Anyone can travel with The Wayfaring Band! Our trips are open to adult travelers who experience cognitive and developmental differences, as well as neurotypical leadership fellows. All members of the band have access to the same experiences on tour: adventurous activities, recreation and relaxation with friends, and a chance to increase life and leadership skills by participating in our vigorous social leadership program. No matter your desire for exploration, growth, and transformation, The Wayfaring Band has an adventure in store for you. Be a part of it!
Most of our tours welcome 10-12 travelers to the band. Those travelers join five trained staff members (or “roadies”), and one artist-in-residence for an inclusive, transformative adventure. All trips fill on a first-come, first-served basis. When trips fill, we will create a waitlist. Email us to register!
Join the band for a winter retreat at the trendy Basecamp Hotel in nearby Boulder. The fun kicks off Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday morning. Activities include a laser light show featuring music by Outkast at Fiske Planetarium, sipping tea at the Celestial Seasonings factory, touring Boulder in an old-timey Banjo Billy bus, strolling the historic Pearl Street outdoor mall, and hosting a pizza party with friends from our CU Boulder community of travelers. This opportunity is designed to welcome new participants to the Wayfaring community: spend a weekend getting to know us, and then sign up for a longer trip later in the year! Spots for veteran travelers will be limited, so sign up soon.
February 24-26, 2017 | 3 days / 2 nights
$650 all-inclusive originating in Boulder. Scholarships available!
Fellowship Program: $250 for 10am – 6pm on Saturday, February 25. Join us for an optional dinner party 7pm – 9pm. Professional Development: 8 hours. Scholarships available! Email us to register.
Escape to the Sunshine State for spring break! Together we’ll explore the swampy Everglades National Park, canoe Flamingo Bay, and race across the surface of the water in a speeding airboat near Everglades City. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for alligators and the famous Skunk Ape of yore, while marveling at one of the most unique ecosystems our country has to offer. We’ll also snorkel Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, where we will get in some good quality beach time. Finally, we will charter a boat to visit Biscayne National Park on the Atlantic coast, the largest marine park in the national park system. This tour is activity-packed and perfect for water and adventure enthusiasts.
March 26 – April 1, 2017 | 7 days / 6 nights
$3800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.
This family-friendly event features an evening of social dancing, including performances by champion swing and jive dancers. Dress in your rockabilly best and plan to shimmy and shake, sample food and drink, get inked up with a temporary tattoo, style your hair at the beauty parlor and barber shop, and peruse our bustling silent auction. One of our most popular annual events. Wheelchair accessible, ASL-interpreted, and family-friendly!
Saturday, April 22 | 6-9pm with a free dance class at 5:30pm
Denver Community Church Uptown
1595 Pearl St. / Denver CO 80203
$15/person at the door (children 5 and under are free)
Food and drink are included in entry, but bring a little pocket money to support our fundraising efforts and to take advantage of the beauty parlor and silent auction!
Come lads and lassies, and bring your Scottish brogue! The band is bound for Scotland, one of the most staggeringly beautiful locations on the globe. Together we will first explore London, where will dive deep into traditional British culture. Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and a ride on the famous London Eye ferris wheel are all on the list. Then we board the train with our Britrail passes and head north to Edinburgh, a city famous for its beauty and history. After strolling Edinburgh’s cobbled streets, we will continue north by train to Inverness, where we will do our best to spot Nessie, the ancient inhabitant of the Loch. After that we ride the rails to the West Coast, where we’ll catch the ferry to the pristine Isle of Skye. On the island we’ll visit the enchanted Fairy Pools, attempting to cross into other worlds beyond the mist. Back on the mainland, we’ll board the Jacobite steam train south, which has been awarded the distinction of being “the world’s most beautiful train ride.” If the setting feels familiar, it is because it is the same train used to travel to Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies! Once in the Western Highlands we will learn about the history of Fort William and the surrounding area and take in the breathtaking beauty of the vast bluffs and looming cliffs. Finally, we will make our way back to London, where we’ll dig into the history of the Beatles and trace the footsteps of Jack the Ripper before boarding our plane back to Denver. Our itinerary will expose you to an authentic side of London and Scotland, where history and tradition collide with modern culture. This is a once-in-a-lifetime journey, and the fee includes transportation originating in Denver and all meals, lodging, and activities for 11 full days of adventure. Participants must be able to carry their own travel backpacks for short periods of time and hike medium-grade inclines.
