4th of July Special Newsletter

Greetings Sacred Path Community,

I would like to mention a few newsworthy items in this Director’s Message which include the recently held Firefighters Down Mindfulness in Nature Retreat, the upcoming Whole Life Challenge and a special July 4th Flash Sale for our December Sacred Path Men’s Retreat.

To commemorate the service that brave men and women have dedicated to preserving our freedom and independence we are offering a special discount off of the total cost of the retreat.  Just register with your deposit before midnight tonight and receive a $75 discount.  We welcome veterans and first responders to join us on the mountain in December as we gather to explore mindful manhood.

Last week, I participated with LA County Fire Dept. Captains Mike Henry and Rick Brantelli of Firefighters Down Organizaiton  in a two-day pilot project retreat held at an Insight LA location in Benedict Canyon for Firefighters, their wives and other family members. We were joined by 5 couples as well as individuals who were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  In addition to two skilled presenters on PTSD, two of our men, Christo Pellani and Philip Folsom offered their gifts accompanied by Dragon, a red tailed hawk from a wildlife preserve in Topanga Canyon and two wolves from Tonya Littlewolf’s preserve in Big Bear.

You can read what Capt. Mike has to say about his vision for helping Firefighters and their spouses recover from the PTSD that they have sustained on the front lines of years of service to our community.  In addition to fighting fires and being first responders on the scene of accidents, suicides and other horrific events, Firefighters are more and more at risk of being victims of violent attacks.  See: Firefighters Down

Coincidentally, on the first day of the Mindfulness in Nature Retreat, Capt. Dave Rosa, a 17-year veteran of the Fire Department was shot and killed when he was investigating an explosion in Long Beach.  Rosa, 45, is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 16 and 25.  These kinds of tragedies are becoming more common and contribute to the  pervasive nature of the collateral traumas that firefighters incur.

Capt. Mike and I envision having at least 10 Firefighters attend our December (6-9) retreat at Hilltop Camp in Malibu.  Last October we hosted our annual retreat inviting veterans and first responders to participate.  It adds quite a dimension to our men’s work when we are joined by the men who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.

December 2018, Sacred Path Retreat Attendees

Philip Folsom coming face to face with a wolf

Philip Folsom coming face to face with a wolf

Philip Folsom, who has kept us safe on our ropes course for several years, is inviting men from our community to join his Tribe to be a part of the 6 week Whole Life Challenge that kicks off on July 7th.  Philip told me that he would be honored to have any of our men join the Tribe on his team and it would be a great contemporary way to empower the men who are united in working on optimizing their lives.  This is the link .  You can also communicate directly with Philip at philip@philipfolsom.com.

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and joyous July 4th celebration,