My guess is that, if you're reading this, you have already made significant progress in changing your life for the better. You may have done this through therapy, coaching, seminars, or just sheer will. My second guess is that joining a community of men who LOVE the OUTDOORS, who want to see BIGGER RESULTS in their life, and who are committed to a life of SELF-DISCOVERY is of interest to you. If I was right, hear me out.
Most men don't get the opportunity to sit in Circle with a group of like-minded individuals and contemplate what they really want out of life. There is no real Rite of Passage into adulthood and many men are left to wander into their 20's and 30's without SOLID COMMUNITY and LIFE PURPOSE. They may be taught to lead in some ways but, they are not taught to lead with their HEART. Many men find themselves feeling angry, depressed, and unmotivated while spending a significant amount of time in front of screens, working at a job they don't like, struggling with money, ignoring their health, or engaging in unhealthy relationships in response to this lack of SUPPORT and DIRECTION. You may be asking yourself "What do I really want?" or "I think I know what I want but, I don't know how to get there." Some common responses are simply "I just need a better paying job" or "I just need to find a good girlfriend" or "I just need to finish school." So what's holding you back? Have you thought about it? Do you have a really strong support system where you are given space to breathe, explore, and be held accountable? Or, are you doing the "man thing" and going at it alone? Take a moment to feel into these questions.
So, WHAT IF you were given the opportunity to challenge yourself in ways YOU never thought possible? WHAT IF YOU were able to sit in CIRCLE with other men your age and explore what YOU REALLY WANT, run WILD in the mountains, learn how to LEAD with YOUR HEART, and create a COMMUNITY filled with lifelong friends who meet on a regular basis? WHAT WOULD YOU DO with this opportunity?
This is what QUEST is all about. This IS your opportunity. Your TRIBE is MANIFESTING NOW.
What can you expect to gain from the 4-day QUEST?
1. Knowledge on how to design, prepare, and lead your own wilderness expedition
2. Fundamental training in technical canyoneering through remote canyons in Southern Utah
3. Meditation instruction and practice to increase focus and improve mood
4. Basic survival skills including proper equipment, route finding, and emergency rescue
5. Connection with Conscious Men like yourself
Who is it for?
This QUEST is a male-only expedition for Men ages 20-35. Prior wilderness experience is not necessary but, a reasonable amount of fitness will be required. The QUEST is specifically for people who are searching for a bigger results in life, who want to be a part of an active community, and who have a deep love for the outdoors. Some of the roadblocks participants are facing include unhealthy relationships, boredom, a job you dislike, lack of motivation, confusion on what you want, or intermittent anxiety/depression. We cover all of this is the QUEST. Adrenaline junkies are also welcome as rappelling 200-foot slot canyons in remote sections of Utah desert should give you your fix. QUEST is NOT for people that are unwilling to attend or who are suffering from mental illness or drug addiction. QUEST is NOT a treatment experience and everyone will be drawn here by their own inner-calling.
What do I need to bring?
A packing list will be sent once a member has signed up. The list will be very basic given to climate of southern Utah in the summer and the guides can assist with any questions on what to buy prior to the QUEST. ALL canyoneering equipment will be provided.
Is it safe and what happens if someone gets hurt?
Yes, although it may be scary at times, it is most certainly safe. Mike has been a Certified Canyoneering guide for over 5 years and has led 100's of trips. Both Mike and Bryce have completed Wilderness First Responder courses and have assisted in remote rescue operations in the past. A satellite phone will be available for use in emergencies and it will allow family members to contact the guides via email if there is a family emergency.
What is a CIRCLE?
Circle is a group experience where all members are given the space to explore whatever comes up for them in the moment. This may be an desire, a question, or simply the space to feel. Nobody is here to fix anybody or offer unsolicited feedback. It is much different from a talk therapy group. The process for doing this was developed by Tej Steiner in the early 1990's and more information can be found in his book Waking Up with Everyone Around Us.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes, call or e-mail Bryce at email@example.com to apply.
Who can I call with questions?
Bryce will be available to answer any questions from potential participants or family members, 5 days per week, 9-5 MST @ (435) 491-0175.
May 1-4, 2020 - Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
We will meet at my office in Salt Lake City @ 8 AM, do a quick introduction Circle, gear up and head out. We will head into Capitol Reef National Park, set up camp, and have lunch before venturing further into the park for our Intro to Canyoneering Course. After this, we will head back to camp, cook dinner, and finish the night off with an Introduction to Heart Circle group.
We will open Day 2 up with a mindfulness meditation, breakfast, and morning Intention Circle. Then, we will head off deeper in to the park for some more serious technical canyoneering. There will be some team building, route finding, and survival training during the course of the day. Everyone will be taught how to set a rope, rappel, belay, read a topographic map, and keep themselves safe in the event of an emergency. After this, we will make our way back to base camp again for some relaxation, dinner, and another Heart Circle under the stars.
We will start Day 3 off with some meditation instruction, breakfast, and Intention Circle. After this, we will do our final canyon before heading back to camp in the late afternoon. In the evening, everyone will be given an opportunity to participate in their own Vision Quest. After dinner, we will hold a Vision Quest ceremony and invite all members to participate.
The Vision Quest will end at noon on the fourth day. All participants will gather at base camp for a Heart Circle to share experience, acknowledgement, and set up ongoing connection. After our final Circle, we will make the 3-hour drive back up to Salt Lake City for a 6 PM arrival.
*Participants traveling from out-of-state will need to be in Salt Lake City on the 16th. Please e-mail us after booking so that we can sort out accommodation and pick-up.
Come join the experience that will last a lifetime!
In 2007, Bryce graduated from a wilderness program in North Carolina after several years of struggle with substance abuse. This ignited his passion for helping others and being out in the wild. He began working for a wilderness program in 2010 and he went on to work for outdoor programs in Utah, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Australia over the next several years. After selling everything he owned to follow his dream of traveling around the world for a year, he returned to Utah to continue his professional career in life coaching. Today, he works with clients and families all over the country as a Certified Life Coach and Interventionist, continues to travel often with his soon-to-be wife, and enjoys spending meaningful time with friends and family as much as possible. The QUEST is part of his Big Dream that was inspired by his own participation in a Men's Heart Circle for the last 4 years and the connection that he has experienced while being out in the wild.
In 2005, Mike was studying education at Indiana University when he heard a calling to go a different direction. Since then, he has built an esteemed career in the residential and wilderness therapy fields. He started as a field guide at a wilderness program in southern Utah, providing direct care and treatment to young men dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. Later, Mike graduated to leading 2-day family workshops with the families of current clients. In 2011, he played a key role in the start-up of Legacy Outdoor Adventures, a company that combines traditional wilderness therapy with technical adventures like rock climbing, backpacking, and mountain biking. Mike is currently the program director at LOA and is in charge of creating a team and culture where clients are offered the most effective wilderness and adventure therapy experience possible. Mike received a certificate in Substance Use Disorder Counseling from the University of Utah and uses his 12+ years of experience in the therapy field along with his own personal recovery experience to be an effective catalyst for change in others. Mike has continued to refine his leadership skills and love for the game of basketball over the last 6 years as the head coach of Wayne High School boys basketball team. He also runs a small business, Capitol Reef Adventure Company, which takes tourists and adventurers on canyoneering, rock-climbing, and backpacking trips in the Capitol Reef National Park area. Mike has found a deep meaning and purpose in his professional work, but his greatest joys in life come from spending time with his wife, Elessa, their 3 children, and 2 dogs. Whenever they have a free moment, you will surely find them out hiking and exploring in the wilderness of Capitol Reef National Park and Boulder Mountain.