An exclusive conscious hunting retreat to reharmonize with nature, harvest meat at the source, and honor the cycle of life and death.
"I don't think I ever appreciated meat until I went hunting... there is just a profound love for that animal. And that's something that non-hunters never understand...”
Aubrey Marcus, CEO Onnit*
“It’s the most misunderstood and misrepresented discipline...when we think of food, we think of restaurants and we think of supermarkets. We don’t think of wild animals.”
Joe Rogan, Comedian and Podcast Host*
Hunting for your food can be challenging and requires mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical preparation. In the months prior to the hunt, attendees must commit to rifle practice, and are encouraged to journal and reflect on taking another life.
Nothing is assured with intelligent, witty, animals with a will to survive. The hunt will challenge your patience, stealth, and precision. The hunt will include ceremonial activities in the traditions of indigenous people from the Americas and elsewhere to connect with this process.
With a successful kill you can go back to your family and your community with sustenance. The experience will forever transform your relationship to food. This may kickstart your personal journey sourcing food more consciously for yourself, family, and friends.
Within many tribes, a boy did not become a man until he knew how to hunt. To be able to hunt for food implied a man could provide for a family emboldening him with confidence, courage, and responsibility.
The masculine has drifted away from hunting and instead opts for computer screens, office buildings, and steel skyscrapers. Grocery shopping and restaurants are on our whim at the snap of a finger.
But we lose something in the process.
The Apex Hunting retreats are organized to reconnect men and women with their masculine side through an immersive experience engaging wild animals, plants, and the ruggedness of our natural world.
Oyasin has created Apex to stand as an alternative to the traditional hunting world whereby spiritual and ceremonial elements create a more conscious oriented experience in the traditions of our ancestors.
By utilizing this approach, it provides an opportunity to drastically alter our relationship and perspective around the food that we eat. We can more readily have gratitude for animals and plants that provide us sustenance going forward in our lives.
To walk away from an Apex Hunting retreat with a transformational perspective on food, a spiritual experience of taking a life, and sustenance for yourself and community is one of the most rewarding events we can facilitate.
Each of the Apex Hunting retreats requires an application process and a select group of 6 - 10 people are chosen for each event.
The Beginner Level 1 retreat spans 3 days focusing on deer and wild hog hunts with a community building orientation. Each hunter will spend time alone (guide optional) in a hidden structure with the opportunity to learn stalking techniques. This experience is short and intense with 4 specific hunts. Each hunter will go through the full process of killing, gutting, skinning, and processing an animal. This retreat currently has a 100% success rate (participants killing at least one animal).
The Beginner Level 2 retreat spans 4 days focusing on deer and wild hog hunts with a heavily spiritual growth orientation. This experience is much like the Beginner L1, but with an extra day so there is more time for facilitating introspection among hunters. Traditional Native American ceremonies and rituals will feature heavily in this experience in addition to facilitation of deeper questions around our relationship with death and our impact. This retreat currently has a 100% success rate (participants killing at least one animal).
The Intermediate Level 1 retreats are intended for hunters that have at least one experience killing an animal (whether through OYASIN or elsewhere). This will primarily include hunting in challenging terrain, creating physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual difficulty in order to promote personal growth and learn more intermediate hunting techniques. This event is scheduled for Fall 2019. More details to come.
When submitting your application, you will notice all of our upcoming hunt dates. If you would like to create a custom hunt for a group or community, please let us know and we will try to accomodate.
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Investor & Hemp Grower
Mansal Denton is the founder of Oyasin and subject of the upcoming documentary BELOW THE DROP exploring our relationship to life and death through hunting and psychedelics.
Marc Warnke is an expert hunter and guide who bridges the gap between the traditional hunting world and the conscious orientation of Oyasin.
Apex is great for you if:
Apex is NOT for you if:
Full Disclosure: While Apex Hunting retreats are set up to ensure successful hunting experiences, we cannot guarantee each attendee will kill an animal. We do provide discounts for failed attempts.
You should practice at least 2 times, but preferably more. Be comfortable firing at 100 yards and getting all of your shots within the size of a dinner plate.
Yes, you will be expected to have basic camo and a basic rifle with ammo (the same one you practice with)
Yes, but it will be simple. In Texas especially, simply buy a hunting license for $35 from Wal-Mart
Yes. All food and lodging is covered for the hunt. If you have special food needs or requests, bring that with you.
No. We will help you to quarter the animal, but processing it into steaks and ground meat can be done by a local meat processor.
Yes. You will receive a full kit once you enter a deposit, which will explain all of the practices from this experience.
No. These are examples of well-known individuals who have found meaning in hunting.
APEX is an exclusive retreat, which means we hand select individuals for each event. Please truthfully fill out an application and include a small deposit.
After each application is reviewed a decision will be made. If you have been accepted for the APEX hunt, then you will solidify your position. Once your position has been solidified, it’s time to start practicing.
The time has come. Your practice and commitment will be put to the test. It may be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.