Before sobriety I was passionate about one thing, my next drink or drug. Life did not exist outside of the microcosm that was my addiction. Today, at one month shy of nine years my life is a myriad of amazing adventures. Because I am sober I got to drive to Texas with five Jaywalker alums and bow hunt white tail deer. Sunrise and sunset is consumed with hunting but the hours in between is full of laughing and fellowship. I am forever grateful for the gifts of sobriety and the life I have been given. John Schneier
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I am often amazed in my recovery at the abundance of opportunity that I have to do things in life that seemed once impossible. In the not too distant past, clouds of fear, prejudice and stubbornness swirled in my head at the first mention of doing something outside my comfort zone; paralyzing self-doubt kept me from experiences that I inwardly yearned for greatly. As a Jaywalker alumni, I can say without hesitation that today my desire to push these hesitations and foster new capabilities in sobriety is one of the greatest gifts I have received in recovery, and my willingness to share with and learn from my brothers-in-arms is one of my greatest assets. Most recently I had the opportunity to utilize these new-found strengths at the Jaywalker Alumni trip to St. George, Utah. First off, to say “I was stoked” to get an extra week of summer weather in October…
Jaywalker Lodge staff, clients, and alumni spent time this week volunteering on Independence Pass. Jaywalker Expedition Director, Lynn Sanson, organized yet another outing to help our outdoor community remove obsolete cable, poles, and phone lines; restoring visual serenity to a 10 mile strech on Independence Pass. The Aspen Times details the service work and operation in the article linked below. We are grateful for the opportunity to recover through service this week in one of the most serene spots in the Roaring Fork Valley!‘Eyesore’ wires will be removed from old telephone poles on Aspen’s Independence Pass
“…to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host a friends, this is an experience you must not miss” Alcoholics Anonymous Page 89It is no secret that this is one of my favorite passages in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it epitomizes everything that the Jaywalker Alumni Program represents. This past weekend I had the honor of taking 20 Jaywalker alums to Moab, UT for our annual spring trip. Past Jaywalker clients from Florida, Denver, Boulder, and the Roaring Fork Valley all met up in Moab for a weekend of mountain biking, dirt biking, four wheeling, golf, and of course fellowship. Big shout out to alumnus Andrew P for organizing, prepping, and cooking all of our wonderful meals, thanks for all you do brother. John S.
“Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.” Page 89, Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous When we are in the throes of our disease we strive for community, for a sense of belonging. At Jaywalker Lodge I have the privilege of introducing our clients to the community of successful alums that populate the Roaring Fork Valley. Through outdoor adventure, long drives, campfires and snow caves one begins to see the host of friends growing up about them, it is truly an experience not to be missed.John S
Jaywalker Lodge clients and staff embarked on a winter expedition today to the 10th Mountain Division Huts to explore, ski, snowshoe, and 12 Step Study. Jaywalker expeditions are designed to expose our men to a lifestyle change and healthy travel with men in recovery. This hut trip is one of many our clients experience during their stay at Jaywalker, but continue with the Jaywalker Alumni Program. We involve our alumni on trip with clients to share their experience, strength, and hope. Over the next few days our men will get a taste of what we do in life after treatment. This is a part of our recovery.
Jaywalker Lodge will be exhibiting and attending the Psychotherapy Associates Winter Symposium January 29 – February 2 in Colorado Springs. Please join us in the hospitality suite Tuesday morning from 8am – 11:45am for refreshments and discussion of our programs and best practices. We will be exhibiting at booth #24. Bob Ferguson’s talk titled “It’s All Greek to Me- A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Launch of a National Sober College Fraternity” will be Tuesday 1:45-3:15pm. All other details regarding they Winter Symposium may be found at http://cspaws.com
By: Patrick Shaffer For as long as I can recall, dancing has made me extremely uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I love music of all types, when singing in my truck I have been called, ‘the songbird of my generation.’ I am not sure if fear, perception, or inexperience inhibits me, but I was presented with an impromptu opportunity to further explore. Ron Armstrong and Heather Hayward made their way to Colorado for a visit, and after hearing them describe their vision of Dance and Tell, I felt obligated to share my vulnerability. As a man in recovery, I have learned to thrive in uncomfortable situations; to walk through them with support of others around me. Ron detailed how perfect he can be in a professional environment, yet, struggle in raw self-expression and dance, I relate. I thought, “shoot, this is one of those times I have to speak up.” …
Jaywalker Lodge is delighted to announce the addition of our newest team member, Nikki Soda. Nikki comes to Jaywalker Lodge with over 14 years of marketing and event experience, as well as a passion for working with the recovery community. As Director of Business Development & Alumni Relations, Nikki will have an active role in cultivating community relationships and overseeing the Alumni Relations department. The organization and management of Jaywalker annual and alumni events will also fall under Nikki’s responsibilities. “I am elated to be joining the Jaywalker Lodge team. To be part of such a well-established treatment center and dedicated team is an honor. I look forward to working with this dynamic group and the opportunity to help those who are need of quality treatment.” Nikki joins Chief Marketing & Admissions Officer, Patrick Shaffer and Director of Admissions & Marketing, Donnie Hagenbart. Nikki’s Contact Information Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (303) 550-9982
Jaywalker’s Director of Outreach Services & Alumni Relations, John Schneier, celebrated 6 years of sobriety yesterday. “To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends – this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it.” Alcoholics Anonymous Pg 89 “You live this John. We love ya bud!” – Patrick Shaffer “Congratulations John. Your passion for recovery will continue to carry you to places you never could have imagined.” – Dirk Eldredge “John – congratulations! You’re a true inspiration for everyone here, in many ways. Proud to call you not only my co-worker, but also my friend. Cram that!” – Natalyn Cumings “I let him beat me skinning up McClure Pass 5 years ago to boost his suffering self-esteem. And look what we have now!”…