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The Peak Prosperity Annual Weekend Seminar: Apr 24-26

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Monday, February 9, 2015, 11:20 PM
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We're happy to confirm that we'll be returning to Rowe, MA this spring to offer our annual weekend seminar from April 24-26.

We're particularly excited about this year's gathering, as 2015 is fast proving to be a very different year than the preceding ones. The recent era of relative tranquility and control is clearly beginning to slip away from the grips of the central planners.

We're also still on an emotional high from last year's experience. So many active and long-time PP.com readers attended (including James Howard Kunstler) that it felt like a reunion of lifelong friends. Maybe you can help us raise the bar even higher this year!

What To Expect

We know that chance favors the prepared, and the most important preparations you can make right now are to your frame of mind.  Some will meet the future boldly and make the most of it, others will sit back and be carried along.  The difference between the expected outcomes for both types is widening.

The area where the most people are most unprepared is for the coming wealth transfer.  We want you to be on the right side of the line when the time comes and so we'll be spending additional time this year focusing on where the opportunities (and threats) lie.

Our schedule is so busy with travel and new content development that this will be the only US-based seminar we produce this year. So if it's time for you to kick your personal resiliency into a higher gear, we would love for you to join us:

"Thriving in Any Future" Seminar
Rowe Camp & Conference Center
22 Kings Highway
Rowe, Massachusetts 01367

Friday April 24 through Sunday, April 26, 2015

Presented by Chris & Becca Martenson, with Adam Taggart
Cost varies - click here for more information

Click here to register online

We have an extremely well-developed seminar model that has been honed over the years and combines teachings, breakouts, and exercises that will provide both critical insights and actionable ideas. This year will be no exception, as we'll be introducing a good amount of never-seen before material.

Specifically, this Rowe workshop offers

  • Understanding (and accepting) the wealth transfer, with active discussions of which assets will provide the best protection   
  • Skill-building exercises to develop emotional, financial, and physical resilience
  • An insider’s understanding of the Crash Course framework and techniques for sharing difficult information with others
  • Becca Martenson’s expertise in emotional resilience and helping to align spouses with their reluctant partners.
  • A personalized action plan to increase your prosperity
  • The skills needed to create a sustainable income that you own & can depend on
  • Meeting excellent people who share your views

The connections made at these conferences have lasted between participants for years and are another significant benefit of the experience. For others, simply having the chance to engage with other highly successful people on these topics in a safe environment is worth the effort to attend.

In short, the goal of the weekend is for you to return home with peace of mind, knowing that you are equipped to meet the future head-on and prosper in it. 

To register, click this link.

We hope to see you there.

Best,

Chris, Becca, & Adam

Feedback From Past Year's Rowe Attendees

Here's a write-up from former Peak Prosperity staff member Amanda, who attended last year's seminar at Rowe:

A First-Hand Account of The Peak Prosperity Seminar

Have you ever wondered what happens at one of our Peak Prosperity weekend seminars? Every year, Chris and the Peak Prosperity team host two weekend-long retreats to explore topics related to the Crash Course, up close and personal. So what are these retreats like?

It takes an exceptional group of people to come together to discuss these kinds of topics. The people at this seminar were diverse and impressive, and this is typical at our seminars. I was humbled by the courage of several conference attendees who were at the very beginning of their journeys. Some were what we lovingly call “reluctant spouses,” and some were folks who simply heard of the conference and felt called to attend, having never even encountered our website or any of our other material. Some were seasoned members of our online community, with a few who were recognized almost as celebrities as the result of their many written posts on the site. Some were very young – like the precocious 12-year-old who came all the way from Mexico with his dad and promised us he’d use what he learned to make a difference in the world. There was an energetic young couple on the brink of post-college life. There were middle-aged parents wanting to help ensure a good world for their kids to grow into, and folks who were approaching or already in retirement and concerned about their remaining years. There were even some people there who had attended a previous conference and came back again with family members, neighbors, or friends.

