Camp GLP

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Karen Wright doesn’t like minivans. She will admit however that they are good people movers as demonstrated by the seven adults packed into the rental she’s currently driving. I’m in the passenger seat along with a box of grapes, green peppers, three bananas, our GPS, a bag of Trader Joe’s pumpernickel pretzels and a roll of paper towels.

With eight different conversations going on, our drive from EWR to sleep-away camp in the Catskills goes quickly. Soon the billboards change from real estate to kosher pizza and, like two yeshiva kids on Jell-O, we’re buzzed.

We’re here for Camp GLP, the latest endeavor in Jonathan Field’s Good Life Project. Described as ‘summer camp for adults’, it’s really an extension of the Project’s mandate to be “…a global movement that inspires, educates, connects and supports mission-driven individuals in the quest to live better, more engaged, connected and aligned lives.”

I have been following Jonathan for some time however it was his speech in Toronto last year on applying the principals of revolution to launch a business, that decisively focused my attention on his work.

I had a similar experience 10 years ago. In my ongoing quest to find like-minded methodology I stumbled across a website on Appreciative Inquiry (AI)- essentially the study of what gives life to an organization when it’s at it’s best. Like discovering buried treasure I couldn’t dig in fast enough. Within days I had completely re-structured my existing business model and practices.

Like AI, Jonathan’s revolution framework caught me off-guard in the best possible way- by challenging and re-enforcing my own understanding of what alignment truly means and how and why it manifests in the communities we cultivate. For 60 minutes he had me on the edge of my seat planning new executions and scribbling madly. Since then I have completely re-tooled my practice, shedding false idols and reaffirming my own version of and commitment to, meaningful engagement.

That Jonathan should appear in my life again now seems about right.

Camp GLP did not disappoint. The mind meld I experienced with Karen on our drive in was a perfect prelude to the many provocative ideas and conversations I experienced over the next four days.

In addition to attending workshops on Positive Psychology, Aligned Entrepreneur, Meditation, Podcasting, Branding and various health and wellness topics, I made new friends, started new conscious practices and hardly looked at my iphone.

If that weren’t enough, my Chiropractor bunk mate Geoff Outerbridge treated my acute tendonitis and may well have cured a 25-year chronic knee problem no other doctor has managed to isolate.

As as serial entrepreneur, I am prone to following my own ideas about how the world works. It serves me well most of the time but the truth is I fare much better when exposed to ‘outside’ feedback and perspective, whether I follow it or not.

Camp GLP gave me that opportunity and for that I am grateful. Now it’s up to me to keep it going.