• 19 - 25 Jun 2022

Resilience in the Black Hills of South Dakota

This awe inspiring retreat, meant to use our daily experiences with the awe in the stunning vistas of the Black Hills of South Dakota, will rejuvenate and revitalize our mind, body, and spirit like no other experience.

“Seek out experiences that give you goosebumps.”
This advice highlights the importance that experiencing awe has on our creative thinking, improved health, and increased social connection.  This awe inspiring retreat, meant to use our daily experiences with the awe in the stunning vistas of the Black Hills of South Dakota, will rejuvenate and revitalize our mind, body, and spirit like no other experience.

During this adventure, expert facilitators will provide daily inspirational sessions inspired by the Center for Courage & Renewal and Brené Brown’s The Daring Way™ programs, as well as research from other thought leaders in burnout prevention and resilience. During the retreat we explore the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The sessions will be interactive, fun, and insightful. We’ll work hard, be challenged, and leave feeling ready to take on new challenges.

We begin each day with an early morning reflective practice followed by a hearty breakfast before the day’s hiking adventure unfolds. We will hike beautiful trails through the Badlands National Park, Spearfish Canyon, Custer State Park and spend a day hiking part of the Mickelson Trail which runs over 100 miles through the Black Hills.  We end our trip with a hike around Mount Rushmore, a drive through Needles Highway and will see the stunning framed vistas of Mount Rushmore that the Iron Mountain Road highlights. The entire retreat will be capped off with a profound gratitude exercise.

In the early evening we will have the opportunity to meet for a social hour, daily debriefing and presentations as we rejuvenate our mind, soul and trekking legs before enjoying lovely dinners. Each day will be topped off with a discussion on resilience and how to reawaken joy, meaning and purpose in your life. No matter what your level of fitness or resilience experience you are welcome on this active retreat.

Rapid City, SD is the closest major city to the awe inspiring Black Hills.  We will stay in the historic hotel Alex Johnson in downtown Rapid City the first night of our trip.  Travelers may arrive in Rapid City anytime on Sunday, June 19 as we will depart early morning,
Monday, June 20.


7:00 am Breakfast at the hotel with reflection/resilience lesson
8:00 am  Travel and hiking adventures
12:00 pm  Lunch
1:00 pm  More breathtaking adventures
3:00 pm Return to hotel/relaxation/personal reflection
5:00 pm  Social hour, reflection and resilience topic talk and book discussions — Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
7:00 pm Group dinner and social connections

Our time developing resilience will be through the use of quiet reflection, lectures, journaling, daily group reflections, book reads, and using our experiences and the paths we hike as daily metaphors to develop gratitude, hope, awe, and joy.



Day 1 – Arrive in Rapid City, SD

Rapid City, nestled among the pines of South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills and six breathtaking parks and monuments is a vibrant city beckoning to be explored.  As you arrive here the day before our trip starts, you can take in local arts and culture, explore the outdoors, and indulge in a unique dining scene. We will be staying at the historic Hotel Alex Johnson which has hosted six U.S. Presidents from Calvin Coolidge to Ronald Reagan, and was the on-location home for Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant during the filming of the 1959 classic North by Northwest.  You are able to arrive anytime this day as the retreat will begin at 8am the next morning.

Day 2 – Badlands National Park

The beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking hills contain fossils of ancient horses and saber-toothed cats. The park is now home to bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets. We will spend time exploring a variety of hiking trails that allow you to experience the beauty of the park up close and personal. Hikes range from flat stretches through the prairie landscape to uphill climbs through the Badlands formations. Tonight we stay at the Holiday Inn Resort in Deadwood. Breakfast included.

Day 3 – Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish Creek lines the canyon floor, while cliffs and canyon waterfalls make for awe-inspiring beauty. Bridal Veil Falls and Roughlock Falls are must-sees today. From the Spearfish Canyon Lodge, where multiple trailheads are also located, you will have the opportunity to hike more adventurous trails, or spend a relaxing afternoon having lunch and reflecting in the beauty of the surroundings. Tonight we stay at the Holiday Inn Resort in Deadwood. Breakfast included.

Day 4 – Mickelson Trail

The Mickelson Trail, in the heart of the beautiful Black Hills, is 109 miles long and contains more than 100 converted railroad bridges and 4 rock tunnels. Today we will be hiking the most beautiful park of the trail from Mystic to Rochford.  Much of the trail passes through national forest land where its gentle slopes allow hikers of all abilities to enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills. Tonight we stay at the K Bar S Lodge in Keystone. Breakfast included.

Day 5 – Custer State Park

Custer State Park is the home to many amazing hiking trails. We will start the day with the Cathedral Spires trail. This trail meanders through unique granite spires and the ponderosa pine forests of the Black Hills. We will then head to the Sylvan Lake Lodge where depending on your level of comfort you can hike around Sylvan Lake or for the more adventurous, take one of the many trailheads, such as Sunday Gulch, to explore the beauty that surrounds you. For those choosing the Sunday Gulch trail, you’ll want to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. While it is a strenuous path, the views of the waterfalls are worth it! Tonight we stay at the K Bar S Lodge in Keystone. Breakfast included.

Day 6 – Mount Rushmore

We start the day by visiting America’s Shrine of Democracy. Mt. Rushmore features the faces of four presidents who represent the birth, growth, development, and preservation of this country, and you will have ample time to hike the presidential trail or take a ranger’s tour. We will round out the morning with a leisurely drive along Needles Highway with stops for pictures and enjoyment of the surroundings. This is a spectacular drive through the forests, meadows, and rugged granite formations that seem to pierce the horizon along the way. We will spend the afternoon at the State Game Lodge in Custer Park where you will have the choice to spend a leisurely afternoon on the porch reflecting or fit in one more hike along the Grace Coolidge trail. We finish off the afternoon with a scenic drive along Iron Mountain Road, said to be the most unusual and captivating road in America. What makes this road so unique and memorable are the amount of curves and architectural features found along the way. These features include pigtail bridges and one lane tunnels that frame Mt. Rushmore like a picture frame and are a spectacular site. Tonight we stay at the K Bar S Lodge in Keystone. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 7

Arrive back in Rapid City by 12pm. Some travelers may choose to fly home later in the day while others may want to rent a car and spend more time checking out other parts of the Black Hills.  Breakfast included.

We will be staying in 3 separate locations.  The Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, The Holiday Inn Resort in Deadwood, and the K Bar S Resort in Keystone.

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ROOM = $1,899 per person
Double Occupancy — I have a roommate
Single Occupancy: One person in a single occupancy room

• Transportation from hotel in Rapid City by comfy, relaxing passenger van
• 1 night lodging in Rapid City
• 2 nights lodging in Deadwood, SD
• 3 nights lodging in Keystone, SD
• 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
• Snacks and water for the daily drive
• Daily park and trail entrance fees
• Facilitation of resilience topics and book club
• 19 CME/CEUs for healthcare professionals

• Round-trip airfare
• Ground transportation to your hotel in Rapid City
• Lunches & Dinners
• Additional excursions or tours you choose
• Travel Insurance

Cancellations prior to May 1, 2022 are subject to a $500 cancellation fee. Nonrefundable on or after May 1, 2022.

If Bounce Travels cancels the trip due to Covid 19, you have your choice of a refund (minus the $250 nonfefundable) Or using your entire balance towards another Bounce Travels trip in 2022 or 2023.

The Minnesota Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and Innovations in Resilience. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Contact Corey Martin  | corey.martin@innovationsinresilience.com


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