip truly exceptional. Additionally, he provided me with a concise packing list so that I could be well prepared and spend less time worrying about what gear to bring. You'd be hard pressed to find someone better to guide you through this beautiful untouched landscape." - Sam (age 30, San Francisco, CA)

“Dr. Ben Zorensky, ND was born to guide hikers down the mighty Paria Canyon.  I first started backpacking that 42 mile trail with Ben in 2008, and I’ve been back there with him nearly a dozen times since.  I’ve seen him operate with hiking rookies and veterans alike, in all sorts of weather conditions.  He makes it look easy, whether it’s a 3 or 5 day excursion, and there’s nobody I’d rather see leading the group.  His excitement for Paria is contagious, his level of calm is reassuring, and his knowledge of the area is vast.  Any and all of the backpacking skills I’ve picked up over the years, I owe to Ben, from those incredible walks along the river and through the canyon.” -David (age 44, Portland, OR)

"I felt safe with Dr. Ben.  He is so knowledgeable, kind, and caring.  I grew up in Chicago and had absolutely no wilderness and hiking experience for most of my life.  Hiking the 42-mile trek was a challenge, but it was incredibly exhilerating.  After the trip, I felt the strongest I have ever felt in my life.  And I hiked through such a breathtaking natural wonder surrounded by wonderful people.  It was a true test of character and I cannot recommend it enough!  It will be an invigorating and life-changing experience; I suggest orchestrating a family and friends trip to have Dr. Ben as your guide.   And like the Wilderness Walks headline says, there is no wifi in a canyon, but you WILL find a BETTER connection!" -Elaina (age 25, Tempe, AZ)

“Thanks to Dr. Ben, I had an unmatchable experience visiting Paria Canyon.  Paria presents an incredible diversity of desert beauty in a pristine setting that you just don't get in some of the more trafficked destinations. Dr. Ben has been visiting this gem of a location for well over a decade and knows all the ins and outs. That familiarity combined with his depth of a knowledge as a naturopathic doctor makes for the ideal way to experience Paria.”  -Adam (age 39, San Fransisco, CA)

"Paria is one of the most untouched yet accessible canyons one can visit. It's quiet beauty surrounds you, the thought of time leaves you. I've always felt completely immersed in that pristine place. Each bend of the canyon had another amazing view, it's color and scale left me awestruck.  Much of the success of Paria as a wilderness is due to BLM's management of the area and I can't think of a better steward in maintaining this excellence than Dr. Ben.  His knowledge of the canyon is the main reason I have so thoroughly enjoyed our trips together. His thoughtful planning of our route allowed us to explore awesome side hikes or relax by a spring, then camp overnight in a beautiful location. I have great memories of walking through streams with Ben and sharing our wonderment of the place.  ” 
-John (age 47, Avondale, AZ)