august 2 & 3, 2021
🚨 COVID-19 UPDATE 🚨
We want to be very clear and upfront about our policy regarding COVID-19 in 2021. The Escape Adulthood Summit was designed to be an intimate, immersive experience. We canceled it in 2020 because it just wasn’t safe to move forward in that manner. A year later, we are encouraged that Sheboygan County is doing well and the vaccine is becoming available for more and more people. We are optimistic the trends will continue in a positive direction.
Due to its personal and experiential nature, we have no plans to provide a virtual version of the Escape Adulthood Summit. As you consider joining us for this year’s Summit, please know that our intent is to hold it WITHOUT any mask requirements or social distancing limitations. Of course, we don’t have a crystal ball to tell us what things will look like in August, so if the situation changes, we will follow state and county recommendations and make appropriate adjustments. If you’d feel more comfortable wearing a mask, you are more than welcome to do so. And if you’re still not ready to meet like this in a larger group, we totally understand and invite you to join us next year instead.
Finally, if you buy a Golden Ticket, you can request a refund for any reason up until June 1, 2021.
A wild rumpus of epic proportions, the Escape Adulthood Summit is truly in a category by itself. Part conference, part retreat, part mastermind group, it’s a one-of-a-kind event designed for people filled with the soaring spirit of childhood (and for those looking to recapture it).
It’s your chance to connect with kindred spirits for two madcap days filled with fun and inspiration. We’ll talk about how to stay happy and hopeful in an Adultitis-ridden world that’s increasingly more noisy, cynical, and stressful. We’ll share simple, practical ideas for making work more fulfilling and creating memories with the people we love. We’ll brainstorm creative ways to break rules that don’t exist. We’ll explore the elusive concept of life balance and discover ways to make life less stressful and more fun.
All seven Escape Adulthood Summits have sold out and received rave reviews. Lives have been changed, friendships have been formed, and a vibrant community has emerged. Join us for an all-new batch of ridiculous shenanigans, special guests, and unexpected surprises. We have a very limited number of Golden Tickets available, and we’ve sold out every year. You don’t want to miss this.
“If you want to go someplace that you can relax, be yourself, have fun, meet nice people, ignite your creativity and sense of play, join a cool community, and discover something about yourself…the EA Summit is for you!”–Jim Kramer, 3-time attendee
The next Escape Adulthood Summit will be held on August 2 & 3, 2021. Golden Tickets for the 2021 Summit will be on sale soon!
Four Cornerstones of The Escape Adulthood Summit
We live in a world dominated by Adultitis, and it can be terribly lonely when you feel like you’re the only one who sees the value in silliness, the importance of laughter, and the power of a chocolate chip cookie. The Escape Adulthood Summit is designed to connect you with other like-minded souls, assuring you that you are not alone.
Make no mistake, we want you to be ridiculously inspired. Not just by the top-notch content that will be delivered, or the insane attention to detail, but by the stories and insights of your fellow guests. In short, we want your cup to be filled up so that you leave totally fired up about making your story and your world better than ever.
We’re not talking about sleight of hand, although we do love magic tricks! This event embodies the kind of magic that you might find in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. It is our intent to pack as much magic – surprise, delight, anticipation and wonder – into every experience. Our goal is to make your inner child jump for joy again and again.
For adults, it seems that everything has to have a reason. Between jobs, families, and myriad responsibilities, we rarely have a chance to have fun for its own sake. The Escape Adulthood Summit is your chance to let loose, be silly, and have some good old fashioned fun, just because, just like when you were a kid.
An Amazing Location
Environment plays a significant part in every Escape Adulthood Summit, and we make sure Mother Nature is always a guest of honor. This year we’re moving the Summit to Sheboygan and the breathtaking shores of Lake Michigan. Nestled on the western shore of this always-majestic Great Lake, the picturesque and stately Blue Harbor Resort, Spa & Conference Center is the #1 resort on Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan Coast. The Victorian-style architecture of the Blue Harbor Resort structure is like a castle on a bluff.
