Q: I am not religious at all, in fact, I dont really know if I believe in God. Is COA still for me?

A: While many attendees are religious, many are not. We encourage everyone to be respectful and open to the beliefs of others. COA is not affiliated with any religion or denomination. While the term “God” may be used it is the broadest definition of the word including terms such as nature, higher consciousness, the universe, etc. All people with a desire to grow are most welcome.

Q: I have not ever done a cold plunge, breath work or meditated. Do I have to participate in these?

A: At COA we practice radical ownership, meaning you are fully responsible for your experience and journey. While open-mindedness to new experiences is encouraged, if something doesnt feel good or right for you, you are welcome to excuse yourself. We all are responsible for checking in with ourselves and knowing our limits.

Q: What should we bring?

A: Seasonally appropriate clothes including a bathing suit and toiletries is all that is required. Towels and linens are provided. We do a book exchange on the last day where we swap books that have been meaningful to us.

Optional items to consider is earplugs or headphones for close sleeping quarters, your favorite pillow, a journal and pen, snacks if you have something particular you love, and an open mind.

Q: What should I leave at home?

A: Alcohol, drugs, vapes etc. If you have a serious nicotine addiction then no-one will stop you from running to your car for a quick hit. Those things may make some people uncomfortable (many are in recovery) and inhibit your ability to get in touch with your truth.

Prejudice and polarizing opinions We all have these on politics, religion, covid, the state of the world and what to do about it. We want retreat to be free of the bombardment of crap that we often must shield our hearts against in our everyday life.

Technology. I am not going to take your phones away from you, but I am going to request that we minimize its use. I recommend that you tell your family and work you are going off the grid for the weekend. In the case of a true emergency, they can call me (317) 603-0886 and I will relay the message. If that seems too terrifying, limit your phone use to after dinner or before breakfast. Please give yourself the gift of not working on things other than yourself. You deserve the break. Everything can wait.

Q: What will we eat?

A: At COA we eat well. If you are vegetarian, vegan, or have food allergies I will personally work with you to provide alternatives to meet your needs.

Dinner: Smoked BBQ Pork, Buns, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Fruit, chips, cookies

Brunch: Bacon, eggs (scrambled), fruit, Pancakes
Dinner: Ny Strip, asparagus, veggies, pineapple, corn, baked potatoes, cheesecake

Brunch: Eggs, Oatmeal, Smoked Sausage, Fruit

Q: What if I dont know anyone? Will I still have a good experience?

A: It can be intimidating to walk into a group of strangers. However, COA is designed to help people really get to know each other. With small groups and team challenges you have the opportunity to develop meaningful connections within your group. Many people find their “new best friends” at COA.