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Our Story

Soltreks...Treks for the Soul

Established in 1996 and incorporated in 1997, Soltreks was founded by Doug Sabo and Lorri Hanna who noticed students being missed, lost, or hidden within therapeutic and wilderness programs. It became clear those students needed a more personal approach toward healing their relationships and their personal growth process.

The founders developed a program unlike others offering One-on-One treks with the intent on making a difference in the lives of children, young adults, and families.

Soltreks – the one (solo) trek for the soul

Soltreks’ customized and individualized approach began with the same commitment they have today with the focus on each individual. Built upon a foundation of integrity and strong work ethic, it seemed most appropriate Soltreks would find its home amongst like-minded neighbors along the north shore of Lake Superior, MN. The natural areas are both healing and restorative. It remains the only wilderness program of its kind in the area. 

Soltreks' programs expanded over the years to include a summer program, family treks, a young adult program and treks/retreats for adults. Group size remains small to ensure attention to each participant. We are proud to say that some of the most dedicated and gifted people in the field of wilderness programs contributed to the development and growth of Soltreks. The program continues to focus on quality over quantity, with the spirit, loyalty, and commitment that began in 1996.

In 2014, sailing was added as a program option. The founders facilitate numerous transformational journeys for those who seek contemplation and personal empowerment. Lorri Hanna also offers individual and small group somatic practices, retreats, workshops and transformational life coaching. To learn more, see Barefoot Souls.

As the name suggests, Soltreks truly provides treks for the soul. By clearing a path to navigate toward one's true nature and life purpose, graduates depart with a better sense of who they are and who they want to become.

We'd love to hear from you!

Are you a Soltreks alumni staff or student?  

If you are a part of Soltreks' history and interested in sharing your experience, please email us at

We'd love to hear how your life has unfolded and about your adventures since leaving the northland!

Lorri and Doug

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