The Wilderness Guides Council is a membership-based nonprofit organization. We exist because of our members. We accept new members and membership renewals at any time.
2013 Online Membership Renewal and First Time Registration is now open: Click here to renew or register your 2013 membership.
If you have any questions, contact the current Netkeeper, Petra Lentz-Snow:
Levels of Membership:
We have several membership levels that reflect the different reasons why people or organizations join the Wilderness Guides Council.
Most of our members are either individual guides (currently, in training or retired) or they are part of a guiding organization. Some qualify for the Family membership (for couples and for parents or single parents with one or more children under the age of 18. For someone to become a solo member, they must be 18 or older.)
Over the years we have had a number of people join the WGC for the primary purpose of supporting the organization. They may not intend to become guides but have become part of our community and support for the work of wilderness Rites of Passage. We have created a category called 'Friends' for these members.
Guide Members receive all benefits.
Solo Guide Membership: $75 - $125 sliding scale. For a single adult who is a guide.
You guide, or you have guided, or you are training to guide. You are eligible to be listed as a guide in our guide directory on the website. If you are part of an organization, you can mention your organization's name in the guide listing but your listing will appear by name first. To be listed as an organization in the guide directory, see the Organization Membership option below.
Family Guide Membership: $125 - $170 sliding scale. For a couple or a family. (This is the only way for children to be considered members.)
You guide, or you have guided, or you are training to guide.
Organization Membership: $200 - $500 sliding scale. Organizations may join at a higher membership level as a show of support or because they offer programs and want to be listed as an organization in our Find A Guide online database.
Friend Members join as a show of support for the WGC or any of our members. This is the level of membership for individuals who are not guides and who never intend to become guides.
Friend Membership: $25 - $100 sliding scale.
Note: Members that can't afford the low end sliding scale of membership, can apply for a reduced membership rate here.
- Current members are listed in the Find A Guide section of this website.
- Current members are eligible to participate in the Renewal Fast.
- Current members will receive a copy of our annual publication 'Circles on the Mountain'.
You can use the buttons below to Join the WGC via PayPal. You may use your PayPal account, or simply pay by credit card. Payment via the web may be made from anywhere within the US and from many countries outside the US. Alternatively, you may send a check with payment to the netkeeper (see address listed on the bottom of this page).
Please make sure to use the online link on the top of this page to renew or register your 2013 membership so that we have your updated information
Join Online - Payment via Paypal
Choose your membership type and amount. (Adjust Qty. in Cart window for multiple memberships.)
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Membership: Conditions, Services, and Benefits
Wilderness Guides Council membership consists of active wilderness guides and others in training, or anticipating training to become guides, and those subscribing to the WGC Ethics Guidelines, Bylaws and Community Guidelines.
Membership in the Wilderness Guides Council provides access to many benefits and services such as an annual Gathering, information about potential sites, education, fellowship and credibility.
A person is considered a member if she or he:
- is committed to a sacred relationship with the earth.
- is providing or intends to provide or has previously provided earth-centered healing activities or initiatory experiences.
- abides by the WGC Ethics Guidelines, Bylaws and Community Guidelines.
Services and Benefits of Membership
- Promoting Wilderness Rites of Passage programs, thereby increasing visibility and access to these programs.
- An annual Gathering featuring discussion, fellowship and mutual support, information exchange, and the chance for members to share their views.
- To provide information relevant to wilderness guiding and respond to inquiries.
- To facilitate networking and meetings between members.
- Registration and coordination of site selection, thereby avoiding overlap and conflict between members in site selection, and excessive impact on the land.
- Access to information about potential site locations.
- To promote a positive collective image of the WGC and its members.
- Education and Outreach
- Information exchange and on-going education of members.
- Shared commitment to the land and its spiritual and healing values.
- Maintenance of the health of the ecosystems we visit.
- Enhanced reputation through our professional affiliation.
- Promoting cooperation and respect for each other.
- The support of a community of persons committed to to the inspirational and healing values of wilderness and rites of passage in nature.
- Circles on the Mountain, our annual journal
How can you support the Wilderness Guides Council?
1) By paying your membership fees you help us cover our small operating budget and organizational expenses.
2) In addition, you can now also donate an amount of your choice to a Reduced Rate Membership Fund which is used solely to gratn reduce rate memberships to members in need.
3) Fundraising: Fund drives are helping to raise funds for specific projects and purposes, such as the planned extensive website enhancement, which is planned for 2013.
If you have questions about membership, please contact the Netkeeper:
Wilderness Guides Council
1450 Hess Road, #8
Redwood City, CA 94061
Membership can be lost through failing to pay the annual dues or by not abiding by the Ethics or Community Guidelines.