A joy-filled week of nature-based service, exploration, adventure and relaxation in the beautiful Virgin Islands!
Our Couple’s Impact Trip is an invitation to step into a week in paradise to focus on service, wellness, and quality time with your partner and other amazing couples!
February 27- March 5, 2022
Friends of the Virgin Island National Park Campground at Cinnamon Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands National Park consists of breathtaking hills, valleys, beaches, turquoise water and sea life unlike anywhere else on the planet.
We will be staying at the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park campground, located at Cinnamon Bay, that is exclusively reserved for volunteers. Accommodations include platform tents with cots, (each couple will have their own tent), a bath house with toilets, sinks, and showers, an outdoor kitchen and eating area, campfire pit, outdoor wellness platform, and plenty of trees for hanging hammocks.
- Arrival on February 27th: Please arrange your travel to arrive to St. John during daylight hours on February 20th. Most common travel arrangements are to fly into St. Thomas and take the ferry to St. John. We can help you with more details if needed. We will transport you from Cruz Bay, where you get off the ferry, to the campground.
- February 28th-March 4th: Our service project will likely be trail work within the National Park trail system. Staff will transport us to our service site each day from approximately 8am-2pm. We will have one free day during the week (we will have an organized boat and snorkel excursion on that day!) Afternoons and evenings are available for us to explore the island and relax by the beautiful Caribbean waters!
- March 5th: Departure day- please arrange your travel to depart from St. Thomas airport in the afternoon, in order to account for ferry travel from St. John and shuttle time to the airport.
Cost per couple: $1800**
- Accommodations at Cinnamon Bay Campground - platform tents
- Transportation - we will be renting a vehicle for the week
- Breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day (pack-out lunches on service days); Dinners: 4 dinners will be cooked at the campground and are included in the fee. Other nights, we will organize group dinners out or you can go out to dinner on your own.
- Yoga/Wellness classes
- Boat and snorkel excursion on our service day off
**Price does not include airfare, ferry from St. Thomas, alcohol, additional excursions, and tipping.
What to bring
- Appropriate clothing and gear for performing field work. This includes sturdy shoes, long pants, lightweight long-sleeve shirts, and sun protection. Work gloves.
- Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries.
- Swimming stuff (suit, towel, goggles, and snorkel). Snorkel gear can also be rented locally. Toiletries (eco-friendly)
- Lightweight lounging clothes. Bring something that covers your skin a little more for the bugs at dusk.
- Phone and charger
- The Friends Camp provides cots, but no bedding. Pack a light sleeping bag or blanket, and a sleeping pad (optional but comfortable). It stays quite warm at night, but it’s nice to have something to cover up with.
- Bug spray and reef-safe sunscreen
- Casual clothes for dinners at local restaurants
- Spending $
Feel free to reach out for more information.
Meet your Adventure Director!
Lisa West spent her years after college leading canoe and backpack wilderness trips for YMCA Camp Widjiwagan and sailing trips for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She has been practicing massage therapy and offering birth doula services for nearly 20 years. Recently, she has co-led several women’s retreats focused on wilderness immersion and the connection we share with this amazing planet. Lisa has traveled and sailed around the Virgin Islands her whole life. She is a 2020 Women’s Impact Trip alum, co-leader in 202, and is thrilled to be heading back to St. John to share and help preserve the beauty of the island with groups of people.
Meet your Adventure Guide!
Shawna Hedlund hails from SE Minneapolis where she raises a family who skis, skate boards, paddles and wears their hair long. She was raised by Y camp counselors, married a Y camp counselor and spent 10 years leading wilderness canoe and backpack trips for YMCA Camp Widjiwagan and Outward Bound. She has led wilderness trips in Minnesota, Montana, Colorado, North Carolina, Utah and Canada. Shawna developed a reputation for spontaneous swimming on the Women’s 2021 Impact Trip and loved every minute in St. John’s. She is the Director of Public Health and Policy for Community Health Center in St. Paul, MN. She is trained in Health Realization and Circle Facilitation and would love to share “Sit-Spot” meditation with you.
Lisa and Shawna’s previous co-leading experiences include 16 years of day hikes, picnics, and Halloween parties with their matching sets of boys. Last year they co-led a backpack trip for an awesome group of middle school kids in the Beartooth Mountains.