Living on Purpose


Expanded Living on Purpose Program/Retreat

September 6—12

Southwest Harbor, Maine


You are invited to join us

in our cottage on the Maine coast for a special program:

the Expanded Living on Purpose Program/Retreat

Maine in early September is peaceful and gorgeous. Most vacationers have returned home and a quietness settles in that you can feel.

This program will take the existing Living on Purpose program and expand it to include daily deep reflection time in Acadia National Park, as well as additional activities to inspire us to live our purpose at a new and deeper level.

The daily schedule follows below.

Why Purpose is Vital! 

  • Are you yearning to live a more progressive, fulfilled life?
  • Do you ever find yourself drifting, feeling directionless?
  • Are you in the middle of a transition:
    • Personal?
    • Relationship?
    • Career?
    • Empty-nesting?
    • Retirement?

Living on Purpose is designed to help you discover or refine your purpose in life, and then use it to guide your decisions and actions.


When your deepest intention, purpose, calling (what you really want in life), is clear, then the whole parade of thoughts, feelings, beliefs, stories, experiences, and circumstances are used to fulfill this purpose. They become props that help you express your purpose and awaken to Oneness.

When your deep yearning and purpose is not in focus, then the parade of thoughts, feelings, experiences, and circumstances become a stand-in for that purpose. The stories you create become an all-consuming drama where you are the director, producer and lead. This spawns a daily life of control-mania, comparison, competition, judgment and discouragement.



Sandy Wilder has a deep wealth of insightful experience that he generously shares in his classes, allowing his students to find within themselves depths they may never have realized they possessed.

Whether you can give a minute, an hour, or a week to his sharing, you will find Grace abounding and peace overflowing. I will be evermore grateful for the time I spent in Living on Purpose.

Carlysle Meek, Merigold, MS

Sandy Wilder is an authentic, humble and effective spiritual teacher and consciousness transformation trainer. He has synthesized the best of ancient and modern sources for both meaningful content and effective practices.

 Sandy embodies and models the transformation and awakening he teaches. His listening skill, empathy and present moment awareness is unmatched by any teacher or trainer I’ve worked with – and there have been many over the last 40 years.

 He teaches mostly by his natural way of fully inhabiting each moment of the class and listening with his heart in such a way that he pulls you out of your ego and into that sacred space of listening to Grace with him.

While you may forget some of what Sandy says, you will never forget how he made you feel – and this feeling – that your heart has become a portal for pure Grace to flow into the world – alone will transform your life.
Ron Radford, St. Louis, MO


How the course is structured

The program is structured around discovering and articulating your purpose in life (Yes, you do have one!). Methodologies include: writing, dialogue, inquiry, short lectures, videos, music, poetry, and daily extended time alone in Acadia National Park. There is ample quiet time for deep reflection, asking questions, and exploring answers.

You will receive individual purpose-coaching from Sandy Wilder during the program, as well as an optional one-on-one after the program to assist you in incorporating your purpose into your daily priorities.

Versions of this program were originally taught in the corporate world, helping individuals clarify their purpose, and leadership visions. At that point we offered one approach or doorway into the purpose articulation space. This program offers five doorways, each of which we will explore experientially. The last half day focuses on how to live and integrate your purpose into your existing life.

This course is highly interactive and practical. No one is forced to share or reveal anything. We offer a safe, authentic space where you may feel, accept and receive new glimpses of what is most true and real for you. 

Daily Schedule

Thursday or Friday: September 5 or 6: Travel Days

  • Arrival and settle into the cottage in Southwest Harbor by 3 p.m. Friday
  • Individual food shopping
  • Optional gentle exploring in Acadia (or sitting on the deck and reading and looking out at the ocean and mountains)
  • Brief Intro Meeting
  • Friday dinner in Northeast Harbor
  • Optional 30 minute individual evening sessions with Sandy

Saturday September 7

  • Breakfast and lunch on your own today
  • Morning: Feature Length Movie
  • Afternoon: Hike together to the shore with solo dictation time/contemplation and group debrief
  • Evening Dinner together at Thurston’s Lobster Pound
  • Optional 30 minute individual evening sessions with Sandy

Sunday September 8

  • All meals on your own today
  • Context Setting
  • Purpose Door #1
  • Solo dictation/contemplation time (on the deck or in Acadia)
  • Optional 30 minute individual evening sessions with Sandy

Monday September 9

  • All meals on your own today
  • Purpose Door #2
  • Purpose Door #3
  • Purpose Door #4
  • Solo dictation/contemplation time (on the deck or in Acadia)
  • Evening: Jumping Mouse Story: by the fire in the living room
  • Optional 30 minute individual evening sessions with Sandy

Tuesday September 10

  • All meals on your own today
  • Door #5
  • Purpose Framework
  • Purpose Writing and meeting with Sandy
  • Solo dictation/contemplation time (on the deck or in Acadia)
  • Optional 30 minute individual evening sessions with Sandy

Wednesday September 11

  • Breakfast and lunch on your own today
  • Purpose Writing and meeting with Sandy
  • Further Context Setting
  • Solo dictation/contemplation time (on the deck or in Acadia)
  • Devoting to deepening your purpose: Incorporation
  • Evening Dinner at Jordon Pond House

Thursday September 12

  • Departure

Program Size

2—6 Participants


Wilder Cottage: Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679


We have a four-bedroom cottage with 2 ½ baths. Total Lodging Fee = $175 for the week in the cottage or $70 camping on the lawn or in the woods by the ocean. Your options are:

  • Sleep in the cottage: Two doubles with extra-long twin beds or one room with a queen bed for one or two, or
  • Camp in a tent on the lawn on in the woods by the water, or
  • You can also choose a nearby hotel or Bed and Breakfast (Their fees begin at $550 for the week) 3/4 mile from the cottage

Transportation Options

Note: If you are flying from distant parts of the country, you may want to consider coming in Friday instead of Saturday.

  • Drive to Southwest Harbor, Maine (24 hours from St. Louis, 8.5 hours from New York City, 5.5 hours from Boston
  • Fly to Boston, rent a car and drive 5.5 hours
  • Fly to Portland, Maine, rent a car and drive 3 and 1/4 hours
  • Fly to Bangor, Maine, rent a car, or be picked up. Drive 1 and 1/4 hours.
  • Fly to Bar Harbor, Maine, rent a car or be picked up. Drive 20 minutes.





To register for the Expanded Living on Purpose Program/Retreat, click the Register Here button.

The Educare Unlearning Institute has created a discounted sliding scale for all our offerings in an effort to keep our courses affordable to a wide range of people. We set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what he/she feels is appropriate.

The discounted sliding scale for this program is:

  • $995—$1,395/person

The fee includes the training, all course materials, and drinks and snacks throughout the day.

Monthly payment plans are available. Partial Scholarships are available while scholarship funds last.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than one month before the program date, your full paid fee will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee. If you cancel two—four weeks from the program date, 50% of the program fee will be refunded.  If you cancel within two weeks of the program date, the full program fee is nonrefundable and non-transferable to another date.


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