july 29 & 30, 2019
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.
It’s your chance to connect with kindred spirits for a madcap couple of 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.
And there’s always a good chance that there will be cheese curds. It is Wisconsin, after all.
All five Escape Adulthood Summits have sold out and received rave reviews. Lives were changed, friendships were formed, and a vibrant community emerged. Join us for an all-new batch of ridiculous shenanigans, special guests, and unexpected surprises. We have a very limited number Golden Tickets available, and we’ve sold out every year. You don’t want to miss this.
The next Escape Adulthood Summit will be held on July 29 & 30, 2019. [ Sign up to be an Insider to be the first to know when Golden Tickets become available. ]
In the meantime, read the official re-cap of the 2018 Summit.
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
We never hold the Summit in stuffy and boring hotel conference rooms. We’ve secured a beautiful location twenty miles northeast of Madison, an Adultitis-proof hideout nestled among the rolling cornfields of central Wisconsin. It’s the perfect place to get away from the frantic pace of daily life to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. It’s an ideal safe house to connect with other Adultitis-fighters to gain strength and hone your super powers.
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!
Art Collecting Opportunity
As a Summit attendee, you will have a front row seat as Jason unveils new, never-before-seen original artwork. There’s nothing quite like seeing the vibrant color and lively brushstrokes of one of his original paintings in person. Throughout the event, he will use his trademark warmth and wit to share the stories behind his work, revealing lessons and insights that will help you in your own life and relationships. You’ll also have access to exclusive, limited edition art and products that will not be made available anywhere else.
And Don’t Forget the Awesome Food
One of our great joys is coming up with a delightful menu of childhood classics with a grown-up twist. (And sometimes we put childlike spins on grown-up favorites.) We make every effort to accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets, but be warned: if you are looking for a super health-conscious menu, look elsewhere. This is your chance to treat your inner child, the one who hated brussels sprouts and begged to eat desert first.
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.
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, July 29 – Tuesday, July 30, 2019. [ Become an Insider to be the first to know when tickets become available. ]
“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, 5-time attendee
“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, EA Summit attendee, professional speaker and director of social strategy
“‘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: $359 per person
•Partners In Crime Rate (buy 2 or more tickets): $339 per person
•Alumni Single Rate: $309 per person
•Alumni Partners In Crime: $289 per person (if you buy 2 or more tickets)
* * * EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register by February 28 and get a free $40 gift certificate to the Lemonade Stand! * * *
[ Note: There are only 100 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 the remarkable childhood-inspired lunch and dinner on Monday 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 Madison-area excursions you decide to undertake are on your own.
Where is it held? How do I get there? Where should I stay?
We will be meeting at The Barn at Harvest Moon Pond N3540 State Hwy. 22 in Poynette, Wisconsin 53955. You will receive details about official coordinates of the event location with your Golden Ticket, but we have assembled some hotel recommendations below.
• Upper-Tier Hotels
Please note that since this is a rural location, there are no nearby Hiltons, Marriotts or Taj Mahals.
• Mid-Range Hotels
Each of the hotels below offer affordable rates ranging from $65-$85/night.
Coming from the South…
Comfort Inn & Suites (13 miles from venue)
5025 County Hwy. V
De Forest, WI, 53532
Holiday Inn Express Deforest (13 miles from venue)
7184 Morrisonville Road
Deforest, WI 53532
Coming from the North…
Comfort Suites (16 miles from venue)
N 5780 Kinney Rd.
Portage, WI, 53901
• Economy Hotels
Super 8 Columbus (20 miles from venue)
219 Industrial Drive
Columbus, WI 53925
Quality Inn & Suites (12 miles from venue)
W9250 Prospect Drive
Lodi, WI 53555
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 weekend 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. We’ll kick things off at 12:30 pm on Monday. Fun and frivolity will ensue and continue until about 10:00 pm. Then we’ll reconvene at 9:00 the next morning until 4:30 pm for more even more action. Brain-sizzling, heart-warming, and funny bone-tickling action. With every activity, you are always free to participate as much or as little as you’d like.
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 keeping 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 April 30, 2019. 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 15, 2019.
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. July in Madison 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 :)
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