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Horizon Journeys

Horizon Journeys was born of the passion and vision of its founder, Gideon Scher. Gideon's personal journey and life experiences are an integral part of the services the company offers its clients. Horizon Journeys offers empowerment and therapeutic hikes, workshops for the corporate market, survival activities for youth as well as lectures and consulting services on the topic of long distance hiking. Read more

Horizon Journeys uses nature's healing power as the basis for learning, growth, and change. We combine the power of nature with unique proven processes designed to achieve the client's goals. Whether it's developing your child's self-confidence and abilities, building a strong and positive group of students, corporate team-building or improving a parent-child relationship, we combine the correct experiential learning process with the optimal natural environment in order to achieve the desired results.

Apart from our lectures, all the company's activities occur in nature. The empowerment and therapeutic hikes are located in Israel’s most spectacular natural places, from desert springs to Galilean mountain peaks. We always adapt the location and process to the abilities and goals of the participants. A three kilometer walk with no ascents may suit a corporate team, a three day, fifty kilometer hike would be best for a group of teenagers and a workshop, with no hiking, in a beautiful green forest, is perfect for very young children. What is most important to us are the fun, success and learning of the participants.

At Horizon Journeys we believe that extended time in nature, without the distractions and noise of everyday life, allows for engaging in a unique inner journey that we build for you, according to your goals. The combination of natural expanses and this journey creates a powerful experience that leads to progress and surprising results. We offer trips for families, bar/bat mitzvah children, youth groups and adult groups. Each journey and the area in which it takes place are specifically matched to the participants' physical abilities and desired goals in order to produce the most beneficial experience possible. A trip can be anything from one day to several days long. Read less

Journeys
Workshops
Lectures
For children
Journeys

At Horizon Journeys we use nature’s healing powers as a basis for growth, change and therapy.

Extended time in nature, without the distractions and noise of everyday life, allows for engaging in a unique inner journey that we build for you, according to your goals. The combination of natural expanses and this journey creates a powerful experience that leads to progress and surprising results. We offer trips for families, bar/bat mitzvah children, youth groups and adult groups. Each journey and the area in which it takes place are specifically matched to the participants’ physical abilities and desired goals in order to produce the most beneficial experience possible. A trip can be anything from one day to several days long.

Empowerment Journey
Experience a unique empowerment journey that develops self-confidence, capabilities and resilience.

The journey, a two-day hiking trail in the Judean Hills, winds eastward along the Sorek Stream towards Jerusalem, ascends to the hills surrounding Moshav Nes Harim and ends with a visit to one of Israel’s largest caves. The journey is suitable for people seeking growth and introspection and can also provide a group empowerment process relevant to educational frameworks. The journey’s goals are suited to the client’s needs and can be achieved through a series of activities and/or the learning of survival skills (fire lighting, shelter construction, navigation). The support of a logistics vehicle support makes it possible to suit the hike to the physical ability of each participant. Only the equipment required for a day hike need be carried. As per a client’s request, a journey can take place in Israel’s desert regions or in the north of the country.

Family Journey
We use the tranquility of nature to revitalize family interaction, strengthen the feeling of “togetherness” and to boost communication between family members.

Our family journey is a unique one that will help you disconnect from the noises of a grinding routine and experience, as a family, a special adventure.
The adventure will be designed with your goals in mind and thus especially suited to your family. Whether you choose a one-day trip, two-day trip or longer…the family journey will bring you together, connect you to the calm of nature and strengthen the family bond.

Father-Son Journey
Benefit from quality time with your son via an outdoor experience combined with a process specifically designed to strengthen the bond between a father and a son.

At Horizon Journeys we have designed a father-son bonding process that harnesses not only a spectacular natural setting without distractions, but also activities that involve cooperation, communication and shared success. The learning and application of field skills such as fire-lighting using survival tools, shelter-building and cooking over an open fire will, in an exceptional and very enjoyable way, enhance the relationship between father and son.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Journey
Experience an inspiring and unique two-day empowerment hike that embodies the growth process of a youth that has reached bar/t mitzvah age.

