“My two girls have attended Bonna’s Touching the Earth and Arts camp for several years, and they look forward to the adventure every year. The camp is a great combination of adventurous, intimate, and fun. Bonna leads the campers with a gentle but guiding hand, teaching respect along with outdoor skills, and being supportive while challenging the camper’s perceived limits.”
Eric Friets (dad of Meryl Friets, camp counselor)
Our Story and Founder
We focus on exploring our relationship with the natural environment, and understanding our connection with conservation of the natural world. There are many reasons to protect and preserve the environment: from leaving our grandchildren a legacy to developing global consciousness. Bold Paths’ staff is dedicated to sharing their knowledge and experience to raise environmental awareness and promote preservation by providing clients the opportunity to experience the wilderness in new and meaningful ways. The personal satisfaction and enjoyment experienced on our trips provides our clients with a solid base from which they may be inspired to continue with the work of “saving” our precious home.
Bonna Wieler, owner and trip leader
Bonna’s main focus is offering people a connection with the natural world and the arts, with the aim of gaining self-assurance and skills, and she especially works with children of all ages. She is an American Canoe Association (ACA) Essentials Kayak Instructor and trip leader with summer camps and with Bold Paths Adventure, river curriculum teacher and consultant, networker and organizer/coordinator of environmental activities, and program specialist for after school programs with focus on natural arts and outdoor education. She also consults for camps and after school programs, teaching team building and environmental education. For more than 18 years, Bonna has directed Upper Valley camps (VerShare Camp and Touching the Earth and Arts Camp, her own small camp with 2-3 weeklong sessions each summer), including outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, biking and rock climbing. As a trip leader, she is continually updating her Wilderness First Aid certification, her ACA kayak certification, and she is certifying as an AMC trip leader. She also plays traditional music with the band The Stove. Bonna has worked with Revels North for 28 years, from morris dancing to Revels make-up manager for 15 years, make-up designer for 6 years, and production manager for the Summer Revels solstice celebration for many years.
Bonna shares her land with airbnb and other travelers, long and short-term. Voyagers can stay in a yurt, in a tent at the creek, or in the house. She provides outdoor adventure and outdoor skills activities on request.