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The Worsley Institute is a not-for-profit organization co-founded in 1997 by Professor JR and JB Worsley and others committed to preserving, protecting, and presenting the lineage that JR was taught and transmitted to others.

The Worsley Institute Service to Earth (WiSE) is one of the many Worsley Institute’s projects committed to raising appreciation and awareness of our precious planet and Nature’s natural order. To this end, we are offering an amazing excursion in Alaska!

Professor JR Worsley said children, animals and nature are our best teachers.  This unique experience in Alaska will allow us to experience pristine wilderness as the ultimate classroom to learn about the underlying Natural Order that defines our medicine and our lives.

This 11-day adventure will include a scenic small plane flight, lodging in remote McCarthy, Alaska, an 8-day scenic river float with camping alongside the river, viewing wildlife and glaciers, and insights into Worsley Classical Five-Element AcupunctureTM through the direct experience of being in remote, natural environments.


Judy Worsley, Lineage Holder Worsley Classical Five-Element Acupuncture™, will promote discussions and is a co-organizer. She has a particular interest in experiencing nature and various cultures in their most pristine expressions and has traveled and trekked extensively worldwide.

David Berkshire, President Worsley Institute and Main Organizer of the trip, has invaluable experience in wilderness expeditions and guiding.

The Group of about 10 will be composed of like-minded practitioners and students of acupuncture or other healing modalities. Formal training in Five Element is not necessary. 

Interested persons will apply and be scheduled for a Zoom meeting with the organizers for the purpose of answering questions and ensuring there is clarity about what this trip involves.

Application deadline is January 30th, 2023. Rolling admission until trip is full. Zoom chats with each applicant will be individually scheduled.

email: to request an application form.

St. Elias Alpine Guides will be guiding the float trip.


Trip Highlights:

  • Steep and towering Chugach Mountains
  • Waterfalls and glaciers pouring from green peaks
  • Wildlife such as grizzlies, eagles, seals and salmon
  • Glaciers calving into the river

In such a glorious setting, opportunities will abound to learn from Nature and to understand better not only the wisdom of the Natural Order but also its relevance to Worsley Classical Five-Element AcupunctureTM.

Our guides will care for us well during the entire excursion, including all of our meal preparation while on the river. Participants should be prepared to assist with general camp duties such as setting up and breaking down tents, organizing personal gear, and supporting the guides with camp kitchen duties as needed. All participants should feel capable of getting in and out of rafts and walking on uneven ground.

The weather in South-Central Alaska in July is variable. Days will be long with over 18 hours between sunrise and sunset. Temperature will range from 45°-75° Fahrenheit with days either being sunny with blue skies, or cloudy and raining. You will be provided a gear list to guide your packing and preparation

Trip Itinerary:

July 1, 2023:

In the morning, the group will meet in Anchorage for a 90-minute flight east of Anchorage into the remote Wrangell St-Elias National Park. During the flight, there will be incredible views of the Chugach and Wrangell mountains.

We will have two nights in the historic Kennicot Inn and explore the small town of McCarthy which is nestled in the park. Our lodging will have the backdrop of the magnificent Mt. Blackburn which rises over 14,000 feet above the historic mine and the Root Glacier.

Our time in McCarthy will comprise a mixture of class meetings, tours of the historic mine, optional glacier walk, and free time.

July 3rd:

We will take a 2-hour van shuttle ride to the town of Chitina, AK, where the float on the river begins.

We will be greeted by St. Elias Mountain Guides who will guide us on our eight-day (July3rd – 10th ) scenic Copper River trip from Chitna to Cordo

During this journey, we will float approximately 85 miles from the dry interior of Alaska, cutting through the Chugach Mountains headed towards the ocean in Cordova. Each night will be spent at a riverside campsite selected by our guides. Many of these sites will only see a few groups camp on them each year, and it is likely we will not see many other parties floating the river while we are on it. This trip is a scenic float, not a whitewater adventure, allowing time to watch for wildlife and experience the grandeur of the remote wilderness.

St. Elias Alpine Guides provides Tent, Rubber Boots, and Dry Bags, and a gear list of what participants must bring will be provided.

July 10th: Overnight in Cordova

July 11th: Depart Cordova on plane or ferry; each participant is responsible for their own personal arrangement for departure.


40 NCCAOM PDAs (Pending)


Total cost paid to Worsley Institute: $4500

$2000 non-refundable deposit required within 7 days, once admission agreed, in order to reserve a place.

$2500 non-refundable balance due March 1st, 2023

Worsley Institute’s right to cancel:

The Worsley Institute reserves the right to cancel the trip and give a refund if, due to illness, pandemic issues, or other reasonable causes, the trip cannot proceed as planned.

If after an applicant has paid and it becomes later known that the participant is not suitable for the trip, the Worsley Institute reserves the right to cancel a participant’s place and issue a refund.  

Cost Includes:

  • Plane Transportation on July 1st to McCarthy from Anchorage
  • 2 nights lodging at the Historic Kennicot Mine in McCarthy (double room accommodations)
  • 8-day scenic raft trip and camping from Chitina to Cordova
  • All meals while on the river trip
  • Formal discussions and class while in McCarthy, AK.
  • Informal discussions and teaching while on the river.
  • Lodging Cordova July 10th (shared accommodations)
  • 40 hours of NCCAOM OM PDAs pending.

What is not included in cost:

  • Flight to Anchorage
  • Lodging and Meals in Anchorage
  • Meals in McCarthy
  • Flight from Cordova on July 11th
  • Meals in Cordova

Travel Insurance: It is highly recommended each participant purchase Travel Insurance.

email: to request an application form.

We will create a very useful WhatApp group for the purpose of the organizers and rest of participants collaborating on travel questions, resources, general questions, answers, etc.



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