In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc).
Camp Hotlum has a mission to restore humanity’s relationship with the biosphere. Hotlum is situated at the foot of Mount ”Shasta”. This mountain is one of the most picturesque mountains in California and is ecologically one of the most important wilderness area. The Camp is located on the site of a lumber operation which has left the land struggling to regenerate. Campers have the opportunity to be part of a learning community developing an ERC from the ground up and the heart out.
At the end of June 2021 Camp Hotlum experienced a destructive wildfire. The camp lost over 95% of all the trees, their infrastructure and tools. The team has been working on gathering information about the ecological state of the property and the tree survival, assessing the infrastructure damage, bringing in fresh water and removing remaining structures.
Currently there are no Camper opportunities at Camp Hotlum while infrastucture is being restored.
Hotlum is a primitive wilderness camp. The accommodations are primitive campsites for tents, shared outdoor cooking (often on an open fire), privies, solar showers, internet by cellular access only. There will be council practice daily, three meals cooked by campers, workshops, activities, and evening programs around the campfire.
Note: camp participation is by invitation only and an application is required. Please have confirmation from camp hosts before arrival. Camping is an act of generosity and we intend for everyone to be able to participate. At this early stage of development this is not yet possible. If you would like to support our scholarship fund please contact us.
We are a learning community. There are no requirements except a willingness to learn, a desire to connect, and the ability to get along with others. This is a rugged camping experience and may not be suitable for everyone. Currently we only have short-term camping experiences available. If you are interested in a full or part-time staff position please inquire. We are always looking for educators and facilitators.
The vision for Camp Mt. Shasta long precedes the actual existence of the location. It started as an epiphany on a meditative walk along the South Fork of the Trinity River. After a decade of exploration, this vision morphed into one of having an ecopsychology camp. During the long cocooning process it became clear that body based somatic practices and tending to the Earth must be included along with emotional, cognitive, and spiritual practices if we are to restore our relationship with the rest of the Biosphere. We must have new models of reciprocity and way of interacting with the living world that are contributing to the diversity of life.
Siskiyou County has a history of extraction industries from fur trading, gold mining, timber harvesting, and water bottling. During the 1850s, the native populations suffered genocide by settlers seeking wealth from extracting resources for export. The isolated mountainous location has kept the population low. Now that much of the gold is extracted and the timber in decline, employment is primarily in social services and service industries. Agriculture plays a major role in the economy but offers few opportunities for high paying jobs.
Siskiyou County has the second lowest family income of all counties in California. The poverty rate is 20.7%. This is in part due to a reduction in the timber industry.
The area is ecologically diverse. The Siskiyou Mountains are considered some of the most diverse mountains because western canyons can receive over 100 inches (2,500 mm) of precipitation while eastern areas are much more arid with less than 20 inches of annual precipitation
Much of the county is densely forested and susceptible to catastrophic fires, so there is plenty of work to be done! We are creating a place of learning that will benefit the entire region. Hotlum Eco-Regeneration Camp is a as much an environmental education center as it is a community center focused on resilient and regenerative practices.
Camping (basic – bring your own tent)
Restoration of livelihoods
Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.
Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.
Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020