UPDATE: Road Trip 2021 is happening. Session 1 will take place October 3-6, and Session 2 will happen October 6-9. Registration opens April 19th!
Let's begin with what Road Trip is NOT. It's NOT a retreat, NOT a conference, and NOT a church men's retreat. It's a conversation.
Weird, right? What does that even mean? At Road Trip we're all about invitation. Simply put...you attend a retreat, but you're invited into a conversation. And the best part? You can choose to participate, or just listen. In any case, Road Trip is safe space for foster and adoptive dads to share their greatest fears and greatest struggles, without judgement.
In the midst of this conversation, you also get a chance to getaway and participate in fly fishing, hiking, exploring, napping (if you need it), micro-brewery trips, horseback riding, and much much more!
A conversation you can engage in or just listen to. Your choice
Camaraderie with fellow dads who face the same struggles
Safe space to share honestly without the fear of criticism
Mike is a Best-Selling author, award-winning podcaster and blogger, and a sought after speaker and trainer in the adoption and foster care space. He and his wife, Kristin, co-founded The Honestly Adoption Company which specializes in providing virtual support to foster and adoptive parents worldwide. He is the father of 8 children all through adoption. He's been married to Kristin for 22 years. They live on a farm in Indiana.
Jason leads Austin New Church, a missional, Methodist, fully inclusive faith community in the cultural district of South Austin.Jason and his wife, Alison, have 5 daughters; 4 bio and one adopted. Jason values honesty, vulnerability, and a demythologized approach to parenting built on a commitment to create and maintain the conditions required for mutual thriving. On a good day, Jason is a happy dad. On any day, he accepts that as his work to do, not his kids.
Andrew is founding attorney behind the Children’s Law Center of Washington, a 501c3 law clinic offering free & low-cost legal services to achieve permanence for Washington State’s orphaned and vulnerable kids. Andrew and his wife Michele co-founded the Refresh Conference eight years ago. Andrew is particularly passionate about the roles of dads in foster/adoptive families.
This year we're offering back to back identical Road Trip sessions:
The past 14 months have been interesting to say the least. We know you probably have questions about COVID-19, our take on things, and how Bear Trap Ranch and Road Trip will handle this present pandemic this year. Please read our recent COVID update below...
Update from the Road Trip Leadership Team (via email sent on April 16, 2021)...
By any estimation... this has been a long year. We are all tired of the politics, the polemics, the conspiracies, and the resulting cancellations.
Road Trip has always been a sacred space where the things that connect us matter more than the things that divide us. As you have heard, Road Trip 2021 is on! And we are determined to gather for the good of our souls. Truth is... we've never needed to gather more than now, in the mountains, to refresh and re-center. Our kids and significant others have come to depend on the adjustments we make while on these getaways. We always come home more whole, more honest, more available. It's what we do.
So, in the spirit of brotherhood, we are asking you to join us in Colorado, fully vaccinated, for the safety of all, and for the protection of the immunocompromised among us. We have zero intention of arguing "for" or "against" anything. This feels like a simple decision to us. The safest way to do it, is to abide by ALL the safety guidelines and protocols recommended by the CDC; which begins with getting fully vaccinated.
It's free. It will be universally available in plenty of time for fall travel. Let's keep ourselves, our loved ones, the camp staff, and everyone we encounter along the way, as SAFE as we can.
Get the vaccine. And sign up this coming Monday, April 19th (or ASAP)! Spots are limited, and will go fast.
And prepare yourselves. This year we will go harder, further, deeper... than ever before.That's a promise!
Make sure you stay up to date on Road Trip by visiting and bookmarking the official Road Trip page: www.roadtripdads.com. Registration will open this coming Monday, April 19th!
Mike, Jason and Andrew
PS- this email was written by all 3 of us in unity. Please direct any questions you have toward all 3 of us. Thanks guys! We hope to see you this fall.
April 19th-July 15th (*EXTENDED!).
Here's what you get with Road Trip Early Bird registration...
July 16th-September 30th.
Here's what you get with Road Trip Regular registration...
