Genius Journey 2014


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The Social Change Agency –  in partnership with Elizabeth Hunter  – is delighted to announce our inaugural Genius Journey:  

7 Days — 8 Inspired Change Makers — 1 Shared Quest

to Discover Your Unique Purpose — Your Genius — and Map Your Life Accordingly

in the Majestic Wilderness of California’s Sequoia National Park

September 8-14, 2014

Join Becky Kanis Margiotta and Elizabeth Hunter for an epic wilderness adventure that will reconnect you to the heart of your Genius.

Discover the deep purpose hidden at your very core.


If you bring forth what is within you, what is within you will save you.

~Gospel of Thomas

Each of us is born with a unique gift, or Genius. Your Genius is what you are specially designed to do in this world. It’s your unique thumbprint, and if you don’t do it, no one else will.

You know someone is living their Genius by the aliveness they exude. They are lit-up from within, excited by their days, and are guided by an internal compass that they trust.

Some fortunate people know what their Genius is from a very young age, and they are able to remain connected to it throughout their lives. Many of us, however, either never fully connected with our Genius, or we have veered away from it, maybe through the influence of family, or culture, or maybe from not knowing the possibilities for practically applying our Genius in the world.

What’s important to know is that it’s never too late to align to and live in your Genius. In fact, once you discover and commit to your Genius, your life will likely begin to work in ways it has never before. In our experience, making a full commitment to living in our respective Genius’ has dramatically improved the quality of our lives. The more we do what we love and are so intricately designed to do, the greater the fulfillment, opportunities, creativity and connection we experience. And, equally important, the greater our contribution to the world around us.

Every man has a vocation to be someone: but he must understand clearly that in order to fulfill this vocation he can only be one person: himself. 

 ~Thomas Merton


One should be always on the trail of one’s own deepest nature. For it is the fearless living out of your own essential nature that connects you to the Divine.

~Henry David Thoreau

The wilderness is more than a pretty backdrop for personal transformation. It is a dynamic catalyst inviting you deep into your truth and full expression. On your Genius Journey, for seven days, you will disconnect from the world of duty and distraction and let nature and your leaders Becky and Elizabeth guide you to the heart of your Genius.

Our Genius is knowing how to draw your Genius out. We’ll make it evident to you, and help you craft your life around it. We do this through both transformational group experiences and one-on-one coaching.

You will share this journey with a small, intimate group of equally inspired and inspiring change-agents. In all, there will be eight of us (six participants and two guides) co-creating this exploration together. You will receive all the support and coaching you need from your leaders and your peers to

  • Expand beyond old perceptions that no longer fit who you are and where you’re going
  • Discover (re-discover) what’s uniquely yours to contribute to the world
  • Align your life according to your own inner compass
  • Return home with concrete, measurable steps for living fully in your Genius
  • Have a blast along the way!

The result: clarity, alignment, aliveness, passion, purpose and power. And a tribe of equally passionate change-makers.



Our journey will take us through the heart of Sequoia National Park, located in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of Visalia, CA. The park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, part of 202,430 acres of old-growth forests that preserve a landscape that still resembles the southern Sierra Nevada before Euro-American settlement.

We’ll hike a 40 mile loop over our seven days together, with a moderate level of difficulty.  We’ll start at Mineral King, hike over Timber Pass, then spend our first night under the giant sequoias in the Redwood Meadow Grove.  Then we’ll make our way up past Bearpaw Meadows to the Valhalla Canyon, one of the most scenic parts of the entire park.  We’ll cross Kaweah Pass, descend into the scenic Big Arroyo briefly, then another ascent to Big Five Lakes. We’ll make our final camp underneath Crescent Lake, one of the most spectacular spots in the entire park, before crossing over Sawtooth Pass to return back to the Trailhead at Mineral King.  


Becky Margiotta — My genius is in helping people discover and communicate their deepest truths.  I have a knack for encouraging people to take action to create a life they love.  Leaders working in the non-profit sector enjoy a special place in my heart, since I  spent over a decade leading successful social change efforts myself.  I love getting out into the wilderness and sharing the joys of backpacking with people.  I own my own company, The Social Change Agency, dedicated to helping leaders experience more freedom, connection, and creativity.  I am a graduate of West Point, a Veteran, a trained Human Intelligence Operative, a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and a certified Wilderness First Responder.  If you’d like to know more about me, I geeked out on my own website:

Elizabeth Hunter — My greatest joy – and genius – is igniting massive openings in others for transformation and alignment. I believe that fully aligning with your unique Genius is THE inner revolution that creates seismic shifts in your experience of life and your capacity to impact your outer world. From sitting in my own C-suite office of an international NGO, to facilitating transformational workshops, to coaching leadership and communication skills to Fortune-500 executives — I love to ignite massive positive shifts. I am a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR). More


Location Sequoia National Park
Duration 7 days
Dates Sept. 8-14, 2014
Mileage 40 miles moderate difficulty
Gear Provided (backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tents, cookware, and other group gear, personal gear is not provided please see gear list)
Start/end Mineral King Trailhead.
Fly in/out Nearby airports are located in Fresno (3 hours) and Visalia (2 hours), with rental cars available at both. Plan to be at Silver City Resort on Monday, Sept. 8 by 5:00pm. We will stay there together in cabins on the 8th, and get an early start on the morning of the 9th.
Cost $1,850 after midnight on July 7th.  $1750 before midnight on July 7th.  

Reserve your spot now!  Sign up here.

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, energy bars, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.We can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


What we ProvideWe provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs or Mountain Hardware tents
  • Sierra Designs sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Bear-proof food containers
  • Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
  • Mountain Safety Research cookware

What Gear to Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter waterbottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person (headlamp is preferred). Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.  We will give you a more detailed list of exactly what to bring – and what not to bring.  

What Clothes to Bring

All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.   We will send a detailed packing list with required and recommended items.  

Weather in the Yosemite and the Southern Sierras

Being a high mountain environment, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. On trips in June, snow is a possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register).

The average high temperature in September ranges between 71 and 82 degrees.  The average low in September ranges between 51 and 46 degrees.  The right clothing and equipment will ensure that you are safe and relatively comfortable regardless of the weather – we will make sure you bring the right stuff.  

Sign up now to lock in your spot.  We’re only taking 6 people on this Genius Journey.  

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