Itinerary For the Retreat 2021
Big Creek Trail
Bitterroot National Forest, MT 

Day 1 - Fly in to Missoula and get to your hotel

Settle in and get cleaned up. Dinner will be a backyard BBQ. The night will be an early one. You will get back to your room to pack your things up and get a good night sleep.

Day 2 - Self Reflection 

This will be an early wake up. We will need to be to the trail head by 7:30 get breakfast in your hotel. Lunches will be made here and we will begin our hike. There is a nice place about 15 minutes in that is by the river. This is where we will start with Morning Discussion(30 mins) - 15 mins for yoga / pranayama (breath work) practice, then Group is tasked to pick one item that represents their hope and another item that represents their fear while hiking during the day. 

After the group activity is done we will move forward. Hiking until we stop for lunch. We have daylight at this time of year until 9 so we do not have to rush this trail. We have all day.  Here we will move into the Afternoon Activity(2hrs) - Endless Rope exercise + 30 mins of time to self reflect on activity while we hike in silence.

 

We will finish out the trail and get to the lake. Once here we will set up camp. Dinner will be prepared by Mountain Mamas while you are in Evening Chat (1hr+) - 15 mins for yoga / pranayama (breath work) practice. Then introduce the workbook. Use tokens as a touch point to self reflect on how the fear and hope affects daily life, plus 15-20 mins time to journal or discuss Reflections of the day.

Day 3 - Managing self regulation with emotional coping skill Emotional Intelligence 

Wake up and have coffee/tea and get breakfast made as a group, clean up, followed by Morning Discussion(30 mins) - 15 mins for yoga / pranayama (breath work) practice, then Discuss mind-body connect, discuss physical changes to catch it in the beginning before triggered and it becomes difficult to pull back out of emotional reaction. 

Intro, developing, and Utilization of tools (Breathing vs Meditation, EMDR priming, visualization and guided imagery of calm place, DBT color object recognition)

Here you will have some time to explore on your own or preferably with a buddy. You are allowed to fish if you obtain your fishing license through the state of Montana before your arrival onto the trail. You will also need to bring your own gear for this. We will have snacks available to you if you would like to pack a few to go and hike around. You could also enjoy the morning with a book. Lunch will be available at noon.

 

Afternoon Activity(2hrs) - Weak and willing exercise. Demo and then the group does to each other + 30 mins of solo time to self reflect on activity.

Work together to prepare dinner, get a fire going, search for wood, etc. We will have some time to enjoy our meal before your next activity. 

 

Evening Chat (1hr) - 15 mins for yoga / pranayama (breath work) practice. Then discuss Reflections of the day before everyone takes time to journal and reflect.

Day 4 - Identifying purpose and meaning in one's own life

The layout of this day will be similar to the day before. 

Morning discussion(30 mins) - 15 mins for yoga / pranayama (breath work) practice, then Discuss as a group what everyone is learning about themselves and others. What brings meaning and purpose to your life? When do you feel a lack of that purpose?

 

Afternoon Activity(2hrs) - Passing people through a spider web rope.

 

Evening Chat (1hr) - 15 mins for yoga / pranayama (breath work) practice. Then discuss Reflections of the day before everyone takes time to journal and reflect.

Day 5 - Importance of community, connection, common purpose. 

The layout to day 5 will be similar to day 2 except we will be on our way out of the wilderness and breakfast will be in the woods by the lake. 

Morning discussion 15 mins for yoga/pranayama (breath work) practice, then discuss as a group how we can make changes to manage that fear and their hope, and its effect on us. Identifying what we nee din order to feel stable in our own skin. How our self regulation affects our connection with others. Assess how our energy affect others around us. Self discipline and self awareness to manage high performance. 

Afternoon Activity (1.5 hrs) will be after we stop for lunch about half way through the trail. "passing ball through a machine"

Evening chat (1 hr) 15 mins for yoga/pranayama (breath work) practice. Then discuss reflections of the day before everyone takes time to journal and reflect.

Dinner will be one of our local restaurants! Welcome back to town! You did it! Following dinner we will get you promptly to your hotels so that you may clean up and get a good nights rest for your flights the next morning. 

Day 6 - Saying Good Bye.