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Business name

Unplugged Wellness

Years of experience

20 years


English, Spanish

Qualification / Certifications

Masters of Education, Certified Mindfulness Instructor, Wilderness First Responder

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Hey, I鈥檓 Marshall Opel Lucas Matelich
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Marshall and Lucas grew up eleven months and five houses apart in Missoula, Montana鈥 a community whose fabric is intimately interwoven with the natural world. Athletic pursuits led them astray. After college their paths continued to diverge. Lucas pursued a career in coaching, teaching, and a Master's degree in Education while Marshall worked in the bike industry facilitating group experiences and coached competitive cross country skiing. A camping trip in 2016 reconnected them over mutually held passions for public health, the natural world, and bikes. This trip planted the seeds for a journey that, at the time, they dubbed Project Primal. A project, rooted in evolutionary biology, aimed to help humans reorient with the ancestral wisdom inscribed in our DNA. Marshall and Lucas sat around the fire that weekend sipping La Croix and spit-balling their core beliefs on the world today. It鈥檚 changed a bit since 2016 but not much. The human genome was shaped over millenia living in nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes. In the snap of an evolutionary finger we now exist in a society accelerated by the forces of progress and technology. In this sense: we are modern hominids. By modern they mean now, today, 2024. And by Hominid they mean our taxonomy鈥 one step larger than our genus and species is our family, the Hominids, along with great apes, chimpanzees, and bonobos. We are modern hominids or as Harvard Sociobiologist E. O. Wilson puts it, 鈥淲e have Paleolithic brains, medieval institutions, and godlike technologies.鈥 Same humans, new world. A concrete world in which we have become disconnected, estranged, and civilized to death. Or civilized to unnecessary suffering, at the very least. Our path forward involves accepting reality as it is while simultaneously holding that things can be better. That drip by drip the bucket gets filled, in a grass-rootsy kind of way. It involves a shift in our ways, bringing us into alignment with our genetic hardwiring; into alignment with the modern hominids that we are. The seeds of Project Primal have since germinated and continue to blossom as Unplugged, whose methodology is no rocket science. The ingredients are simple, obvious, effective, and draw upon our primordial wisdom. Things like movement in nature, long form conversation, and gathering in community.

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Montana Bikepacking Wellness Retreat

A beautiful, mostly unpaved route traversing the Continental Divide will take us from camp to camp on a clockwise loop in the mountains above Montana鈥檚 capital town of Helena. With ponderosa forests, cold mountain lakes and alpine meadows for our pure enjoyment, we鈥檒l cross the country on bikes while our camp gear is 鈥榤agically鈥 transported in rigs. Feeling accomplished from a day on the bike, tummies satisfied with a nourishing meal, we鈥檒l dive into collaborative discussions and guided workshops centered on themes around leadership, nervous system regulation, and lifestyle. The mission of the retreat is three-fold: 鈥 Experience a healthy, enlivening trip on our bikes. 鈥 Cultivate and sharpen our leadership and self regulation skills. 鈥 Enjoy precious time well spent in nature. We will reconnect with meaningful aspects of life: starting first with understanding ourselves, then understanding the people around us, and once more the world around us.

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