*16 spots remaining in Session 1
*16 spots remaining in Session 2
ROAD TRIP REFUND POLICY:
*Registration price includes meals, lodging, bedding, and materials onsite at Bear Trap Ranch. Price does not include air or ground travel, meals offsite from the ranch, or recreation costs.
*Refunds are available until 11:59pm Pacific on July 1st, 2021. No refunds will be issued after July 1st because our contract with Bear Trap Ranch becomes non-refundable and non-negotiable. If you have to cancel after July 1st, you can recoup your registration in the event that someone takes your spot. However, it will be your responsibility to find your replacement.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much does it cost and why?
Early bird registration is $349 (April 19th thru July 1st) and regular rate registration is $369 (July 2nd thru September 30th). The cost includes lodging and meals for 4 days at the ranch, as well as beer glass and additional programming materials. Due to losses in 2020 Bear Trap was forced to raise their prices.
How do I know it's for me?
If you're a dad and you often wrestle with isolation, exhaustion, frustration, or just need to know you're not alone, or the thoughts you struggle with are not crazy, Road Trip is for you. At Road Trip you will find a fierce commitment to providing you with safe space to share openly without the fear of judgement.
Does it matter if I'm new to parenting?
Nope! In fact, we would tell you that you NEED Road Trip more than ever. You have no idea what ups and downs, or great challenges are ahead. Road Trip helps you find a unique perspective on parenting, marriage, manhood, and life.
How much do I have to participate?
It's totally up to you. We think you'll have more fun if you engage in the conversations and/or hikes, micro-brewery trips, fly fishing, etc. but Road Trip is your trip to do with what you want to do and need to do. If you need to rest, we will tell you to take a nap. If you need to spend some time alone, do it. This is your road trip.
Where does Road Trip take place?
Road Trip happens in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, at 9100 feet, just outside of Colorado Springs. The best two airports to fly into are Colorado Springs or Denver International.
Does my location matter?
Not at all. We have men join us from all over North American and even outside of the US and Canada. If you have access to an airport, you can get to Road Trip!
What are the sleeping arrangements like in the cabins?
You'll either be in a multi-room cabin or a larger lodge with multiple rooms for your stay at Road Trip. The beds are moderately comfortable but we recommend packing some memory foam if you can. Every cabin/room has outlets to charge phones, or plug in CPAP machines.
Can I request my own cabin/room?
You can, but we can't guarantee that we can make that happen. This year, we are limiting the number of men per room/cabin due to COVID-19 safety measures, and that means more rooms are going to be used. There are no guarantees that individual rooms can be granted.
Do I need to get the COVID vaccination before attending?
We are asking every attendee to Road Trip 2021 to get the COVID vaccine for the safety of all involved in Road Trip 2021. By October, this should be available to all adults. *Please read our COVID update email here.
Is there WiFi/cell phone reception at the Ranch?
Wifi will not be available while at Bear Trap ranch. And there is no cell service since we are In a valley surrounded by mountains. You are able to get cell phone reception at the top of the mountain surrounding the ranch. We will provide the contact information for Bear Trap to give to your family after you register.
Do you provide transportation at Road Trip?
We do not provide any ground transportation during your stay at Road Trip. You will be responsible for renting your own vehicle or connecting with other attendees to arrange car pooling. We do invite you into a Car Pool Facebook Group to connect with other guys to arrange this after you register.
What if I need to cancel or request a refund?
We understand that things come up and plans change. However, due to contractual obligations with Bear Trap ranch we do have a strict cancellation/refund policy in place. Read that here. Full refunds are available thru July 1st. After July 1st, Road Trip is non-refundable because our contract with Bear Trap is confirmed.
What safety measures are in place in light of COVID-19?
We are asking every Road Trip attendee to get the vaccination. However, along with that, Bear Trap Ranch has committed to strenuous cleaning procedures that includes deep cleaning and sanitizing the dining hall, all common areas, as well as the cabins and lodge. The staff at Bear Trap is required to wear masks at all times and they get tested daily before coming to work.
Can I request a roommate?
Yes you can. In fact, just after registering you will have the opportunity to tell us who you would like to room with if you are coming with a friend. We understand how important personal connections and friendship are and will do everything we can to accommodate all requests.