This past weekend Collaborative Counseling, a leading Fort Mill counseling group, launched their first ever men’s event called Exhale. 8 men joined Charles Wimmer on a 27 hour retreat focused on slowing down, reconnecting with God and kicking off a 7 week study on Growing in Character. The weekend started off with a short shuttle ride up to Boone, NC provided by our partners over at Yellow Bike Tours. This was a great time to decompress, for guys to meet each other and learn more about the next 27 hours. After checking into our hotel, the group grabbed a big dinner at the Peddler Steakhouse. Awesome food and great conversation were had by all.
After quick shuttle back to the hotel for the official kickoff of the weekend, each man was challenged on why character is important, why it must be maintained and how you must be disciplined over time to develop godly character in your life with Jesus help. It was also a time for each individual to take stock of their own life and allow time to pause from all the busyness and focus on core values.
The group was challenged to wake up early for breakfast and get some quiet time with the Lord for reflection. After a delicious continental breakfast the group was fueled up and ready for the big day ahead on the mountain: An 8 mile hike on the world famous Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail. Despite chilly temperatures and some muddy trails, the group made their way up over rocks and crags and even some ice to conquer the summit. Along the way they were given different things to think about and stories were shared about why character is essential to the Christian life.
Ascending down the mountain to warmer temperatures, the group jumped in the van and shuttled back to Charlotte. It’s always amazing to see how much was accomplished in 27 hours with a group of willing men. The next 7 weeks should be an exciting time of growth, mentoring and self reflection in the context of a strong community of men.
Want to learn more about this type of experience for your small group? Are you a man looking for community and fellowship with other men who are serious about growing in their faith?
Contact Charles Wimmer at Collaborative Counseling Group based in Fort, Mill SC for more information.
As a busy middle aged father, I don't get many breaks to be able to focus on my internal character. Exhale provided me an incredible group opportunity to slow down and refocus on what matters most. The guys were great and I know its something I need to make a priority in my life. Highly recommend Exhale.
Pictures from the Exhale Men's Weekend on Grandfather Mountain