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Fri, Apr 29


Union County

Back to the Roots: A Mindful Outdoor Retreat for Men

Join Patrick Bryant, psychotherapist and Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide, and David Orozco, Dietitian Nutritionist, on a weekend of unplugging and reconnecting, as we camp, hike, reflect, relax, and eat in mindful and balanced ways.

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Back to the Roots: A Mindful Outdoor Retreat for Men
Back to the Roots: A Mindful Outdoor Retreat for Men

Time & Location

Apr 29, 2022, 4:00 PM EDT – May 01, 2022, 12:00 PM EDT

Union County, Lake Winfield Scott, Georgia 30572, USA


About the Event

It's no secret that the last 2 years have presented challenges. From increased screen time and more obligations and demands at work and home. From changes in socialization and activity levels to increases in depression, anxiety, and generalized stress. Many folks have experienced an increased desire to change this new status quo in some way. Perhaps, you're feeling a call toward more simplicity or calm. Maybe you're wanting some time away, or focus on self-care. Even if you're just looking for something fun and engaging to do outside, we've got a great weekend in store for you. 

You're invited to enjoy a weekend with no obligations, only invitations; no notifications or streaming, just the ambient sounds of the forest and abundant life within it. You'll be guided to shift focus toward the basics, as you pause monotany, gain an increased sense of presence, prioritize what's important to you, and practice actively participating in your life with intention and purpose. This is neither therapy, nor nutrition counseling, but there will be no shortage of healing, self-care, growth, and nourishment of mind, body, and spirit. 

By the time you leave these forested mountains, you'll notice a sense of calm and contentment, which is all yours to take with you, which you can recreate whenever you like. Everything you will learn and experience, here, is approachable and easily sustained on your own. Perhaps, you'll notice a greater sense of comfort and confidence camping and hiking within the natural world, a strong foundation or more fine-tuned mindfulness practice, a clearer and less convoluted sense of self, and a confirmation of that deep knowing of self and your connection to the outdoors that's always been there, but needed some nourishment. Even if you've been camping and hiking before, even if you already have a healthy mindfulness or meditation practice, even if you already have a healthy relationship to food, you may be amazed at the new depths you'll be able to reach, here, when you have an uninterrupted safe space to press pause on the speed and chatter of the your busy life, and let yourself feel nature's restorative properties in this way.

*Showers and toilets are a short walk away on the gounds, and there is running water at the campsite. 

*Our site is reserved only for us, so no stress about first-come-first serve lodging. 

*Each participant will have his own tent lot within our site for plenty of personal space, while our on-site community area allows for connection with your guides and other guys on the retreat. 

*Our site is wooded on all sides with plenty of privacy from other campers.

For details about where we will be staying, go to

What you need to bring:

tent (Don’t have a tent, and don’t want to buy one? No problem. Rent one here.)

sleeping bag

sleeping pad

clothes and shoes appropriate for physical activity outdoors in Georgia springtime.

water container/thermos 

any medications prescribed to you and necessary for your health

Optional Items:

rain jacket

pull over or light jacket in case the nights get cool

bug spray





light (headlamp or lantern)

trail or hiking shoes

backpacking water filtration

Items not allowed:





recreational drugs


What we provide:

food for all meals (good stuff, not freeze dried packets)



coffee and tea

first aid

**For a printable version of this checklist, click here.


  • 2 hours

    Welcoming and set-up

  • 1 hour


15 more items available

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