The Application Process
To apply for a sojourn, please complete the following steps:
- Carefully read the Introduction to Sojourners and consider whether a sojourn in this remote desert wildland would be appropriate for your retreat needs.
- Check the linked Calendar for Corbett Center availability.
- Fill out and send the Online Application Form (a response can be expected within a week).
Advance notice of at least two weeks is required so that staff can be available and conflicts in scheduling avoided. Extended stays beyond a couple of weeks are only granted in limited circumstances.
The Cascabel Conservation Association is a non-profit organization funded entirely through donations. While there is no specific charge for use of the facilities, we ask that each sojourner donate what is possible within their means to assist us in being able to offer this resource to others.
Sojourners are expected to take responsibility and due precautions for their health and safety. CCA volunteers may not be wilderness experts, mental health workers or health care providers. They should not be relied upon to provide physical assistance, psychological counseling or emergency care. The CCA reserves the right to deny a retreat to any person without cause. A release form signed by the sojourner is required.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Susan Tollefson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT TO BRING
Health & Safety
Life in the desert can be harsh at times, especially under primitive conditions. Prospective sojourners must take responsibility for realistically evaluating their physical capabilities. This experience is generally best suited for physically active and healthy individuals.
The physical realities and the psychological stresses that can occur in solitude must both be considered. Sojourners must seriously and realistically evaluate their emotional tolerance for being alone in a remote wildland setting. This experience is recommended for emotionally and spiritually mature and stable individuals who have prior experience with solitude.
Please be aware that you will be alone under relatively primitive conditions during your sojourn. A CCA volunteer checks on sojourners daily by remotely observing a signal system located at the hermitage. Signal checks are made only once every 24 hours. We try to make people aware of potential dangers environmentally and personal hiking away from the hermitage, you must be careful not to explore beyond your endurance and not to get lost. You must carry sufficient water – 2 quarts is minimal, a gallon better. Falls and sprained ankles would likely be the greatest hazard, so good foot wear and watching your step are critical. Terrain can be very rocky, steep and loose. Leaving a note at the hermitage as to your direction, general destination and departure time is recommended.
In case of emergency, a first-aid kit is on site, but local resources are limited. A CCA volunteer cannot guarantee provision of emergency care. It is about a one-hour drive to the nearest medical care.
A majority of the plants have serious spines or thorns. Respect the damage they can do if you are in their proximity. Wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants are recommended.
A book of poisonous animals is available for review at the hermitage. Learn to identify dangerous desert dwellers and their habits so you can avoid them.
Sojourners are expected to provide their own food as well as other supplies and equipment as suggested below:
- Sleeping bag or blanket(s) (review Climate indications)
- Food (including condiments)-dried, non-perishables items recommended. (Supplies can be purchased in Benson)
- water bottle / canteens
- broad-brimmed hat
- sun glasses
- insect repellant
- toilet paper
- appropriate clothing (It is important to review climate descriptions)
- 2-burner stationary Coleman propane stove (5 gallon propane tank available)
- outdoor metal chimenea
- solar lantern
- hot water kettle
- cooking utensils
- eating utensils
- dishwashing supplies
Note: Because our intent is to provide a place for true solitude in wildlands, we strongly discourage the use of electronic transmitters and receivers during retreats, including cell phones, portable radios, TVs, etc. (cell phone coverage is poor to non-existent).