Back to the Roots:
A Mindful Outdoor Retreat for Men

What an interesting couple of years we've had. Even prior to the pandemic, our society began to notice the increased demands, both externally and internally, as well as the significant impact from the stress of these demands. We needed a stronger and more sustainable connection to self and the outdoors before, but we need it now, more than ever. We're offering you the opportunity to slow down, decrease the noise, and just BE. Research is showing us that immersion in forested areas has a dynamic and lasting effect on our well-being, including increased immune functioning; decreased stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms; improvements in physiological health; etc. You're invited to join us in the Chattahoochee National Forest of the North Georgia Mountains for a mindful retreat where we'll get back to our roots of a symbiotic relationship to the natural world, learn approachable and effective stress-navigation skills, connect with other guys, and experience your life at a more intentional and present pace. Below are some highlights of what you'll experience:

Hiking

 

Feel alive and awake in the present as we hike through varying terrain, including forest, waterside, mountain summit, and more. Engage, and perhaps challenge, mind, body, and spirit while taking in majestic mountain views. We'll practice setting a destination/intention, while focusing on the present-moment journey.

 

Meditation

 

Learn what all the medical and wellness buzz is about. Whether learning to meditate, or expanding your existing practice into a new setting, you'll have opportunities to experience the many benefits of meditation, specifically mindfulness and nature meditation. No previous experience, nor yoga pants required. 

Camping

 

Connect with nature and your more primitive roots while sleeping and eating among the trees. Breathe air that's been recycled on this planet for billions of years. Remember a simpler time with open space and fresh air, rather than notifications and obligations. Eat mindfully , and better understand your relationship to food.

Walking with Awareness

Awakening the Senses

 

You may be surprised to learn just how distracted you are in your everyday life. While in the forest, surrounded by trees and other life, you'll be guided in awakening your senses to the present moment. Perhaps, you'll even notice something about your senses you haven't before. 

Relaxation

 

You officially have permission to unplug and unwind. There are no demands nor expectations, here, just invitations. You'll have plenty of unplanned time to settle in and take care of yourself, as well as opportunities to learn and experience the many ways practicing mindfulness can de-stress and unclutter your life.

 

 

Connecting

 

At the root of human existence, is healthy connection. Through the sacred practice of Council, communal dining, and sharing experiences in the wilderness together, you'll have the opportunity to connect with other guys, nature, and reconnect with self. You can even sharpen those social skills that may have gotten rusty over the past 2 years of pandemic protocols. 

Meet Your Guides

Patrick Bryant

Patrick Bryant

Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide

Psychotherapist/LCSW

Certified Mindfulness-Informed Clinician

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David Orozco

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Certified in Intuitive Eating Counseling

and Exercise Physiology

Upcoming Events

Back to the Roots: A Mindful Outdoor Retreat for Men
Apr 01, 4:00 PM EDT
Chattahoochee National Forest