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Tend to the garden of your soul. 

A 5-day nature immersion held on a 100-acre private retreat in the Adirondack Mountains of New York (pictured above)

As a busines leader, healer, or coach, it's a given that you explore what's in your heart and the wilderness within. 

Rediscover your wisdom, creativity, and capacity to serve.

Founder Christine Powers along with facilitators Daniel Gutierrez (international best-selling author of Radical Mindfulness and America's premier sacred travel leader), Barbara Wittmann (German author of Meetings in Moccasins and modern-day medicine woman), and Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville (pioneer in integrative and executive leadership consultant), welcome you to join them for any of three extraordinary journeys.

2019 Camp Dates

4-night, 5-day unplugged retreat. Each Camp embodies the core principles and teachings, and this year we are offering a sub-theme for each one. 

August 15-19 Christine Powers & Barbara Wittmann 5 spots available

Sub-theme: Spirit, mysticism

August 22-26 Christine Powers & Daniel Gutierrez 5 spots available

Sub-theme: Mindfulness, presence

September 26-30 Christine Powers & Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville 8 spots available  

Sub-theme: Cellular wisdom


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($500 USD secures your spot!)

Video: What are you made of?

Watch: Daniel Gutierrez poses 3 questions. Is Philosophers Camp for you?

Compass Facing the North

Philosophers Camp will lead you home.

Standing at the top of the mountain during sacred ceremony, your shoulders drop, your heart opens, the sun warms you. You cannot quite tell if you are seeing ten or eleven layers of mountains. Your energy merges into the vortex where "Condor and Eagle" meet. Energy spirals, stretching and soaring into the sky as your heart thrums with joy. You exhale… and let go.  

A surge courses through you as you prepare to enter the Philosophers Compass. You see the path laid out before you. You know the master within you is present. In an instant, tired ways of being melt away and a new freedom washes over you.  

As you proclaim who you are, you understand the power of these mountains are walking with you now. You feel power ripple outward. Your life can never be the same. 

The 2019 Facilitation Team has all played together at the Philosophers Camp. They have witnessed the deep resonance and passion among their global missions.

With the unique alchemy of their gifts, Christine, Daniel, Barbara, and Dr. Dorothy are creating three uniquely flavored extraordinary journeys of transformation.  

By the end of this journey...

You are restored in body and soul. You have laughed until you cried. Created new relationships. You understand what it means to be present and mindful at home, work, in your mission, in all your life. 

Lingering temptations to play small evaporate. You are confident in architecting the mission and life you desire at a higher level and you understand fully the gift you are to those you know as well as those beyond your knowing. 

You can now truly inspire others. You know how to retreat into the wildness within you and walk in your true essence (nature) anytime, anywhere, nourishing yourself so that you give from your fullness. 

This fruits of this journey will touch your family, colleagues, clients, communities, all of humanity in the years to come.

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My heart says yes! 

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The Amazing New Glampshire, Our Base Camp

This is a one-of-a-kind, "rustic luxury" experience.  

You'll remember what it’s like to actually slow down and enjoy life.  

The setting nourishes your spirit as you delight in all that is offered. Our expert team is known for the pampering they provide to every participant.  

Walk the forest, peer across mountain vistas for 80 miles, fall asleep to the bubbling of Kibby Creek. Slip out for a star bath and glimpse the wonder of the Milky Way. The nearest big city is so far away that the starry nights are mind-bending and heart-opening.  

Awaken to the sounds and smells of a camp breakfast.  

Whether "glamping" or in a tiny home, you will sleep in a real bed with smooth linens and puffy pillows, fresh flowers, heat and electricity.  

New Glampshire looking in

You’ll experience the finest hospitality – sipping a French-pressed iced coffee or perhaps hot Japanese twig tea overlooking the Western Ridge, journal in an Adirondack chair with chimes gently sounding, explore the Rock Farm, sketch by the Beaver Pond, or relax by a crackling campfire that glows day and night. Or maybe you'll slip away and nap in a hammock tucked in a grove of shimmering trees. uu

August and September are amazing times to be in the Adirondacks. Sunshine floods the land, flowers and herbs are all around, the air is fragrant, and the cool nights bring hints of the eventual blazing colors of Autumn. (And most of the bugs are gone.)  

This is the perfect sanctuary to unplug and reconnect to the most vital places within you.  

You'll remember what it’s like to actually slow down and enjoy life

Teresa de Grosbois

Teresa de Grosbois, Founder of the Evolutionary Business Council, International Speaker and the #1 International Bestselling Author of Mass Influence.

