Higher Purpose Summit: March 19-22nd, 2015

The Higher Purpose Project is a global initiative that brings together individuals committed to elevating their level of impact in the world. These individuals come from all walks of life and various industries, but share the principles of leading through action and being accountable for the direction of their lives. 

How does The Higher Purpose Project do this?

Those that are accepted into The Higher Purpose Project have access to world class mentorship, transformative training programs, and life long support from an exclusive community of change makers. Each member attends an exclusive Summit Experience: an intimate retreat that accelerates personal growth, builds authentic relationships with industry leaders, and provides resources that can be utilized to create value in any pursuit.

Each Higher Purpose Project Summit is limited to 40 people, creating a truly intimate experience for attendees to take their impact and legacy to the next level.


We are about building leaders, not consumers.

The Higher Purpose Project has made a conscious choice to build intimate, authentic experiences that allow attendees to get the personalized attention they need. For this reason, we are very selective with our members and value the application and interview process to ensure needs are met.

Are you a good fit for The Higher Purpose Project?



The Higher Purpose Summit: Atlanta, GA

March 19-22, 2015

The Higher Purpose Summit serves as an intense training ground for members of our community. Over the course of 4 days, attendees will experience groundbreaking ideas, physical challenges in nature,, authentic connections, and new perspectives into how to live life at a higher level. Our leadership team consists of individuals that have created tremendous impact in their fields, providing powerful insight that can be applied to any pursuit.

Summit Keynote: Kerri Strug

Kerri Strug vaulted into Olympic history with her courageous performance during the 1996 Olympic Games.  Kerri landed an unforgettable vault on an injured ankle to help the U.S. clinch its first Olympic gold medal in the team gymnastics competition.  This gut-wrenching performance in Atlanta earned her fame well beyond the gymnastics and Olympic arenas, and taught the world the meaning of determination.  Despite her demanding schedule, Kerri volunteers her time and energy to a number of charitable causes including the Special Olympics, Children’s Miracle Network, DARE, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Childhelp.





8 Reasons Why

You Want To Be A Part Of The Higher Purpose Project

11bwAt The Higher Purpose Project, you will build intimate relationships that will elevate your support network and help you breakthrough limiting beliefs. You will have full access to keynote speakers,  members of the leadership team, mentors, and all HPP alumni to help support you on your journey. How about that for motivation and support?


You will discover your power to “be” your own hero

2Every facet of The Higher Purpose Project is focused on helping you step into your own strength. Through our exclusive program you will gain access to tools that will challenge your beliefs and broaden your perspective about what is possible. You will be consistently challenged and empowered to face your fears and show up as the hero of your life.


You will be invited to experience some of the most beautiful locations around the World

beautiful3The Higher Purpose Project consciously selects the most beautiful destinations around the world to hold Summit experiences. These carefully chosen locations in nature serve as the ideal training ground for optimum growth and connection in living aligned with a higher purpose. Past locations have been chosen in various regions of the US with the intention of branching out internationally in 2015.


You will become a catalyst in the evolution of our society

4Our world is in the state of transition and there is no better time than NOW to embark upon your journey. Through participating in The Higher Purpose Project you will become a catalyst in your community and aid in transforming old systems. We will provide you with the necessary tools and insight to increase your power to aid those that need it most. You will make a difference and you will be the hero that empowers those around you.

5FUNWe believe that work and play are synonymous to living a fulfilling life. Former attendees have called The Higher Purpose Summit, “The most exciting and transformational experience in their lives.” However, the fun and excitement extends beyond the Summit experience as you connect with the entire HPP Community through local events and gatherings.

6skillsThrough the power of collaboration and the strength of our community, you will develop the mindset and necessary skill set to bring your vision into reality. With members succeeding in every industry, you will be presented with a wide range of resources that can be directly applied to your pursuit.


