Camp For A Cause: Healing Hearts and Helping Hands at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Camp For A Cause
Healing Hearts & Helping Hands
Community Wellness Retreat
with Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
Loveland, Colorado
May 22 – 23, 2021

Our Camp For A Cause events are retreats for adults and youth ages 8 and up. Our community focus is environmental stewardship. During our time together we develop and enrich our relationship with each other, ourselves, and the more than human world for inspired living in wholeness and elevated health. Our Camp For A Cause events occur in partnership with nonprofit organizations seeking to uplift the wellbeing of people, animals, and places through education and conservation. This event is open to anyone experienced or inexperienced with camping, to support Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and the Heart J Center for Environmental Education. Willingness to work outdoors independently and as part of a team in adverse weather conditions are a must. Beginner hikers and families are welcome.

May 22 – 23, 2021
Arrive to our meeting location on the ranch at 9am on Saturday.
Our closing ceremony will occur at noon on Sunday and camp will close at 2pm.
Unless you choose to return home for sleep, we will remain onsite at the ranch throughout the duration of our Camp For A Cause event.

This Camp For A Cause event takes place at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch located 10 minutes from the town of Loveland, Colorado on Highway 34. The 3,200 acre working ranch and conservation area is characterized by beautiful pasturelands, majestic red rock cliffs, and old growth pine forest adjacent to Roosevelt National Forest at the mouth of Big Thompson Canyon. This ranch and it’s healing properties will captivate your heart and nourish your spirit. During our event you may camp on the ranch with us in your own tent or vehicle, sleep at home, or book lodging for an added fee with Sylvan Dale Lodge. Driving directions and meeting location will be provided to participants upon registration.

Saturday Activities:
Arrive to our camp at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch at
Nature walk or optional horseback riding.
* Book your one-hour scenic trail ride for 9:30am with Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch ($50 plus tax)
Set up camp and settle into the land
Volunteer habitat improvement project
Medicine walk and Forest Bathing
Community gathering and dinner begin at sunset
Dances of Universal Peace
Fire and drum circle
Stargazing and night hike

Sunday Activities:
Morning meditation and regenerative sound bath
Mindful movement activities to open the heart and body
Community breakfast
Ranch service project
Closing circle at noon
Break camp at 1pm
Camp closes at 2pm
Optional afternoon hike

Two organic, gourmet meals are provided. These include dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. *Vegan and gluten-free options available. Select your option when you register. Please bring a sack lunch from home for Saturday and snacks for Sunday afternoon.

Tent camping is included with registration. Rental gear is available upon request.
Or reserve your own optional lodging at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

What’s not included and what you need to bring:
Do bring sack lunch for yourself on Saturday and snacks for Sunday afternoon
View our packing list

Financial Investment:
Our requested minimum contribution is $180 per person. No one turned away for financial reasons for this event. Our Camp For A Cause retreat value is $360. Please select your contribution level and submit via PayPal, Venmo, or Cash Ap on our registration page. Your financial contribution supports sustainability of Camp For A Cause events, meals with gluten-free and vegan options available, and a donation to Heart J Center for Environmental Education. Check out other ways to give back and support our camp on our scholarship page.
Inclusivity Statement:
This event is for anyone agreeing to co-create a safe and loving space and experience for all people and all beings.
Individuals with mobility limitations are invited to contact us directly to discuss accessibility at the retreat location.

Wild Heart Revival events are substance free. Use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and mind altering substances is prohibited. We welcome you just as you are, unaltered, and in your true nature while on retreat with us.

