What is BASIC? Wild at Heart BASIC is Wild at Heart Boot Camp led by John Eldredge and his team through video session.
Why do I need BASIC? A man needs a deeper understanding of why these longings govern him—and why God made him just like that. And he needs a deeper understanding of why women long to be fought for, to be swept up into adventure, and to be the beauty. What if those deep desires in our hearts are telling us the truth, revealing to us the lives we were meant to live? God gave us eyes so that we might see; he gave us ears that we might hear; he gave us wills that we might choose; and he gave us hearts that we might live. The way we handle the heart is everything. A man must know he is powerful; he must know he has what it takes. This is not a retreat about the “seven things a man ought to do to be a nicer guy.” It is a four-day quest into the recovery of your masculine soul, the release of your heart—your passions and your true nature—all given to you by God. It’s an invitation to rush the fields at Bannockburn, to go West, to leap from the falls and save the beauty. For if a man is going to know who he truly is as a man, if he is going to find a life worth living, love a woman deeply, and not pass on his confusion to his children, he simply must get his heart back.
"The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier and we who live in it must accept and even rejoice that it remains untamed.” ~Howard Macy
Top Ridge BASIC was created to help men have an encounter with God in a peaceful mountain setting. We are a Wild at Heart ally and proud to be in mission with the Wild at Heart team. This boot camp is an outdoor BASIC experience for men who want to take a step, a next step, or another step in their Wild at Heart journey, but it is also for men who’ve never even heard of Wild at Heart. Reading "Wild at Heart" prior to the boot camp is not required at all. However, knowledge of the book's message could help provide some context. If you are new to Wild at Heart, feel free to take a look at their webpage to familiarize yourself with the message. We think you'll find it refreshing and, honestly...FREEING. Click on one of the logos below to navigate to either the Wild at Heart website or the Wild at Heart BASIC website.
My twin brother and I have always been close. Growing up in a rural town in North Texas, when we weren't in school, we were out building forts or fishing or camping. When we were occasionally "drug into church" we'd see if we could make each other laugh by drawing goofy pictures on the tithing envelopes. Aside from the fun we had, at a very young age, we knew what we really wanted to do...fly fighter jets. So, we dedicated our lives to accomplishing this goal. After college, we both attended pilot training and ended up BOTH flying F-16s. Older now, we had a few loves...flying jets, mountains & pine trees, camping and fishing. After 20-year flying careers, we both retired from the military and moved on to civilian life. In all of this, both of us were still searching for something...."missing" though. Where was God in all of this? We knew OF God but didn’t KNOW God. If you would have asked me back in 2016, I would have said He was "absent". Little did I know He was ALWAYS at work. In 2017 I came across a little book called "Wild at Heart". I couldn't put it down. I had been on a spiritual journey for the previous few years trying to figure out a deeper meaning to all of "this". I found it in Jesus. Little did I know, my brother was on the same journey and also found Jesus. Within 3 months of each other, without even talking about it and while living in different parts of the country, we both got baptized and gave our lives over to our Lord and Savior. Our lives have been changed ever since. I had the privilege of attending a Wild at Heart boot camp in Colorado in early 2018. During that Boot Camp, the Wild at Heart team went "live" with Wild at Heart BASIC. I sensed Jesus telling me..."Rob, this is why I brought you here". Since then, I have been leading WAH BASICs and trying to help other men free their hearts. I was recently blessed with the opportunity to relocate to a ranch in Southern Colorado. Before moving forward with the purchase, my brother and I discussed it..."How is God in this?" or better yet, "How are we in this with God?"...the answer, so far, is clear...This property has been entrusted to us by God for the good of the Kingdom. Our goal is to use the solitude and beauty of this property to help men free their hearts. So...Top Ridge BASIC was created and we hope you can join us on our journey to Love God and Live Free.