PURSUIT Summit Registration is Now Open!


Join the men of Pursuit, Garden Church, and Jesus Culture for a transformative and life-giving pause from the chaotic pace of the world.  Get a few days away to connect with God, bond with like-minded men, and awaken your masculine heart through adventure and play.

Men are hungry for brotherhood.
To be a part of a larger story.
To play, Adventure, and recover
life as it was meant to be. 


Our mission is to get men out of their comfort zones and awaken the purpose and desire deep within them to become the men God designed them to be.

Many men today are lonely, tired, and need meaningful connection and adventure in their lives. This will be a time to recharge and become better men for our families and community.

Secure Your Spot!

PURSUIT SUMMIT 2024 Registration

Location: Ojai Forest Home Camp
Date: Aug 16th – 18th
Checkin begins at 5:00.


✱ Regular price: June 18th – July 14th – $349

✱ Late registration after July 15th – $399


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Core Values for our Time:


the masculine heart through life-giving content, ministry activation, and small group discussions.


holistic integration of mind, body, and spirit through challenges like guided breathwork, group workouts, ice baths, and other experiences.


the playful side of the masculine heart through adventure, fun activities, and meaningful connections.

Guest Speaker

Danny Silk

As an author and speaker, Danny Silk offers life-changing insights drawn from decades of experience as a counselor, social worker (he has a master’s degree in social work), advocate, pastor, spouse, parent, grandparent, and leader.  Currently, Danny is focused on raising up men who courageously face the fears that hold them back from becoming who they were created to be. 

Danny recently released his new book for men, “The Way of the Dragon Slayer.” It is a book for every man who is hungry to face his fears and step into his God-given design as a protector, provider, and connector.  PURSUIT’s mission is aligned with Danny’s heart, and we are so excited about what he will bring us!

Choose Your Own Adventure:

What to look forward to

Sessions led by Danny Silk and Others

Solitude and Soul Care

Breakout Sessions


Late Night Fires

Rock Wall

Morning Group Workouts




Surfing (Beginners to

Ice Baths and Guided

Swimming Pool (underwater weight training and relays)


Our mission is to get men out of their comfort zones and awaken the purpose and desire deep within them to become the men God designed them to be.


We will be staying at FOREST HOME CAMP with the option to bunk in a rugged Yurt-style cabin for more nature vibes, or if you prefer to have a mountain cabin experience with accommodations and AC, you can select the Upgraded Cabin vibe.

We have community-style bunk bed housing with shared bathrooms. Four separate sleeping rooms with air-conditioning. (It will probably be hot!)  Adirondack chairs sit comfortably on the outside porches.

Tent cabins with canvas sides, screen doors, windows, and electricity, protect guests from the elements. Front porch decks provide great communal space with views of nature. ​Short walk to bathrooms.

Yes! Please include that request in the notes on your registration with the name(s).  We will do our best to accommodate, but we can not guarantee bunk/cabin mates.

Here’s a suggested packing list:

  • Comfortable clothing for various activities
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing for the heat
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Boardshorts
  • Surfing gear (if you have it)
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag or bedding (if staying in a yurt)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bible and journal
  • Snacks 

We’ve got you covered! Let us know in advance if you have any specific food restrictions or allergies, and we’ll make sure there are suitable options available for you.

The retreat location offers access to some great surfing spots. Specific details and recommendations will be provided upon arrival. Don’t forget to bring your surfing gear if you have it! Mondo’s for surf lessons. C-Street for more advanced surfing.

The location is easily accessible by car, and we encourage carpooling to reduce the environmental impact and foster camaraderie. 

655 Burnham Rd, Oak View, CA 93022

Yes, parking is available on-site. We encourage carpooling to maximize parking space and to promote community among attendees.

All activities are optional. If you want to take that free time to get alone with God, please feel no obligation to do any physical activities or workouts. We are offering a wide range of activities, including:
  • PURSUIT Sandbag Morning Workouts
  • Surfing
  • Ice Baths
  • Guided Breathwork
  • Rock Climbing
  • Zip-lining
  • Archery
  • Pool
  • Mountain Biking
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Underwater Weight Training and Relays
These activities are designed to challenge you, help you connect with others, and awaken your sense of adventure. *Surf lessons are available for a $40 charge. (water temperature in Ventura typically ranges from 64°F to 67°F). * Kayaks also need to be pre-booked directly with the kayak company HERE at your own expense. Please note that the lake has a no swimming policy.

Ojai Valley, CA, in August is typically very hot, with temperatures often reaching the high 80s to 90s°F during the day. It’s important to stay hydrated, wear lightweight and breathable clothing, and use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. Evenings can be cooler, so bringing a light jacket is recommended.




Assumption of the Risk: I am aware that there are significant risks involved in all aspects of physical training.  I understand that the reaction of the heart, lungs and vascular system to exercise cannot always be predicted with accuracy.  I understand that there is a risk of certain abnormal changes occurring during or following exercise, which may include abnormalities of blood pressure or heart rate; chest, arm, or leg discomfort;  transient light-headedness or fainting; and in rare instances, heart attack, stroke, or even death.  I should look for any signs out of the ordinary,  including but not limited to excessive soreness, darkened urine, and pain in the kidney areas in the days following a workout. While this type of injury is very rare, it can occur due to many factors that may be beyond the control of PURSUIT/ Garden Church. I understand that the programs and classes offered by PURSUIT are of a nature and kind that are extremely strenuous and can/may push me to the limits of my physical ability.  These risks include, but are not limited to falls which can result in serious injury or death, injury or death due to negligence on the part of myself or other people around me, injury or death due to improper use or failure of equipment.  I am aware that any of these above-mentioned risks may result in serious injury or death to myself and/or others.  