Blue Harbor offers a wide variety of accommodations, all of them spacious and comfortable, and far more roomy and relaxing than at other resorts and hotels. Plus, a stay at Blue Harbor includes passes to the Breaker Bay indoor waterpark!
Known as the “Malibu of the Midwest,” Sheboygan is an easy drive from major Midwest Metro areas, and less than one hour away from Milwaukee and Green Bay. The Resort is located in the Harbor Center District in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, a city growing in popularity for its scenic waterfront, sailing, boating, and fresh water surfing.
Engaging Content That’s Inspiring & Practical
You will be treated to world-class content, presented by Kim and Jason, as well as some special guests. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll laugh and maybe even cry, and most importantly, walk away with the motivation and the tools to create a life that’s less stressful and more fun. One unique aspect of every Escape Adulthood Summit is that the bulk of the content is created by you and your fellow attendees. With chunks of time dedicated to group sharing and personal reflection, you’ll have the chance to learn from everyone. In fact, it’s quite possible that your biggest takeaway might come from the person you sit next to. The Summit is a great place for individuals, couples, friends, family members, and even business professionals and teams to gather and grow!
The Escape Adulthood Summit is for you if:
- You want to live life to the fullest but need some practical ideas.
- You want to reclaim your passion for doing your best work.
- You want to laugh like you did when you were seven.
- You want to spend more time around positive people.
- You want to be a better (and more fun) spouse, parent, grandparent or friend.
- You’ve been through a lot lately and want to lighten up.
- You want to slow down.
- You want to escape “normal.”
- You want to feel more alive.
“When I was first asked by my best friend to attend the EA Summit, I thought, why not, I could use some kicks and giggles. What I didn’t expect was the new friends that I keep in contact with, the personal insight I would gain, the inspiring words and phrases I hear in my head throughout the year, the amazing speakers who motivate and stimulate thought provoking questions, and the ability to grow and change in 2 days! What I did expect was FUN, and let me tell you IT IS FUN! I am returning for my 4th time and counting the days!”–Debbie Green, 7-time attendee
Limited Attendance — Don’t Miss Out!
We limit the attendance on this transformative experience in order to keep things intimate. Although we have grown it carefully, the Summit has sold out each time.
Here are some promises we have for you:
- We promise that the experience will be filled with magic, surprises, and laughter.
- We promise that you will meet new people, learn new things, and be armed with ideas to begin writing exciting new chapters to your life story.
- We promise that you will be inspired, challenged, rejuvenated, and affirmed that no, you’re not weird. You’re awesome.
Make your life more amazing. Give yourself permission to join us for the Escape Adulthood Summit.
See you there,
The next Escape Adulthood Summit will be held on Monday, August 2 & Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Golden Tickets for the 2021 Summit will be on sale soon!
