Looking to combat the effects of burnout in your life? Recal was founded by a formerly burnt-out CEO who decided to delve into the modern human condition, and now we can all reap the benefits on our next trip.
Meet Anthony Lorubbio who just launched this mindful adventure company that is short for recalibrate. What you can expect with Recal is guided, retreat-style trips that reconnect with nature. By utilizing mindful and adventurous experiences in the outdoors, trip attendees are able to center themselves, renew their sense of energy, and recalibrate their mind and body. These innovative journeys come at a time when people need it most.
Lorubbio explains that there is a disconnect between the way humans live in today’s modern world, versus how we biologically (over many years of evolution) adapted to live. This simple fact gives rise to so many of the physical and mental ailments we face today, including burnout.
The company just announced an official partnership with Quiet Parks International. “We’ll be running mindful adventure trips into the quietest places (in the U.S. in 2022 to begin) as part of our Quiet Park Trip Series,” said Lorubbio. “A big part of the series is to also draw awareness to the need to preserve quiet. If you preserve that, you preserve so much more biodiversity, ecology, climate, etc.”
“Humans have spent thousands of years under dark skies and in naturally quiet places, but today we spend very little time there. And if we do, our minds are likely elsewhere,” explains Lorubbio. “At Recal, we’ve designed trips to break free from the noisy, distraction-filled places that surround us, and reconnect with nature in its purest form.”
Trips include Glacier National Park, Anza-Borrego Desert and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. Each location brings something different: desert landscapes, glacial-fed lakes and mountains, thick forest lakes and rivers, rainforest-like terrain. Each trip is co-hosted by a curated group of independently-owned and operated, racially-inclusive, and sustainability-minded outfitters, in tandem with a Recal Mindfulness Coach.
Breathwork exercises have many mental and physical benefits, not the least of which is how it enables you to be more present and self-reflective in the moment – as opposed to ruminating on past or future issues. Pandemic and heavy workload cause burnout and can dangerously impact our health. Recal has a mission to help combat these effects. Each itinerary contains mindfulness-based activities, which are guided by a certified Recal Coach, and help rejuvenate both mind and body.
After your journey, you will receive a custom journal and coaching sessions to with tips and guidelines for how to remain calibrated and keep burnout at bay after the trip ends. “
Lorubbio is a certified Wim Hof Method Instructor, and is currently working toward certification in other breathwork modalities while working as the resident breathwork coach at a local fitness studio/gym called Embrace North in Minneapolis where he lives. He’s also a certified transformational travel designer through the Transformational Travel Council.
One modality of this activation type of breathwork is Wim Hof, which consists of 3-4 rounds of deep breathing, with breath holds and short recovery breaths in between rounds. Some benefits of the Wim Hof Method, and other activation types of breathwork, are:
Mental: lower anxiety, boost our confidence, bring a sense of calm, quiet the overflow of thoughts, increase focus – Day 6 on my Instagram #100DaysofBreathwork
Physical: alkalizing of the blood for a quick ‘clean-up’ of acids in our body, increase red blood cells, increase lung capacity, improve circulation, and improve metabolic efficiency, decrease inflammation, boost our immune system – Day 12 of #100DaysofBreathwork.
Your daily mindfulness practice, so not in a specific situation, but more of a deeper exercise to prep for the day (like a meditation.)
For #1 the mindfulness practice, this is what we do every day on our trips, and they will be focused on deeper activation style breathwork — like Wim Hof.
Wim Hof Method breathwork goes like this:
For #2, Situational Breathwork, for those “in-the-moment” type of situations.
Breathwork technique before a big meeting (or speech, podcast, going on stage, game, etc.) Box Breathing 4-4-4-4 (inhale, hold, exhale for four counts)
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