Naturally, I was impressed by those who been “prepping” for years in various ways, or who are longtime activists in their communities, or who have turned their professional focus over to supporting sustainable living for others. Several attendees shared impressive stories of the ways in which they have helped to significantly increase the resilience of their communities. But I was equally impressed by those who arrived on Friday night knowing only that they yearned to make a change in their lives, not yet sure what their first step might be. By Sunday afternoon, I am quite sure those folks had a plan of action and a sense of relief in knowing that they truly are not alone on this journey.

Read her full recap here

But don't just take our word for it. Here are comments from past seminar attendees:

"I was deeply impressed with Chris, Becca, and Adam during this weekend. They have obviously put a lot of thought into the curriculum and done their own work. The exercises had an organic feel of having been worked from the inside out by them before being shared with us.

"The sense of openness, transparency in the workshop participants was immediate and, I believe, was catalyzed by the clear minds of Chris and Becca who come from a place of love not fear. I came away with a clear action plan and a deeper sense of peace in a world with imminent change upon us."   - Debra

"The opportunity to meet Chris, Becca, and Adam face to face was invaluable. An unexpected result of our time together was the opportunity to meet with other concerned individuals and share ideas.  Moving forward from the workshop I felt empowered with the knowledge that I don't have to do this alone. There is a growing community here, and we are poised to guide each other into a truly prosperous future."  - Nan

"This was my second Rowe conference with Chris and Becca.  In addition, having a reluctant spouse and being surrounded by generally closed minded family and community, being among an enlightened and enthusiastic group provided me with a huge morale boost to keep me moving in the right direction."  - Daniel

"Chris and Becca's seminar was a thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting experience. One might imagine a lot of negativity at an event on this topic, and we did discuss each other's fears and concerns, but I left feeling a great deal better about the future.  Before the seminar I felt like I had no one I could talk to about our predicament, but that isolation just melted away as we formed our own little community at the seminar."  - Jamie

"Attending the Crash Course seminar was life-changing for me.I highly recommend attending the Crash Course or related seminars to anyone who is interested in learning about the changes that are currently unfolding around the world, and how to adapt to them (even and especially those who think they already have all the information they need about this)."  - Heather

"This is an engaging, down-to-earth, and practical program. As late as it seems, we are all still "early adopters" in preparing for a very different future. That means most of our families and friends don't understand what we see coming, and it's great to be in a group of intelligent people who "get it." It's also a treat to hear Becca's story of having to help process things as a spouse, and to see how they work as a couple in the art of sharing a difficult message with the world. The delivery is as important as the content. Bravo!"  - Doug

"As to the Crash Course presentation recently delivered at Rowe, let me say I have been referring to it as perhaps the best workshop that I have ever attended.  I really found the whole experience fantastic."  - Mark

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Looking Forward to it!!!

We had a great time at Rowe last year and Becca did an awesome job at helping me to understand how to communicate this information better with my reluctant spouse.  My wife actually went with me for the first time and she has been much more supportive of my efforts to get rid of all debt and build resilience ever since.  This year I plan to bring my 18 yr old son (and hopefully some neighbors) as he is just starting to get interested in the 3E story and making our homestead more sustainable.  I am REALLY looking forward to connecting up with the P.P. family again…this is one of my favorite highlights of the year.  I hope many of you who attended last year make it again this year.  I think we can all feel the stadium filling up and it will be great to reconnect again.  Also looking forward to the after-hours  guitar rap session and listening to Chris & Becca sing...that was alot of fun.  See you all there!

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i am trying it out

It is far for me, but I am giving it a go.  See you there.

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Rotating locations?

Wish I could be there but I'm hopeful at some point the conference can be hosted in Portland or Seattle.

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PNW
PdeB wrote:

Wish I could be there but I'm hopeful at some point the conference can be hosted in Portland or Seattle.

Seriously, seconded.  Plus you'd love the salmon (it glows ever so lightly). I can understand why Rowe is so appealing however, close to home and all. I really don't care to travel much right now given all that is going on.

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I really don't care to travel much right now given all that is going on.

I feel exactly the same even though I'm a lot closer than you.  Hell, I think hard about driving 5 miles down the road to the nearest village.

