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the art of becoming

“Who you become is up to you.” - Brad Elpers


Together, in a brotherhood-like tribe, we will gather in nature to explore our personal selves, expand our perspectives, and develop our purpose and practice in life.  This is a process of adapting to the modern world, relating to our ever-changing environments, and creating balance within and without.  This is The Nature of Man.


Four-Day Retreat

An immersion in nature

August 22-25, 2019

What: A retreat experience for men in the great outdoors of Kansas.
When: Thursday, August 22- Sunday, August 25
Where: Flying W Ranch, Clements, Kansas, in the historic Flint Hills of Kansas

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The Project - A mentorship in the art of self-discovery, self-creation and becoming.

*Your retreat-style adventure includes:

  • campfires under the starriest skies

  • delicious meals cooked in and over an open fire

  • campfire entertainment

  • horseback riding

  • axe throwing

  • whiskey tasting

  • yoga

  • meditation

  • breathing exercises

  • the arts of communication (with self and others)

  • the arts of sensual living (embracing your physical senses)

  • the art of filling your cup

  • the circle of brotherhood (like the vikings man!)

  • free time to wander, relax, hot tub, read, stargaze, or catch up on you.

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*The deeper benefit:

  • Deepen your self-awareness in your world.

  • Enrich the quality of your life and all that you are in relationship with.

  • Explore personal transformation through engagement with the elements of Mother Earth.

  • Live with less physical stress, less emotional anxiety, less mental worry.

  • Live in harmony and balance with your naturally given powers.

*Limited to ten guests.

*Agenda & Registration:

  • Check-in Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM

  • Welcome 6:00 PM

  • Check-out Sunday 11:00 AM

  • Break Sunday 12:00 PM

  • Non-refundable deposit reserves your space - deducted from balance.

  • Earlybird available til noon, July 22.

  • Earlybird and Registration payments in-full are refundable up to Noon, July 31.

Four-Day Workshop

A year of self-discovery


The overview

This is a year-long practice of personal development for men.  We create a safe space for us to:

  • Be authentically men

  • Step aside from ego and see who we truly are

  • Learn more about our "Self"

  • Find our purpose

  • Practice mindfulness

  • Experience awareness, acceptance, and right action

We will explore communication, nutrition, strength, stability, mobility, meditation, breathing, listening, progressive resistance training, yoga, mantra, song, brewing sacred beer/elixirs, axe throwing, sweat lodging, experiential exercises to connect with the physical/mental/emotional/soulful dimensions of being, the chakras, the elements, the essences of the four directions, your creative skills, and more.

Photo by H_Barth/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by H_Barth/iStock / Getty Images

The schedule

Your year will be divided into four quarters...winter, spring, summer, fall.  We will meet one day, outdoors, each season.  Each day in each season will focus on an element, a dimension of your being, and experiences relative to both.

  • Winter - Earth - Physical Being

  • Spring - Air - Mental Being

  • Summer - Fire - Spirit/Soul Being

  • Fall - Water - Emotional Being

Dive deeper into your life, enhance and refine all aspects of your being and your relationship to yourself and EVERYTHING in your a man, partner, father, friend, employee, entrepreneur, student, teacher, servant and adventurer of time, space, and beyond. 


You deserve this, and more.  The choice to create all of it is up to you.

2020 Sessions: February - May - August - November


The Project Facilitator


Brad Elpers

creator, Acme Yoga Co.

Brad is like a nature-loving wolfman living life in the body of a male human posing as a yoga teacher who secretly imagines he's the son of Odin. He fathered three full-grown humans, has a monthly Stance sock subscription, savors whiskey-cheese-coffee-italia, and enjoys the outdoors...more-so with a campfire by the lake.

2019 Focus: filling his cup (literally and metaphorically), learning italian, stone-walling, Toltec shamanism, throwing axes, shapeshifting, more time with the elements, and mindfulness training of elite athletes.

June 7, 2019, The Way of the Firewalker

June 7, 2019, The Way of the Firewalker