Pastoral Perspective: Lessons from a Solo Day – Pontiac Daily Leader | Team Cansler

Rev. Jarrod Bartholomew

Rev. Jarrod Bartholomew

A few years ago I had the privilege of training for wilderness travel at Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. The training was intended to prepare me for several days of wilderness trekking, canoeing and portering with small groups. I would use these trips as training opportunities for leadership and spiritual growth.

My training lasted 10 days and there was no cell phone reception on seven of those days. On Wednesday, after four days in the wilderness, the trainer/guide pulled me aside and said to me, “Today is your solo day.”

He took me to a secluded area in a canoe and dropped me off for the day. No watch, no supplies other than water, but I did have a journal and my Bible. It turned out to be an eight-hour day with no tech. Just me, my Bible, and whatever animal trudges through the wilderness with me. It was amazing!

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