Our Approach

to Mindful Adventure Travel

What do we mean when we say “Mindful Adventure Travel?” We believe the best way to combat the effects of burnout is to experience a guided, retreat-style trip that involves three core principles:

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Immersion in Nature

Our trips feature a complete immersion in nature. We believe this is the best way of connecting to ourselves and the natural environments around us.

Mindfulness

Your Recal Coach will be your guide for the mindfulness elements of the trip. We will practice guided breathwork, meditation, and possibly some yoga. There will also be time set aside for unguided mindfulness and self-discovery.

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Adventure

We believe a great way to combat burnout is to incorporate adventure and physical activity over multiple days. This enables us to engage our bodies alongside our minds and ignite a true mind+body recalibration.

Hear from our founder, Anthony Lorubbio, as he explains what Mindful Adventure Travel is and how our growing disconnection with nature and burnout are related:

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Who We Are

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Anthony Lorubbio, the founder of Recal, is part of the new breed of purpose-driven, social entrepreneur.

He is a two-time founder, three-time CEO, and formerly burned out executive. At the beginning of 2021, amidst his own bout with burnout, Lorubbio took a pause, reconnected with his authentic self through breathwork, nature, and mindfulness practices, and founded Recal to help people that are facing a similar situation.

His winding path through the grind of modern life finally gave way to clarity when he was introduced to the concept of the Modern Human Condition. It explains that there is a disconnect between the way humans live in today’s modern world, versus how we biologically (over many years of evolution) adapted to live. This simple fact contributes to so many of the physical and mental ailments we face today, including chronic stress, anxiety, and burnout.

Under Lorubbio’s direction, Recal has designed guided, retreat-style trips that reconnect with nature and ourselves as humans. By utilizing these mindful and adventurous experiences in the outdoors, you are able to recalibrate your mind and body to better navigate modern life’s stressors and challenges.

You can follow Anthony’s journey with Recal on LinkedIn or Instagram.

Our Coaches

Scott Stone

Scott is an entrepreneur, transformational coach, and breathwork facilitator.

He’s worked as management in Fortune 50 companies, scaled international medical start-ups and now works with executives and entrepreneurs to uncover subconscious patterns and dissolve limiting beliefs. Utilizing techniques like breathwork, yoga and meditation, Scott helps individuals guide themselves back to re-inhabiting their mind, body, and heart.

Scott is certified in Wim Hof and Buteyko breathwork methods, as well as yoga instructor. You can view his Wim Hof workshops and follow him on Instagram.

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Brittany Lillegard

Brittany is a yoga & meditation teacher, Wim Hof instructor, and certified coach at the Microdosing Institute.

Over a decade ago, Brittany started exploring the benefits of meditation and breathwork as a way to recover from an intense burnout and severe depression. Additionally, she experienced a transformative psychedelic journey (legal and guided by a therapist) that helped lift the thick fog of depression for the first time in her life.

To better integrate the profound lessons from her practice and mindfulness exploration, with includes breathwork, meditation, and other personal development practices, has allowed her to healthily explore, express, and release emotions, including anger, grief, and sadness. As a result, Brittany has gained mental stability, a deep connection with her intuition, and a robust immune system. And she is excited to share these with you!

CERTIFICATIONS: 
  • RYT 200, NASM CPT, Original Strength Systems, FRCms, Mind Foundation Beyond Experience Participant, Wim Hof Method

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Nicole Kodjoe

Nicole is a professional breathwork coach, yoga teacher, master life coach and entrepreneur.

 
Over 20 years ago, on the brink of burnout from her corporate job, Nicole began practicing yoga and breathwork to relieve stress and to alleviate migraine pain. The transformation she experienced through mindfulness practices led to her deep-dive into the world of holistic health and wellness modalities by way of breathwork, yoga, meditation, Ayurveda and EFT tapping therapy.
 
Nicole is passionate about empowering others to lean in and dynamically control the nervous system through movement, mindset and functional breathing practices. 
 
She specializes in helping clients manage chronic stress, anxiety, panic disorder and insomnia. Psychiatrists and therapists call upon her to teach their patients how to self-regulate and modulate their nervous systems in between clinical therapy sessions. For so many, breathwork has been a complete game-changer in their mental and emotional fitness and their overall quality of life. 
 
