Destination Elevation: A Masterclass Summit on Unconditional High Regard

Destination: Elevation: A Masterclass Summit on Unconditional High Regard.

Join me for Destination Elevation: A Masterclass Summit on Unconditional High Regard, and make these powerful moves toward a more fulfilling, purpose-driven life as a man.


Experience Less…

  • Doubt and Confusion
  • Isolation and Loneliness
  • Relationship Routines and Mediocrity
  • Self-Doubt and Insecurity
  • Shallow Connections
  • Ignorance of UHR
  • Stagnation and Complacency

Experience More…

  • Clear Understanding and Confidence
  • Brotherhood and Connection
  • Epic Living and Purpose
  • Self-Acceptance and Empowerment
  • Authentic Relationships
  • Mastery of UHR
  • Personal Growth and Excellence

Course Description: Destination Elevation: A Masterclass Summit on Unconditional High Regard

Embark on an extraordinary journey into the heart of unconditional high regard (UHR) with Destination Elevation, a profound and life-altering four-month masterclass summit.

In a world where understanding and embodying this essential masculine virtue can feel elusive, we invite you to join a select group of high-character, courageous men on a transformative exploration of self.

This unique experience combines a course and an in-person retreat. Each part of the experience delves deep into the essence of UHR, both individually and as a collective, fostering a comprehensive understanding of what it truly means to embody this core masculine principle.

Through engaging lessons, enriching discussions, deep conversations, adventures, and interactive assignments, we will unlock the secrets to living a life infused with the power of unconditional high regard.

The pinnacle of our journey offers you a choice between two awe-inspiring destinations: the majestic Swiss Alps or the tranquil mountains of the Mid-Atlantic USA (tentatively Charlestown, WV / Harpers Ferry, WV).

In either location, we’ll gather for an unforgettable time of inspiration, exploration, and rejuvenation.

Against the breathtaking backdrop of the Swiss Alps or the serene beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, we will immerse ourselves in the profound experience of UHR, bonding with fellow participants and refilling our reservoirs to lead epic lives as men, husbands, and fathers.


Choose from the following included retreat experiences

Destination: Elevation (Switzerland): A Masterclass Summit on Unconditional High Regard.
Switzerland Version: A 6-Day Swiss Alpine Retreat (June 2-8, 2024)

Welcome to the Switzerland Retreat, an extraordinary 6-day immersion set amidst the pristine beauty of the Swiss Alps. This retreat offers an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the depths of Unconditional High Regard (UHR) while being surrounded by awe-inspiring natural landscapes. Over the course of this unforgettable experience, you will not only continue to unlock the secrets of UHR but also rejuvenate your spirit in one of the world’s most picturesque settings.

Join me for a transformative journey that combines profound personal growth with the breathtaking beauty of Switzerland.

Course Inclusions:

  • Four months of in-depth video lessons focused on understanding and embracing UHR
  • Weekly assignments designed to integrate and apply the teachings effortlessly
  • 11 ninety-minute live Zoom sessions, providing real-time guidance and fostering meaningful connections
    • Nine sessions leading up to the retreat, two sessions following the retreat
  • Lifetime access to the course, ensuring lasting impact and growth (requires MM membership)

Retreat Inclusions:

  • Lodging
    • You’ll share a room with 1-3 other men.
  • Breakfast and dinner each day, enhancing your Swiss experience
  • Travel costs for local excursions to day-trip destinations revealing the splendors of Switzerland
  • Exclusive Destination Elevation: Swiss Swag, perfect for your Swiss sojourn

What’s Not Included:

  • Books referenced in the course
  • Travel to and from the venue in Mürren, Switzerland
  • Travel insurance for added peace of mind
  • Daily lunches and snacks (ample time and opportunity to gather or obtain your preferences)
  • Adult beverages for a personalized experience
  • Overnight accommodations for travel days before and after the retreat
  • Tips (though tipping is uncommon in Switzerland, except for exceptional service)

Spaces Available:

  • Space is currently limited to 12 men

Investment & Payment Options:

  • Course Plus Switzerland Retreat
    • Pay-in-full: $4000
    • Pay-in-halves: $4100 – half up front, half six weeks later.
    • Receive a 6% discount if paying in full or halves by check or Money Order
    • Receive a 3% discount if paying in full or halves by Venmo (contact me for this).
    • Add the Mid-Atlantic Retreat and experience both retreats for ~$1000

Destination: Elevation (mid-Atlantic, USA): A Masterclass Summit on Unconditional High Regard.

