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BWM_Header.jpgBethany Wilderness Ministry (BWM) facilitates transformational encounters with Christ, community, and Creation. Founded in the summer of 2000, BWM has successfully facilitated outdoor ministry for over 20 years through Ancient Paths Experiences, Trekking Trips, and Wilderness Ministry.

Whether you are new to Seattle, new to Bethany, or new to the outdoors, we hope you will join us on one or more of our trips as we look to grow in relationship with Christ and others through the context of creation.

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Added: 9/26/2022

Bethany Wilderness Ministry Upcoming Events

BWM Cycling Club

Fourth Saturday of the month, March-October, Register
Next Ride Saturday, September 24, 8am, Vashon Island, Approximately 25 mile loop, 1,700’ elevation

Do you enjoy cycling? Do you have a heart for refugees? Join the Bethany Cycling Club every fourth Saturday from March through October to get outside, build community, and grow together. Route and mileage adjust each outing. All attendees must complete registration to participate.

  • September Ride - A club favorite, this ride meets at the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock (parking at Lincoln Park) at 8am; 8:15am sailing. A north to south loop with a pit stop for coffee/pastries and the farmers market mid island. Approximately 25 mile loop, 1,700’ elevation.

Please email Mike Teeny at with any questions. 

All-Bethany Wilderness Retreat

September 23-25, The Firs Chalet at Mount Baker, $120, Register

Celebrate the end of a summer of ministry and join us for a retreat hosted by Bethany Wilderness Ministry. Spend time in God's creation and enjoy community in the beautiful terrain of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. This will be a trip you won't want to miss! We will have space for worship, connection, and plenty of time outside. Meals will be provided Saturday through Sunday morning. Questions? Contact John Wayne at

Trekking Trips

August 24-28 or September 7-11, Goat Rocks Wilderness, $200, Registration for 2022 is now closed
Embark on a five-day, four-night Trekking Trip into the heart of the Goat Rocks Wilderness through the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and Lily Basin trail. Along the way, you'll see massive wildflower meadows and ancient glaciers. Take a dip in either Goat Lake, Sheep Lake, or one of the many glacial-fed streams. Climb the high mountain passes and ascend Old Snowy Mountain all while taking in 360-degree views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens. 
Enjoy the opportunity to be in community and grow alongside your guides and group through once-a-month meetings** beginning in February, preparing you for a Trekking Trip experience unlike any adventure.
Every group is led through this exciting spiritual and physical expedition by a well-trained two or three-person guide team. Our Trekking Trip guides tailor each trip to the unique dynamics of each group and work hard to ensure your safety as you learn about wilderness travel. Come spend a week in the wilderness with us and experience adventure, challenge, and transformation with your Trekking Trip team. 
*No previous outdoor experience required.
**All pre-trip meetings are mandatory.

Borrow Gear from BWM

Bethany Wilderness Ministries provides congregants with the opportunity to borrow gear and experience Christ in creation. If you're interested in borrowing gear, please contact Nick or Eilidh.


  • Tents (car camping and backpacking)
  • Overhead and Ground tarps
  • Bivvy’s
  • Men’s and women’s backpacks (42L up to 90L)
  • Sleeping Bags (0° up to 32°)
  • Inflatable sleeping pads
  • Foam sleeping pads
  • Camp kitchen (stoves, plates, cups, utensils, pots, pans, etc.)
  • Gaiters
  • Assorted Layers (fleece, puffy, shell, base layers)
  • Bear Cans
  • Binoculars


  • Avy Shovels
  • Snowshoes
  • Semiautomatic Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Yaktrax


  • Dry Bags
  • Inflatable Paddle Boards
  • Inflatable Kayaks

Ancient Paths experiences

Trips in July, August, and September, Registration EXTENDED - closes May 7, Register below

Connect with Christ and engage with your story through the text of creation and the practice of spiritual disciplines on a fully-guided Ancient Paths Experience. Join one of our generic experiences or select an age or gender-specific trip to connect with others in your demographics. Registration required two-and-a-half months before your trip date to accommodate pre-trip meetings.

  • July 9-10 - Men's Trip, $30, Register
  • July 23-24 - General Trip, $30, FULL
  • July 30-31 - Women's Trip, $30, Register
  • August 13-14 - Mom's Trip, $30, FULL
  • August 20-21 - General Trip, $30,  FULL
  • August 27-28 - General Trip, $30, FULL

Interested in guiding with Ancient Paths? Reach out to Nick Rubesh for more information.

For more information, please visit the
Spirit, Soul, Body website.

Questions? Contact John Wayne Seitzler.

Serve as a Wilderness Ministry Leader

The BWM leader position is unique, requiring an ability to lead groups in the outdoors, lead spiritual formation, and volunteer time and energy to serve with behind-the-scenes ministry logistics. It is also rewarding, with a community of leaders who support each other, hike together, and study together as a bi-weekly small group. For more information about what it means to be a volunteer leader, please check our detailed Leader Description. To apply to be a leader, please complete the Leader Application Form and send it in via email.

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