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What Airport .....

would be most convenient for this event for us out-of-towners?

SS

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BDL or BOS

Hartford (BDL) is closer (80 mi), but Boston Logan (BOS - 150 mi) often has a more convenient and cheaper set of flight options.

Coming from the West Coast, I usually prefer to fly into BOS and drive the extra hour vs take a connecting flight (or two) to BDL.

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Wish I could be there but I'm

Wish I could be there but I'm hopeful at some point the conference can be hosted in Portland or Seattle.

I agree.  If there were a seminar in the PNW I would absolutely attend, but I avoid unnecessary travel these days beyond what I have to do for work and the occasional car trip.

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Albany NY airport works too...

ALB... about 70 miles from Rowe.  Southwest flies there.   

I am hoping to come with my wife this year... working on the plan.  I will say this about last year;  I am ruined forever when it comes to commercial hard cider.  Those responsible for my ruination know who they are.  

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I live near ALB

If anyone is considering flying in to Albany, I live nearby and am considering going to the seminar.  I just might be able to give you a ride so you won't need to rent a car.

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Planning on being there

Still only about 90% sure but the stars seem to be aligned to allow me to attend this year. Looking forward to meeting many of you.

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Me and Mrs Sand_puppy ...

... should make it too.  And very much looking forward to meeting the others I have seen and hear on line.

We need name tags with real name and screen names, both.

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Wow! I am so looking forward to this year's gathering at Rowe

Given the line-up of attendees, this Rowe gathering is going to rock!  I cannot wait.

While we do have some excellent material and host a very high quality seminar, the truth is we could present nothing at all and it would be worth 3x the price just for the assemblage of people.

So the seminar is gravy poured over a very substantial meal...

I really do look forward to meeting everyone again, or for the first time, whichever the case may be.

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Details on Accommodations

I've been seriously thinking about coming for years now. This time I plan on making it. Before I reserve anything though, I would like to know a bit more about the accommodations. I don't camp, but otherwise I don't have to be too comfortable. In general, what I'm asking is, do all cabins have a bathroom/running water, electricity/stove and internet access? How many people typically stay in a given cabin? I assume that the dorm has more comforts in it, so I'm also wondering how many people stay in the dorm?

How is the PP culture at the events? I'm thinking in terms of are we sitting around a camp fire (or equal) until midnight drinking or is it more going back to the cabins/rooms after the day has ended? Will I miss more of the fun if I select any kind of private room.

Sorry for a lot of questions. I'm a long PP/CM reader, but this is all new to me.

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It's a summer camp location

It's a summer camp location where there is a main building containing a large dining hall, a large rec building, and many outbuildings for the various types of lodgings. Not everyone at the camp will  be there for Peak Prosperity. 

Tom Wessels was there last year at the same time as the Peak Prosperity team and I almost wanted to do 50/50 with Tom and Peak Prosperity because I have been referencing Tom's book "Reading the Forested Landscape" for 4 or 5 years now. I love the woods, I feel very comfortable in the woods, and I am obsessed with learning everything I possibly can about it. I'm a very reserved person, but I could talk all day about the woods of New England. It would have been wonderful to spend the day with such a noteworthy naturalist as Tom Wessels, but it was just as great meeting everyone from Peak Prosperity as well. Jim H is a great guy in real life.

Meals are really the big event. I forget how many tables are in the room, but everyone from Peak Prosperity as well as any of the other seminars going on at the same time will sit down together. Camp volunteers and staff will join in as well. Everyone was very friendly.

I was talking to some folks about my concerns for unstable heavy metals from Fukushima making there way up the food-chain (biomagnification) which turned into a decent debate/exchange about the impact of heavy metals such as Mercury on the human body, specifically whether or not we should be concerned with environmental exposure to metals such as natural mercury, given that there is minimal evidence that naturally occurring mercury is bad for you. I believe bioaccumulation of anything in the body is bad for you because that's just logical from a systems efficiency perspective. The other man was grounded to what was proven. I also had a great conversation with my unwinterized cabin roomate about silver as we were going to bed. What I learned was that not everyone at the seminar will have the same exposure to ideas as you do . For some reason i thought everybody would be on the same wave-length, but the reality was that everybody there was human and had different backgrounds, interests, and skills. My roommate was curious about silver, and he had never paid attention to silver and gold before, so I gave him the depleting resource/high cost to extract pitch that I always seem to give to people when I introduce them to silver. Anyways, there was a lot of good conversation.

