Local H.E.A.R.T. Journeys
Transformative Travel presents local H.E.A.R.T. Journeys to connect travelers deeply to the natural world in your own "backyard". These journeys foster appreciation for the natural gems around you - bringing the opportunity to discover beauty and renewal right here at home.

Journey Local.

Local H.E.A.R.T Journeys are dedicated to small group responsible outdoor explorations. Currently we feature half and full day adventures in local state and national parks, guided by Aikta Suri and/or Misty Dhillon. These journeys are designed to bring attention to the natural gems in your “backyard”. We believe in physically-distancing while enjoying deeper social connections amongst loved ones during Covid-19. 

Ellicott City

H.E.A.R.T Walks

Patapsco

Fly Fishing & H.E.A.R.T. Walks

Calvert Cliffs

H.E.A.R.T Walks

Susquehanna

H.E.A.R.T Multi Sport

Assateague

H.E.A.R.T Multi Sport

Cape Henlopen

H.E.A.R.T Multi Sport

How do you 

Journey with H.E.A.R.T ?

One of the most important factors to transformative travel is the lens of the traveler. This means that two people can experience the exact same itinerary yet have very different experiences. What differentiates between the making of an ordinary experience and a transformative one? Simply put – it is the lens from which the traveler perceives and engages with the world.

What is H.E.A.R.T ?

  • H – Humble
  • E – Engaged
  • A – Aware
  • R – Resilient
  • T – Thankful. 

Here’s a recent blog that draws more attention to H.E.A.R.T. 

Anaiya and Misty hiking in the catoctin mountain ranges

How do we bring H.E.A.R.T to your outdoor experience?

  • By leaving no trace.
  • By respecting and honoring wildlife and the environment.
  • By respecting other people with whom you share the space. 
  • By being vulnerable enough to reflect deeper on your experience. 
  • Exploring the potency of Team vs I.
  • Encouraging travelers to expand their perspectives to include all living beings. 
  • Intentionally practice silence in the outdoors.
  • We provide all logistics, including activities, and meals and refreshments (where applicable) so you can fully engage in the adventure without any worries. 
  • We provide opportunities for you to socially-connect and engage with loved ones while safely physically-distancing in the outdoors. 
  • We pay attention to the environment and ecosystem, while honoring native habitat. 
  • We engage your physical self in the outdoors through hiking, fly-fishing, kayaking, canoeing, bird and wildlife watching. 
  • Simply put, we provide opportunities to engage in the natural world, one another, and yourself.
  • We explore with the intention of relating to the local ecosystem, and exploring our role as stewards.
  • We seek cultural and historical stories beneath the surface.
  • We offer mindfulness practice along the journey.
  • We offer opportunities to honor your inner journey.
  • We encourage mind-body connection practices (walking meditation, fly-fishing fully present…etc) We believe when mind and body are in sync, greater harmony is brought to your life experiences. 
  • We encourage explorers to pay attention to their inward journey when things don’t go as per plan, as these are opportunities to discover your own resilience!  
  • We provide pre and post journey rituals that build resilience. (*on applicable journeys)
  • We offer a positive attitude and encouraging language to foster the best in our explorers. 
  • We help explorers honor their physical potential and resilience while exploring the outdoors. 
  • We encourage a gratitude mindset.
  • We offer gratitude reflection exercises.
  • We support explorers to bring the renewal of the outdoors back into their everyday life. 

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8030 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043