Elemental Odyssey fuses elements of wellness to build community and introduce healthy habits that support students’ ability to thrive in their college experience.

Each day is spent intertwining dimensions of wellness to promote a holistic and lasting set of habits for individual and community well-being. The program is grounded in seven dimensions of wellness:

Some activities include yoga, Tai Chi, artistic projects, a visit to Davidson’s Lake Campus, and exploring areas in and around Davidson College, as well as evening campfires with sharing and reflection circles.

We will be staying onsite at Earthshine Lodge that includes cottage-like sleeping arrangements, provides all meals along with outdoor-oriented activities and nature hikes. There may also be occasional field trips into campus and/or the greater Charlotte area.

Elemental Odyssey Summer 2024

Session Dates: August 11-16th

What to Expect

  • Create an awareness of what healthy habits you want to develop as you transition to college.
  • Learn strategies and “wellness nuggets” to integrate all of the elements of wellness, and get time to practice daily.
  • Connect with other incoming Davidson students and student leaders.
  • Explore Davidson College campus (Campus as a Challenge Course) to find hidden gems to support your wellbeing while on campus.
  • Travel to local areas (Lake Campus, entertainment, restaurant) that you can return to during your academic year and experience wellbeing.
  • Lodging is at a lodge about 3 hours from Davidson campus on Earthshine. The camp provides sleeping accommodations in a shared wood-lodge and home-style meals.

Fees & Financial Aid

Elemental Odyssey is offered at no cost to students. There is a $25 registration fee. We also offer financial aid for travel to attend Elemental Odyssey.

Learn More About Fees & Financial Aid For The Program

After Odyssey Lasting Connections

Davidson offers many organizations, events, and programs to promote aspects of wellness. Students will leave Elemental Odyssey with an understanding of these resources and a network of student leaders.

Wellness at Davidson


If you have questions or concerns, please contact us. We are happy to chat or get you connected with someone to answer your questions!