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.

MEN’S events

B O O T  C A M P – A S H E S  T O  F L A M E S 

Date: Feb 2021 TBA
Location: Maggie Valley, NC [only 20 spots available]
Activities: snow sports including skiing
Cost: $225-$250 
Additional Info:  Meals/lodging/rec provided


Date: TBA

Location: Blood Mountain, Cleveland, GA

Cost: Free

Details: Weekend of wilderness camping next to a stocked trout steam!  We will be helping a family in need repair their log cabin during the day as well. Meals provided. Bring own sleeping arrangments (tents, bags, some available)


Couples retreat

Dates: Nov 20-22, 2020

Location: Ellijay GA, Coosawatee River Resort
Cost: $425  (per married couple)
Activities: Horse back-riding, hiking, etc 


ladies ‘as 1’ retreat

Date: Postponed until later 2020
Location: Pine Lake Campground, Meridian, MS
Cost: $100 – Lodging / 3 meals included
Activities: Ziplining / lake boating, 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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