"Philosophers Camp is a spa for the soul. A beautiful way to connect with other high-powered people in a space where you gain greater clarity on your mission. Christine Powers is a master at creating sublime experiences that accelerate transformation. Be prepared to widen and deepen your capabilty to impact our world... profoundly."

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Enjoy Delicious, Healthy Meals Made with Love

  • Our amazing North Country chefs know how to create culinary wonders in an outback setting.  
  • Your senses will be delighted while food is prepared, combined with the company of new friends, and perfectly spiced dishes featuring vegetables, eggs, cheeses, yogurts, breads, jams, meats, nuts - the best of what is curated and grown locally
  • Breakfasts are relaxed, lunch packed for the trail, and dinner is a family-style celebration.  
  • Abundant snacks are available.  
  • Can’t eat this or that? Vegan, vegetarian, Keto, gluten, or dairy free? No problem – we’re happy to accommodate any of your food preferences.  
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"Christine is a beautiful mixture of whimsy, mad talent, and wisdom. She created the Philosophers Camp for inner growth, new discoveries, self development, and deep exploration. She holds the space for attendees in a wonderful and magical way. This is a safe environment and worth experiencing. I give my highest recommendation!"

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Debbi Dachinger, media personality; syndicated, award-winning radio host of "Dare to Dream" and producer; interviewer of celebs on the red carpet; on-camera event host; keynote speaker; certified coach and author of international bestselling books.

Our Journey

Beginning: Release & Restore

Sitting under the moon, you turn toward the fire, feeling heat floating toward you. You feel heat within you. Your heart’s desire? Freedom, happiness, peace, power… You know it’s time for a major breakthrough with every cell in your being.  

How do you move past situations that challenge you? How do you release limiting thoughts in your mind, or old, stuck emotions in your heart? How do you stay radically present to love and joy when life is bombarding you day in and day out?

We will guide and support you. Calling on decades of experience and wisdom that has been passed down for generations, you will find release and peace as you sink into the restorative power of this land and accept the loving guidance and care offered you. 

Voyage: Go Explore

Trekking up a trail that gently winds upward, you stop over and over to take in the scents, the early morning sun, the buzzing bees, the vistas. 

You join the group, and in hushed silence, take in the wonder before you. The High Peaks. Majesty. Expansion. Layers of mountains. Layers of you. 

It is here that many hear drums and voices from times past. The soil beneath your feet hums with a song beyond sound. Guided into a deep state, you meet the One who has been patiently waiting for you. 

With super awareness, you take in the awe of your surroundings, from the sweep of the trees to the tiniest spider webs. You realize you are exploring the landscape of your heart. Your small self dissipates and you become present in a way you did not think possible. You know in your bones that all you are, all you ever need, is already within you. 

Return: Step into Power 

As the days deepen in ceremony, sacred conversation, private and shared discoveries, and rejuvenation, you come into relationship with the powerful being within who creates confidently and creatively. 

You anchor new insights, feel your strength, and uncover wisdom. It's time to commit to taking action when you return home.  

In ceremony at one of the most profound places on the land (shhh, we cannot tell you!), we’ll raise the vibration for all humanity. Supported by your new-found circle, we'll reflect and witness the transformation in one other.

You'll pack your deepened awareness, clarity, and power, and journey home knowing you are part of a global community, confident you can create a life you truly desire, share a bigger message, and make a stronger impact with anyone you touch, anywhere on the planet.

I am so in! 

Creative Time
Dinner Table

Join a rapidly growing movement of "philosophers" dedicated to supporting each other

  • CLARITY: Understand why you are called to lead and learn how to stick to your purpose. Period. 
  • IMPACT: Emerge with a new fearlessness and passion to manifest potent outcomes.
  • COMMUNITY: Cultivate trusting relationships with those who "see you" in powerful ways. 
  • STRENGTH: Build your energetic muscles to flow with life's peaks and valleys
  • CREATIVITY: Explode your creativity and alchemize your capacity to create
  • RESTORATION: Deeply rest and rejuvenate your entire system
Compass Class
Hike to The Lookout
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Lotus Belle at night

"Philosophers Camp is for you if you feel like your body literally needs to come and receive from the land, to rest, to recuperate. Be inspired. Grow your vision. It’s not a cookie-cutter workshop in a hotel somewhere in a city. You can only get this from the mountain in a loving, supportive container. I felt really, really taken care of, and that in and of itself is a huge gift!"

