Only The Brave Mastermind Retreat

A Scotland adventure – mixing business with pleasure.

How it all started

You start your own business to do what you love, serve a community, be your own boss, dictate your own hours, etc. When you realise that only half the work is doing what you love (if you’re lucky) and half is ‘running the business’, you end up working 80 hours a week. Better than working 40 hours for someone else right? Eventually it takes its toll.

I discovered how stressful it is to run a company and do all the work myself years ago. So, I ran for the hills.

When my friend John and I took a trip to Scotland in the winter a few years ago, we left everything in our businesses behind and had a great adventure. Then, sitting in Starbucks on the way home, we thought it would be a good to invite some friends who might benefit from having some time away, giving them the opportunity to push past limiting beliefs, safe in the company of two Mountain Leaders.

The following year we set it up as a two day retreat and now we’re offering it as a business owners retreat with a difference.

Expedition in Scotland

“Thanks for another memorable weekend”

Helen – October 2022


Our Only The Brave retreat is your opportunity to get away from it all.

In the beautiful setting of Galloway in Scotland we’ll stay in an idyllic cottage, meditate and mastermind on Friday night, then take to the mountains around Merrick on Saturday on a challenging or knowledge based hike in the wild.

Saturday night we’ll reflect on the day using a visualisation, relating it to your relationship between you and your business. Then, in the group, we’ll mastermind problems that you’re currently facing, issues that are holding you back and stopping you from achieving your dreams.

Summit of Buchan Hill in Galloway
Summit of Buchan Hill in Galloway

“This weekend was an absolute life saver!

I wasn’t in a great place mentally and went away on this retreat and had the best time, the organisation from John and Chris was amazing and even when things got tricky John quickly and effectively used his skills to ensure we were all safe when the weather warnings came in!

The place we stayed was incredible and just generally the best mental and physical break you could need!”

Alex – Survivor of Only The Brave 2021

Retreat Dates

Only The Brave is run in Scotland from Friday to Sunday.

  • 27-29th January
  • 24-26th February

Fitness level – Reasonably fit to beast!

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Retreat Highlights

  • Meet up from Friday lunchtime
  • Evening meal
  • Meditation & Mastermind
  • Cottage accommodation with a real log fire at Castle Creavie Farm
  • Early breakfast Saturday morning
  • Saturday experience – Challenge Hike or Knowledge Based Hike
  • Return to the cottage
  • Visualisation & Mastermind
  • Breakfast
  • Sunday morning challenge – shooting or wild swimming


  • Food throughout the weekend
  • Accommodation Friday and Saturday night
  • Meditation & Mastermind with guest speaker
  • Hike on Saturday
  • Visualisation & Mastermind on Saturday night
  • Shooting or wild swimming on Sunday morning
  • Map & compass loan *
  • Only The Brave fleece beanie and merchandise

Planning & strategy don’t just apply to business – you WILL be part of planning the hike, navigating and building a strategy to take care of ‘whatever comes up’.

How you do anything – is how you do EVERYTHING!

Chris Waldron

Chris Waldron on Striding Edge, Helvellyn

Discovery Hike

Chris will take you around the area on a hike at a more relaxed pace around the Galloway mountains with an emphasis on planning and strategy. You’ll learn about local history, geology and mountain navigation.

John Beamson

John Beamson

Challenge Hike

John will take you out on a big adventure, hiking into the Galloway Mountains. This will be a hard day! You will most probably discover your new ‘limit’! A great opportunity to test your resilience and strategy skills.

This event is run by two qualified Mountain Leaders, Chris Waldron of OookWorks and John Beamson of Robustours.

If you cannot make the date but want a similar experience one to one with John or myself, contact us.

Corporate (see what your staff are really made of) or private group bookings can be organised for another date.

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