You will have 1 on 1 access to some of the world’s greatest leaders and change agents

There are very few events in the world that present the opportunity to have intimate discussions with people that are highly regarded in their respective fields. The events are kept extremely intimate to facilitate deep, authentic connections between leadership, speakers, mentors, and attendees. This same attitude extends beyond the Summit experience into every facet of the platform.



You will experience a creative environment cultivated by award winning decorative and culinary artists

Every design and culinary element of the Summit experience is consciously cultivated to expand your creativity and provide feelings of warmth and comfort. We don’t believe in cookie cutter experiences and spend a great deal of time creating unique environments that empower and rejuvenate.


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Our Purpose

The Higher Purpose Project is an initiative formed by the need for purpose-driven leadership in the modern world. Through their varied pursuits and interactions with fellow outliers, Dan Adams and Victoria Gigante have accumulated key insights and leadership fundamentals centered around bringing large scale ideas to reality. By delivering universal insights and transformational principles to action-oriented communities, the initiative serves as an opening to expand perceptions and accelerate success for global change makers and champions of community development.


Dan Adams

Dan Adams is an entrepreneur, athlete, and human connector. His notable accomplishments include co-creating the 2012 ESPY award winning initiative, Mission Kilimanjaro, becoming an NCAA record holder, serving as a member of the US National Team, competing against Pacman Jones, Priest Holmes, and Rich Gannon on Season 4 of Pros vs Joes, and building upon his experiences in finance, film, and marketing to tell powerful stories. Through consistently finding new ways to create value, Dan has had the opportunity to meet many of the world’s strongest leaders and through these relationships has developed key insights into building outliers. Dan brings to The Higher Purpose Project years of experience crafting powerful events and is excited to build upon his ability to connect and strengthen a new generation of leaders.

Victoria Gigante

Victoria Gigante is an entrepreneur, author, and teacher. Since she was a child, she’s been consistently stepping into the unknown in pursuit of a larger vision. As a result, she was able to overcome a serious heart condition and asthma to pursue her goal of serving as a Lieutenant in the Navy. After sailing around the World as an officer, and creating the Academic Center For Excellence (ACE) at The US Merchant Marine Academy, she decided to leave her traditional career path to pursue a higher calling . Since that time, she’s lived in several different countries and visited all 50 US States by car, teaching and empowering individuals around the World as an author and consultant. Victoria brings to The Higher Purpose Project years of experience crafting and leading programs that provide a safe environment for people to step into their strength.


Higher Purpose Mentors

By being a part of The Higher Purpose Project, you will have an opportunity to build intimate relationships with fellow change makers. During the Summit experience, all accepted applicants will be assigned to a mentor that will assist in providing resources, answering questions, and creating a comfortable, inclusive environment. Below you will find information on some of our current mentors! #BeYourOwnHero


Stacy Bare

An avid climber, skier, and mountaineer, Stacy Bare has transitioned his skill sets from the military into serving as the Director of Sierra Club’s Outdoor Recreation program. Named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his work with veterans, he’s also the recipient of the Bronze Star for merit and combat action badge for his service in Iraq. Stacy currently serves as an ambassador for North Face and continues to create new adventures that empower people to embrace the outdoors.

Pat Solomon

Pat directed the award winning documentary, “Finding Joe”, based on Joseph Campell’s instrumental philosophy, The Hero’s Journey. Pat is an expert in the power of pursuing your bliss and has a formula that proves it. An avid surfer and outdoor enthusiast, Pat does more than produce/direct films; he lives them.

kyle-maynardKyle Maynard

Born without arms and legs, Kyle never succumbed to the idea that he is physically limited. An avid wrestler in high school, Kyle discovered the power of perception and won 32 matches his senior year. Not content with his athletic achievements as a teenager, he fought an MMA fight against an abled body opponent that was featured in the ESPN documentary “A Fighting Chance”. In 2011, he co-created Mission Kilimanjaro, focused on confronting fears and limited perceptions to reach the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro without assistance. He succeeded and became the only man to crawl up Africa’s largest peak, winning his second ESPY for male disabled athlete of the year. 