May 18-28, 2017 | 11 days / 10 nights
$5800 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.
Hipster Haven, here we come! Midsummer is the best time of year to visit lush Oregon, and we are looking forward to traipsing through the public rose garden, sampling delicious offerings at farmers markets, and riding our bikes leisurely along the banks of the Willamette River. We’ll thumb through books at Powell’s, scarf a doughnut from Voodoo’s, and even head to the Oregon coast one day, where we have chartered a boat for whale-watching. Portland is famous for its farm-to-table food, eco-friendly initiatives, and arts-focused culture. Join us in July… we’ll eat, we’ll laugh, we’ll commune with nature, and we’ll #putabirdonit in Portland. Let’s go!
July 23-29, 2017 | 7 days / 6 nights
$3200 all-inclusive originating in Denver. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.
A short drive up from Denver on Highway 285, you’ll discover a hidden gem. YMCA Camp Santa Maria is the sweetest little sanctuary we’ve ever seen, and it’s been our mission to host a retreat there ever since The Wayfaring Band was founded. With activities rooted in the great outdoors, a long weekend in the Colorado mountains promises to be the perfect escape from city living. Spend time fishing, exploring, playing outside, and singing around a campfire with other wayfarers. This trip is a great fit for travelers new to the community who are looking for a more affordable program closer to home as an introduction to our organization. We are requesting that travelers be dropped off and picked up at the camp, just over an hour outside of Denver.
Rather than our typical immersive leadership program, for this trip we will be offering a professional development opportunity that parallels our main program. Leadership fellows will join the band Friday evening after their workweek and stay two nights until we wrap on Sunday. Fellows will split their time between joining the rest of the band for camp activities and engaging in a vigorous curriculum aimed at enhancing skills for navigating difference and practicing inclusion. This opportunity is perfect for organizations interested in sending multiple team members to participate in an innovative and original professional development opportunity. Fee includes the curriculum and all meals, activities, and lodging from Friday at dinner through Sunday after breakfast. Transportation to and from the camp will be the participants’ responsibility.
September 14-17, 2017 | 4 days / 3 nights
$900 all-inclusive. Scholarships available! Fellowship Program: $600 for 3 days / 2 nights. Starts Friday 9/15 instead of Thursday 9/14 and runs through Sunday 9/17. Professional Development: 16 hours. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.
Five premier hot springs destinations in the western part of the state have formed the 720-mile Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, which showcases some of the most popular hot springs attractions in the country. From intimate private baths to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool, each of the facilities we’ll be visiting offers something different! Vapor caves, hot pots, terraced pools, enormous travertine formations, and fun-filled aquatic centers are just some of the attractions we’ll be enjoying on this wet and wild romp around our home state. This adventure is the perfect fit for swimmers, soakers, and everyone who appreciates autumn in the high country!
October 10-16, 2017 | 7 days / 6 nights
$2400 all-inclusive. Scholarships available! Email us to register or to request a scholarship application.
Bring the whole family and enjoy tangy barbecue, sudsy root beer and other non-alcoholic beverages, and the honky-tonk stylings of local musicians. Bid on fabulous items as part of our silent auction, or tempt fate when you purchase a mystery prize from our Mystery Mercantile. We’ll also be selling sweet Wayfaring swag, including trucker hats, patches, t-shirts, car decals, and fashionable bracelets with custom-made “Everybody In” charms. With dancing, shopping, eating, and drinking, there’s an option for everyone. Dress in your western best, folks, and don’t forget to bring your checkbook!
Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 6-9pm
Wash Park United Methodist Church
1955 E. Arizona Ave. / Denver CO 80210
$15/person at the door (children 5 and under are free)
Food and drink are included in entry, but bring a little pocket money to support our fundraising efforts and to take advantage of the silent auction, Mystery Mercantile, and to score some Wayfaring swag.
NEED SOME FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?
We encourage families to apply for a sponsorship of $100 to $500 from Xcelbeyond, an organization that provides financial assistance to developmentally disabled individuals for activities they otherwise could not afford. The Wayfaring Band also offers need-based scholarships. Please reach out to us if you require financial assistance. We are motivated to help all individuals access our services.