Ecclesiastes 3:11 God has set Eternity in the Heart of every Man Hi my name is Brian Dufrene, most know or call me BJ. Just like every other guy, I get distracted in my walk. But when I come together with my brothers at a retreat, it lights a fire back into my life… bonds I have built then help me in my everyday life. When I am struggling, my brothers are there to pray and battle for me. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to come and experience this!
Brian Dufrene


Ziplining, hiking, rafting, mountaineering… we go after it together.  Come and let your heart be set free from the 9-5 and find your part to play. We offer retreats on a regular basis as outlined in the What We Offer section of our site.


ladies retreat

Date: TBA – April 2022
Location: Dauphin Island, AL
Cost: TBD – Lodging / Meals Provided
Activities: TBA

MEN’S events

R E T R E A T – A S H E S  T O  F L A M E S 

Date: Winter 2022
Location: North Carolina
Activities: hiking, skiing, snowboarding
Cost: TBA
Additional Info:  Meals/lodging/rec provided


Couples retreat

Dates: November 11-13, 2022

Location: Ellijay GA, Coosawattee River Resort
Cost: $460  (per married couple)
Activities: Horse back-riding, hiking, etc 

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I’ve been to 5 retreats… and have been truly blessed each and every time. It’s hard to say with words the way God touches men at these.  The way he strengthens.  The way yours eyes will be opened like never before… I urge any man who is thinking about going to a future retreat to do whatever you have to do… It is life changing. Some men say they don’t have the time or can’t leave their families, or just aren’t sure about going. I say you can’t afford not to go, not to take a chance in missing the message God has for YOU.

Lewis Lake

Pharmacist Asst. , Blue Ridge

This was exactly what I needed… I’m a man who didn’t know what it was like to be strong man of God, but a man who saw himself as an emasculated man. God has lit a fire in my heart through these men, and I have never experienced this much passion in my heart for God until now!

Preston Cortes

Sign Shop Manager, NOLA

A Firestarters’ retreat is an awesome encounter with God. Leave the worries of the world at home and get back in touch with Him. It is a spiritual awakening. A place to find your mountain, and enjoy his beautiful masterpiece. Two ups!
Michael Savoie

Children's Pastor, The Bayou

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From Ashes to Flames – WHITEWATER ED

Date: Aug 2018
Location: Ocoee Retreat Center

From Ashes to Flames – North GA

Date: Feb 18-21, 2016 (Thurs eve – Sun morn) Location: Ellijay, GA

Wow! What a weekend!!! Men set free, hearts ablaze… bonds made for life!

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