The journey provides a structured empowerment process that develops self-confidence, an awareness of capabilities and resilience. In the winter months, the journey will begin on the shores of the Dead Sea and lead to the wadis and cliffs of the Judean desert. It will end at the summit of Masada. The route, which ascends from the salt water of the Dead Sea through an ancient desert spring to the heights of Masada, symbolizes the coming of age. In the warmer months, when foot travel in the desert is not possible, the journey will begin in the Upper Galilee forests and end at the summit of Mount Meron, the route and the ascent again reflecting the transition from boy to adult.
Although we use nature’s remoteness as an integral tool, your family will have everything it needs to feel comfortable. Off-road vehicle support makes it possible to suit the journey to the fitness level and walking ability of each participant. Only the equipment required for a day hike need be carried. A warm meal, tents, comfortable sleeping arrangements and a bonfire await you at the end of the day. A family can choose to stay in a hotel or sleep under the stars.

Survival Journey
On our survival journey, participants will learn how to light fire without matches, build shelters, navigate and cook food over an open fire. The experience does not involve any hiking.

Those who wish to combine the learning of survival skills with hiking should register for an empowerment journey. The survival journey is designed to enable the participants to test their mettle without the need for any walking. There are still challenges to be overcome, but covering distance on foot is not one of them. The survival journey involves an empowerment process based not on physical challenge, but on the learning and application of survival skills. Each survival skill and its implementation will be followed by a session of discussion designed to achieve the empowerment objectives of self-confidence, an awareness of capabilities and resilience. Those wishing to experience a two-day journey will apply the skills learned to build a primitive base camp.

Spiritual Journey
Experience a spiritual journey in Israel, the Holy Land, a country whose paths wind through places of profound spiritual significance.

Walk the path of Samson, from Tzora to Eshta’ol. Hike the Israel National trail from Mount Meron to the mystical city of Safed (Tzfat) or from the Judean Hills into Jerusalem. Travel northeast from Tel Megiddo to the Sea of Galilee. At Horizon Journeys we are privileged to enable you to hike the route that is of spiritual significance to you. Logistics vehicle support makes it possible to suit the hike to the fitness level and walking ability of each participant. Only the equipment required for a day hike need be carried. A warm meal, tents, comfortable sleeping arrangements and a bonfire await you at the end of the day. You can choose to stay in a hotel or sleep under the stars.

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For children

Extra-curricular activities for children and teenagers

Are you looking for a different and original extra-curricular activity for your child? Are you interested in an experience that will instill in your child self-confidence, an awareness of capabilities and resilience… and will also be fun? Then our unique survival activities are for you!
We teach fire-lighting skills (without matches of course!) shelter-building, navigation and field cooking. The acquisition of these survival skills and experiential learning will teach your child the values ​​of simplicity and independence. In addition, teamwork with other youth will develop in your child the concepts of communication, cooperation and mutual respect.
You can also choose one of the survival skills as an inspiring activity for a birthday party, a skill that is part of an “outdoor survival” birthday party theme. Register

Workshops

The workshops are suitable for corporate entities, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and private clients.

Survival and outdoor workshops for the corporate market and private clients
We use nature’s immense power and the dilemmas nature confronts us with, as a vehicle for growth, empowerment and team-building.

Our workshops will improve communication between team members, strengthen cooperation, increase creativity, develop resilience or any other goal you choose to set!
Over the course of half a day, a full day or several days, you and your team will rapidly be able to reach new heights. You can select a fire-lighting, shelter-building, field-cooking or navigation workshop or any combination of the different skills. Tell us what your goals are and we will build a workshop accordingly. Register

Fire-lighting workshop
We will learn about fire and about ourselves, both as individuals and as a group. Together we will face challenges and practice teamwork.

Fire has always existed. About nine thousand years ago, man learned to light fire, which was a turning point in human development. The accidental rubbing together of two branches or stones created a spark which led to a flame. This same flame led to fire and gave mankind light, warmth, security from predators and nutrients from cooked foods. All of this enabled enabled the human race to evolve into what it is today.
Lighting a fire in survival conditions is not easy. It requires teamwork, planning and determination. In this workshop we return to these core elements of success.
Join us to acquire an ancient skill that produces something that we today take for granted. Register

Field cooking workshop
Culinary delights, team-building and good fun, far from the modern kitchen.