Mid-Atlantic USA Version: A 3-Day Mountain Retreat (May 16-19, 2024)

Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic USA Retreat, a captivating 3-day escape nestled in the serene mountains near Charles Town, WV. This retreat promises a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the core principle of Unconditional High Regard (UHR) while surrounded by the tranquility and beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. During this enriching experience, you’ll not only grasp the essence of UHR but also rediscover inner harmony amid nature’s embrace.

You’ll also be joining be as I celebrate my 50th birthday by doing what I love with people I love!

Join me for a soul-enriching journey, blending personal growth with the captivating allure of the Mid-Atlantic USA.

Course Inclusions:

  • Four months of in-depth video lessons focused on understanding and embracing UHR
  • Weekly assignments designed to integrate and apply the teachings effortlessly
  • 11 ninety-minute live Zoom sessions, providing real-time guidance and fostering meaningful connections
    • Nine sessions leading up to the retreat, two sessions following the retreat

Retreat Inclusions:

  • Lodging
  • Chef-prepared meals from Thursday evening through Sunday morning
  • Engaging activities to enrich your experience
  • Sven’s 50th Birthday Celebration Feast adding a personal touch to the journey
  • Exclusive Destination Elevation: USA Swag to accompany you on your adventure
  • Lifetime access to the course, ensuring continued growth and reflection (requires MM membership)

What’s Not Included:

  • Books referenced in the course
  • Travel to and from the venue in West Virginia, USA
  • Travel insurance for added peace of mind

Spaces Available:

  • Space is currently limited to 15 men

Investment & Payment Options:

  • Course + Mid-Atlantic Retreat
    • Pay-in-full: $2600
    • Pay-in-halves: $2700 – half up front, half six weeks later
    • Receive a 6% discount if paying in full or halves by check or Money Order. 
    • Receive a 3% discount if paying in full or halves by Venmo (contact me for this).




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Destination Elevation Masterclass Summit on Unconditional High Regard:

Q: What is Unconditional High Regard (UHR), and why is it important for men to understand and embrace it?

A: Unconditional High Regard is a fundamental principle of valuing and respecting oneself and others without judgment or conditions. Understanding and embracing UHR is vital for men as it fosters healthy relationships, emotional intelligence, and a strong sense of self-worth, laying the foundation for fulfilling personal and professional lives.


Q: Who is this course designed for, and what qualifications or prerequisites are necessary to participate?

A: This course is designed for men seeking personal growth, connection, and a deeper understanding of Unconditional High Regard.

There are no specific qualifications or prerequisites; an open mind, willingness to learn, and a commitment to personal development are all that’s needed.

Membership to my community, Mentoring Men is required for course access ($25/month).


Q: How is the course structured, and what can I expect from the curriculum and weekly assignments?

A: The course spans four months, comprising video lessons, weekly assignments, and live Zoom sessions. The curriculum is designed to delve deeply into UHR, exploring its meaning and application in various aspects of life. Assignments are intended to integrate the teachings into practical experiences, fostering a meaningful understanding of UHR.

Q: When are the live sessions?

A: There are nine live Zoom sessions from 7-8:30 PM ET on the first three Wednesdays of March, April, and May 2024.

There are also three other live Zoom sessions:

  • Kickoff session: 7-8:30 PM ET on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.
  • Switzerland Travel Prep Finalization, Q&A Session: 7-8:30 PM ET on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.
  • Joint Debrief session: 7-8:30 PM ET on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.


Q: Can you explain the difference between the Mid-Atlantic USA and Switzerland versions of the retreat?

A: The Mid-Atlantic USA retreat is a 3-day mountain experience, while the Switzerland retreat spans six days in the Swiss Alps.

Both retreats will be focused on deeply and organically relating to one another about the perspectives and insights gained in the prior four months.

Each retreat will be loosely structured and focused on enjoyment, refreshment, and fellowship.

Both retreats provide an immersive UHR experience, but the locations offer unique settings and durations.

The choice depends on your preference for the location and the duration of the retreat.


Q: What are the costs associated with the course and the retreats, and what’s included in these costs?

A: The course fee covers four months of lessons, weekly assignments, and live Zoom sessions.

The experience includes a retreat, and the costs are specific to which retreat is chosen.

Both the Mid-Atlantic USA and Switzerland retreats include lodging, meals, activities, and exclusive swag.

Not included are travel to/from the venue, travel insurance, and specific items mentioned in the “What’s not included” section.


Q: Can I opt for both retreats (Mid-Atlantic USA and Switzerland), or do I have to choose one?

