Bozeman, Montana

 

August 19th – 22nd, 2021

This event is currently sold out. Please email kate@recoveryelevator.com if you’d like to be put on the cabin or camping waitlist.

Please read our COVID and Cancellation policy below in FAQ before registering. We want to connect again in person, yet keep our world and participants safe.

Recover the person you were meant to be!

We did this retreat in 2019 and it was so much fun. My stomach muscles and cheeks hurt from so much laughter. Life, in general, is meant to be fun, especially without alcohol.

-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

At the end of the last Bozeman retreat, it became clear this event needed to happen again. This event was special. They all are, but this location is ideal for connecting with others and most importantly yourself. You’ll begin to realize that you can do this. 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

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 2019 we rented a pavilion at a lake, did some paddle boarding, and hiked to a waterfall!

How will you be handling COVID? Please read our disclosure and make sure you're comfortable before registering.
COVID DISCLOSURE
The setup at the retreat center does not allow for social distancing. Accommodations and meals will be in shared spaces. While we are hopeful the vaccine will be widely available by the time we gather, there are still many unknowns about the pandemic timeline. 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
    • 1/2 of the cabin sleeps spots remain unsold to ensure space inside the cabin.
    • All seats disinfected after workshops.
What is the cancellation policy?

Full refunds will be processed until 7 pm (EST) on July 21st, 2021. All but $350 will be refunded up until 7 pm (EST) on Tuesday, August 17th. 

Is there a retreat Itinerary?

You betcha… **Itinerary is subject to change

 

Thursday, August 19th
12pm Camp open for camper registration + Merch Booth
3pm – 6:30pm Check-In and Welcome Social at Dusty Saloon
7pm – 7:45pm Dinner
8pm – 9pm Camp Orientation
9pm – 9:40pm Evening Debrief Groups
10pm – 11pm Workshop 1 – “Deep Relaxation” with Christy Lin
Friday, August 20th
7am – 8am Sunrise Yoga, Meditation or Workout Class
8:15am – 9:15am Breakfast
9:30am – 10:10am RE Unite + Piano Meditation with Justin Mosley + Dance move 1
10:20am – 11:15am Workshop 2 “The Power of Journaling” with Tricia Lewis from Recovery Happy Hour
11:30am – 12:25pm Workshop 3 “Setting Boundaries” with Odette Cressler
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
2pm Head to Hyalite Reservoir
3pm – 3:30pm RE Unite – Dance Move 2&3
3:30pm – 4:30pm Share Groups
4:30pm – 6pm – Free time, hike, swim, paddleboard, dance, etc.
6 pm – 7pm Dinner
7pm – 8pm Workshop 4 “Coherent Energy (80’s themed)” with Paul Churchill
8pm -11pm Music, campfire and s’mores
Saturday, August 21st
7am – 8am Sunrise Yoga, Meditation or Workout Class
8am – 8:45am Breakfast
9am – 9:40am RE Unite + Piano Meditation with Justin Mosley + Dance Move 4
9:45am – 11am Workshop 5 “Clarity Breath-work” with Briddick Webb
11am – 12pm Share Groups
12:15pm – 1pm Lunch
1:30pm – Madison River Tubing
5:30pm – Back from Tubing
6pm – 7pm Dinner
7pm – 8pm Share Groups
8pm – 11pm Open mic night, campfire, s’mores, and group dance!
Sunday, August 22nd
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast and Merch Booth
9am – 10am Closeout
10am – 10:30 Packing, Merch Booth and Goodbyes
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 4 females in the rooms. Each room has 1 shower and 1 separate bathroom. We have space for 28 lovely ladies at this retreat!

Men – “I call top bunk”! There are 3 rooms with 12 bunks but we are only selling 5 beds per cabin due to COVID.  There are bathrooms and showers inside the rooms — capacity for 20 males.

Camping – Campers are given a 15′ x 15′ 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 18th.

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.

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 a short hike (walking shoes are fine) and visiting a lake.  Please bring these specific items: Waterbottle, sunscreen, swimsuit, towel, bug spray, a notebook or journal, and headlamp.

What are the workshops like?

We’re currently working on the 2021 list of workshops, speakers, and activities. This FAQ 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 Thursday, August 19th. Please book flights to arrive at the retreat center (Yellowstone Alliance Adventure) located at 13707 Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Bozeman, MT 59718. The retreat is a 35- 45 minute car ride south of the Bozeman International airport.

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 near the cabins. 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.

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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