I willingly assume full responsibility for any and all risks that I am exposing myself to as a result of my participation in PURSUITS’ programs and classes and accept full responsibility for any injury or death that may result from participation in any activity, class, or physical fitness program.    

Liability Release: I fully understand that my personal exercise program may be strenuous and I choose to participate voluntarily. I accept all responsibility for my health and any results, injury, or mishaps that may affect my well-being or health in any way. I waive any claims, demands,  causes of action, or any claims for relief whatsoever against, and release PURSUIT (as well Zac Ernst, Garden Church and its owners, employees, or other authorized agents, including independent contractors) from any and all liability, claims and/or causes of action that I may have for injuries or other damages, arising out of participation in PURSUITs’ activities, including, but not limited to the programs and classes. 

I agree that PURSUIT is in no way responsible for the safekeeping of my personal belongings while I attend its programs and classes. I understand that programs and classes at PURSUIT may be physically strenuous and I voluntarily participate in them with full knowledge that there is a risk of personal injury, property loss, or death. I agree that neither I, my heirs, assigns or legal representatives will sue or make any other claims of any kind whatsoever against PURSUIT or its members for any personal injury, property damage or loss, or wrongful death, whether caused by my negligence or otherwise.    

Description of Potential Risks: I understand that no exercise program is without inherent risks regardless of the care taken by an instructor and that my personal safety cannot be guaranteed by my instructor. I realize that when participating in any exercises, particularly those that induce cardiovascular stress, muscular endurance, strength building, and other fitness activities, there is a chance of serious injury, including but not limited to bruises, musculoskeletal strains, and sprains, more serious injuries including but not limited to heart attack, stroke, muscle tears, herniated disks, torn rotator cuffs, or other cardiovascular injuries, or catastrophic injuries including but not limited to death and paralysis.   

Participant Responsibilities: If Participant is able to answer affirmatively to any of the following questions, please consult a physician prior to any  involvement in PURSUITs’ programs and classes:   

  1. Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should perform physical activity recommended by a physician?  
  2. In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?  
  3. Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?   
  4. Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?  
  5. Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs for your blood pressure or heart condition?   
  6. Do you know of any reason why you should not engage in physical activity?   

I understand that it is my responsibility to:  

  1. Fully disclose any health issues or medications that are relevant to participation in a strenuous exercise program to the instructor;
  2. Cease exercise and report promptly any unusual feelings (e.g., chest discomfort, nausea, difficulty breathing, apparent injury, etc.) during  the exercise program; and
  3. Clear my participation with my physician.   

Participant Acknowledgments: Agreeing to this exercise program, I acknowledge that my participation is completely voluntary. I understand the potential physical risks involved in the exercise program and believe that the potential benefits outweigh those risks. I give consent to certain physical touching that may be necessary to ensure proper technique and body alignment. I understand that the achievement of health and fitness goals cannot be guaranteed. I have had a voice in planning and approving the activities I have chosen to participate in. I have been able to ask questions regarding any concerns I might have, and have had those questions answered to my satisfaction. I am in good physical condition,                                       

I have no impairment which might prevent my participation in such activities, and have been advised to consult a physician prior to beginning this program. I have been advised to cease exercise immediately if I experience unusual discomfort and feel the need to stop. I have read and understood the above release; I have been able to ask questions regarding any concerns I might have; I have had those questions answered to my satisfaction.

I understand that my medical history is a very important factor in the development of my fitness/wellness program. I understand that certain medical or physical conditions which are known to me, but which I do not disclose to PURSUIT may result in serious injury to me.  If any of the above conditions change, I will immediately inform PURSUIT of those changes. I, knowingly, and willingly, assume all risk of injury resulting from my failure to disclose accurate, complete, and updated information in accordance with this release.   

I hereby certify that I know of no medical problems that would increase my risk of illness and injury as a result of participation in a fitness program designed by PURSUIT.  With my full understanding of the above information, I agree to assume any and all risks associated with my participation in PURSUIT programs and classes.

I acknowledge that I have voluntarily chosen to participate in a program of progressive physical exercise. I acknowledge being informed of the strenuous nature of the program and the potential for unusual but possible, physiological results including, but not limited to, abnormal blood pressure, rhabdomyolysis, fainting, heart attack, paralysis, or death. By signing this document, I assume all risk for my health and well-being and hold PURSUIT, Garden Church, as well as Zac Ernst, other owners, employees, and authorized agents, including independent contractors, harmless therefrom. I understand that questions about exercise procedures and recommendations are encouraged and welcome.           

Indemnification: I recognize that there is risk involved in the types of activities offered by PURSUIT. Therefore, I accept financial responsibility for any injury that I may cause either to myself or to any other participant due to his/her negligence. Should the above-mentioned parties, or anyone acting on their behalf, be required to incur attorney’s fees and costs to enforce this agreement, I agree to reimburse them for such fees and costs. 

I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless PURSUIT, Garden Church, Zac Ernst, owners, agents, employees, independent contractors, and volunteers from liability for the injury or death of any person(s) and damage to property that may result from my negligent or intentional act or omission while participating in activities offered by PURSUIT.  

I have carefully read this Agreement and fully understand its contents. I am aware that this is a release and waiver of liability and sign it knowingly, voluntarily, and of my own free will.