Bozeman, Montana

 

August 10th – 14th, 2022

 

Registration opens Thursday, March 31st for Café RE members

Registration opens Friday, April 1st for non Café RE members

 

COVID 19 Vaccinations are required to attend this event. We want to connect again in-person and keep our participants safe.

Recover the person you were meant to be!

“So much healing takes place in nature… we are nature. When we consciously choose to heal in this environment with other like-minded individuals, it has an amplified effect. And it can be a LOT of FUN!”

– Paul Churchill

 

Learn the tools for a successful alcohol-free life. Laugh, connect with others and start creating the next chapter of your life.

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Connect with other like minded individuals

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Learn tools to be successful in sobriety

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Explore different recovery approaches in a hands on environment

Quitting drinking is the just the beginning. Then it’s more about creating a life where alcohol is no longer needed opposed to staying away from it. At this event, you’ll figure out your next pathway on your alcohol-journey or reinforce what’s currently working. You’ll begin to realize that you can do this… and it doesn’t have to suck. In fact, it can be a lot of fun. You’ll see that life without alcohol is possible and the answer has been inside you the whole time. There is something magical about the wind in the pine trees in Big Sky country. Come listen and find out for yourself…

Your Retreat includes

Accommodations

Attendees will stay in a large comfortable, cozy, and clean cabin or camp on the grass lawn. Fall asleep to the sound of crickets and breathe in the fresh, crisp Big Sky air.

Food and Drink

Retreat includes 3 healthy meals, snacks, tea and coffee. Vegetarian options available each meal. Specialty diets are available at an additional cost.

Sound Healing

Partake in guided meditations where the music is performed LIVE. Release stored energy and past traumas through energetic vibrations.

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Workshops

Industry professionals lead workshops and events on how to be successful in life without alcohol.

Check out this group of AF rockstars from our 2019 retreat in Bozeman. Taken at Palisade Falls near Hyalite Reservoir. Photo credits @Kris Oyen

Retreat Itinerary

Wednesday, August 10th

3:00pm – 6:00pm Check-in, Merch booth and Welcome Social at Dusty Saloon

6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner

7:30pm – 9:00pm Camp Orientation

9:00pm – 9:40pm Evening Debrief Groups

10:00pm – 11:00pm Workshop 1 – Deep Relaxation Under the Stars

 

Thursday, August 11th

7:00am – 7:55am Sunrise Yoga, Meditation or Workout Class

8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast

9:20am – 10:00am RE Unite + Piano Meditation + Dance move

10:15am – 11:45am Cacao Ceremony

12:15pm – 1:15pm Lunch

2:00pm – 3:15pm Connecting Within

4:00 – 4:30pm Head to Hyalite Reservoir

4:40 – 5:40pm Share Groups

5:45pm – 8:00pm Dinner, Free time, hike, swim, paddle board, campfire

8:00pm – 9:00pm Head back to camp for music campfire and s’mores

 

Friday, August 12th

7:00am – 7:55am Sunrise Yoga, Meditation or Workout Class

8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast

9:00am – 9:45am RE Unite + Ukulele Meditation + Dance move

10:00am – 10:50pm Head to Spanish Peaks Trailhead

11:00am – 12:00pm Share Groups

12:00pm – 4:30pm Hike to a waterfall, relax, swim, hangout in nature

5:00pm – 6:00pm Return to Camp

6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner

7:00pm – 8:00pm RE Unite + Piano Meditation + Dance move

8:00pm – 8:40pm Evening Debrief Groups

9:00pm -10:00pm Campfire and s’mores

 

Saturday, August 13th

7:00am – 7:55am Sunrise Yoga, Meditation or Workout Class

8:00am – 8:45am Breakfast

9:00am – 9:40am RE Unite + Piano Meditation + Dance Move

10:00am – 11:00am Connecting with Spirit

11:00am – 12:00pm Share Groups

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm Breathwork Group 1

3:00pm – 5:00pm Breathwork Group 2

5:00pm – 6:00pm Share Groups

6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner

7:00pm – 11pm Open mic night, campfire, s’mores and group dance!