A: Yes! Each retreat is a distinct experience, and you’re welcome to attend both if you wish. If you choose to do so, please choose the “Both retreats” option when registering.

Keep in mind that each retreat has its associated costs and logistics related to traveling to the venues.


Q: Is the course and retreats open to international participants, or are they limited to a specific geographic region?

A: The course and both retreats are open to participants worldwide.

However, participants must arrange their own travel to the respective locations (Mid-Atlantic USA or Switzerland).


Q: What if I can’t attend all live Zoom sessions due to scheduling conflicts?

A: While attending live Zoom sessions is encouraged for maximum engagement, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants. If you can’t attend a session, you can watch the recording at a convenient time.


Q: Is there a refund policy in case I need to cancel my participation?

A: This experience spans four months of coursework, live sessions, and a retreat. Once the course has started, there will be no refunds.

Each retreat venue requires I commit to considerable, non-refundable financial investments to secure. I must have a commitment group to do so.

If you’re not a “hell yes!” for this experience, please don’t sign up.

If you sign up and are unable to attend your scheduled retreat due to an emergency, you may choose from the following options:

1) Attend the other course retreat (if available) at an adjusted price. This may entail paying a price difference or receiving a pro-rated refund

2) Receive credit toward other mentoring experiences.


Q: How do I maintain access to the course content after the retreats and the course conclusion?

A: Participants will have lifetime access to the course content, provided they maintain their membership with the associated platform (MM membership).

This access allows continued learning, reflection, and growth beyond the course duration.

Feel free to contact me with any further inquiries or need additional information. We’re here to assist you on this transformative journey!

Q: Where can I find more details about traveling to and from the retreat destinations?

A: The digital portion of the course experience is hosted in a private group in the Mentoring Men community. This includes the curriculum, lessons, assignments, scheduled events, and robust details about the retreats, including travel details, itinerary, packing list, and more.

Further, there will also be ongoing discussions and special meetings held (and recorded) to ensure all participants are well-prepared for their retreat experience.

Q: What activities will take place on the retreats?

A: The goal of each retreat experience is connection, relaxation, rejuvenation, and encouragement.

Most of the retreat will entail deep, meaningful, and engaging conversations with other men.

These often happen in the context of activities.

The Mid-Atlantic retreat will include activities such as walks and hikes, yard games, cards, and, sometimes, local excursions.

There are no compulsory activities planned for the Mid-Atlantic retreat.

The Switzerland retreat will include longer walks and hikes, local excursions to attractions, and lots of food, fellowship, and fun.

The activity level of the Switzerland retreat will be more physically demanding than the Mid-Atlantic retreat. However, the itinerary is designed to include rest, recovery, and recuperation.

Q: Is there a certain fitness level required to participate in these retreats?

The Mid-Atlantic retreat will be the more casual of the two retreats and does not require a high degree of physical fitness.

All the activities that will take place will be voluntary, and most will organically assemble around shared interests and fitness levels.

For example, some men may choose to do a local, vigorous hike while others stay at the venue and play cornhole.

The Switzerland retreat will be more physically demanding since it is centered on hikes, walks, and excursions, many being at high altitudes.

The course contents include recommended fitness preparation, along with 90-day training regimens to prepare each man for his trip. There are fitness plans for beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness levels.

If you are in poor physical health and below average fitness level, or you don’t believe that your fitness can be sufficiently improved prior to the retreat, I recommend you signup for the Mid-Atlantic retreat.

Common fears

In my time as a mentor, I’ve found that nearly every man who signs up for a course, retreat, or mentoring experience has to overcome several fears in doing so. I understand; there was a time I had to do the same!

Here are the most common fears and some encouragement about each one.

Fear of what a partner will think or how they’ll respond:
Without a doubt, the number one fear a man will have when considering this experience is how his partner will react to his wanting to go.

Most of the men we meet, when we meet them, are terrified of the emotional reactions of their wives or girlfriends.

Here’s the thing… when a man fears the woman in his life, deep connection, intimacy, and satisfaction are impossible.

In fact, females generally lose attraction, interest, and respect for men who fear them.

So why are men so fearful? Because of deeply held insecurities within.

This course will help men begin addressing those insecurities and improving the relationship in the process.

Fear of Emotional Expression and Being Seen:
Expressing emotions openly, especially vulnerable ones, might be daunting for men who are not accustomed to doing so in a group setting.

They may fear judgment or perception from others as being weak.

Most men, if they’re honest, desire to be seen, valued, appreciated, respected, and admired.

Yet, most men also resist being real and authentic and thwart and suppress the very things that would allow others to do so.