“I didn’t know what to expect with the EA Summit. No agenda. No pre-work. Nothing planned out for me ahead of time. What I experienced was nothing short of remarkable. Transformation in my life and my business is what happened. I had so much fun, shooting squirt guns, eating dinner with a potato masher, and being really open and honest with everything I did, that it spilled over into everything. Now, I don’t take the little things so seriously. I think I was always a big picture fun guy, but now, I’m smiling more at the little things that used to bug me, and just letting them go. And I realize that the right now is all I have, and I do my best to focus on that in each moment, which helps me enjoy everything just a little more, and makes my work just a lot more fun.”–Phil Gerbyshak, first-time attendee, professional speaker and director of social strategy
“While you may be anxious about what may happen, know you will have the experience of a lifetime, trust that you will have fun, know that you will be in a supportive environment and it is the best place to renew life to your inner childlike spirit! I’m SOOOO grateful I took the ‘risk’ years ago to attend my first Escape Adulthood Summit. They have helped me just as I needed them to. Courage to change some items when I needed to. Inspiration to think about how I wanted to shape the future differently. And, if you are willing to join the adventure…you will certainly walk away with new friends!”–Michelle Smith-Beckley, 4-time attendee
“Jason and Kim’s presentations are great. I go to many leadership training sessions and this is a great way to build yourself so you can build your team better. It’s fun, lighthearted, and very refreshing. The atmosphere is safe from any judgment so you can be the you that you want to be!”––Wynn Stock, first-time attendee
“If you are a parent to small children, say yes without hesitation. ALL you have to do is figure out how to get there and pack an overnight bag (just for you, not for every member of the family). EVERYTHING else is planned out and you won’t have to make any decisions except maybe to choose what to do with free time (you may have to have someone explain to you what free time is) :) It truly is a gift to yourself to be able to fully be present somewhere for yourself, to take a look at things from a different perspective (like one where there’s not someone asking you for a snack every 5 minutes or tugging at your pant leg or telling you there’s pee on the floor…again) and to have space to be yourself.”–Melissa LeFever, first-time attendee
“‘Escaping Adulthood’ à la Kim & Jason isn’t about shirking duties or flopping along as an unproductive member of society. Not even close. It’s about remembering that sense of wonder and passion and curiosity that we perpetually had as children. It’s about reconnecting with the unique ways that we can each joyfully and whole-heartedly give to the world what we have to offer. The Escape Adulthood Summit is a way to connect with others who also seek to live their lives with this kind of purpose and mindset that makes the day-to-day living of it actually possible. Kim & Jason put their all into creating this unparalleled event, making it an experience to remember!”–Jen Hannah, 2-time attendee
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
We invest a lot of time and money into making this the best experience we can for you. Believe it or not, we actually have a line item in our budget for “Magic.” It’s there to accommodate the crazy wild hairs we come up with to make this event extra special. You know, stuff like this.
That being said, we try to keep the rates as low as possible and offer sweet discounts if you’ve already attended a past Summit or if you bring friends, siblings, your spouse, or your staff.
•The Standard Rate: $479 per person
•Partners In Crime Rate (buy 2 or more tickets): $459 per person
•Alumni Single Rate: $439 per person
•Alumni Partners In Crime: $419 per person (if you buy 2 or more tickets)
* * * EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by April 30 and get a free $40 gift certificate to the Lemonade Stand! * * *
[ Note: There are only 75 Golden Tickets available for this event, so act fast to make sure you get yours — and at the best price! ]
What’s included in the fee?
Fun. Awesomeness. Magic. Also, besides your Golden Ticket to the event itself, the fee includes lunch and dinner on Monday, and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, along with snacks and beverages. On top of that, each attendee receives an amazing goodie bag that includes a special limited edition event t-shirt and other cool stuff.
What’s NOT included in the fee?
Travel and lodging are NOT included in the fee. Also, any meals NOT mentioned above, and any other excursions you decide to undertake are on your own. (You may want to stay a few extra days to take advantage of all that Sheboygan has to offer in the summer!)
Where is it held? How do I get there? Where should I stay?
We will be meeting on the pristine shores of Lake Michigan at:
Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center
725 Blue Harbor Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081
This year, we are excited to offer the opportunity to stay on-site! We have secured a special block rate of $189 per night if you make your reservation by July 6th. Each room includes waterpark tickets! We have also arranged to have the nightly resort fee waived, which gives you complimentary wireless internet, parking, fitness center access, and towels in the water park during your stay.
If you would like to make a reservation for multiple nights, you must call in your reservation (1-866-701-2583). Please tell the attendant you want to be included in the group ESCAPE to receive the discounted rate of $189. (Please note: This rate is not available for Saturday night, but is available for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.)
If you would like to make a reservation for Monday, 8/2/21 night only, you can secure your reservation online at blueharborresort.com. Enter the date (8/2/21), the number of guests, and the group code ESCAPE to receive the discounted rate of $189.