erik-weihenmayerErik Weihenmayer

Erik dealt with adversity early in life when he lost his vision and was forced to ask the bigger questions. Those questions led him to the top of Mt. Everest, becoming the first blind person to reach the summit on May 25, 2001. He also did the same for Mt. Ararat, and completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. In 1996, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He’s the founder of No Barriers USA, and spends his free time white water kayaking, acrobatic skydiving, long distance biking, marathon running, skiing, and free style rock climbing.

jeff-evansJeff Evans

An avid adventure seeker, Jeff served as the “eyes” for blind climber, Erik Weihenmayer, in his quest to become the first blind man to summit Mt. Everest. Since the 2001 expedition, Jeff founded the adventure company, Mountain Vision, and has appeared in several documentaries and television shows. Currently, Jeff serves as a motivational speaker and expedition guide for Soldiers To Summits.

craig-scottCraig Scott

A motivational speaker and filmmaker, Craig has seen a lot in his 31 years of life. At the age of 16, Craig experienced one of the most horrific shootings in history, witnessing the death of two close friends and later learning of the passing of his sister at Columbine High School. Despite confronting the darkness early in life, Craig has chosen to be the “light” in our world, sharing a message of compassion and forgiveness through his family’s Non-Profit, Rachel’s Challenge.

karen-lundgrenKaren Lundgren

Karen is the 9th American woman to summit Mt. Everest and the only mother in the world to take her 13 year old son along for the journey. In 2011, she completed the Seven Summits. She’s also an All-American Skier and has participated in adventure races on every continent around the world. We call her “Super-K.”

jordan-lejuwaanJordan Lejuwaan

Founder of HighExistence.com, Jordan has connected millions of people around the world to share ideas and explore all aspects of the human condition. In 2012, he co-founded the Valhalla Movement, an initiative focused on sustainability, self-reliance, and collaborative action in Canada.

warren-macdonaldWarren Macdonald

While climbing to the summit of Hinchinbrook Island, off the northeast coast of Australia, Warren became trapped beneath a one-ton boulder in a freak rock fall. As Warren lay crushed, his travel companion raced down the mountain to get help. It was two days before a helicopter arrived and he was rescued. The accident cost him the loss of both legs, amputated at mid thigh. Just ten months later, Warren climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants. In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro. More recently, in a spectacular effort requiring 2800 pull-ups over 3 days, Warren made an ascent of America’s tallest cliff face, El Capitan. 

ericEric James

A constant seeker of adventure, Eric has founded several successful online businesses and become an award winning photographer, capturing the attention of countless media outlets including NBC, FOX, and National Geographic. His ability to lead through action has led to becoming a popular guest lecturer at the University of Colorado on the topics of Photography, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. He recently established a partnership with famous entrepreneur, Richard Branson, and hopes to be the first photographer to capture Virgin Galactic’s commercial shuttle to space.

taylor-filaskyTaylor Filasky

With a passion for nature and the outdoors, Taylor won the NBC Reality Show, Expedition Impossible, as a member of the three-man team Modern Gypsies. Since that time, Taylor founded a web series that hosts compassionate adventures all around the world.

takashi-docherTakashi Doscher

An award winning director/writer, Takashi made the conscious choice to pursue his passion for film despite having no formal education or experience in the industry. A Fighting Chance, his first feature documentary, premiered on ESPN in November 2010 and in a 2-week sneak preview launched as the #1 Film and #1 Documentary on Hulu. He is the youngest person to sell a film to ESPN in addition to being featured and discussed in the Washington Post, MovieFone, IndieWire, Fancast, Short of the Week, and Director’s Notes, among others.

david-duleyDavid Duley

Owner of the Atlanta restaurant, “The Nook”, David Duley is empowering members of the younger generations to be the change in their communities. He recently published his book, “I Can Fix America”, that outlines 52 simple steps that can help solve issues plaguing our current society. In his free time, David hosts the popular podcast, The Controversial Truth, alongside Rob Wolf. 

