Join a group of like-minded travelers on a retreat to the sacred lands of Southern Utah.
1. Time for Soul Searching and deep relaxation
2. Receive answers to Spiritual questions
3. Harmonize with mother earth
4. Increase spiritual connection
5. Experience the Joy of joining with others with shared intention
6. Learn tools and practices to enhance you daily life - Bring the Utah energy home with you!
Experience the beauty, deep quiet, and energy of the sacred lands.
Eat gourmet food tailored to your dietary requirements.
Hike the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument area with a local guide.
Do meditation, movement, music, practices and rituals; listen to the land.
Small group experience: maximum 16 participants.
Be with John McKinley in an experience patterned after his Journey to Bliss.
Go home with the spirit of Utah’s fearlessly authentic living.
Travel to Escalante via Salt Lake City, UT or Las Vegas, NV on your own.
Meet at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch on October 1, 2018. $1200 retreat price includes:
Campsite for 5 nights from October 1, 2019– October 6, 2019 (Cabins, tipis, bunk room and lodge rooms are available for an additional charge.)
3 1/2 days of hiking and activities
13 gourmet meals at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch (or on the trail)
Local guides trained in wilderness education and safety; musicians, sound healing, Peace Dance
Guided exercises with group leaders John McKinley and others.
Reserve your space by mailing your $100 Non-refundable deposit. Full $1200 payment to Journey to Bliss with John Due by July 1, 2019. Cancellation Policy: Before August 15 - 100% refund. August 16 - September 15 - 50% Refund. After September 15 - no refund.
Address: 708 Old Settler’s Trail, #5, Hopkins, MN 55343.
For more information, contact John at 612-408-2731 or info@JourneytoBlisswithJohn.com
Detailed Information for 2019 Retreat:
To Recap: The retreat price includes all your food, guided hiking, nightly entertainment and camping. Transportation to the resort is up to you. I recommend flying to Salt Lake or Las Vegas and renting a car (SUV) for the 5 hour drive.
For the best opportunity to integrate the peaceful energy, I recommend staying a day or 2 extra and having some quiet time on the land and also to give yourself adequate time to/from the airport. I suggest arriving on monday, OCT 1 or earlier. Our first dinner will be at the lodge on Tuesday, October 1. On October 2 breakfast will be provided at 730am and you will have free time to explore until the peace dance at 330. Our First official event is the Peace Dance which starts at 4pm on Wednesday OCT 2rd.
Accomodations: If you would prefer to have a room instead of camping the rates are quite reasonable $30-100 in most cases. Some rooms have multiple beds and could be shared by up to 4 people. a number of rooms are being held for our group and are available if you identify yourself with the group. Our group receives a 10% discount on room rates so be sure to mention that when booking. You can call the Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch for reservations. Also, you can go to their website to learn more about the ranch, its philosophy and the rooming options.
Food: The food is considered to be some of the best in the valley. Everyone from last year raved about the quality, variety, seasoning, nutritional value, and portion size as well. If you have any dietary requirements they can accomodate most requests. Its even more delicious when your relaxed in such a beautiful place. Meals are provived from dinner Tuesday night October 1 through breakfast on sunday morning October 6. Lunch is on your own Tuesay Oct 2. Drinks and desserts are an extra cost - they are not included in the meal plan. Alcoholic drinks are not recommended during the retreat.
Hiking: We have 3 full days of hikes planned. Hikes are usually 4-6 miles and are designed to be within the capabilites of most people. The hikes are picked for their beauty, peace and terrain that fits the group. We take frequent breaks. The intent of the hikes is to connect more deeply to yourself through connection to the land. We will be doing activities on the land such as guided meditation, native american blessings and other conscious activities. Our guide this year will be David Holladay. David has lived on this land for 40 years. He was a senior instructor at Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) for 18 years. He has also taught primitive skills for 25 years to groups such as Rabbit Stick and Winter count. I personally met David in 2012 and wrote about him in my book. He is fearlessly authentic and he has an amazing amount of land wisdom to share with us.
Evening Activities: Each day we will have a sound based experiential group activity. Last year we enjoyed a Peace dance, a sound bath,and a chakra clearing. I plan to offer those again and additionally Hannah O Wilder will be joining us this year. I wrote about Hannah in my book as well. Her music is deeply inspired by the vibration of the land. Her music is sound healing from the shamanic approach and captures the spirit of this land. Last year Hannah walked the land for 28 days to gather inspiration for the current healing music she is creating.
A sample days schedule:
Breakfast @ 730
Leave for Hike @ 900
Return from Hike @ 400/430
Dinner @ 630
Nightly Activity @800-900/930
Other details: On Tuesday October 2, optional group dinner at Hell's Backbone Grill in Boulder. last year everyone elected to joing together for this and it was a fantastic evening!
Hiking guide - $10-20 Day
Musicians - $5-10 day
Waitstaff - Included in our plan