Canyon Leadership Expedition

16 – 22 October 2021

Conversation with meaning – Embracing nature and community to shift conciousness

Dynamic, 8 week leadership extensive program. Unlock your full power and say yes to the unknown.

7 weeks of online leadership development plus 7 days off-the-grid transformation program in the ancient canyons of North American.

  • Utah, USA
  • 16 – 22 October 2021
  • Maximum of 15 participants
  • 7,500 USD p.P. (excluding travel cost)

What to expect

In collaboration with The Flow Genome Project, The Argonauts are launching a discovery-geared expedition for unlocking potential and saying yes to the unknown.

At the Canyon Leadership Expedition, you will experience decision-making in hard, unknown conditions outside of clock time. You will meet your resistance and gain a renewed sense of self. This dynamic leadership extensive program is for Navigators ready to level up in life and leadership – for those that seek to lead with integrity through instability and uncertainty.

Breakthrough. Healing. Hope. Unity.

What adventure is waiting for me at the Canyon Leadership Expedition?

Part 1

7 Weeks Online Training

What: 7 weeks online training by The Flow Genome Project

  • Conversation with meaning
  • Harvard Development Assessment: Where am I on my journey?
  • What to expect + pack for the canyon experience

Who: Led by Jamie Wheal (author of Stealing Fire) + tribe of 15 Navigators

Where: Online

Part 2

7 Days Canyon Experience

What: Conversation-fueled expedition in the ancient southwest canyons

  • Tribe experience and digital-detox
  • Embrace nature and community to shift consciousness
  • Human development (from fight or flight to flow)
  • Unlocking self resilience; leading with integrity through instability and uncertainty

Who: Led by former Navy Seal, Curt Cronin + tribe of 15 Navigators

Where: Utah, USA

In detail

Digital Training

Conversation with meaning. Seven weeks of coaching will cover all essentials and prepare you for the journey ahead.

Delivered online, you’ll build and form lasting habits through the course app, and join weekly Zoom calls for lessons and forging ongoing relations with the group. 

You’ll undergo a Harvard-backed assessment to uncover your ways of seeing + being in the world and better understand where you are on your developmental journey

What operating systems, beliefs and mindsets are serving you, what aren’t – what is your vision for the path ahead?

This is your opportunity for weekly feedback, iteration and to ensure change cascades throughout your work and life (and doesn’t only stay with your experiences in the canyon).

The Canyon Expedition

Backed by cutting edge neuroscience, optimal psychology and the work of prestigious academic institutions, The Canyon Leadership Expedition will involve group and solo challenges, ranging from navigation and survival skills to leadership and self-awareness.

7 days devoted to circumnavigating three linked canyons, all flowing into one of the largest and most storied rivers of the American West – the Colorado river:

Each day will be devoted to an experiential immersion in the levels of human development. 

We start with the basics of wilderness survival – teaching you primitive skills like fire starting, brush shelters, and water harvesting

Then we move to tribal organization, individual orienteering, consensus leadership, and finally, to the culmination: where you experience the full spiral of human development

Flow happens when we let go. If you’re ready to reignite the most vibrant parts of yourself and say yes to your full power.

We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we sink to the level of our training.

Your instructors

Train with those most comfortable in uncertainty

Jaime Wheal

Jamie Wheal is one of the world’s leading experts on peak performance and leadership, specializing in the neuroscience and application of Flow states. 


Jamie has advised everyone from the U.S. Naval War College and Special Operations Command, the athletes of Red Bull, and the owners of NFL, NBA, MLB, and Premier League teams to the executives of Google, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Cisco, and Young Presidents’ Organization. His work and thought leadership has been covered in The New York Times, Financial Times, Wired, Entrepreneur, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and INC. He has spent over a decade guiding in the Rockies, Sierras and Himalayas with students and clients of all ages.

Curt Cronin

Curt Cronin has lived a 20-year-long career as a Navy SEAL, living and working in an environment where milliseconds made the difference between life and death – winning or losing.


Curt honed his talent as a catalyst for transformation and rose to eventually lead at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Curt will be teaching in our Part 1: Choose Your Own Apocalypse section, sharing lessons and pointers on leading with integrity through instability and uncertainty.

Frequently asked questions

What about COVID?

We will be following strict protocols to ensure the safety and health of everyone on the trip.

1. Travel Safety

You’ll take as direct a flight as possible to the course area, observing mask and hand washing practices (if you have the option, we’d encourage business class, or window seats).
Once you get off the plane, we’ll ask you to change out of and bag your travel clothes, wash your hands, clean up in the bathroom and come out ready to go in outdoor clothes.

2. Masks

We’ll travel with face masks in large passenger vans to the trailhead with ample access to hand sanitizers and positive ventilation.
A study published in Nature earlier this year shows that, if worn properly and with the right fit, surgical masks are effective at blocking ninety-nine per cent of the respiratory droplets expelled by people with coronaviruses or influenza viruses”.

3. Sanitization

Once we get into the backcountry, we’ll have 5x/day hand-washing protocol. Everyone has their own eating and drinking utensils and we always observe strict personal hygiene.
A study conducted at a military boot camp found that a top-down program of hand washing five times a day cut medical visits for respiratory infections by forty-five per cent.”

4. Social Distancing

In the backcountry, we’re going to be outside, socially distancing. Barring rain at night we’re going to be sleeping outdoors as well.

What skills or prior experience do I need?

None. We will teach everything from the beginning and you will have the chance to practice throughout the course. If you already have experience in backcountry travel, you have the opportunity to refresh your skills, learn cutting edge ultralight campcraft, and teach your peers.

I already invest in professional development –– how is this any different?

This course will take your leadership to a level simply not possible in conventional corporate settings. Building on the Harvard-designed Leadership Development Profile and our follow-on coaching sessions, you will experience greater lasting change than typical workshops or retreats allow.

We offer “720 degree feedback” where you have the insights from the psychographic assessment, detailed notes from instructors, peers and your own self evaluation. We aren’t easy graders – our goal is to take you beyond the limits of your experience but keep you within the limits of your abilities. The result is richer data for your own growth than you’re likely to find anywhere else.

What kind of shape do I need to be in?

If you are moderately active you should be fine. We will start slow and travel no more than 5-6 miles per day with plenty of time for classes, reflection and enjoyment. As always, check with your physician to be sure – but this will be a great chance to reconnect to a more vital and re-engaged you. (We also send detailed pre-trip fitness prep guidelines so you can treat this like you would getting ready for a 10K fun run, a sprint triathlon or any other fitness goal).

What special gear do I need?

We are partnering with the leaders of the outdoor industry and will provide all group gear including shelters, cooking equipment, backpacks and course materials. You will provide your own clothing and personal gear from a detailed packing list.

What if I'm not into "outdoorsy" stuff?

This course treats all the backpacking skills as secondary to and supportive of the course content – cutting edge experiential leadership training. We will be traveling in style, eating organic gourmet meals and taking in scenery that no luxury hotel can replicate – and you might just find yourself with a new passion.

How can I find the time for this?

This is a challenge for everyone – but what this course offers is the chance to combine personal renewal, bonding with peers and professional and personal development. All combined, you will return with more focus, more energy, and full engagement with all the aspects of your life. Invest six days to really live the remaining 359 to the fullest.

Apply now

Please fill in the below form or register on the Argonauts Community Platform to apply. We will send out notifications after we filled the spots with those peers that best match the group experience. An application interview is mandatory to check on your physical, mental fitness to take the expedition, which requires humility, courage, and commitment. But no worries: It doesn’t require any prior skills on your part (we’ll teach everything from the ground up).

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