There are also many other hotel options in Sheboygan a short drive away from the Blue Harbor Conference Center.
What’s the schedule?
We keep a lot of the schedule secret, on purpose. This is because we want you to preserve as much magic as possible. We also want to give you the gift of a few days off from real life, free from the need to worry about time and other distractions. We sweat the details so you don’t have to. This is YOUR chance to escape.
We understand that not knowing a full agenda can be a difficult thing for some people. It even prevents some people from coming. We get that. But we can tell you that most first-timers feel the exact same way and that this format is one of the things people appreciate most.
Here’s what we can tell you: There will be some short presentations, with an emphasis on discussion, reflection time, and fun group things. With every activity, you are always free to participate as much or as little as you’d like.
- Monday, August 2: Programming begins at 9:00 AM and continues until 9:00 PM, with a significant recess break and lunch and dinner provided.
- Tuesday, August 3: Programming goes from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, with another recess break and breakfast and lunch provided.
They are long days, but rest assured that there are plenty of breaks built-in to enjoy Mother Nature. Enjoy a few days where the schedule is taken care of and every last detail has been thought of so all you have to do is relax and be present.
(Here’s a brief re-cap of what went down last time.)
Will it be the same as last year?
Nope. Well, kinda. We always keep some of the awesome things like Show & Tell, Recess, and the Group Mastermind. And cheese curds. There will always be cheese curds. But the content is all new (and so are the surprises)!
Are there any age requirements?
Attendees must be between the ages of 18-118. If you’re over 118, then we need a permission note from your parents.
What if I sign up and then am not able to come?
We will refund your money in full for any reason as late as June 1, 2021. After that, all tickets will be transferrable, but not refundable. (This is because that’s when things get real and we have to start paying for stuff.) If you need to transfer your tickets, please email us with the names of those taking your place. It’s possible that we may be able to find someone to take your ticket(s) but we can’t make any promises. Also, due to the highly customized nature of this event, we need to cut off ticket transfers on June 18, 2021.
What should I wear?
Whatever’s most comfortable for you. This is a very casual (air-conditioned!) event, so jeans and a t-shirt are totally fine. August in Wisconsin is usually awesome but can be warm, so it might be wise to pack some shorts, too.
Is this a religious thing?
No. Although the topics of God or religion may be brought up by your fellow attendees in various discussions, this is open to everyone of all beliefs and isn’t designed to convert you to something else. (Except “Fried Cheese Curd Lover,” if you aren’t already.)
Can I bring a friend or family member or my staff?
Of course! Great idea! This event will be a fantabulous way to bond with a spouse, sibling, parent, friend or even your staff. It’s a unique personal AND professional development opportunity. In fact, we offer a “Partners in Crime” discount for such scenarios. If you buy two or more tickets, you’ll automatically save an additional $20 off each ticket.
I’d totally love to come, but it’s out of my budget.
That’s not really a question, but here are a few things to think about…this is actually a pretty swell professional development opportunity, so perhaps the company you work for will be willing to pay for it, or at the very least, it’s a tax write off! (Show this to your boss.) Also, consider this: In life, the things we most often regret are the things we DON’T do. This investment may seem like an indulgence that’s hard to justify. But it’s been our observation that our culture spends a lot of money on things – shoes, cable TV, fancy coffee – that rarely impact our happiness and general well-being on anything more than a surface level. We WANT to have lives that are less stressful, less busy, more balanced, and more fun, but we rarely invest the time or money to make them so.
This is your chance. We’ve designed this event to be one of those life-shaking, “highlights-of-the-year” sorts of experiences, and we think you’re worth the investment. You’ll come off this experience higher than a kite and energized by the people you’ll meet, but grounded with real-world techniques for standing up to Adultitis in your daily life.
Magic is going to happen here. It’s time to claim some of that for yourself.
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If you’re still wondering about something we didn’t cover here, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you squared away :)
Golden Tickets for the 2021 Summit will be on sale soon!