Let it all go, take a break from your life, be seen clearly, and work and play deeply. Emerge restored and renewed, expanded and anchored, and return to your world with more capacity for impact and fulfillment.
Location: Asa Adirondack in northern New York. (Four hours from New York City, Boston, and northern New Jersey. Three hours from Montreal.)
Beginnings & Endings: We begin Thursday at 4:00 pm and conclude on Monday at 11 am.
Did you know? Philosophers Camp is more than a weekend experience. It includes wrap-around group work and individual integration support. (To keep the expansion, community, and support happening, you can join a program dedicated to living practical self-mastery.)
Limited to 8 campers. Rosters are built with chemistry and careful consideration. Couples and friends are accepted with prior conversations and parameters set.
Lead Facilitators: Founder Christine Powers & Master Philosopher Pat Duckworth
Uncertainty reigns. Wherever we are on the planet, we are guiding our businesses, people, and lives in unmapped territory.
Volatility is the new norm. Relationships and identities can shift daily. So can businesses, communities, and entire landscapes.
Come to Philosophers Camp to meet our times by activating and anchoring your center, tossing what you think you know, awakening deep wisdom and discernment within you, and forming resilient and masterful ways of being and leading.
Tend to the garden of your soul and discover who you really are.
What All Philosophers Have in Common
Philosophers Camp grads come from all walks of life and worldwide. They share three powerful traits.
They are committed to uplifting humanity.
They understand that their impact is as wide and deep as their power and presence are embodied.
They are curious and spiritually open.
Among our ranks are CEOs and executives in the publishing and communication arenas; CEOs, CIOs, CMOs, CTOs (all the Os); founders of multi-million dollar non-profits and for-profit organizations; pioneers in the wellness and healing industries; award-winning artists and musicians; a former advisor to President Obama's administration; national and international best-selling authors, speakers and thought leaders; executive coaches and business strategists; psychologists, therapists, and health strategists; shamans, healers, and spiritual leaders; corporate trainers and consultants; attorneys and professors; and reformed (as they like to say)Wall Street executives; and a stand-up comic.
A conservative estimate of the number of people reached and impacted by our graduates is over 5.5 million.
Sample the vibe of Philosophers Camp!
Gary Stuart, Phoenix, Arizona: Founder of the Constellation Healing Institute, international best-selling author, and international speaker.
“I got to examine my life trajectory. My experience was life-changing. I got intimately and deeply reacquainted with my soul’s purpose and let go of a lifetime of grief and loss. I changed careers! I’m now fulfilling my soul and life mission as an artist provocateur. I’m forever thankful.”
Here is what you can expect at your Philosophers Camp. You will:
Laugh until you cry.
Welcome more power and presence.
Rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit.
Experience adventure that illuminates insights into purpose.
Learn how you operate optimally in the world.
When was the last time you put on your oxygen mask to help yourself first?
When was the last time you objectively gazed at your world?
Find out what happens when you stop doing.
At Philosophers Camp, you are cared for and supported. It can be scary to slow down and feel. We've been there.
We see you.
“Philosophers Camp is for you if your body needs to come and receive from the land, be inspired, and grow your vision. It’s not a cookie-cutter workshop in a city hotel. You can only get this from the mountain in a loving, supportive container. I was utterly taken care of, and that itself is a huge gift!”
—LISA DADD, Ontario, Canada & Los Angeles, California, Founding Philosopher, Soul Sales founder, leadership development & executive coach, founder of FabU
Amplify your impact and leadership.
Gain self-mastery and awaken ancient guidance.
Learn an Inner Positioning System (think GPS) that is a holistic approach to thriving in all aspects of your life.
Enhance your effective leadership no matter how toxic, complex, or chaotic situations become.
It's safe here.
Leaders are messy; we have stuff to work out at every level of evolution. That never stops; welcome to being human.
How do you get the support, camaraderie, and advice you need? This is a problem in leadership circles.
Philosophers Camp is a rare place where your challenges are seen with total acceptance. It is a sanctuary where leaders widen their trusted circle and forge relationships with confidantes, allies, and playmates
who understand, support, and grow with you.
With global chaos swirling around us, it is imperative that we, true bearers of change, come together with one million points of profound, heartfelt love and light. Philosophers Camp got me into my life's real mission. Thank you for changing my life forever!