Lisa Dadd Journaling

Lisa Dadd, leadership development consultant, executive coach, founder of Find Your Fabulous in Los Angeles, CA and Ontario, Canada

This is totally for you if...

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  • You know you have an even bigger message to share.
  • You deeply care about empowering people.
  • You are ready to delve into the mystery of you and return a changed person.
  • You give more than you take. 
  • You're open to laughing, crying, hugging and getting a little dusty.

What's Included

Adirondack Chairs
  • Teachings and guided meditations, sacred ceremonies, campfire councils
  • Plenty of quiet time
  • Hospitality-filled accommodations (single or multi-occupancy; a few upgrades to single available)
  • All meals and snacks from Thursday dinner until Monday lunch  
  • Safety instruction from New York State licensed wilderness guide
  • Personal safety kits, flashlights, headlamps, and other gear
  • Transportation from Albany Airport and designated hotel on Thursday and to airport on Monday (designated times only!)  
  • Commemorative video

What's Not Included

  • Travel costs to Albany Airport (or if driving)
  • Taxis, Lyft, Uber outside of our designated transportation times.
  • Personal, medical, or trip cancellation insurance 
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Receive these Special Bonuses when you sayYES and join us

  • A special guided meditation created by Christine to instantly return to the state of rejuvenation and restoration on the mountain. ($350 value) 
  • A pre-event, 20-minute private conversation with your facilitators so they can get to know you and discover how to best support you. ($300 value) 
  • A copy of either Daniel's, Dorothy's, or Barbara's most recent books with a personal note ($20 value, particular to your camp) 
  • Special bonus during Daniel and Christine's camp! During Camp, meet with Daniel and Christine separately to experience whatever you need: a walk in the woods, meditation together, discussion, flute blessing, crystal bowl healing...($550 value)
  • 60-minute private body massage with a Team Masseuse. ($85 value)
  • A pre- and post-event group Zoom call (60 minutes each). Meet your glamping mates before you get to the mountain. After the event, you’ll share stories and continue to integrate your experience. ($500 value)
  • Access to our private Facebook group. You’ll be able to stay connected with your new friends, enjoy a community of like-minded people, and keep the wonder and magic of the weekend alive. (priceless!)  

Total Value of Bonuses: $1,235.00 - $1,785.00

 Choose the Best Investment Option for You

Option 1: $2995 Pay in full and save $400!

Option 2: $3395 $500 deposit plus the convenience of 4 payments of $723, paid in full 30 days before Camp begins.  

Your Philosophers Camp Team

Daniel Gutierrez

Daniel Gutierrez

Co-Facilitator, Shaman, Master of Mindfulness, Philosophers Camp Elder in Residence

To get to the highest tops, one must explore the deepest depths. Nobody knows that better than Daniel Gutierrez

Once a high-powered executive and in-demand consultant who graced the covers of Latin Business, Cypen and Color Magazines, Daniel realized that there was more to success than a 7-figure earning potential. As President of PRIMER, a prestigious national leadership organization, and advisor to the Department of White House Personnel for the Obama Administration, Daniel was a highly regarded and deeply revered leader. Though Daniel was listed as one of the “Top 100 Hispanics in America” along extraordinary individuals such as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, actor Edward James Olmos and CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, something was still missing.  

Daniel clearly mastered the outer game. But his intuition told him that to feel fulfilled, he must also master the inner game.  

Daniel dared to leave it all behind and dedicate the next chapter of his life to becoming a Master of Mindfulness. During the past 10 years, Daniel has led nearly 30 quests to the heights of the Machu Picchu, the depths of the Amazon, and the top of the Himalayas. He has been guiding entrepreneurs and corporate executives in deep-dive mindfulness immersions. Though mindfulness is a lifelong practice, Daniel has become known for giving life-altering strategies in as little as 60 seconds.  

A beloved mentor and sought-after motivational speaker, Daniel was featured in the documentary Luminous World Views as one of eighteen world-renowned thought leaders in the area of transformation and leadership.  

In November 2018, Daniel appeared as a special guest for renowned teacher, Michel Pascal on one of the biggest stages in the world, Carnegie Hall in New York City

Christine Powers snowmobiling

Christine Powers

Co-Facilitator, Soprano, Healer, Founder of Philosophers Camp

Christine Powers is an award-winning soprano, teacher, and visionary who amplifies the amplifiers. Using all aspects of her voice, she empowers those "on the front lines of humanity’s consciousness," pulling us forward into an uplifted world.  

