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Fri, Oct 06


Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area

Nature's Calling: A Mindful Outdoor Adventure for Men

Join Patrick Bryant, psychotherapist and Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide, and his colleagues Garrett Thurman, LPC and Patrick Gragson, on a weekend of unplugging, restoring, and reconnecting, as you're guided through the scientifically supported benefits of mindful nature immersion.

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Nature's Calling: A Mindful Outdoor Adventure for Men
Nature's Calling: A Mindful Outdoor Adventure for Men

Time & Location

Oct 06, 2023, 2:00 PM EDT – Oct 08, 2023, 12:00 PM EDT

Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area, 439 Lake Winfield Scott Rd, Suches, GA 30572, USA


About the Event

Have you been feeling stressed, overwhelmed, burned out? Feeling like you're missing connection or struggling to prioritize meaning or purpose for this time in your life? Or, are you simply wanting some time away from screens and obligations? There's likely a reason for these feelings. Believe it or not, Americans, on average, are spending 90% of their lives indoors, are reporting record high experiences of stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout, and are reporting feeling more isolated and disconnected. From increased screen time to heavier reliance upon drugs and alcohol for relief. From increased obligations and demands at work and home to polarization of friends and families in politics, social media, and identities.  In short, humans have been further removed from our natural habitat, therefore, experiencing greater challenges (Louve, 2007). Nature provides medicine for all the above. And, we have science to back up this claim. Perhaps, you're feeling a call toward more simplicity or calm. Maybe you're wanting some time away, or focus on self-health. 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 retreat is neither therapy, nor a religious group, but there will be no shortage of healing, self-care, growth, and nourishment of mind, body, and spirit. In addition to the innate healing of nature, we'll be exploring and discussing identity- what rule does masculinity play in your life? Is it helpful, harmful, benign? Are you comfortable in your identity? Do you strive to live up to predetermined rules of masculinity, or do you prefer a more modern, less rigid interpretation?

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 to 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 with self and others, 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 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 area 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. If you prefer a hammock, bring that instead. There's room. 

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.


  • 1 hour

    Check-in and Setup

    Group Site

  • 1 hour

    Meet and Greet Group Activity

17 more items available


  • Weekend Pass

    Your 3-day pass for the Mindful Outdoor Adventure.

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