—Angel Ribo, Plano, Texas, The CEO Confidant, Influencer, LinkedIn strategist, International TV Host, Public Speaker, CEO Consultant & Philanthropist
Sharon McRill, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Founding Philosopher, Owner & President of The Betty Brigade national franchise, best-selling author, and international speaker.
“It’s about renewing yourself, creating space where you need space, and filling up what you need to fill up. I took home a “me” that was “over-full,” and I brought that to my team. We created things new and fresh that wouldn’t have happened before Philosophers Camp. I have come back every year since 2018; this is life-changing and just spectacular.”
By the end of Philosophers Camp
The fruits of this journey will touch family, colleagues and teams, clients, communities, and beyond for years to come.
You understand what it means to be in mastery at home, at work, in your mission, and in your life.
Lingering temptations to play small evaporate. You are confident in architecting & creating with your superpowers.
You can now truly inspire others.
Are you fearless and love to learn through meaning, adventure, and play?
Do you thrive in intimate, heart-opening settings?
Want the convenience of a payment plan? Our team is happy to work out a multi-month schedule that works for you. Please email Support@PhilosophersCamp.com or ask Christine about this during your call. Before registering, please review the full terms and conditions here.
Three private meetings before, during, and after Camp to explore hot spots beforehand, take your experience deeper, and integrate afterward
Tuition including meditations, sacred ceremonies, campfire councils, art materials, personal safety kits, flashlights, headlamps, and other gear
Amenities: 70-foot outdoor Labyrinth; 50-minute private, full-body massage; Sunlighten Infrared Sauna; “red-neck” hot tub
Accommodations are single occupancy (There are a few double occupancy options for couples and those wishing to save on costs. Reach out to email@example.com)
All meals and snacks are available 24/7
Safety instruction from a licensed wilderness guide
Round-trip transportation within designated pick-up/drop-off times from Albany International Airport and Saratoga Springs Amtrak station (work with our team on your travel plans)
Guided meditation to instantly return your energy to be at Camp and get filled up all over again.
Pre and post-event group Zoom calls. Meet fellow campers before you get to the mountain. After the event, continue to integrate your experience.
Invitations to exclusive graduate events and special pricing for future Philosophers Camp and Asa Adirondack offerings and sacred travel adventures in the US and abroad.
What’s not included:
Travel costs to Albany International Airport or Saratoga Springs Amtrak Station
Transportation costs to Asa Adirondack outside of designated pick-up times (Asa Adirondack staff can assist with carpooling)
Personal, medical, or trip cancellation insurance
Philosophers Camp is for you if:
You are in a personal or professional transition.
You have a bigger message to share, a bigger company to grow, or a bigger mission to bring forth.
You are courageous about delving into the mystery of you.
You wish to be a better leader. You are humble.
You love nature and adventure ~ getting a little dirty is ok.
Take the time to see if Philosophers Camp is for you.
Not quite ready for a call? Sure, we get it.
Asa Adirondack is a five-star, rustic luxury lodging experience in the pristine Adirondack Mountains of New York State that nourishes body and spirit. The expert concierge team is known for the pampering they provide.
Explore the forest, take a contemplative walk, peer across mountain vistas, and 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.
Philosophers Camp has its roots in a historic camping trip from 1858 and is intentionally set up to be a glamping (glamour camping) experience. Whether staying in a tent, a historic cottage, off the grid at the top of the mountain, or in an adorable tiny home, you will sleep nestled in comfort and refreshed by the energy of the mountain.
Journal in an Adirondack chair with chimes gently sounding, sketch by the Beaver Pond or relax by a crackling campfire. Slip away and nap in a hammock tucked in a grove of shimmering trees after a deep massage.
August is an amazing time to be in the Adirondacks. Sunshine floods the land, flowers and herbs are all around, the air is fragrant, the days warm, and cool nights foster great sleep. (And most of the bugs are gone!)
Asa Adirondack reconnects and refreshes vital places within you.
Delicious, Healthy Meals
Food is prepared by our expert culinary team using farm-to-table specialties curated locally.
Breakfasts are relaxed, lunch is packed for the trail, and dinner is a family-style celebration. Abundant snacks are always available.