Christine studied theater and voice at Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame. A life-changing event occurred in Warsaw, Poland at the Jewish Historical Institute where she sang Leonard Bernstein's "Kaddish" (Prayer for the Dead) while on concert tour. The profound heart-experience with Holocust survivors in the audience consciously awoke within her the knowingness of the power of her healing voice.  

Later, as her career was sky-rocketing in fund development, marketing, and PR, and recently appointed to national positions of responsibility for the American Red Cross, Christine was struck with a "universal 2-by-4" thrusting her into a "dark night of the soul." She emerged knowing who she is and what is hers to do: Awaken. Activate. Nurture others to be pillars of light for the planet. And, play.

Christine has touched tens of thousands through her music; workshops and retreats; inspiration; writings and creative works. She is writing a book on the Philosophers Compass, an "inner positioning system" that shows us how to beautifully navigate life.

She mastered radical detachment through a catastrophic fire that burned everything her family owned as well as two businesses. She is deeply in-tune with the natural cycles of death and rebirth, living in harmony with the forest, a constant reminder of this dance.

Christine and her husband are building a "refuge for people" dedicated to healing, rejuvenation, and creativity in the Adirondack Mountains. Understanding the environment needed for her to thrive and play, she moved to a community of 12 people per square mile in 2016 with her family.

Barbara Wittmann

Barbara Wittmann

Co-Facilitator, Medicine Woman, Technology Expert, Original Philosophers Camp Co-developer

Barbara Wittmann a citizen of the world and passionate nonconformist. She loves to discover wild, untouched places in nature and in business.  

In her professional life, she recognizes the necessity of getting to the bottom of things with self-confidence and courage. Stories are an important resource in this process because they bring to light the things that are truly important to people and to businesses.  

Her Bavarian sense of humor helps draw out a bit of hearty laughter from people in any situation. As an entrepreneur, she intimately knows that strategy alone is not enough: businesses need a soul in order to achieve sustainable success. Established management approaches offer little support in this area and Barbara has found valuable sources in Native American and other cultures.  

She is always searching for more depth and nature is one of the most valuable resources, providing Barbara with a constant source of energy. Seeking and embodying wisdom is her life path. For this reason, she invests several weeks out of the year doing retreats in untouched nature in order to gather new energy and be fully present for her businesses, employees, and clients. It’s important to her that she lives the things that she tells others as a coach. This is a dance that’s admittedly not always easy in our fast-paced world.  

As human beings, we long for more naturalness, whether in business or our private lives. That’s why she uses nature as one of the most powerful tools available. In her work with groups and individuals, she connects metaphors from nature with business and life situations. These experiences provide a sustainable basis for change processes. Barbara's work includes wisdom that previous generations have used from people for whom it was still completely normal to live as a community, speak from the core of the heart, and live in a natural rhythm.

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Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville

Co-Facilitator, Psychotherapist, Energy Medicine Pioneer, Leadership Coach

Claiming the fullness of your presence requires challenging the stories you tell yourself. This is the heart of Dr. Dorothy's work. Her journey and understanding of the interconnectedness of emotional intelligence with spiritual development brings a multi-dimensional approach to her work.

Leadership can develop in a variety of ways and under any circumstance. As an illegitimate child, Dorothy was sent to an orphanage at birth. Placed in the home of her grandmother at age 3, she grew up in the projects of South Boston. By age 6, she became leader and protector in the household who sustained daily beatings. She knew in her core that she would survive and could do and be anything. 

Dorothy became a Catholic nun, then international airline stewardess, mother, and divorcee. She has served as: psychotherapist, adjunct graduate faculty, clinical instructor at UConn Medical School, and is a highly respected pioneer in integrative health. She founded four companies and is a best-selling author of multiple books including, Real Women Change the World. She has confronted her stories and the need for taking risks in order to grow like few others. 

Dorothy regularly retreats to nature, whether the Caribbean Sea where she lived for 10 years or the exquisite mountains and lakes of the Northeastern U.S. In nature, she remembers the fullness of herself and the human journey.  

Dorothy is the founder of a healing arts and sciences academy focused on a method of Energy Medicine she developed in the psycho/spiritual correlates of physical disease and disorders. Students, many of whom were physicians and medical practitioners, cultivated self-awareness and the ability to see themselves with unconditional love. The result is in-depth healing and unlimited potential.

Known as the "Dottie Lama," Dorothy supports personal growth with humor and faith. She unveils a world that most never knew they could create.  

Dorothy is currently heading the Health Committee of a United Nations Global Summit on Conscious Capitalism. She will speak on the need to bring heart, soul, and humanity into healthcare.