The area where Rowe is located is just gorgeous. I took many walks down to the mill pond which had some beaver activity and up into the hemlock forested hills behind the cabins to look for porcupines. I also heard a fisher mating call my first night which was a treat. If you have never heard it before...

I also extremely enjoyed the flowing water and the natural waterfalls that were so abundant. The reason why they choose this location every year is because the atmosphere, the mood, everything is perfect for what they are trying to accomplish. Rowe is a real gem.

The Peak prosperity team does something very unique and I am happy I went last year. It was an exposure that I was really curious about and I am happy I went. 

A warning: If you sleep in the unwinterized cabins, bring a nice sleeping bag or two. I really blew it by not bringing a better sleeping bag. I don't think I reached REM all weekend. I could not function by Sunday.

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Details on Accomodations at Rowe

Rowe offers a variety of accommodations ranging from communal bunk-style sleeping to private rooms with private baths...or even a tent site if you like.

You can read more about Rowe's offerings here:  http://rowecenter.org/pages.php?name=About%20Rowe

There is no internet in the sleeping areas, only in the main lodge, at least that's how it was last year...and cell phone coverage is pretty much nonexistent (I have AT&T, but I think that's generally true across all carriers if my memory serves).  

What we like about Rowe is that it is intimate and isolated.  The lack of external connections is actually an important feature of the weekend, not a drawback.  

We start on Friday and go into the night...usually around 9:30-10:00...and then people hang out and keep talking.  Saturday is a long day going morning, afternoon, and into the night (with an afternoon break)  usually with some light drinking and music playing carrying on afterwards.  Sunday is a half day.  All meals are taken together, with whatever other workshop is running at the time.

So select the sort of accommodations that work best for you, and bring your instrument if you have one and can do that!

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Official offer of a ride from Albany Airport

OK.  I'm in the for weekend and willing to offer a ride to anyone who flies in to ALB.

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Detailed Intro to Accomondations

Thank you Wildlife Tracker and Chris for providing additional details. For those looking for even more information, please find room descriptions here: http://rowecenter.org/pages.php?name=conf-meals

I just completed my registration and apparently the single comfort rooms are already sold out, but there seems to be plenty of space otherwise.

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Advisors in attendance at Rowe?

I'll be making my first visit to this year's gathering and wonder whether any investment advisors mentioned within PP materials will be present.  Any idea?

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Yes, the advisors will be in attendance
ssheppard46 wrote:

I'll be making my first visit to this year's gathering and wonder whether any investment advisors mentioned within PP materials will be present.  Any idea?

The answer is yes, they will be there.

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Anyone from Texas attend?

I am about to make my reservation and travel arrangements to attend from Dallas, TX.  Quercus, I might just take you up on that offer of a ride.  I have a ton of Southwest rewards points so I'll be flying into wherever has the best options, which may be Albany.

I am really looking forward to it to say the least.  Though I'm an attorney who runs a non-profit innocence project, I'm feeling rather unfulfilled and am in the process of making some serious changes (moving out of the rent race in the city to a small/tiny house in the country.)  I'm tired of being one foot in one foot out and am ready to live my beliefs and convictions.  I'm hoping to come away with new knowledge, insights, and relationships that will propel me further down my path and help provide some direction, both personally and professionally.

It is verrrry hard to talk about any of this with anyone I know, so I am really looking forward to meeting everyone.  I've just started my girlfiend on the crash course so she can better understand how I think and why I make the decisions I do.  With some hard work and a little luck, maybe we can be an example and  proselytize in TX.

In other words, I am excited to attend.

