• (Re)Discover Your Wild Side: Wellness Adventures

    Designed for individuals looking to push boundaries and limitations in a safe and supportive environment, (Re)Discover Your Wild Side Wellness Adventures will help you build the foundation of energy, health and balance necessary to accomplish a physically and mentally challenging goal. Our 2-month training program will prepare you body, mind and soul, and then we will lead you on a fully-guided expedition guaranteed to be sublime.

    Don’t let doubt or uncertainty derail your desire for an adventurous life. If you can see yourself at the top of the peak, we can get you there!

    For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Slator, Associate Director, at eslator@rice.edu

    Join us May 2017 for an adventure of a lifetime. Register here! 


  •  Lost Coast      Lost Coast Trail, CA 

           Dates: May 17-21, 2017

           Spaces available: 10*
           *Open to all Rice faculty and staff
    Early Bird Registration October 29, 2016-Jan. 31, 2017: $995* 


    Registration February 1 -March. 20, 2017: $1100* 
          *Includes 2-month training plan, all gear, meals, and local transportation; 
            additional training options available. Airfare not included.
         Trip Description: 
         (Re)Discover your Wild Side 2017 is an awesome 5 day backpacking 
         adventure covering 26 miles of the rugged California coastline! Known 
         as one of the country's premier backpacking trails, the Lost Coast features 
         old growth redwood trees, 1,000 foot headlands with staggering views of 
         the Pacific and opportunities to encounter a plethora of marine life. Your 
         time on the trail is guaranteed to be physically challenging and personally 
         enchanting. Come with us to explore this undeveloped, punishing paradise 
         and rediscover your wild side!


    Group Training 3Bringing fitness to life: A comprehensive training plan
    Dates: March 20-May 10, 2017
    Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
    Time: 5:30-6:45 p.m. 

    Preparing for this trip is where the adventure really begins. Not only will our 8-week comprehensive program ensure that you complete this journey healthy, elated and proud, it will also connect you with other like-minded individuals who share your desire to live a full life. You are sure to have a blast getting physically and mentally prepared for this active vacation, and pushing yourself to limits that you never thought possible.

    Featured aspects of health and well-being targeted in our program include:

    • Physical fitness
    • Mental preparation
    • Social connectivity and emotional support
    • Nutritional counseling*
    • Wellness coaching*
    *Additional options for in-depth support if desired/needed.

    Spring 2016~Grand Canyon, AZ 

    In May 2016, the Wild Side team led 6 participants through a backpacking experience of a lifetime. Check out what participants had to say and a few of the photos below. 


    “My Wild Side trip to the Grand Canyon was one of, if not THE, hardest thing I have ever done, and one the most rewarding! The experience took me through exhaustion, pain, doubt and then up to exhilaration and triumph. I learned what I can truly accomplish. The experience boldly reminded me of the genuinely important things in life. The perspective it brought to me, though it sounds simple, was profound; take in the grand picture, enjoy it and strive for it but remember, it is all one step at a time and each step is vital, significant and meaningful.”

    ~Mary Lynn F.

    "The moment I heard about the trip, the kid in me jumped up with joy. And, it turned out to be everything I expected and in fact much more. The staff ensured that we were all well trained - physically and mentally to accomplish this trip. The sight of the cliffs, the touch of the breeze, the soft rhythm of the streams, the campfire, the chit-chatter, the times we stood for each other. For me, it was a small adventure that will be cherished forever."

    ~Sapna C.