Week In The Wild

Tuesday, May 14 - Saturday, May 18, 2019

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A week of adventure, skill acquisition, and discovering your purpose in God + ASHI (American Safety & Health Institute) Wilderness First Aid Certification.

What is Week in the Wild?

Is a week set apart to encounter God in nature, gain more freedom from things that hold you back all while you step into your original design and purpose.

You will grow in personal confidence as you get your ASHI (American Safety & Health Institute) Wilderness First Aid Certification, learn about outdoor survival and self-defense techniques.

Who should come?

This event is geared towards all ages (13 and up), skill sets and physical conditions. If you’re looking to do something fun and exciting and want to grow in confidence in God’s love and calling and make new friends then this event may be just right for you!

We invite those of all ages to join, and we make every effort to accommodate those with special physical needs.  Youth (13-17) must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times.

What can I expect?

The CRI MIssion Base is a beautiful 84-acre property nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Lodging consists of dormitory-style rustic cabins with bathrooms, heat/air conditioning, etc.

You can expect to enjoy daily corporate worship mornings and evenings, classroom-style training combined with hands-on exercises, outdoor skills activities.  These always prove to be unique, unforgettable weeks!

The practical, experiential skills instruction will be interspersed with powerful sessions designed to take you deep into the heart of God and His desire for you. We’re sure you will encounter Him and make lifelong friends as you embark on this exciting journey.

Training Topics

What You'll Learn

  • ASHI (American Safety & Health Institute) Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • Foraging
  • Adventure Therapy
  • Situational Awareness
  • Contemplative Prayer
  • Discovering Your Original Design
  • Building Self-Esteem & Gaining Confidence
  • Self-Care
  • Wilderness Survival Skills
  • Addressing Triggers
  • Self Defense Basics

Event Speakers

Who You'll Learn From

Sean Malone

Co-Founder, Director, Chairman

Sean found a front row seat at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. There he provided lighting for the search and rescue operations. This is where the seeds for being involved in crisis response work were planted. In 2007 he and his wife Laura officially launched Crisis Response International. Since then, CRI has trained thousands of responders to reach the harvest in the midst of crisis.

Tracey White

Disaster Medical

Tracey was trained at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He spent 35 years as a Paramedic. He was a Senior EMS Instructor for the State of Washington. For the past 34 years he has lectured at the University of the Nations in Kona. He also is an instructor for Crisis Response International. Tracey has responded to international disasters since 1974. Including Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tornados, Tsunamis’, War and flooding. He lives near Tacoma Wa. and has 3 grown children and 10 Grandchildren.

Erin Pruett

Mental Health Counselor

Erin Pruett is a licensed mental health counselor and is employed as the therapist and survivor advocate program coordinator for Rethreaded, an organization whose mission is to renew hope, reignite dreams, and release potential for survivors of sex trafficking. Erin also works with Hope at Hand where she facilitates weekly expressive art therapy groups to women who are incarcerated. Erin has worked in a variety of roles both domestically and internationally in the field of anti-trafficking since 2010. She also holds certifications in crisis and trauma response and received her black belt in krav maga in 2016. Erin joined Cri in
the fall of 2016 and has since participated in several domestic deployments and trainings. If you really know Erin you will quickly learn that what she is most passionate about is quality coffee and her greatest love is the ocean.

Important Information

Here's Where We Answer Your Questions


Location: CRI Mission Base, Training Camp & Conference Center

Address: 2494 Camp Jaycee Road, Blue Ridge, Virginia  24064

Date:  Tuesday, May 14 – Saturday, May 18, 2019

Shuttles: CRI shuttle available for $10 each way to and from Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA). Must request during registration.

Shuttle Times:

  • Tuesday, May 14 – Shuttles run from 2-5 PM from (ROA) to the camp.
  • Saturday, May 18 – Shuttles run from 4:15 AM until 12 PM from the camp to (ROA).


Price includes all meals, lodging, training fees, training manual & background check.

  • Individual / per person – $395
  • Couples / per person – $375
  • Group Rate (5 or more) / per person – $375
  • Individual / per person (for those lodging offsite) – $295
  • Youth [13-17] / per person – $99  (Youth must be accompanied by an adult at all times.)

For those who would like to lodge offsite, you are more than welcome to do so, but we encourage trainees if at all possible, to join us at the base as there is much value in the full experience.

We will award free lifetime CRI Academy access to the Trainee who brings the largest group of new trainees to this event!

Is There Anything Else I Should Know?

If you are interested in applying for Event Staff, please access this link to complete the Event Staff Application.   Feel free to email Training@criout.com if you have any questions.

Previously trained CRI responders who would like to volunteer as Event Staff – It would be great if you could  arrive one day early (Monday’s) for event set-up.  If this is not possible, Tuesday works, as well.  We are planning a special time of dinner and fellowship with the Malone’s and CRI Staff Monday evening.  Registration will be open from 1-5:30 PM.  A CRI shuttle will be available for airport pick-up from Roanoke Airport that afternoon.  Event Staff limited to 20.

In Addition:  All are welcome! Please let us know if you have a disability or physical condition so we can best accommodate you.

Once you arrive on Tuesday for registration, you are required to be onsite for the duration of the training. No alcohol or firearms are allowed.

For questions regarding this event, please email Val at training@criout.com or simply click "Register for Week In The Wild" below for more details.

Val CooperCRI Training Director

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