lee-soikHunter Lee Soik

Armed with an intra-disciplinary skill set that transcends a single career path, Hunter has designed various types of experiences for some of the world’s most exciting brands: from Stella McCartney and Art Basel to Kanye West and Jay-Z. In 2009, Hunter founded Wardenclyffe Institute, an Innovation Consulting Group that helps fashion brands adopt innovative practices for marketing initiatives. Curious about the discoveries that could be found in dreams, in 2013 Hunter founded SHADOW, an iOS alarm clock that helps users remember and record their dreams.

nassir-ghaemiDr. Nassir Ghaemi

Dr. Nassir Ghaemi is an academic psychiatrist specializing in mood illnesses, especially bipolar disorder. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where he directs the Mood Disorders Program. A NY Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Ghaemi found a connection between mental illness (mania) and leadership. In his book, A First Rate Madness, Ghaemi argues that some of humanity’s greatest leaders developed their ability to thrive in crisis situations through personal experiences confronting inner darkness.

ryan-duzerRyan Duzer

Ryan is an award winning filmmaker and TV personality that has appeared on The Travel Channel, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and Men’s Journal. He is always on the hunt for the next adventure and runs the popular website, duzertv.com

pat-conreauxPat Conreaux

A visionary and entrepreneur, Pat serves as the VP of the IMG Creative Team. In his “free time”, he serves as the owner of the Atlanta based flower shop, Blooms of Dunwoody, and the builder of a two acre communal garden that hosts events for the local community.

mandy-harveyMandy Harvey

While enrolled as a Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University, Mandy lost her hearing in 2006-2007 at age 18 and was forced to leave the program. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008. She is now an acclaimed performer with multiple albums, and has maintained perfect pitch despite her hearing loss.

jo-schaalmanJo Schaalman

Creator of The Conscious Cleanse & Founder of Zeal Restaurant in Boulder, CO, Jo has focused her energies on teaching the importance of mindful eating and using food to heal. A former State Champion Gymnast and National Level Diver, Jo became focused on the healing power of food after she was hit by a car while leading a biking tour across the country for at-risk kids. Forced out of her traditional healthcare path due to her pain, Jo focused her energies on finding a solution off the beaten path.

michael-brownMichael Brown

An award winning filmmaker and climber, Michael has conquered Mt. Everest 6 times and currently leads Outside Adventure Film School in Boulder, CO. His inspiring films, “Further Than The Eye Can See” and “High Ground” highlight the power of the human spirit.




“The Higher Purpose Project was one of the most radically thought-provoking, emotional and transformative 4 days of my life. When inner and interpersonal barriers are broken powerful shifts occur.”

Jordan Lejuwaan- Founder of High Existence and The Valhalla Movement


“After my fourth Summit Weekend, I can say with 100% confidence that The Higher Purpose Project continues to reach new heights and create profound change in my attitudes, beliefs, and confidence in the future. Through the power of an open, honest, and compassionate community, HPP is not only creating a support system, it’s accelerating a shift in social consciousness”

Patrick Conreaux – Vice President of Creative at IMG

What Former Participants Are Saying:

