I Can’t: Camp — Getaway Edition

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The location for this edition says Mac & Cheese Productions℠ but we're just meeting in Chicago; we'll be traveling to Michigan together. By registering, you are signing this waiver; please read before you register.

Are any of these you? 

“I like the idea of camping but get overwhelmed by planning gear, food, logistics...”

"I'd like to go camping. But it kinda scares me."

“I don't have an REI-sized wallet.”

"I'm ready to get out of the city."

"I'd like more nature in my life, to be more 'outdoorsy'."

“I want to explore more but would like others to explore with.”

“I'm IN! for a trip if someone brought the gear, food, ride, and knowledge.”


If yes, I Can't: Camp is for you.

 I Can’t: Camp — Getaway Edition is part of Mac & Cheese Productions' I Can't series, where adults state they're unable to do something, they try it with a bunch of other adults who also "can't," and everyone proves themselves wrong and not only does the thing, but enjoys it and says, "That wasn't so bad. In fact, kinda fun. Good for me! What's next?!" Topics and structure are varied but the "be yourself amongst others being themselves, witness the magic that happens when you try with others trying" vibe is pervasive. Past I Can'ts have included yoga, improv, find love, draw, have a dog, adult my money, organize my home, ask for money, put on makeup, and buy a home. See Upcoming I Can'ts here.


For this I Can't, Mac & Cheese is partnering with Aaron Wolf of Adventures Accessed.

Aaron grew up in the Northwest ‘burbs of Chicago. After nearly failing out of high school, he graduated and shipped off to the Marines, serving around the world including an Iraq deployment. Upon his return, the transition back to the “civilian world” had challenges and Aaron dealt with an identity crisis that would last through college and into his corporate career. Five years later, things began to boil over. Panic attacks at work, a lack of outdoor exposure, and a VA hospital that really likes prescribing pills made life too much. He'd retreat to the forest to decompress, connect, and be himself. Aaron eventually figured out that being immersed outdoors brought him back to a feeling of Self — that he could be Aaron and not Corporal Wolf, and that he was indeed his happiest, most creative, best version of himself when outside. If only he could make a career out of helping others find the same joy and benefits; turns out, he could. Aaron quit his job, wrote a business plan, secured financing, and now leads backcountry experiences as a professional, licensed outfitter/guide via his company Adventures Accessed.


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For three days and two nights, we’ll backpack through the Hidden Lakes of Michigan's Manistee National Forest. Each day will be a different hike (and swim, if that appeals) and each night will have a different scenic view. Lakes, streams, expansive wetlands, lush forest, and wildlife are the norm. We’ll learn map reading, fire starting, foraging, and natural history. Most importantly, we’ll connect with our group and our selves, distraction free, surrounded by beauty, and most importantly-importantly, campfire s’mores!


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Saya Hillman is an Evanston, Illinois native, Boston College graduate, and Chicago resident. Since 2004, when she was fired, she’s been blissfully self-employed. Her lifestyle business, Mac & Cheese Productions℠, creates and curates experiences that encourage individuals and groups to embrace a Life of Yes℠ — positivity, self-efficacy, playfulness, & community. Mac & Cheese supports individuals in finding fulfillment and groups in creating a positive culture. Think adult summer camp. Saya was one of Brazen Careerist’s Top Twenty Young Professionals to Watch, has been featured in ForbesSELF, and the New York Times, and is a TEDx speaker. She’s married to someone she met at one of her own events and they pulled off an almost 100% bartered wedding, as featured in the Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. She's built a life out of embracing fear and  suckage, and loves nothing more than getting others to follow suit.

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Saya Hillman

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A TEDx speaker and one of Brazen Careerist' s Top Twenty Young Professionals to Watch, Saya has discovered how to turn her love of creating community, challenging herself and those around her, and enjoying life to its fullest into her “job.” Via her company Mac & Cheese Productions℠, she helps others (and herself) live a Life of Yes℠. Saya is from Evanston, went to Boston College, and resides in Chicago.

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