Leadership is about teaching people how to process life biblically.

Dr. Dwight Peterson - WILD Director

Multi-level #leadership and #discipleship training.


The W.I.L.D. leadership development model is built around the GROW System, our 4-level discipleship curriculum that grows leaders from the inside out… teaching them to leverage their own aggressive learning process into opportunities to impact the world around them by investing in others, with or without a traditional role.

A multi-level leadership institute, W.I.L.D. was established in 1984 to train youth pastors on how to use the wilderness as a tool to grow their students. We quickly learned the transferability of the curriculum made it a powerful tool for developing leadership across disciplines. From ministry professionals to business leaders, thousands of W.I.L.D alumni are spread across the globe investing the dynamic toolset gained from W.I.L.D. into their organizations, their families and their own aggressive learning processes.

We also partner with colleges and universities to offer college and graduate courses for credit in the context of W.I.L.D, exploding both the potential value of W.I.L.D to the participant and focusing the curriculum into a more structured and intentional format.

Wilderness Institute for Leadership Development


Individual Enrollment*

$695 pp

*Students that enroll for credit pay ONLY tuition to the Pilgrimage partner school at which they are enrolled. The school will pay the cost of W.I.L.D. to Pilgrimage from the tuition dollars paid by the student.

Organizational Enrollment**

2-5 Participants: $650 pp
6-9 Participants: $625 pp
10+ Participants: $595 pp

**Organizational discounts are available for WILD attendees from the same organization that register for the same WILD week. We believe in the exponential increase in integrative value cross-referencing provides when multiple students return from WILD

When & Where

May 23-28, 2022

Appalachian Trail (PA & MD)


Location TBD


L1 | Grounding

Engaging the Spiritual Growth Process

Anchored by the Learning Cycle and the Transformation Model, the Level 1 curriculum is specifically targeted to grow and hone one’s eyes and ears for the work of God in one’s own spiritual development and learning processes.

An effective leader must first be an active learner.

L2 | Reproducing

Relating for Spiritual Impact

The curriculum kicks the Learning Cycle up a notch into what we call the Ministry Cycle, a model for using the same core process as a tool for ministry an individual (as opposed to group) level.  Includes the FORMS  and OIC conversation tools.

The effective leader must first learn to invest their learning in others without the leverage of a formal role.

Level 3: Outfitting

Equipping Reproducers

L3 builds a philosophy of role-based leadership on skills for enabling and growing effective Level 2 leaders. It introduces the Shepherding Cycle and CAST (integrative Bible study) while targeting increased skill with FORMS and OIC. We also introduce group leadership responsibilities to the dynamic.

The effective leader must learn to intentionally develop next-generation leaders, not just agenda-followers.

Level 4: Widening

Cultivating a Culture of Growth

The primary aim of L4 is to develop, mobilize and mentor Level 3 leaders. Our focus is on a model of multi-level ministry development that seeks to launch leaders who will launch others into productive ministry by embedding the approach into the culture of their organization.

The effective mentor must develop leaders for impact in their own skin, skill, gifting and calling.


Dr. Dwight Peterson, WILD Director, introduces the Pilgrimage philosophy and approach to multi-level leadership development in the context of our Wilderness Institute for Leadership Development.


Participants can enroll with one of the following partner schools for undergraduate or graduate courses designed to leverage the Wilderness Institute experience as the foundational course content.

If you are not already an enrolled student at a Pilgrimage partner school, you may enroll as a guest student. Upon course completion, you may transfer the course to your school of choice. Before enrolling for credit, verify with your school how the course you choose will transfer -- whether it will fill a program requirement or elective that moves you closer to graduation.

Students that enroll for credit with Pilgrimage partner schools only pay course tuition. The school will cover the event cost for WILD.


Introduction to Accelerated Learning (3 credits)
Wilderness Leadership (3 credits)
Leading in Active Learning Environments (3 credits)


Leading in Active Learning Environments (3 credits)
Organizations as Learning Communities (3 credits)


Developing Leadership Within the Organization (3 credits)