stacie-velehradsky“The higher purpose project has completely changed my life. It provided the tools I needed to tap into the desires of my soul and take action to live out my higher purpose. The caliber of people is incredible and I finally feel like I’m part of a community.”Stacie Velehradsky, Founder of Restless Discoveries (Omaha, NE)
ginger-kern“To take 4 days to separate from the outside world and come to a beautiful space where everyone around you intensely wants you to step into your full power and confidence as a creator of positive impact is to experience the Higher Purpose Project at its purest. Surrounded by a team of superheroes, I emerged from the experience focused and vibrant, with an action plan to take on the year and manifest my vision of impact.”Ginger Kern, Founder of Peak Performance LLC (Boulder, CO)
asha-mevlana“I had such an incredible weekend at HPP. It was more than I could have hoped for and came at a perfect time in my life. The energy, the people and the community that The Higher Purpose Project has created is so special and unique and I am so grateful to be part of it.The Higher Purpose Project is changing people’s lives and I really look forward to the next one!”Asha Mevlana, Lead Violinist for Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Los Angeles, CA)
michael-toor“The Higher Purpose Project has taken me on an infinitely vast journey as far within as it has without. You will experience unprecedented levels of motivation through the fascinating stories that are shared and compelling presentations. You will create life-long bonds and become part of a family in which unconditional love is an understatement. Having been an attendee multiple times, I can say with confidence that the team behind the Higher Purpose Project consistently puts together an incredible, life-changing agenda filled with blissful meditation, soulful sharing, and truly genuine connection. What better way is there to find, confront, and overcome your ‘limits’ and fears than with some of the most genuine, loving, caring, and wise people around?” Michael Toor, Musician & Producer (Toronto, ON)
cam-perron“Throughout my four days at the HPP I met tons of unbelievably unique people, all with immense passions for their interests. I engaged in a lot of activities that were new and previously unknown to me, and had a blast!! Some of the people I met here will be lifelong friends.” Cam Perron, Featured on HBO RealSports w/ Bryan Gumbell (New Orleans, LA)
Woodrow-Landfair“During my 4 days at the Summit, I was able to identify empowering underlying desires and to work on life goals based on my deepest hopes and highest intentions.” Woodrow “Pack” Landfair, Award Winning Author and NCAA National Champion (Springfield, VA)
jack-peterson“I loved meeting and getting to know the amazing, like-minded and highly conscious people who attended the HPP 2014. I created unforgettable bonds with many if not all of them. Hearing the various speakers’ talks was incredibly inspiring and worth the trip in itself. Throughout the weekend my mind was expanded and many of my deepest fears and limiting beliefs vanished. I am forever grateful for this event and plan to attend many more in the future.” -Jack Peterson, Entrepreneur & Consultant (Austin, TX)
tara-huffman“HPP takes you into a collaborative community to explore your internal world to create magic in your external world. This weekend was pivotal for me. I have never felt more open, centered, and connected. These are incredibly difficult for me and I am amazed at how I was able to jump in. I can’t wait for the next Summit! “
Tara Carignan Huffman, Entrepreneur, Actress, & Owner of Successful Jewelry Company (Atlanta, GA)
sam-solie“The Higher Purpose Project changed the course of my life.  It bonded me with a group of badass, loving people; opened my eyes to new ways of thinking/opportunities, and forced me to take action in the direction of who I truly want to be.  I’m forever bonded to the HPP community!” -Sam Solie, NCAA National Champion & Founder of Maven Summit (Boulder, CO)
philip-johnson“The Higher Purpose Project was one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve been blessed to be a part of. Never before have I been around so many inspiring, powerful people all working towards helping each other achieve their greatest goals. The environment was immediately one of genuine openness, honesty, non-judgment, and possibility. Being able to build meaningful connections with unique and gifted individuals, while participating in talks and workshops designed to give us practical tools to shape our lives towards meeting our highest goals and desires created an atmosphere of astounding support and inspiration that collectively propelled the group forward on each of our individual paths. It was truly an unforgettable experience that has allowed me to jump light years ahead on my path to my higher purpose.” -Philip Johnson, Entrepreneur & Traveler (Minneapolis, MN)