Vegan, vegetarian, Keto, gluten-free, or dairy-free? Philosophers Camp accommodates all dietary lifestyles.
In addition to the Facilitation and Concierge Teams, Philosophers Camp has private chefs and many volunteers that make your Camp experience hum like magic.
Founder & Lead Facilitator
Christine amplifies the amplifiers. She is a “spiritual consigliere” for founders, CEOs, thought leaders, creatives, and change-makers. Simply put, she is not the Queen, she is the "Queen Whisperer."
She has 30 years of expertise in marketing, branding, PR, and fundraising, blended with 30 years of training in mystical traditions.
She is a certified death doula, walking side-by-side with Campers into the places in their soul gardens that need the most love, the most weeding. She calls forth the embodiment of presence, fulfillment, and passion.
In her early 30s, a life-changing event occurred at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland. After singing a song for the dead, a profound interaction with Holocaust survivors consciously awoke the power of her healing voice.
Later, as her career skyrocketed, Christine was struck with a universal blow, thrusting her into a dark night of the soul. She emerged knowing who she is and what is hers to do: supporting others in being the "Professional Phoenixes" we truly are, always dying and being reborn to ourselves.
She is deeply in tune with the natural cycles of death and rebirth and founder of Asa Adirondack ~ Sanctuary for the Soul.
Grandmother of the Camps; Trainer, Hypnotherapist & Women's Health Strategist
Pat comes to Philosophers Camp from across the pond in the United Kingdom. She is a Founding Philosopher, a Master Philosopher, and is an expert in The Philosophers Compass. The essence of The Priest Soul Archetype, she brings brilliant laughter and wisdom to support the experience of all Campers. She is fluent in Tai Chi and leads our movement sessions (ever done "sticky hands?")
Pat is a women’s health strategist, talk radio show host, author, and international public speaker. After over 30 years working in the public sector for the British government at a senior level, Pat rediscovered her mojo in her mid-50s and retrained as a therapist and coach. Since then she has explored a wide range of healing modalities to bring a diverse approach to her work with her clients.
Pat is passionate about inspiring women to live their lives, regardless of age.
She lives in a truly picturesque village just outside of Cambridge, England with her husband, a Jedi in hiding.
and many volunteers!
Thank you all!
Camp Concierge & Wilderness Guide
Larry Powers is the Philosophers Camp Concierge, Safety Officer, hiking guide, and event manager for our team.
Recognized as an "everyman Shaman" and "Enlightened Redneck," he is an avid outdoorsman and has been a New York State Licensed Wilderness Guide for over 20 years.
He is the caretaker, architect, and genius driving energy behind the development of the 100 acres that is Asa Adirondack.
Camper Care & Travel Support
Sarah has been working with Philosophers Camp since 2019. Originally from England, she has a Bachelor of Arts and Master's degrees in ancient history and archaeology and is an ex -archaeologist.
She has been working with the world's slowest mammal (the sloth!) for nine years in the jungles of Costa Rica and is Director of Education and Outreach at The Sloth Conservation Foundation. Sarah loves nature, her naughty puppies, reading, and singing.
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.
In 1858, Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson and William Stillman led an expedition into the Adirondacks. These philosophers, 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.
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 accelerating 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.
We've got A's for your Q's
How do we get around? Walking! And, Asa Adirondack (Asa ADK) has two four-person golf carts, quad, and side by side to assist as needed. Campers walk 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. This is probably not a good venue for you if you cannot navigate small inclines and uneven ground.
What kind of shoes do I need? Sturdy walking shoes such as sneakers are fine. Hikers will be necessary if you wish to go "off-trail" or on more challenging trails.
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 chilly 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. Asa ADK will supply 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 had no 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 8 participants plus facilitators.
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 the program begin and end? Check-in any time after 1:00 pm on Thursday. This gives you time to unpack, visit, and explore. We begin Thursday at 4:00 pm. We conclude Monday at 11:00 am. We will inform you about the schedule and may offer optional early-morning activities such as meditation, specialty hikes, and movement. Evenings run until about 8:00-8:30 pm.
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 will do what we can to support your participation.
We invite you to contact our Philosophers Camp Team at: Support@PhilosophersCamp.com