Tuesday, august 21
Ignite staff will greet you at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson airport (TYS). A short 15 minute drive and you’ll arrive at our beautiful lodge that will serve as your home base and oasis for the journey. Stop by our hospitality room for a welcome drink and snacks while informally connecting with other travelers. Depending on your arrival time, relax by the Koi pond, take a leisurely walk through the wooded paths around the campus and get a good night’s rest. (Travelers will arrive throughout the afternoon and evening - dinner on your own at the lodge.)
Wednesday, august 22
Our journey officially begins with breakfast and an introduction to the unique shared meals and table culture of the Appalachian region. The lodge’s award-winning chef will share his story and discuss the inspired meals that await us. Then we’re off to visit a ranch recognized for its sustainable farming practices and their efforts to help end hunger stemming from rural poverty. Our group will contribute to the farm’s current planting, harvesting or food security initiative, then spend the afternoon at a local lake for some exploration, team building and surprises. After an amazing family style meal, close out the evening with s'mores or a craft bourbon accompanied by our favorite banjo player at the outdoor fireplace.
Thursday, August 23
Start the day with optional yoga on the front lawn and enjoy a hearty breakfast - you’ll need the energy as we head deep into the Great Smoky Mountains. Our introduction to the work of some incredible conservation organizations will be followed by a team project helping to restore trails or conduct citizen research on the ecosystem. We’ll then head back to the lodge to clean up for our night on the town and a multi-course meal at one of the finest restaurants in Knoxville. Stay downtown to check out a local band or head back to the lodge for night cap.
Friday, August 24
Our final day includes a powerful local story with and a memorable hike that will leave you inspired. We’ll end the journey as we started, around the table for an incredible mid-day feast while we celebrate highlights, share insights and commit to actions that influence our personal and professional lives for years to come. Ignite will get you to the airport with in time to catch your flight home (late afternoon/early evening).
OPTIONAL WEEKEND ADVENTURE
Stay for the weekend for some additional hiking or white water rafting.
We are happy to provide you with a recommended package - contact Dominyka.