cam-adair“The Higher Purpose Project was exactly what I knew it would be: powerful. I’ve been a part of many different personal development retreats and what sets the HPP apart is the authenticity it lives by. In personal development circles it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of living a kickass life of your dreams without taking any action. HPP lives by example. At HPP you are constantly surrounded by people doing amazing things, regardless of what field they fall into, and that inspires you to back up what you say and kick ass yourself, without the intimidating factor because you have the encouragement and support you need to see it through. It’s a true honor to be a part of the HPP and I couldn’t recommend it more honestly.” -Cam Adair, Successful Entrepreneur & Speaker (Alberta, Canada)
monique-evans“There are no words for the brilliance and love shared this weekend at The Higher Purpose Project Summit. A weekend I’ll never forget and relationships that will continue to make a difference.”
-Monique Evans, Founder of SYRF (Los Angeles, CA)
molly-levitt“The Higher Purpose Project taught me strategies to be engaged in my life and to not be afraid to take risks and to fail. I have been inspired not just in the things I have learned but the people that I was able to connect with. We have in just a short time become a supportive family that believes in living the life of your choosing.”
-Molly Levitt, Founder of BrightLoop & Harvard Graduate (Boston, MA)
Laura-Louise-Persichetti“The Higher Purpose Project is an incredible experience that holds space
for individuals to explore their internal world, goals, ambitions, values, beliefs and dreams while cultivating it into a reality through sharing it with others. The relationships created over the weekend allow people to share their truths, while discovering others who honor and respect those truths. The best part is the community that is created over the weekend continues to grow into life-lasting friendships beyond the weekend. Some of my greatest supports in my personal journey were found through the Higher Purpose Project..”
-Laura Louise Persichetti, Entrepreneur & Founder of The Good Deeds Project (Sarnia, ON)
katherine-robinson“The Higher Purpose Project has connected me to some incredible people and elevated me to a higher level of consciousness. The whole experience injected me with so much excitement and encouragement that I have been motivated to take on leadership roles in many aspects of my life. I also have twenty-five new close connections that inspire me every day to move forward with power, grace and enthusiasm.”
-Katherine Taylor Robinson, Musician & Healer (St. Petersburg, FL)
austin-szelkowski“The Higher Purpose Project has provided a fundamental shift in the way that I approach my work and family life. Before, I was so focused on systems, strategy, and logical approaches to problems in my life. Now, I’m thinking like a leader. Everyone challenge I face, now, I seem to take a leadership bias, which is making all the difference. It’s what’s quickly making my vision board goal of $20,000/month in personal income a reality. It’s also what’s making me see far beyond simple business success. The attitude of my flight has shifted. I’m aiming much higher, and I know how to get there. Thank you, truly.” -Austin Szelkowski, Entrepreneur & Founder of Freedom Skater (Detroit, MI)
norma“The Higher Purpose Project completely altered my perceptions and gave me the tools and strength to continue gaining power over my mind and life. I also met some of the most incredible human beings to grace this planet. I highly recommend this adventure to anyone who would dare to think outside the box and take the journey deep in to their mind.” -Norma Tallulah Shea, Violinist (Los Angeles, CA)
elizabeth-hiott“Thank you so much for the Higher Purpose Project! In less than 2 months, I’ve already faced a drawing fear of completing a full length monologue…learned to love myself more…learned to trust my instinct more, learned to kick limiting beliefs to the curb, learned the power of connectedness and presence… Wow…I’m nowhere near ending this list… But most of all, THANK YOU to HPP (the HIGHER PURPOSE PROJECT) for giving me one of the most wonderful gifts of all–the most powerful, loving, supportive FAMILY I could ever have imagined being a part of. These relationships are AUTHENTIC…and will last LIFETIMES. -Elizabeth Hiott, Artist & Business Consultant (Atlanta, GA) 
clem-aeyeung“The Higher Purpose Project is a ‘cannot miss’ experience! Before immersing in this project, I’ve been told what I ‘should’ be doing, how to be happy and ‘successful’, and who I need to become to fit into this world. At the summit, I had the chance to dive deep into what it really meant to be ‘me’ in this world, in this lifetime. Through the support of genuine friends I’ve developed there, I’ve had the courage to rediscover my inner most insecurities and fears, and even accepted my flaws and failures. By doing so, I’ve started to feel a sense of calm and clarity I need to align how I want to live, work, and play. But all of that started with facing my fears and sharing my vulnerabilities in a beautiful setting, surrounded by people who are also seeking to live more intentionally and authentically.”
-Clem Auyeung, Editor & Consultant (Minneapolis, MN)
