Wild at Heart BASIC is not a retreat about the "seven things a man ought to do to be a nicer guy."   

It is an immersive journey to recover the masculine heart.  

Give yourself permission... to explore your deepest desires, to reawaken passion, and connect to the goodness and nobility of your heart.  

To know yourself... to find a life worth living, to love a woman deeply, and raise children well, you simply must get your heart back.  

Join us.


More information included below the registration section

  • Bunk bed accomodations - all bottom bunks. Bring sleeping bag or linens and blanket, pillows.

  • Bunk bed accomodations - all bottom bunks. Bring sleeping bag or linens and blanket, pillows. Please email a photo of your student ID to: [email protected]

  • We will ensure you have power outlets

Suggested Amounts

  • Paintball tournament play in the custom arena. Includes several games of Epic Fun! All equipment and instruction is provided. Wear heavy long sleeve clothing that can take paint stains!

  • Guided ride up the river on a pontoon boat to the Blue Springs headwaters for snorkeling and swimming.

  • Guided kayak tour - a paddle trip through a nearby beautiful clear spring, a quick swim stop, then return to the private launch lagoon.

  • Get launched into the air to land in a lake.

  • Swimming in large pool. Staff lifeguards in attendance.

  • Take out a kayak on your own or in a group of friends to the river. Life vest is provided and mandatory.

As a potential special treat, free helicopter rides may be offered as an activity on Friday.  Limited slots are available so men will be selected through a random drawing.  Just fill out your lottery ticket upon check in if you are interested.  Winners will be announced on Thursday night.  

If you want to play golf? .  

Late arrival or early departure?:  No problem, we can accomodate you.  Check in is from 3:45 to 5:45 CENTRAL TIME on Thursday 7 April.  Dinner starts at 6 pm.  First session begins at 7.  Retreat concludes Sunday 10 April at 12:30, optional lunch follows.   After you register send an email to [email protected] with your needs.  This is stated again in your confirmation replies.   

Do you need financial assistance?  It is available.  Email [email protected] with your request.  

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HEADS UP! A SIGNED WAIVER by event participant or parent/guardian WILL BE REQUIRED before you can attend. And before you can download your receipt. Complete the red block in the confirmation pop-up after "submit the above". You may get a signature required in your registration email if the waiver is still incomplete.

What you will experience...

"Written on every man's heart is a yearning for adventure, battle, and a beauty"

                                                                                                                                                                                         ~ John Eldredge

A man needs a deeper understanding of why these longings govern him—and why God made him just like that. These desires are good and natural and were placed in your heart by God.   And he needs a deeper understanding of why women long to be fought for, to be swept up into adventure, and to be the beauty.


What if? What if those deep desires in our hearts are telling us the truth, revealing to us the lives we were meant to live? God gave us eyes so that we might see; he gave us ears that we might hear; he gave us wills that we might choose; and he gave us hearts that we might live. The way we handle the heart is everything. A man must know he is powerful; he must know he has what it takes.


The story of Return To Glory / Wild at Heart boot camp is one of men encountering God and experiencing breakthrough, freedom, and strength restored.   This is not a retreat about the “seven things a man ought to do to be a nicer guy.” It is an immersive quest into the recovery of a man’s masculine soul, the release of a man’s heart—his passions and his true nature—all given him by God. It’s an invitation to rush the fields at Bannockburn, to go West, to leap from the falls and save the beauty. For if a man is going to know who he truly is as a man, if he is going to find a life worth living, love a woman deeply, and not pass on his confusion to his children, he simply must get his heart back. 

Return To Glory Basic is a collection of Wild at Heart Boot Camp videos from John Eldredge and his team. The content and presented materials are the exact same as a live Boot Camp experience, which have been restoring the hearts of men, in partnership with the Holy Spirit, since 2002.  The Return To Glory team will be supplementing these videos with live presentations as well, sharing their experiences from years of living in this message that we call "The Larger Story" which we started in 2008.   The Boot Camp is composed of video/live sessions, time alone with God, and play time, all to nourish our souls.  Our team will be sharing their stories live as part of the sessions,  and in optional breakout sessions addressing the key points of John's teaching.  

Speaking of "play time":  There will be long breaks on Friday and Saturday for adventure.  Anchored Camp offers all kinds of water adventures.  Laser tag!   We may have a guest helicoper on site with rides.    And of course we have campfires in the evening, where we gather to share our stories, bring our questions, and begin to form bands of brothers.  https://anchored.camp/

"Every man dies.  Not every man really lives"

                                                                                                                                                                                       ~ William Wallace in Braveheart


We are Join the thousands of men to have experienced the Wild at Heart Boot Camp.  We are becoming bands of brothers.

We welcome you to join in.

Learn more about Wild at Heart mission and messages at wildatheart.org

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Questions? Would you like to pay by check?  Are you in need of financial assistance?  Email us at [email protected]

Who we are...

Return to Glory Ministries exists to proclaim Jesus' message of restoration - The Heart of the Gospel - to all men. Our Board of Directors includes Bill Harper, Ken Kniepmann, Dr. Mario Sacasa, Mark Hays, and Brian Palmer.  Furthermore, we are connected with like minded men, with common purpose, throughout the United States such as Wildmen Ministries in Tampa, and the Allies Network with WildatHeart.org.   You may read more about us in these documents and links:   RTG Mission, Vision and Values    Bill Harper bio  Bill Harper LinkedIn   Ken Kniepmann LinkedIn  Mario Sacasa Bio  Mario Sacasa LinkedIn  Mark Hays Bio  Mark Hays LinkedIn   Brian Palmer LinkedIn

A Different place than last year...

Camp Anderson ANCHORED, on the Suwanee River offers all kinds of boating fun, laser tag, hiking and spring diving and snorkeling adventures and a beautiful landscape.   Its 116 miles down through Perry, about 2 hours from Tallahassee.   In the city of Old Town Florida.  


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