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I just made my travel

I just made my travel arrangements and get into Albany by 1pm Friday and leave out after 6 on that Sunday so I am definitely interested in catching a ride.

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Confirmed

Not in a religious way ;^)

My wife and I are registered to attend. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

Cheers,

Mark

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Travel

Great Vilbas. I'll save room for you. my car seats four. there is one more likely rider.  that leaves one or two spaces.  send me a PM and we can work out details.

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Official Ride Offer from Cheshire and Windham Counties

Copying Quercus Bicolor's idea here; I'm driving through Cheshire county in NH and Windham County in VT, going through both Keene and Brattleboro. I'm willing to deviate from my established route to pick up people from most towns in said counties.

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2 spots in my car.

I have 2 spots in my car for a ride from Albany, NY.  I'm making one airport pickup at 1:00 PM.  anyone else?

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Accommodations for couples getting scarce

There are two other conferences going on at the same time as ours so some of the accommodations are filling up quickly or filled already. Not a problem for those traveling alone but for people who actually would like to sleep with their significant others it is best to move quickly!

Cheers,

Mark

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camping anyone?

Sleeping  out in late april as the migratory songbirds arrive is one of my favorite things to do.  The dawn chorus can be incredible - although April 25 might be a bit early.  Will anyone else be camping?

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I considered it

but wasn't sure if the weather would cooperate and wasn't sure I wanted to air travel with camping gear.  If the weather will be nice enough, I would do so.

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Rowe weather in late April

Rowe is at 1400 ft elevation.  In late re April average temperature is about 60F  for a high and 40 for a low.  Of course, it can vary and rain (even snow) is possible.  I have an 8x10 foot tent that can sleep more than one, but you'd still need a sleeping bag and pad.

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Rowe Seminar Filling Up Fast!

For those considering still registering for Peak Prosperity's annual seminar, it's filling up fast. You may want to get that registration completed soon.

For perspective: we are still 2 months out from the event, but the number of people who've registered so far has already reached the point we saw just 5 days before last year's seminar.

Why is demand so high this year?

Perhaps it's because the cracks in the system are beginning to show more clearly, making 2015 look like it will be quite different from the relative calm of the preceding half decade.

Or perhaps it's because so many active PP.com commenters are planning to be there this year (Mark Cochrane, Sand Puppy, Jim H, CleanEnergyFan, Sterling Cornaby, Quercus Bicolor, SingleSpeak, etc).

Or maybe word of mouth is spreading about how valuable (and fun) it is to spend a weekend communing with a rare gathering of folks of like mind and spirit.

Whatever the reason, should you want to join in this year's goodness, book soon while space is still available. The Rowe Center isn't huge, and it looks like we'll hit the attendee cap before too long at this rate. 

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Re: Wish I could be there
Time2help wrote:
PdeB wrote:

Wish I could be there but I'm hopeful at some point the conference can be hosted in Portland or Seattle.

Seriously, seconded.  Plus you'd love the salmon (it glows ever so lightly). I can understand why Rowe is so appealing however, close to home and all. I really don't care to travel much right now given all that is going on.

Bah!  To heck with it. See you all in 3 wink.

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CARPOOL TO ROWE FROM GREENFIELD CIRCLE?

Dear All,

I am attending this one [my second] as a commuter, because I live nearby in Shelburne, MA.  I would be happy to carpool with anyone who would like it, who is passing through the junction of I-91 and Massachusetts Rt. 2.  A convenient rendezvous spot is in the "Big-Y Plaza," just off the rotary.  People frequently leave their cars in this plaza when car pooling.  

Or, if you are uncomfortable about leaving a vehicle there, we live 8 minutes from this rotary in a net-zero-energy house that we built, in part inspired by what my wife and I got from the first CM Seminar we attended.  Any carpoolers [or seminar attendees who want to after the seminar] are welcome to the 5-cent tour of the house and its design features. 

If any of this appeals, please contact me directly @617-584-4047 AND [belt-and-suspenders] [email protected].  By all means respond here as a community-visibility thing, but reliability is a big virtue in making arrangements. 

See you soon,

Jonathan Shay

 

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