My Nature Connection Retreat for Men and Women

With Dave Van Manen and Helene Van Manen Master Certified Coach

August 23 - 26, 2015

  • $1,020.00 – Single occupancy, private bath, 8 meals and full program ( includes all fees and taxes)
  • $975.00 – Single occupancy, shared bath, 8 meals and full program ( includes all fees and taxes)
  • $870.00 – Double occupancy, private bath, 8 meals and full program ( includes all fees and taxes)
  • $825.00 – Double occupancy, shared bath, 8 meals and full program ( includes all fees and taxes)

For double occupancy, you must provide your roommate - Rooms with private baths offer 1 queen or 1 double bed per room.

Date and Time Details: Register early - Details on shuttles and massage services and other details will come to you upon your completed registration.

Location: The Horseshoe Lodge at Mountain Park Environmental Center

Address: 9112 Mountain Park Road

Program Contact: Helene Van Manen.
Phone: 719-485-2191or 719-671-4181.

Awaken or Re-Awaken Your Connection to Wild Nature and to Yourself with this 3 night – 4 day retreat led by “Ranger Dave” and “Coach Helene” Van Manen in the mountains of Colorado at the Horseshoe Lodge in Beulah, Colorado.

dhvmshadowtallThis retreat is designed for men/women/couples who refuse to wait any longer in nurturing their relationship to the natural world!

“There is a love of wild Nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love, ever showing itself whether recognized or not, and however covered by cares and duties” ~ John Muir



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Do you long for the space in your life to immerse yourself in wild Nature, to experience the quiet and the mystery of the Earth?

Can you feel inside yourself a need to be more connected to the natural world?

Do you imagine yourself learning how to see more birds, identify plants, read animal sign?

Does exploring your personal connection to Nature, supported by others on their own Nature discovery path, speak to you?

Are you ready to finally take the journey back to Nature that you’ve always known you would one day take?

If so, then My Nature Connection is the opportunity that you have been waiting for!


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Enjoy carefree days on your Nature Connection Retreat with a variety of daily activities including:

  • Hiking and walking (at whatever level you are comfortable with)
  • Time for personal reflection and journaling
  • Developing your naturalist skills (at whatever level you are at)
  • Inspiring and thought-provoking discussions on various topics (e.g. environmental ethics, Nature education)
  • Developing a personal plan to stay connected to Nature

 Tell your friends…. “I’m going on my Nature Retreat this summer…”

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About the Teachers

Dave Van Manen

Dave Van Manen (Ranger Dave) is the Founder of the not-for-profit Mountain Park Environmental Center, which he began in 1998, and serves as it’s Executive Director.  His service to MPEC includes facilitating specific programs (Nature Toddlers, Full Moon Hikes) developing special projects and programs, writing about MPEC for various publications, public speaking, and leading the […]


Helene Van Manen Master Certified Coach

Helene Van Manen is the Founder and Director of Training at and holds a Master Certified Coach degree from the International Coaching Federation. On the faculty at Coach University, Helene is a seasoned teacher growing students in both their leadership skills, business success and environmental awareness. Specializing in mentoring new coaches, Helene Van Manen […]