 

Sunday, August 14th

8am – 9am Breakfast and Merch Booth

9am – 10am Closeout

10am – 10:30 Packing, Merch Booth and Goodbyes

 

Thank you to our 2022 Retreat Sponsors

FAQ

What will this retreat be like?

This retreat is FUN. Sure there will be challenging times like at any retreat, but it’s geared towards showing you that a life without alcohol can involve joy, smiles, and lots of laughter. There will be personal breakthroughs, there may be tears, lifelong connections will be made, and it’s all going to take place outside of your comfort zone.

You’ll have free time to walk in the forest, journal, and connect with others.

Since we feel community and connection are key to departing from alcohol, we’ll be doing a lot of group work. At times, all campers (yep, just like summer camp as a kid) will meet, and then you may find yourself in a smaller group session with 8-10 others. We have plans for male/female breakout sessions, and you may be paired with a “camp buddy” as well. We try our best to be creative with group pairings to provide the best scenario for connection.

We’ll do a group excursion to a local favorite somewhere in nature! In 2021 we rented a pavilion at a lake, hiked in nature, and did some dancing by grill!

How will you be handling COVID? Please read our disclosure and make sure you're comfortable before registering.
COVID DISCLOSURE
COVID-19 Vaccines are required to attend this event.
The setup at the retreat center does not allow for social distancing. Accommodations and meals are in shared spaces. We are not filling all the beds in the cabins and have opened up camping to help with this.
We ask that each person consider their comfort level in deciding to join us and recognize you are attending at your own risk. Hand sanitizer is provided in accommodations and at all workshops.
Attendees may choose to wear masks if they choose. If you become symptomatic the week of the event (fever, cough, shortness of breath), we ask that you don’t attend. We have modified our cancellation policy to accommodate late cancellations. However, we still have costs associated with each guest, whether they attend or not.
Here are additional precautions that we are implementing
    • Temperature check and personal health questionnaire/waiver upon check-in
    • Hand sanitizer provided at all workshops and dining areas
    • All seats disinfected after workshops.
What is the cancellation policy?
Full refunds will be processed until 7 pm EST on July 15th, 2022.
All but $400 will be refunded up until 7 pm EST on Tuesday, August 9th.
No refund will be processed after 7 pm EST on Tuesday, August 9th, 2022.
What are the accommodations like?

Accommodations are simple, modern, sleek, and cozy. Open a window, and you’ll sleep to the soundtrack of nature and crickets! Beds come with linens, a blanket, and a pillow.

Ladies – The large cabin is dedicated to females, and each room (8 total) consists of 6 bunk beds with a queen bed in the middle for luggage and storage. Note*** – Due to Covid, we will only be placing 6 females in the rooms instead of 8. Each room has 1 shower and 1 separate bathroom.

Men – “I call top bunk”! There are 4 rooms with 10 bunks but we are only selling 7 beds per cabin due to COVID.  There are bathrooms and showers inside the rooms.

Camping – Campers are given a 10′ x 10′ camping space on a large grass lawn. Campers have access to bathrooms and showers within walking distance. Please bring a headlamp. We do not rent camping supplies so please bring your own camping gear.

 

How do I get to the retreat center? Is there parking at the facility?

There are several ways to meet us for check-in and the Dusty Saloon social from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Wednesday, August 10th.

First off, here’s the address.
Yellowstone Alliance Adventure
13707 Cottonwood Canyon Rd
Bozeman, MT 59718

You can take an Uber or Lyft from the Bozeman International Airport, which should take 35-45 minutes. If you plan on arriving a day or two early or want to explore Montana after the retreat, then renting a car is a great option.

If you’d like to share an uber or coordinate a ride with someone else, please email kmac@recoveryelevator.com. We can’t guarantee we’ll find you a riding partner, but we’ll do our best!