“Breathwork is truly the key to unlocking our highest potential. It is our biggest gift hiding in plain sight. It allows us to connect to a deeper part of ourselves, which, once accessed, can open the door to endless possibilities.”
 
CERTIFICATIONS
  • Advanced Oxygen Advantage Instructor
  • YogaBody Breath Coach
  • Yoga Teacher
  • EFT/TFT Practitioner
  • Yoga Nidra Practitioner
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition
  • Meditation Facilitator
  • Master Life Coach

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Chris Wurden

Chris is an accomplished and experienced breathwork facilitator and mindfulness coach.
 
He comes from a past of severe asthma, debilitating panic attacks, & chronic allergies. From the age of 2 ½ to 15 he experienced frequent hospitalizations… he was put on steroids, was allergic to almost everything, and lived in chronic fear of an unknown force that could stop his breath at any time. Due to these experiences, he chose to dedicate his life to search for the most effective ways to thrive with stress, anxiety, and panic.
On his journey he has traveled to over 25 countries, sat in multi-week silent meditation retreats in Thailand, became a SSI Dive Control Specialist, floated for hours in sensory deprivation tanks, and took month-long treks through the Himalayas.
In 2018 he first discovered the incredible benefits of conscious breathwork and realized he had found his calling in life. Since that moment, he has studied directly under Wim Hof in Poland, completed his Advanced Oxygen Advantage training with Patrick McKeown, and recently received his Buteyko certification.
Chris understands that all mindfulness and breathwork methodologies have their strengths and weaknesses, depending on where they are being applied, and is grounded in gaining a holistic view in order to synthesize and apply them in the most powerful ways to you!
“Our breath is essential to being alive. Teaching people to breathe properly and to find the power of the breath is central to my mission in life. Our conscious ability to regulate our breath opens the doors of health, awareness and the power to influence how we feel and act in every moment.” – Chris Wurden
CERTIFICATIONS: 
  • Advanced Oxygen Advantage Instructor
  • Buteyko Instructor
  • Wim Hof Method Instructor in Training
  • Certified Gong Yoga Nidra Practitioner
  • Soundsmith – Relaxation & Transformational Sound
  • Owner of Essential Breathworks LLC

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Jesse Coomer

Jesse is an author, professional breathworker, cold training expert, certified Wim Hof Method instructor, and NSAM personal trainer. 

Over a decade ago, he began a life transformation mission that led him to discover how our physiology and psychology often conflict with the modern world. In 2014, he became passionate about breath training as a method to combat his anxiety. Since then, he has trained in several breathwork techniques, including the Wim Hof Method, certified as a personal trainer, become a leading author in the subject of cold exposure training, and a voice of practicality in the world of health and mental fitness on his YouTube Channel and Patreon.

Jesse now leads workshops, lectures, and training sessions around the USA while training athletes, military, and people from every walk of life.

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Pedro Sanjurjo

Pedro is an experienced and highly accomplished health, wellness, performance, and breathwork coach.
 
Pedro’s education and background in engineering have contributed to a lifelong study of efficiency, biomechanics, focus, mindfulness, and the incremental changes that make for peak human performance. His enthusiasm for pushing the extremes of physical capacity and endurance have taken him to performance training, mindful experiences and breathing workshops across the globe, and led him to an appreciation of the differences that proper breathing techniques and dedication to the here and now can make in everyday focus, concentration, and stress reduction, but also in achieving peak athletic performance.
 
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How a Recal Trip Works

Our mindful adventure trips help you recalibrate your mind and body and bring yourself back to center. This enables you to more effectively navigate all of life’s stressors and challenges. Let’s dig into how we do that.

Pre-trip

  • Tips and Useful Mindfulness Practices from Recal. In order to prepare you for the trip, we will invite you to live sessions and send information that will help develop your mindfulness practice in breathwork, meditation, or journaling.
  • Personal Coaching. Every trip includes a 1:1 session with your Recal Coach before the date of your trip. This will help prepare you for what’s ahead and what to expect.
  • Recal Journal. This important element actually begins before the trip itself; as soon as you sign up, you will be sent a Recal Journal. The journal has everything you need to begin your journey toward a recalibrated mindset: prompts for mindful and intentional living, daily highlights, lowlights, reflections, a gratefulness practice, and more.

