The Art of Courage

Are you ready to become the artist of your life? To explore, play and follow your direction with courage. It's not about getting rid of fear, it’s about learning how to dance with it.

personal growth retreat

Epe, Netherlands, 28.–30. October 2022

We go on a full weekend outdoors to master the art of courage. You gain the tools to make substantial changes in life, and after a month we follow up together to keep the commitment. Yes, it’s challenging to face our fears, that’s why we go together. 

In this weekend retreat, you learn:

  • To recognise and embrace your fears. 
  • What their effect is on your behaviour, focus and mindset.
  • To connect to the playful and creative art of courage.
  • Outdoor skills of fire making, building bivaques, compass reading and more.
  • To go for what you truly want.

How do you experience courage?

We believe there is this deep part in us that has a clear direction in life. That knows where to go and what feels right, healthy and satisfying. And then there is this part that does not want to see, or do. That wants to hide and distract. We watch TV series where we actually wanted to go for a run. We told a friend a white lie, where we wanted to speak our truth.

NeverLost sees fear as a normal human feeling. Nothing wrong with it! It has probably saved our lives numerous times. The thing is, when we fully identify with fear, it becomes the only thing we see. Moreover, when we start pursuing the deeper desires in life, fear increases. What to do?

Luckily, for all forms of fear, – intense and big, simple and small – we have courage inside us. Sometimes it is asleep or submitted by our fears, however it is still there, powerful, free and ready to come to life! 

Courage is not a box to check, it is an ongoing art of exploring, playing and tuning in on the present moment. Every situation is a unique chance to choose what action or viewpoint is fitting. 

This personal growth retreat is guided by Misha Martinovic and Ruben Mul, both certified coaches and trained outdoor guides.

The Art of Courage retreat contains a practical introduction to bivouac as well as the guidance of (group)exercises in which personal development is central.  We combine techniques from Acceptance and Commitment, Meditation, Shadowwork, Gestalt and more. The outdoor setting forms your playground to explore your deepest layers. 

A month after the retreat on the 26th of November (10:00-12:00), we have an optional follow up with the group. We aim for an integrated experience that results in actual change in your life. 

Experience with outdoor skills and survival or prior knowledge in personal development is not a requirement to take part in this weekend retreat. The wish to explore yourself is!

Are you up for the adventure?

Misha & Ruben

  • The weekend starts at the 28rd of October (14:00) until the 30th (17:00)
  • Optional follow up 26 november 10:00-12:00
  • The location: Epe, De Veluwe (further information follows)
  • We will make sure there are tarps, cooking gear and most camp requirements. The other basics (e.g. pocket knife, sleeping bag, etc.) should be brought by yourself. A detailed packing list follows after signing up.
  • We supply the ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you provide the outcome. Bring your own snacks.
  • One month before the retreat, you will receive some preparatory questions to deepen the exploration and your intention. 
  • We take the COVID-19 regulations into account.

Early bird untill 5th of September €295,-
Regular price €365,-

Discount options:

  • Friends discount: Bring a friend to the weekend and you get €30,- discount per person
  • Double deal: Sign-up for both Inner Compass and The  Art of Courage and receive a discount of €100,- for second weekend
  • If money is refraining you from attending, please contact us by email or phone. We will search for a solution together, possibly with a work exchange.

Cancellation policy:

  • 10 or more weeks prior to the retreat = 75% restitution
  • 10-6 weeks prior to the retreat = 50% restitution
  • 6 weeks prior to the retreat = 0% restitution
  • If we can fill up your spot, we charge only €50,- administration cost 

Yes, I am ready for the Art of Courage!

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9.–11. September 2022

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23.–25. September 2022

Where do you truly want to go? Let’s have a look beyond the clouds of your worries and stories to get a deeper perspective. Will you walk up this mountain with us?


28.–30. October 2022

Are you ready to become the artist of your life? To explore, play and follow your direction with courage. It’s not about getting rid of fear, it’s about learning how to dance with it.

“Now I trust my own process and take time for it. I'm inspired to take new steps and have a renewed source of energy and enthusiasm to do so. Because of this weekend I feel I can handle things again and want to go for it!”