We relate to food as something that nourishes us, comforts us, brings us together and gives us pleasure. In today’s reality, food is a constant element and often taken for granted. But this has not always been so…
Come and learn how we once lived, when we were hunter-gatherers and food was not always available. Together we will learn to recognize the different kinds of foods that the flora and fauna give us. We will of course also prepare a delicious meal together in the beauty of nature and benefit from a tasty and empowering team building experience. Register

Shelter-building workshop
Long before we were building houses, when we were still living out in nature, we needed to find shelter from the elements, from predators and to simply have a place to lay our heads. And, if we couldn’t find shelter, we built it!

In the shelter-building workshop, we will learn how, as a team, with only the most basic of equipment, to build a range of shelters suitable to different terrain and various weather conditions.
Together we will engage in a group decision-making process and set goals, preferences and objectives. We will ask ourselves what is best: a large or small shelter, shade or light or protection from the wind? We will have to consider the resources we have at our disposal, the group and the weather conditions. We will experience learning, group work, fun and the creation of a winning team. Register

Navigation workshop
Do you want to reach your destination???

In our navigation workshop you will learn about the principles of navigation and will implement, as a team, the tools you acquire in order to reach your goal. Is it even clear to us what our destination is? Do we have a plan to get there? What do we do if we make a mistake? How does a mistake at the beginning of our path influence our journey? When do we decide to start from the beginning again?
Benefit from a team building experience in the heart of nature, that will help you successfully navigate your way to your goals, whatever they may be. Register


Our workshops are fascinating and enjoyable. We focus on both the group and the individual.

Prictures from Workshops
Lectures

More from Horizon Journeys

In 2013, after receiving his Masters degree in the US, the founder of Horizon Journeys through-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, a 4200 km trail that winds its way through the high mountains of the western United States, from Mexico to Canada. Join Gideon for a fascinating conversation during which he talks about the trail, the challenges, the successes and the disappointments he experienced on his five-month journey on foot. How did Gideon deal with the rattlesnake that surprised him? What did he do when the bear suddenly burst out of the bushes and how did he cope with injuries that reduced him to tears of pain as he walked?
What are the real dangers of such a journey? What does one eat and how does one confront the fear of the unknown and the unexpected? Finally… what were the epiphanies that Gideon experienced?

Consulting services

In 2013, after receiving his Masters degree in the US, the founder of Horizon Journeys through-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, a 4200 km trail that winds its way through the high mountains of the western United States, from Mexico to Canada. Gideon has also accumulated extensive hiking experience whilst walking hundreds of kilometers along the trails of Croatia, Jordan, South Africa, Canada, Georgia and of course Israel.
Gideon offers consulting services to anyone who intends to walk out into the wilds, be it for a few days or a few months. The consulting covers topics essential to the successful completion of a hike such as: nutrition, equipment, footwear selection, recommended distances, contact with rescuers in the case of an emergency and more. Register

Our clients

About Gideon

I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, surrounded by oceans and mountains, which I explored whenever I could. After high school I worked as a rafting guide, leading multi-day river trips well before the days of cell phones and GPS. My time on the river taught me self-sufficiency and a safe decision making process.

I immigrated to Israel when I was 22, serving for two years as a commander in a combat unit in the Israeli Defense Force and for eight years as a commander in the Israeli Police Force, in a field unit responsible for safeguarding the city of Jerusalem.

In 2013, after receiving my Masters degree in the US, I through-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, a 4200 km trail that winds its way through the high mountains of the western United States, from Mexico to Canada. I have also accumulated extensive hiking experience whilst walking hundreds of kilometers along the trails of Croatia, Jordan, South Africa, Canada, Georgia and of course Israel.

In 2014, I decided to follow my passion for the outdoors in a professional context, transitioning from the security field to the education field. For three years I worked as a wilderness adventure facilitator in a non-profit organization. I am certified to guide by the Wingate Institute, Israel’s leading sports education college. It is my unorthodox path that today makes my abilities, knowledge and resources more flexible, more applicable and more valuable to those who I now lead on their journey.

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