On-trip

  • Breathwork. This is the key ingredient. Your Recal Coach will guide you through breathing exercises that are immensely helpful to center yourself and dive more deeply into being present. Breathwork is a tool that we use to shed stress and anxiety, as well as bring a sense of calm and clarity to your mind and body.
  • Meditation. Your Coach will also lead various styles of meditation; the outdoor and unplugged nature of the trip enables you to dive more deeply into this mindfulness practice (even if you are new to meditation)
  • Recal Journal. The trip itself provides the perfect mindspace and environment, immersed in nature, to be present and able to put thoughts and reflections on paper. Our Recal Journal is the perfect tool for this.
  • Silent Hikes and Forest Bathing. Depending on your trip itinerary, there will be guided mindful hiking, such as silent hikes or forest bathing. Each are extremely helpful to establish presence in the outdoors.
  • Unguided Mindfulness. In addition to the guided elements, we also set aside time in your trip itinerary to explore mindfulness on your own — whether that is a walking meditation, solo sit, silent hike, time to read, additional journaling, or other activity.

Post-trip

  • Recal Content, Live Sessions, Tips, and a Newsletter. The core mission of Recal is to provide you with the tools to attain, and maintain, a recalibrated mindset so you are equipped to navigate all of life’s stressors and challenges. After your trip is over, with your permission, we will provide you with useful content, free live sessions to join, and other information to enable you to maintain and build on the things you learned on the trip.
  • Recal Journal. Journaling doesn’t have to end with the trip; we created this specifically as an ongoing tool for mindful and intentional living. There is also an option to receive automatic replenishment of the refillable pages of the journal.
  • Stay in Touch with the Group. The connections you create with other incredible people on your trip can have a lasting impact. We will create a virtual space for you to stay in touch well after your trip.
  • Personal Coaching. Every trip includes a 1:1 session with your Recal Coach beforehand, and we also offer one after the trip is over. If you want to go even deeper, and if your Coach has availability, you can continue to work with them on an ongoing basis.

Our Approach

to Outfitter Partnerships

As we mentioned, each trip is co-hosted by a curated group of independently-owned and operated, racially-inclusive, and sustainability-minded outfitters. Here is a bit more insight to what we mean by that and why we choose to work with outfitters that share similar values. If you want to see what specific outfitters we partner with for any particular trip, check the trip details on each dedicated trip page.

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Independently-Owned and Operated

We work exclusively with independently-owned and operated outfitters. It's our belief that this kind of partner offers a better trip experience, local knowledge, and the best value for all trip attendees.

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Racially-Inclusive

Our goal is to increase racial equity and inclusion in the outdoor industry among Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. Our outfitter partners and guides are in this fight with us, upholding a commitment to change.

Our Commitment: a 25% BIPOC traveler base by 2025

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Sustainability-Minded

We work with outfitters that are committed to acting as stewards of both the education and practical application of traveling in an eco-friendly, sustainable, and regenerative way.

Our Core Values

Radical Honesty

We are committed to exercising radical honesty in the way we do business. This starts with how much we disclose about our trips and outfitters and ends with your honest feedback for what we can do better.
Too often, the lack of transparency and cryptic language clouds travel providers and partners. We do things differently.

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100% Remote Workforce

We use technology to be productive while on the move. You'll find us testing out our next trip concept or meeting in-person with an outfitter partner — all to ensure we deliver the best experience for you.

You know you're in the right place if you:

  • are experiencing work-induced stress, fatigue, or burnout
  • are up for multiple days of adventure, but happy to leave technical details to expert local guides
  • consider mindfulness an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but haven’t yet given it a try
  • prefer to venture deep into nature and deliberately choose a remote place off the beaten path
  • define the success of a trip by how refreshed, recharged, and ‘recalibrated’ you feel when it’s over

If this seems like something for you, we encourage you to join our community. You can also view this season’s available trips here.