The Essential Adventure
An Alpine Lakes Retreat
Frying Pan River Valley (near Aspen) CO
September 15-18, 2023

If you’re reading this, the “essential adventure” is likely what you are being called to in these times – to contribute regenerative leadership to the great challenges we face. This retreat is an immersion in and deep support to that calling. Regenerative leadership to me is twofold. First, it’s about the essential adventure of life – to be fully alive expressing the gifts you came into this life to give, with wholeness, confidence and joy.

Second, it’s about evolving the experience of being human during this time of dire urgency on the planet, and reclaiming a co-creative and sacred relationship with the land. This relationship holds your keys for how to navigate through these times, and to express your true gifts and destiny – because you are alive right now for an evolutionary purpose. You’ll gain insights from some of the most important regenerative perspectives and strategies being used by thought leaders to engage these times. We’ll partner with the land to explore themes of self-love, grief and trust.

This is an immersion in the quiet and beauty of the land, and its profound capacity to heal and reveal truth. Most of our time will be spent outside in the warmth and nurturing energies of late summer in the mountains of Colorado. We’ll spend the first two nights camping in a stunning spot with immediate access to mountains and lakes, taking short daily hikes to extraordinary locations.  Meditation and yoga will be woven into the experience in a way that deepens the essential supports available through these practices.

The retreat includes an afternoon solo on the land. This is the heart of the adventure, since it is in this space that so much is revealed, healed, and transformed. The entire retreat is about connecting deeply inside, with the Earth, and with the guidance and courage that wants to be accessed at this moment in your life. It’s about distinguishing or catalyzing the purpose that will guide you during these challenging and pivotal times.

The last night of the retreat will be spent at a gorgeous private alpine lodge on the Continental Divide where we can relax together and integrate what has emerged in our personal and collective adventures. The picture above is the view from the deck of the lodge! The whole time we will enjoy delicious organic vegetarian meals to assist with the high vibe of the adventure. The group will be small (6-9 participants) to encourage a more intimate setting for deeper support.

Alan Van Winkle, who will be assisting with this adventure, has years of experience guiding trips throughout the area. He’s one of my oldest and dearest friends and is warm and fun, and a badass in the backcountry.

I’m Gwen Garcelon, and I’ve spent most of my career helping people to express their leadership in service to a regenerative world (even before “regeneration” was a thing.) Regeneration is how nature operates – in an intricately collaborative dance, where there is no waste or over-consumption, and where every element and player is honored and necessary. It’s really about what is at the heart of all the world’s wisdom traditions – that we are one with all of life, and the profound creative potential when we act from that awareness.

I will share the tools I’ve honed working alongside “game changers”, and in decades of personal and spiritual development, movement building, and regenerative community and organizational development. Together we’ll experience how to source regenerative guidance and daily sustenance, no matter the circumstances. I look forward to an intensely fun, nourishing and life-changing adventure with those who will gather for this time in one of my favorite places on the planet!

$1110 includes everything except airfare:

(sliding scale available, please contact me to find a financial option that works for you!

  • Pick up and drop off at the Eagle or Aspen, CO airports

  • All Camping Gear

  • All Lodging

  • All Meals (Organic and Vegetarian, prepared together as a group
    so you will learn some new prep and nutrition tricks)

Click here to make a non-refundable $300 deposit to hold your place. The moment you take this step a powerful creative process begins within you and with the others who will gather in the mountains above Aspen.

Thank You for what you are bringing to this experience!