Larry Powers

Larry Powers

Camp Concierge, Safety Officer & NYS Licensed Wilderness Guide

Michael Northrup

Michael Northrup

Camp Production Manager & former Emergency Medical Technician

Bob Morgan

Bob Morgan

Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator

Still not sure? Sign up for our free masterclasses! 

Your facilitation teams are regularly holding free masterclasses with proven techniques in revolutionary leadership, mindfulness, spiritual recovery. Don't miss out on notices of where and when! Watch your email for details. 

Why the Adirondack Mountains?

Philosophers Camp is held on sanctified land that offers holding and grace. Those who understand the capacity that sacred land has to bring enlightenment, healing, and power come to walk hallowed grounds wherever they are on our planet. 

The Adirondack Mountains were formed by glacier debris 5 millions years ago and are 100 mountains that make up a dome-like structure. Considered a "newborn," the mountains are still growing. The Adirondacks was one of the first areas in our nation to be awarded "forever wild" status and are still pristine and remote. Walked by the Algonquin going back over 1,000 years and the Mohawk of the Iroquois Confederacy, the mountains are infused with the powerful energies of untouched wilderness

The Legend

In 1858, Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson and William Stillman led an expedition into the Adirondacks. These prophets, theologians, scientists, leaders, and guides journeyed into the wild to cross-pollinate ideas, share fellowship, restore their souls, and explore how they could uplift humanity.  

National news media dubbed this gathering the "Philosophers Camp."  

They intended to buy the land and return, but the Philosophers Camp never happened again, disrupted by the Civil War. Thirty years later, Stillman returned to find the site had been destroyed by tourists

Disullusioned, the Philosophers Camp fell into myth and never fulfilled its destiny. Until the Philosophers Camp was resurrected in a new paradigm by visionary Christine Powers.

The Power Today

Just miles from the original site, a modern-day Philosophers Camp is growing, re-imagined for our increasingly complex and acclerating society

You have the opportunity to step into this mythic energy, to stand on the work of masters who came before you.

The 100 acres where the Camp is held has been purified and magnified. It is a beacon of light. Shamans, energy healers, and spiritual leaders are drawn to this land and walk it with their "robes of light", awakening and installing palpable and accessible energies that support deep inner work. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do we get around? Walking! And, we have a four-person golf cart to assist as needed. We will be walking several places on the acreage and some accommodations are about .2 miles apart from our base camp, New Glampshire. 
  • Is it hilly? Uneven ground? This is a mountain setting with hills and inclines. There are dirt roads and trails to access locations where we gather. If you cannot navigate small inclines and uneven ground, this is probably not a good venue for you. 
  • What kind of shoes do I need? Sturdy walking shoes such as sneakers are fine. If you wish to go "off trail" or on some of the more challenging trails, hikers will be necessary. 
  • Do I need special equipment? No. Bring common items like a water bottle, sunscreen, ball cap, bug spray, casual clothes, rain gear, extra layers for chlly nights, etc. You will receive a letter detailing the list of items to bring.
  • What about bugs? Wildlife? Bears? Insects and ticks are part of everyday life. Please bring a DEET repellent (even if you spray on clothes only) in addition to regular/organic bug sprays. Bring long pants and long-sleeve shirts for hiking. Wildlife (beavers, deer, turkeys, etc.) is abundant, and you are lucky to see any! Black bears live in these forests, and we have not had any problems with them. Good "food hygiene" is essential to keep it that way, and our Safety Officer will instruct you on safety. 
  • What kind of food do you serve? We serve hearty, healthy, and delicious omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan selections. There will be ample snacks available and plenty of fluids! We discuss dietary needs with every camper.
  • How big will this group be? Participation is limited to 12 participants.
  • What are the personal care facilities available? Multiple shower locations with individual, private showers are available. Some require a short walk and some are outdoor. Private bathrooms and other options are available for bio needs. 
  • What time does program begin and end? We begin Thursday with Orientation at 4:00 pm. We conclude Monday at 1:00 pm. We will let you know ahead of time about the schedule and may offer optional early-morning activities such as meditation, specialty hikes, movement. Evenings run until about 8:30-9:00 pm. 
  • What time is check-in? Arrive any time after 1:00 pm on Thursday. This gives you time to check-in, unpack, visit and explore if you wish. 
  • What if I need to arrive or leave at different times? We understand you may be traveling a long distance. If you need to arrive earlier or leave later, please let us know and we do what we can to support your participation.