WHAT: Individuals may join us for a Solo Trip to the reservation guided by Native and non Native guides. This is a unique opportunity to visit the reservation with all of its historical, cultural and recreational opportunities and is offered year round to individuals seeking a challenging and enlightening personal experience while learning about the history and culture of the Lakota People. Lodging, food, transportation and all activities are included in the registration fee. Individuals joining us engage in daily work that is connected to the community service work currently being undertaken by our organization. This most often includes building homes for those in need, providing wood for ceremonies and winter fuel, "turning of logs" for future construction, the care and feeding of the horses, et. al.
WHO: Solo Trips to the reservation are offered to applicants from the age of 16 years and older. Participants who are younger than 18 are always accompanied by a full time guide. Those older than 18 will have a combination of guided and non guided time. All participants are those who are:
- Interested in participating in work experiences that are designed to help the Lakota People build and restore their communities;
- Seeking a clearer understanding of their own relationships with those around them, their communities and themselves;
- Looking for a powerful experience that is focused on helping others, is supported by a traditional community and way of life and challenging to themselves physically, emotionally and Spiritually;
- Interested in learning about Lakota culture, history and traditions;
WHEN: Solo Trips are available to be scheduled with at least seven days notice and on a year round basis. Trips vary in length, can be customized out of respect to individual circumstances last as long as 60 days. Applications and payment must be received and approved prior to acceptance.
COST: The cost of a Solo Trip is $225/day and includes all food, lodging, guide services, participation in recreational, cultural and educational activities and transportation once on the reservation. Tuition is paid in advance for the first seven days and billed for additional days if the trip extends beyond the first week.