kyra-shugt“The Higher Purpose Project is fundamentally a gathering of great minds. Those who are seeking to heighten the good they are committed to are generally admirable individuals. This pilot program was no exception. In the weeks prior to the retreat it was evident that this journey was about an inner inquiry with exterior guidance through mental practices. The Summit was a beautiful culmination in the midst of this process. It was spectacular to see how community can come together and truly build supportive habits, relationships and potential for change. Simply to experience this positively intense weekend was a gift because it felt as though you and everyone else around was dedicated to being present.” -Kyra Schugt, Writer (Minneapolis, MN)
brian-mclain“I would say that signing on with the Higher Purpose Project was the best decision I have ever made hands down.  Not only do I feel like I learned so much from all the speakers and workshops and going to such a beautiful place, but I know that I have made some lifelong connections with people who have the same feelings and desires that I do.  I would not have been able to do this without signing onto this group, and fully committing to doing whatever it takes and whatever is asked of me along the way.  I feel like everyone who joined had the same mentality, and it created such an open and inviting culture of acceptance and love.  The Higher Purpose Project created something transformative, something greater than my expectations when hearing about the initiative, and they were pretty high expectations.  I can’t thank everyone enough.” -Brian McLain, CrossFit Trainer (San Antonio, Texas)
kelly-sullivan-walden“When people ask me about The Higher Purpose Project I tell them it’s an intimate TED conference in the mountains…in addition to being pure rocket fuel for the soul. The combination of heightened energy, exercises to uplift the body, mind, soul and spirit, as well as business strategies, combined with networking with the movers and shakers of the world is a full pallet, life-changing experience.” Kelly Sullivan Walden, Author and founder of Dream-Life Coach Training (Los Angeles, CA)
stephanie-dandan“Imagine going to the mountains and being placed under one roof with “strangers” for four days. In these four days you embark upon what would turn out to be one of the most transformative four days of your life. Each workshop is designed for physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional evolution. These people open up their hearts, their minds, their souls to you and everyone else. And you do the same, these people become family. And after four days of mind and soul expansion, no matter where you all go back to or wander about, this experience, this family, these days of evolution is imprinted in you. This is The Higher Purpose Project.” Stephanie Dandan, Photographer & Founder of InfiniteSatori.org (General Luna, Philippines) 
jeff-evans“To say that I was deeply impacted [by HPP] would be diminishing. Right when I walked in I could feel the energy bounding from each of the participants, each one of them embracing the overall vibe and enhancing it. I spent the entire day finding new expressions of good living, learning, absorbing and doing my best to give it all back in return. I walked away feeling like I had been plugged into a life outlet and wanted nothing more than to keep paying it forward. Thanks to The Higher Purpose Project and I look forward to the next Summit!”Jeff Evans, Expedition Guide, Reality TV Star, and Owner/Operator of MountainVision Inc. (Boulder, CO)
alexi-panos“During the Summit, I got to lead a workshop on moving from Head to Heart. What I initially entered as a cool speaking opportunity was essentially one of the best weekends of my life. I got to participate in all aspects of what HPP offered and I made lifelong friendships, broke through layers of myself that I didn’t even realize I could go deeper into, and got back to the basics of LOVE. I’m so grateful for everything that took place at The Higher Purpose Project. My workshop title proved to be prophetic… My heart exploded with love!!” Alexi Panos, Former HGTV Host and Founder of E.P.I.C. (Los Angeles, CA)
eric-james“The Higher Purpose Project is Alchemy. The type of transformations that have happened for me and those around me at HPP are truly beyond what one could ever describe without witnessing it firsthand. The HPP Team creates an environment I have never experienced anywhere else. I always leave having truly fallen in love with life more each time I attend. If you are a human being, then I can not recommend HPP highly enough. Just do it, and you’ll quickly see what I’m talking about.”Eric James, Award winning photographer, technology entrepreneur, pilot, and adventure seeker (Boulder, CO)
craig-scott“If you need a change, a spiritual boost, and time with positive leaders, then a Higher Purpose Project Summit is for you. After experiencing 3 Summits, I’ve witnessed strangers become the closest of friends and stay connected, spurring powerful collaborations. Over the last decade, I have spoken to over a million people, mostly teenagers, in hundreds of conferences across the country. The Higher Purpose Project provided me a place to get away and better understand my strengths. It is truly a unique experience out of all the conferences I’ve attended. “Craig Scott, Filmmaker, Speaker, Survivor of the Columbine Shooting, Contributor to Rachel’s Challenge (Littleton, CO)



