Join Us for Adventures of Self-Discovery and Connection at Our Mountainside Mindset Retreats

Mountainside Mindset Retreats are 3-day group trips that are designed to help you grow through shared mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges. 

(Don’t worry....we have a lot of fun, too!)

Why you may want to join us at the next Mountainside Mindset Retreat

Need space to think? 

Need to reclaim calm in your life?

Need to bust past a plateau? 

Need to unleash your inner leader?

Here’s How Our Retreats Are Different:

Reason #1:

Mountain Mindset retreats are co-led by all our participants. 

We’re all leaders on these trips, and there’s no hierarchy. We’re all co-participants on every adventure, and no one is more important than anyone else. 

When we invite special guests, those folks will be your fellow participants, too. No one gets put up on a pedestal, and our special guests won’t be separated from the rest of the group. You’ll get to authentically connect with everyone on the trip – including me!

Reason #2:

We incorporate modern day teachings, as well as ancient local wisdom. 

During our retreats, we’ll delve into modern wisdom from the fields of psychology, sociology, leadership science, and personal coaching – but we’ll also research and incorporate the ancient teachings of local societies, like the indigenous Abenaki tribes of Vermont.

Reason #3:

You won’t just experience brief flashes of insight  - you’ll take what you learn on your retreat experience, and integrate it back into your day-to-day life. 

Our highest goal for each retreat is to create a massive mindset shift for you. Not just a small change that lasts for a few days, but a transformation that you’ll carry with you when you go home and pick up the details of your everyday life.

During your adventure, you’ll reframe your own vision of who you are as a person and as a leader, and learn to live intentionally to allow the right things to unfold in your life. You’ll leave your retreat feeling ready to kick ass in life.

Find out more about the Milestone Mind approach here.

Everyone Is Welcome on Mountainside Mindset Retreats


All skills levels, abilities, and genders are welcome on every retreat.

On each retreat, we will be going on adventures and doing teamwork exercises (check out the full itinerary here) – but we promise that it’s not going to feel like the Navy SEALS Hell Week. We’re not here to break you or make you cry.

To participate, all you need are motivation and a desire for change.

Join Us in Vermont in October 2018!

Our next Mountainside Mindset retreat will be this October at the beautiful Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont.

Here are the details:

  • DATE: Oct 2 2018 - Oct 4 2018
  • LOCATION: Spartan Race HQ - Riverside Farm - Pittsfield, VT
  • DURATION: 3 Days 2 Nights
  • PRICE: $195 deposit to reserve your spot, then 3 payments of $497 (The price will go up on August 15, 2018)
  • Max Participants: 30 
  • Other Things You Need to Know: This is a gender-neutral trip. All are welcome! No previous experience required.



  • 3 days and 2 nights in double accommodation rooms in farmhouse-style inns.
  • 3 days of specialized training, both mental and physical.
  • 2 healthy breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners.
  • All adventure and activity expenses. There will be no surprises!; including all mountaineering gear, equipment, mountain bike rental, canoe use and rental, and whatever else strikes our fancy as a group. Your required gear-list will be sent to you before the trip.
  • Inspirational co-participants like:
    • Joe De Sena, Founder and CEO of Spartan Race, Inc.
    • Ken Lubin, Spartan Death Race World Champion
    • Charlie Engle, Ultra-Endurance Athlete and Author of Running Man
    • Amy Alton, Professional Athlete and Founder of Divas of Dirt
  • Advanced mindset leadership coaching.
  • The chance to meet kick-ass people who embrace challenges, integrity, selflessness, friendship, and teamwork.

BONUS! For those that sign up on or before Jun. 30, you'll also receive FREE Lifetime Access to the Milestone Mind Institute! A $591 value!

Please note: Attendees are responsible for their own airfare and travel to the retreat destination. If you will be flying into Boston, let us know, and we will help you coordinate group transportation.

Refund policy: Full refunds will be given only if you cancel at least 60 days prior to the trip. After that, partial refunds will be issued on a case-by-case basis. 

View the full trip itinerary here → 


Milestone Mind Partners with Plumdrop Company to Outfit the Mindset Experience at Spartan Headquarters


Plumdrop provides rental experience packages with high-end apparel, accessories, and all the gear required for incredible outdoor adventures curated by elite badass athletes who are at the top of their field. Our goal is to provide flexible, hassle-free rentals and items to purchase in each box so that anyone can have their own effortless outdoor adventure -- and look great in the process. Learn more about Plumdrop here.

What You Get With This Partnership

With no added cost to you (a $200 rental fee value, and $2000 value of actual goods lent to you) and as apart of purchasing participation to our retreat, waiting for you at the destination will be the following:

  • Black Diamond Trekking Poles    
  • GoPro Hero
  • GoPro Chest Harness   
  • Seattle Sports Flashlight
  • Smartwool Socks
  • Buff Bandana
  • Patagonia UPF Hat
  • Black Diamond Headtorch
  • Leatherman Multitool
  • Seattle Sports Waterproof Cases
  • Camelbak Water Bottle 
  • Adventure Medical Kits First Aid Box
  • Trek Leg Warmers 
  • Osprey Tyloon Backpack
  • Yeti Shorts, Long Sleeve Shirt and Riding Jacket
  • Yeti Water Bottle
  • Smith Helmet
  • Giant Gloves
  • Giant Sun Glasses
  • Specialized Socks
  • Titan Emergency Blanket
  • REI Co-op Quick Drying Towel    
  • And much more!

Book now and save (price goes up August 15th)

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your coach & host: meet dave nelson

Dave Nelson is the survivor of a near-death experience, as well as an endurance race competitor, former Silicon Valley sales director, and a leadership mindset, mindfulness and human motivation teacher. He’s also a husband and father.

From 2006-2016, Dave worked with companies like EMC, Dell, Nimble Storage, and Rubrik to help them build successful sales teams and build new markets for their products. 

In 2016, he founded Milestone Mind, which provides leading-edge mindset and mindfulness training for high-growth people and organizations. 

He studied Sociology and Anthropology at Lafayette College, where he served as the Co-Captain of their 2005 championship football team. He's the recipient of the ECAC Award of Valor as well as recipient of the inaugural Lafayette College David Nelson '06 Award of Valor, established at the school after Dave's return to the gridiron after being dead for 7-minutes just two-months prior to the 2005 Championship season.

Dave has received executive business education from Harvard Business School, undertaken deep meditation practice and education training from Kathmandu University's Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, and is a certified ICF NLP Master Practitioner, Life Coach and CMA Meditation Teacher.

These days, Dave is a coach, mentor, podcast host and teacher who understands what individuals and teams need to grow and thrive – and helps individuals and organizations create customized training programs that improves their results and creates undeniable personal satisfaction and team cohesion through that process.

He has had the opportunity to interview and get to know thought-leaders such as Spartan Race Founder, Joe DeSena, Leading Meditation Teacher and Founder of the Insight Meditation Society, Sharon Salzberg, O2X Founder, Adam La Reau, PIVOT Founder, Jenny Blake, Green Beret and Author of Game-Changers, Scott Mann, Ironman™ World Champion and USAT Paratriathlete of the Year, André Kajlich, and many more.

Book now and save (price goes up August 15th)