What is a Story Group?

A story group is a small group in a brave safe space consisting of a trained facilitator and up to six participants.

One of the primary ways you are invited to engage at Story Groups is by sharing written stories from your childhood and young adult life. These stories are important windows to gain a deeper understanding of what has shaped you into who you are today, and are a helpful way to invite you toward discovery, growth, healing, and moving toward healthier relational patterns for the future.

Why Story Groups?

No one escapes harm over the course of their lifetime. Therefore we all have stories that need healing and restoration. Unfortunately, there are very few contexts in which the full extent of harm and heartache in the human experience can be explored in a way that brings healing, this is especially lacking in our traditional church communities.  When you share your story in the presence of others, you heal. Courageously stepping into stories of pain and harm is the very place that true healing and restoration occurs.

Our Story Group will meet for six consecutive Thursdays 6-8pm and beginning on February 23, 2023.  Cost is $200/per participant and space is limited to 6 people.  To RSVP or for more information contact Grace & Lanni at info@upwild.org.  No one will be turned away, sliding scale option.





More Details:


Saturday, September 17th:  Back to School Social 1-3 pm - Location: MQT Hope across from campus (927 W Fair St) Fair St entrance.

Description: Bring a friend or just yourself have a snack and do some water coloring with other cool people and get to know more about the Art & Sol group!


Saturday, September 22nd:  Learn to make a macrame plant hanger! 2-3 pm - Location:  MQT Hope across from campus (927 W Fair St) Fair St entrance.

Description: Join Art & Sol and learn how to make your very own macrame plant hanger! All materials, instructions, and air plants to place in your hanger will be provided. Bring your friends, good vibes, and a mug for some hot tea (that will also be provided).


Saturday, October 8th:  Create your own spiritual nature journal! 2-3 pm - Location:  MQT Hope across from campus (927 W Fair St) Fair St entrance.

Description: Join us in making a journal that can be used for your adventures outside! Journals, pens/pencils, paints, and journal prompts will be provided. Bring your friends and your own mug for tea!


Saturday, October 22nd:  Hike at Sugar Loaf! 2-4 pm

Description: Meet at Sugar Loaf new parking lot (off of Hwy 550) at 2 pm to hike, see the fall colors, and relax by the lake!  To carpool, meet at the northern center parking lot on campus at 1:30. Bring a snack, water, and a nature journal if you have one!


Saturday, November 5th:  Learn all about kombucha with Superior Culture 2-3PM - Location: Superior Culture: 717 N Third St.

Learn about the process and meet other cool people- free.


Thursday, December 15th:  Wild Feast 6 pm -Location: 131 E. Ridge Street

Description: Join us for our last event during the fall 2022 semester! Meat and vegan chili will be provided as well as some yummy treats.We will provide old magazines, posters/cardboard to make an inspiration board or if you would like you can paint with watercolors!



* All events are free and drop-ins welcome. RSVP is helpful to prepare supplies.

Make sure to follow instagram and facebook for updates, or join our text thread!

Text Natalie @ (313)-618-4499.


We Are:

creating a community based around healing through art, nature, and conversation


Natalie White, a junior at NMU studying socio-cultural anthropology felt that with the increased usage of technology, the high amounts of mental health issues on Northern Michigan’s campus and our changing world, it is important to spend time on ourselves in intentional ways and to connect with our peers as much as possible.


Healing can be done in many ways, shapes, and forms, through things we love to do and through things that make us feel at peace.  Through this program/group, I am attempting to create a peaceful, loving environment through gathering with other students, working on art projects, and learning more about the outdoor world around us. 


What we will be doing


 macrame, nature journaling, vision boards, painting...


sharing stories, conversation, safe space

in nature

healing, hiking, serenity

Surrendering to the understanding that healing can be a collaborative process; where one is safe to share and others are able to resonate without judgment or advice.  That the first step to healing is being heard which enables us to take the next right step in our lives.  There is a healing presence in nature; it is a natural and spiritual resource.  If there is a Great Spirit, Mystery of all Life, Creator God surely living in and within all things - a wild and loving presence

then that can be an important part of our healing process and life journey.

This is the core of what is U.P. Wild.  That by beholding the beauty and feeling the essence of wonder & awe, we know a lasting peace that nothing in the world can take from us.  It is this relationship we seek to cultivate (while also sipping some fresh grown tea & exhibiting the silly joys of which makes life so wonderful).

Our Reason

Culture is tough

Church is rough

Connection is enough