Peak Performance Pause:
Mindfulness & Mountains

July 18, 2024

The North House
The North House2

Overwhelmed. Stressed. Anxious. Undervalued. Overworked. Underappreciated. 

When mixed with the upheaval and uncertainty in the world, in our lives, in our families, and in our careers, it makes for a toxic brew. 

What if you could step out of the maelstrom and off the hamster wheel for a day? What if you could take advantage of a rare opportunity – a day that is all about YOU? To reset. To recharge. To reclaim your joy. 

You’ll walk away with:

You’ll also enjoy:

Investment: $197

Space is limited

Here’s what the day will look like:

  • There will be a light breakfast at 9:00am, followed by some time to connect and ground;
  • You’ll discover a practice that will change your life;

  • Then we’ll hike to one of the most magnificent vistas in the Farmington Valley, one that commands a 360 degree view of central Connecticut and on a clear day, views of Long Island Sound (but as you’ll see, the hike won’t just be a hike);

  • After the hike, we’ll have lunch at The North House, followed by some deep work together, where you’ll finally be able to stop long enough to dive beneath the surface of things;

  • You’ll walk away with strategies and tools that will sustain you even in the most challenging of times.

The poet Mary Oliver asked “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This is the day to answer that question!

Investment: $197

Space is limited

What are others saying?

“Carl’s leadership training sessions for Connecticut Foodshare always deliver actionable insights and strategies to team members. His real-world experience, authenticity, and engaging and relatable coaching style has had a profound impact on our leaders and positions us well for the challenges ahead. I would highly recommend Carl for your leadership training.”

Jason Jakubowski | President & Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Foodshare


The hike to the Heublein Tower is approximately 1 ¼ miles each way and depending on pace, will likely take between 25-40 minutes each way.

Talcott Mountain is 950’ above sea level. Mt. Everest is 29,032’ above sea level. Easy math. Easy hike.

Then you’ll get wet.

I’ll have plenty of fluids.

Yes – I’m not a tyrant.

Other than your full self, please bring/wear comfortable clothing, outdoor walking shoes, a small notebook and an open mind.

I’ll return your registration fee.

Absolutely not.

Investment: $197

Space is limited

About Your Guide

Carl R. Ficks, Jr. helps leaders inspire and motivate their teams to drive productivity and growth. A former 30+ year trial lawyer, Carl has managed teams in the worlds of law and philanthropy and chaired multiple not-for-profit boards. He’s also a marathoner and endurance cyclist who brings hard won wisdom, lived experiences and actionable strategies to his work.

The founder of No Surrender, LLC, Carl teaches that professional wellbeing, mindfulness and high emotional intelligence are the cornerstones of success. He’s a frequent guest on leadership, business and legal podcasts, and a sought-after trainer for companies and professional associations.

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