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In this episode of The Higher Purpose Podcast, we discuss the process of pursuing a large scale vision when confronted with tremendous setback . We interview Erez Avramov, a skilled motorcyclist and adventure athlete who was forced to make the difficult decision to amputate his leg after a catastrophic automobile accident in 2010. Despite the […]

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In this episode of The Higher Purpose Podcast, we discuss how to forge a non-traditional path focused on adventure and community impact. We interview Karen Lundgren, an all american skier, expert mountaineer, professional adventure racer, and the closest thing to a real life McGuyver. Karen conquered the seven summits with her step son Jordan Romero, making […]

Frequently Asked Questions


Higher Purpose Summit General Questions


Yes, all accepted members are required to attend the ENTIRE Summit experience. This is non-negotiable. Attendance of the entire experience is needed to obtain the full value of the program.


The goal with the HPP Summit is to get attendees outside of their traditional routine and reconnect with nature, however, you will not have to be an Eagle Scout to enjoy this experience. No previous outdoor experience is required to succeed in this intimate event.

All resort locations will provide Wi-Fi, hot showers, central heating, prepared meals, warm beds, and many of the basic amenities that you enjoy at home.


The Higher Purpose Project will provide 10 needs based scholarships to accepted applicants, covering up to 50% of tuition costs. Applicants that qualify for a scholarship will be required to fill out an additional application once accepted.

Please be mindful. Every year we get more scholarship applications than we are able to fulfill, and we have to turn away many deserving candidates. Please only apply for a scholarship if you truly need financial assistance in order to attend the The Higher Purpose Project.

Scholarships are awarded based on two criteria:

  1. Demonstrated Financial Need
  2. Potential To Have A Large Impact

The Summit experience is kept as intimate as possible with 25 special individuals hand selected from around the world. 15 spots are available for returning attendees.


Despite conducting Summits at different locations around the World, we strive to keep costs around $1500 for attendees. Summit costs are determined by a host of factors and scholarships are awarded based upon financial need.


Yes, attendees of all fitness levels can enjoy the Summit. That being said, we ask that each member come in the best shape possible to maximize the experience. Why not take accountability for your physical health while participating in this program?


The Higher Purpose Project encourages attendees to take control of their physical health. At the Summit, we will provide healthy, organic menu options for each prepared meal. Attendees have the option to choose between many vegetables, fruits, lean protein sources, and gluten free options to ensure all dietary needs are met.


Yes. If you do not feel that the program is a good fit, we will gladly refund your money prior to the departure for the HPP Summit without any questions asked.


We strive for a 50/50 breakdown between male and female attendees, incorporating people from many different industries. Our main focus has been on the 18-25 year old demographic, to bridge the gap between education and creating real value in our modern world.


After applying, a member of our team will contact you to ask additional questions about your application. If we feel that you are a good fit for the program structure, a call with be set up with a member of The Higher Purpose Project Leadership Team.


The HPP Summit will take place at various locations around the World and each site is intentionally chosen:

2013 Pilot Launch: Big Bear Lake, CA


2013 Fall Launch: Big Bear Lake, CA


2014 Winter Launch: Tallulah Falls, GA


2014 Spring Summit Launch: Granby, CO


2014 Summer Summit Launch: Great Barrington, MA


The Higher Purpose Project Platform


The Higher Purpose Project focuses on the principles of love, compassion, and acceptance without emphasizing specific religious beliefs. Founders of the Higher Purpose Project believe in the power of metaphor found in all religions and will empower attendees to come to their own conclusions about the universe through direct experiences.

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