FEATURING GUEST SPEAKER
FRIDAY 4:30PM - 6:30PM
You do NOT need to print a ticket!
You will be checked-in by name.
Please plan to arrive on Friday between 4:30pm–6:30pm. You do not need to bring a ticket with you, we will check you in by name! We will be serving dinner between 6:30pm–7:30pm. Please call or text: Tod Harris or Amanda Forry if you plan to arrive after this time. Our first activity will begin at 7:30pm, explore the schedule to view what else we have planned. If you have any questions about the weekend, please do not hesitate to call.
Check-In & Registration
Welcome - Tod Harris
Testimony - TBA
Speaker - Tony Hoffman
Wrap-Up & Close
Coffee & Snack Bar
OCTOBER 6-8, 2023
37 Conference Drive
Felton, CA 95018
We are excited to announce that the 2023 Men's Retreat will be held on the beautiful grounds of Mount Hermon, nestled in the coast of Santa Cruz, California. Mount Hermon offers a range of accommodations for all budgets and the sprawling grounds feature world-class recreation including rock climbing, archery, hiking, zip-lines, fitness center, and more! The Men's Retreat is a time where you can witness the peace and quiet of God's creation, experience the refreshment of a weekend away from the busyness of life, be challenged by powerful teaching, and connect with other men walking similar journeys. We invite all denominations, believers and non-believers alike, to this life-changing event.
FROM ADDICTION & PRISON TO THE OLYMPICS
On December 13th, 2008, Tony Hoffman was paroled by the California Department of Corrections after serving a two-year sentence for a drug-related robbery. While incarcerated, Tony set four goals: Race BMX professionally, go to the Olympics, start a non-profit called the Freewheel Project, and become a professional mental health and substance abuse speaker.
During his senior year at Clovis High School he was featured on the cover of BMXer Magazine, and was sponsored by Fox Racing, Spy Sunglasses and Airwalk Shoes. On the surface, Tony's path seemed destined for stardom. However, in reality, Tony experienced crippling anxiety, depression and suicidal ideations. Tony's substance use began during his senior year, leading to the deterioration of his mental health and opioid addiction soon followed. Due to his misuse of Oxycontin, & other drugs a life of addiction, crime, homelessness and incarceration became his reality.
Since parolling prison, Tony has tirelessly worked towards achieving his goals and the dreams he’d set out for while incarcerated. He raced BMX professionally for several years and continued on to coach Brooke Crain to a 4th place finish at the Rio Olympic Games, accomplishing his dream of going to the Olympics. The Freewheel Project was very successful for many years helping thousands of youth through action sports before moving on to pursuing a very demanding national speaking career. Today Tony is an author, an owner of pH Wellness drug and alcohol treatment facility, and one of the world's most requested mental health and substance use speakers.
TRAUMA INFORMED SPECIALIST
Brian surrendered to the ministry of the Gospel in 2003 and was ordained five years later in 2008. For the next 10 years he served as a pastor at the Living Free Missionary Baptist Church in Fresno, California. In 2013, the Lord led Brian on a journey of becoming a Trauma-Informed Pastor which led him to shepherd many who experienced trauma and adversity in their lives. Today, a leading industry specialist, Brian continues to serve the Lord in a number of ways, including teaching and training both ministry leaders and personnel on how to effectively care for those who struggle with life’s adversities and trauma.
Brian co-founded of Brain Wise Solutions a professional consulting organization specializing in Resilience Focused Trauma-Informed Professional Development and Programing. Having served as the Director of Parent Education with Exceptional Parenting Unlimited (EPU) serving and supporting parents of children with disabilities or challenges, helping them access services and resources. Previously Brian was on staff with Every Neighborhood Partnership (ENP) providing education, training and support to staff, volunteers and ENP partnership organizations and programs. Additionally, he co-facilitated the Fresno County Trauma & Resilience Network, providing education, training, and support to cross sector stakeholders throughout Fresno County.