If you’re driving on your own, there is parking at the retreat facility.

Are there vegetarian, vegan or gluten free dining options?

Each meal contains meat and a vegetarian option. 

There is a $75 per person fee for gluten-free and vegan options. We will send out a google form requesting this information about 4 weeks before the retreat start date.

Is this a 12-step based retreat?

No, not at all. This is a non 12 step based alcohol-free retreat that pulls resources and tools from all different kinds of programs. There may be references to 12 step programs, but Recovery Elevator is in no way affiliated with any programs. At past Bozeman retreats, during free time, there have been pop up A.A. meetings which we think is great 👍

Is this a spiritual retreat?

This retreat can be as spiritual as you’d like. We will have a specific workshop and talks guided towards spirituality, and will purposefully place you in situations where you can connect with spirit. Much of this work is done with the breath. You may hear an occasional reference to GOD but this isn’t a religious retreat.

What to pack?

Pack for warm days, cool nights and clothes for light to moderate outdoor activity. We will be doing some hiking (optional) (walking shoes are fine) and visiting a lake.  Please bring these specific items: Water bottle, sunscreen, swimsuit, towel, bug spray, a notebook or journal, eyemask (for breathwork), and headlamp. If you’re camping, please prepare for colder nights and the possibility of rain.

What are the workshops like?

We’re currently working on the 2022 list of workshops, speakers, and activities. The itinerary will be updated as the event gets nearer.

At past retreats, we’ve done the following. You may see some of the same at this event: sunrise yoga, Brain Spotting (trauma workshop), Somatics Therapy (releasing stored energy), group meditations, spirituality talks, using alternative narratives to depart from your story, AF Olympics, scavenger hunts, AF Nutrition 101, Healthy Routines and Schedules, group shares (individuals share their stories to small groups, open mic night, karaoke, dance party and so much more.

What do my flight times need to be?

Check-in and the Dusty Saloon social are from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, August 10th. Please book flights so you can arrive at the event on Wednesday during these times. If you land in the Yellowstone International airport before 4:30 PM, you should have no problem making it there before 6 PM. Please let us know if your flight arrives later so we can be expecting you.

We recommend booking a departure flight after 12:30 pm on Sunday, August 14th. The retreat will close out at 10:00 AM on Sunday, and you should be able to make it to the airport by 11:00 AM.

Some people have to leave early Sunday morning which is okay, but please do your best to stay for the closing ceremony.

 

Yellowstone Alliance Adventure
13707 Cottonwood Canyon Rd
Bozeman, MT 59718

If you need to arrive a day early or stay an extra day, here are some hotels we recommend.

Sweet, summer camp in the Rockies! Zip line, rock climbing, and rafting!

Yes, these activities are a blast, but are not part of the itinerary. The schedule is full of workshops geared towards learning how to lead a successful life in recovery but we will be doing some hiking and exploring. We highly recommend you add a couple of days to your trip to experience all the Big Sky Country has to offer.

Is there an alcohol-free requirement?

We ask that all attendees have at least 30 days from their last drink. However, we understand that “life happens” and you shouldn’t cancel. We do require that all withdrawal symptoms have passed before attending this retreat as there aren’t trained medical professionals on staff to assist with the detoxification process of alcohol.

Can spouses or significant others attend?

This specific retreat is geared towards those who are actively working on quitting drinking and spouses or significant others are not invited to attend. Your spouse will be awaiting a new you upon return!

What kind of physical activities can we expect to see?

We won’t be scaling Denali, but we will do a couple short hikes, perhaps some lawn games and some other old school summer camp games. No need to purchase hiking boots or trekking poles for this retreat. All hikes are optional and there are activities planned for those who don’t want to hike.

Do I have to attend all the workshops?

All workshops are optional, however, we highly recommend you attend as many as possible.

Can I stay at a hotel and attend the retreat during the day?

In order for you to get the full benefit of the Recovery Elevator retreat, we require all attendees to stay at the retreat facility.

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