View our Registration Agreement and Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

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Meet our organizer:
Melissa Reed-Eckert is founder of Wild Heart Revival and visionary for our Camp For A Cause events and Women Rising Wild transformational retreats. She is a fourth generation medicine woman and wilderness guide with over 20 years experience as a science educator and wildlife ecologist specializing in landscape psychology, behavioral ecology, and studies of rare and endangered mammals. Melissa is a tracker, medicine weaver, and mystic with deep and intimate ties to nature. In the past 10 years Melissa has led 200 nature-based workshops and guided more than 60 multi-day science and adventure retreats for more than 2000 adults and children. In 2021, Melissa will host her 20th retreat as transformational wilderness guide with Wild Heart Revival and Women Rising Wild. Melissa is our fire tender and Camp For A Cause event manager.

At Camp For A Cause with Sylvan Dale Ranch April 10-11, 2021 and May 22-23, 2021, we enthusiastically welcome Jen Friedman and Margie McSweeney and guest facilitators.

Jen Friedman:
Once a touring singer/songwriter with two original folk albums, Jen is now dedicated to her path as a facilitator of embodied experience of the sacred through song and dance. Jen has been personally transformed by the Dances of Universal Peace tradition, noting that through direct transmission of energy and spiritual wisdom in the songs, the tradition fosters a deep communal sense of oneness and peace. She is a Leader/Mentor in the DUP tradition and leads two monthly DUP circles in Northern Colorado. Her offerings are presently available to anyone anywhere online. Jen also leads song, kirtan, and Dances at retreats, camps, and public events throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. Jen holds a Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology and is an interfaith hospital chaplain at two hospitals in Northern Colorado. She is known for her warm, down-to-earth leadership style that conveys a generosity of spirit. Jen’s open-hearted and no-mistake philosophy inspires individuals and groups to embrace the joy of singing and dancing in the beauty of Being and Becoming. Our May Camp For A Cause event will be our third collaboration with Jen. We warmly welcome Jen’s return to our circle and celebrate her medicine of music and dance in our community. Her soul stirring songs and gentle leadership awaken peace where the heart is longing, hurting, or forgotten. And the Dances invoke cleansing tears and purifying smiles. To learn more about Jen and Dances of Universal Peace visit

Margie McSweeney:
Margie is a midwife, sound healer, and harbinger of joy as medicine. Margie showed a natural gift for healing and a calling to service in childhood. She has spent the last 40 years providing spiritual and physical medical care to people of all ages and walks of life. At the age of 23, through experiences as a new and proactive midwife, Margie was quickly and acutely tuned into the importance of ancestral and natural wisdoms. Her spiritual and learning path has led to work with and study  of  various  healing modalities. She blends progressive principles of western medicine, traditional wisdoms, and metaphysical tools to generate healing and transformational insight  within clients. We are blessed and joyed to welcome Margie to her fourth event with us. Reach out to Margie on our Contact Us page.

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A letter invitation about Camp For Cause with Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch from our founder and organizer at Wild Heart Revival:


Dear Friends,
I warmly welcome you to join me in community at Camp For A Cause: Healing Hearts and Helping Hands Wellness Retreat in collaboration with Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch located west of Loveland, Colorado. In response to the unique challenge of our times we will intentionally create opportunities for rest and emotional reset. From the stressors of a deeply traumatic year, many of us are hurting and in need of self-care and meaningful connection in a safe and supported way. Through this retreat we aim to offer nourishment for the whole body – mind – and spirit. Please note that while the benefits of our time together on retreat may be therapeutic, we are not offering therapy. And we ask that prior to registering for this event, you assess your ability to manage the intensity of your personal experience for your own safety during retreat and for the safety of others. If you are presently experiencing periods of overwhelming emotions or you find it difficult to function in life in a healthy way, please seek support of a licensed professional in your area. Mental health crisis services in Colorado are available by phoning 1-844-493-8255. And you may text “TALK” to 38255.

With much love from my heart to yours, I hope to see you this weekend at the ranch and wish you much grace and ease in this time,

Melissa Esha Lynn, M.S.
Founder of Wild Heart Revival, LLC
Senior Ecologist and Transformational Wilderness Guide

Scenes from Camp For A Cause with Sylvan Dale Ranch April 9-10, 2021

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