Participants will learn how to select and use appropriate gear, safely select and set up a proper camp site, safe fire building, water procurement, and the camping etiquette found in the "Leave No Trace" philosophy to camping.
Backpacking trips include selected readings from the Qur'an, hadith, texts in the Islamic spiritual tradition, sira (prophetic biography), fiqh (jurisprudence), and more.
WHAT TO EXPECT
For many people, the outdoors can be a daunting experience. This trip will help you open your heart to the majesty of the natural world. You will also learn the basics of camping; practical necessities such as how to pack and wear a backpack, how to plan for food and proper hydration, how to select a campsite, setting up tents, procuring water, building a fire, the basics of hygiene and the fiqh of purity and prayer in the outdoors. You will also engage in reflecting upon previously selected passages, including verses from the Qur’an, selected hadith, and classical texts from the Islamic tradition.
Who? Open to the general public.
Do I have to be Muslim to attend? No, this program is open to all people interested in the outdoors.
Where? All camping trips start out at Zaytuna College’s Upper Campus located at 2770 Marin Avenue in Berkeley, and the overnight camping is in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
What are the spiritual teachings on the trip? The spiritual enrichment and study program will consist of a litany of remembrance in the morning (recitation of Surah Ya-Sin, morning wird), a lesson on Islamic studies, selected readings from the book The Beginning of Guidance (Imam Al-Ghazali), an evening litany, fireside reflection, and selected readings from the Qur’an.
Is the hike difficult? The hiking is not particularly strenuous, but you must assess your own physical ability to participate. The group will hike approximately 4 miles per day. Participants must be able to carry an approximately 40 to 50 pound backpack while hiking.
What is the minimum age for attendance? Twelve years old. Children between twelve and seventeen must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Is there financial aid available? No.
Can I leave my car at Zaytuna? Limited parking spots are available. If you would like to reserve a spot, please contact us in advance.
How much? $550 per person
What do I need to bring? A full packing list will be provided to all participants. All relevant camping gear will be provided, but participants will be asked to bring snacks, personal hygiene products, flashlight, headlamp, and some clothes. You should also bring your trust in Allah, patience, and a willingness to learn & grow.
Will there be bathrooms on the trail? There are no bathrooms on the trail. Our group leaders will instruct you how use the bathroom outdoors while maintaining Islamic standards of hygiene.
Can Zaytuna College students receive community service hours for this trip? No.
Why? Because it may be the most significant experience you will have in a long time
For more information, call 510-900-3135, or email Scott Doolin at [email protected]
COST & REGISTRATION
Dates: Friday to Sunday. ZOE Summer Session 1: June 14-16
Cost: $550.00 per person.
- Gear (tent, sleeping bag and pad, backpack, limited hiking clothing, rain gear)
- Transportation to and from the trail.
- Reading materials, both Islamic and conventional
You will need to provide proof of health insurance, and a letter from your doctor indicating you do not have a health condition that will prevent you from hiking.
- Payment due at time of registration.
- No refund if the cancellation request is received on or after May 30, 2019
Availability is limited, complete the form below to reserve your spot.