Rest assured, my fellow mentors and I understand this. We are accustomed to creating safe, low-pressure, judgment-free contexts that gently lead men toward deep, authentic expressions of their true person.

Fear of Rejection or Non-Acceptance:
A related fear that many men may experience is the worry that opening up emotionally might lead to rejection or lack of acceptance from peers, partners, or society, potentially altering their relationships and sense of belonging.

Here’s the truth: Every man longs for acceptance, and the real issue at work here is that a man’s acceptance of self is minimal, conditional, and rather feeble.

Men fear rejection when, deep within, they judge and reject themselves as unworthy of the life they want. We specialize in helping men address this.

This course begins by addressing the topic of Unconditional High Regard toward self, understanding how to first experience it within ourselves before sharing it with others.

Fear of Introspection and Self-Reflection:
Delving deep into one’s own psyche, examining past experiences, and confronting personal flaws can be intimidating, especially if one anticipates discovering challenging aspects of oneself.

This is a fear every man experiences throughout his life.

One of the many benefits of a four-month experience that progressively unfolds is that there is no need or expectation to go from “0-60” in any new and uncomfortable territory. The experience is designed to engage and invite increasing depth as it unfolds.

Having said that, men who have no personal interest in introspection and self-reflection should not participate in this course.

In other words, please don’t sign up to appease a partner who really hopes that if you do, you’ll change somehow.

You have to want changes for yourself.


Fear of Change in Relationships:
Some men might fear that personal growth and transformation from the course could change existing relationships or dynamics, leading to resistance from partners, friends, or family.

This is true; it could, can, and often does!

However, in 85% of the men my fellow mentors and I work with, the experienced relationship changes are utterly positive and lead to precisely the kind of relationships they long for – eventually.

I say “eventually” because the truth is, that cultivating a more mature self and relationship, like cultivating anything, is a dirty, smelly job sometimes.

The remaining 15% are generally unimproved because they refused to stop focusing on how other people need to change and, instead, focus on their growth.

The routine testimony of most of my clients, one year after they begin some form of mentoring, is that it transformed their lives and relationships for the better.

I expect the same for you.

Fear of Not Meeting Expectations: Another common fear prospective clients and participants often face is that they fear not living up to the expectations of the course or mentors or feeling the pressure to perform or achieve certain outcomes, leading to anxiety.

This is because men are accustomed to high-judgment environments where their value and worth are linked to their performance and achievement.

Unconditional High Regard is just that – Unconditional.

Therefore, our regard for a man is not based on his merit, achievement, or performance.

Men who work diligently and engage deeply in this experience will experience reward! However, the reward is not acceptance from mentors or peers but a life that is richer, deeper, more connected, and fulfilling.

Men in this experience will be accountable to themselves, not mentors or peers. You must lead yourself and seek to meet your own expectations, not ours.

Fear of Confronting Personal Limitations:
Acknowledging limitations and areas of improvement might be unsettling, especially if they perceive it as an indication of failure or inadequacy.

However, UHR is all about changing the “formulas” we use to determine our worthiness for value, significance, warmth, appreciation, kindness, and love.

We want you to find your personal limitations and will show you how to do so. Then, we’ll show you how to address them directly.

Will it be scary at times? You bet! But we’re experts in guiding men through scary terrain.

Fear of Uncovering Painful Memories or Trauma:
The course may involve introspection that could uncover past trauma or painful memories, causing distress and emotional upheaval.

You’ll never be pushed or forced into anything, including looking at these.

We will lovingly challenge you to address pain, but you will always be in total control of what you address and when.

Fear of Being Misunderstood:
Many men may fear that their intentions or emotions might be misunderstood or misinterpreted by others in the course, leading to potential conflict or uncomfortable situations.

Here also, what men are really experiencing is the fear of what others think about them that stems from not fully accepting and regarding the man in the mirror.

The mentors and I know how to help men overcome this fear and grow into men who no longer fear being misunderstood.

This course will absolutely help with that process.

Fear of Being Alone in Their Struggles:
Most every man worries he will be the only one facing certain challenges or insecurities, leading to feelings of isolation or inadequacy.

If only he could see the conversations I have with everyone else!

Men all fear the same stuff, and they’re always gobsmacked to learn this, believing they are the only ones!

One of the nicest benefits of a group experience like this is discovering just how utterly normal you are and how much everyone else is just like you.

Ready to Reach New Heights in UHR?

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your understanding of UHR and transform your life.

Join me for Destination Elevation: A Masterclass Summit on Unconditional High Regard, and reach new heights in your personal and collective journey.

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