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The Dirt Works Retreat

October 21, 2022 - October 23, 2022

Greetings Brothers,

Last fall the “Iron Works” men’s retreat was a huge success with 120 men in attendance. The weekend focused on the metaphor of how God transforms men through the process the mine, the crucible, the forge, and the grind.  In the hands of the Master Craftsman we become more effective tools (axes, shovels, swords) for God in our homes, churches, and communities.

This fall we will be continuing the “Works” theme with the “Dirt Works”. The Dirt Works is a call for you to pick up your shovel, start up your tractor, and get back into the fields.  Jesus looked out over the world and said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” He called men out of comfort and into a life of courage, out of the wasteland and into the farmland.

Men, if you want to…

  • ignite your life purpose,
  • transform your marriage,
  • enjoy win-win witnessing,
  • and bridge the generational gap,

then roll up your sleeves and join with other bold men of God at The Dirt Works!

At the Dirt Works, you will discover how to…

  • build a Tornado-Proof Manhood Plan,
  • unearth the #1 Marriage Killer and weed it out of your home,
  • miracle Grow your Joy,
  • and much much more.

During this immersive weekend we will explore the dimensions of becoming molded into the image of God, to becoming good soil, to becoming fruitful men as God designed. Plus, every man who attends the weekend will be awarded a “Coaching Champions” Certificate from Blueprint for Men.


The Dirt Works Retreat will be held at Cohutta Springs Conference Center on October 21-23, 2022.

The Early Bird registration ends on September 22 and the final registration ends on October 6.

Registration deadline extended to October 16 or until we are full! We only have 12 more slots available. 

To discover more about attending this powerful weekend check out the details below. We hope to see you there! It’s time to get to work and bring home the harvest!

The Dirt Works Retreat Leadership Team

Marty Miller, Event Director

Grant Graves, Event Facilitator

Tom Pyke,  Event Registration

Rick Patton, Event Activities



WEEKEND SCHEDULE:                    


  • 4:00    Retreat Check-In Begins
  • 6:00    Supper
  • 7:00    Session One
  • 9:00    Evening Activities


  • 6:30     Prayer and Praise Walk
  • 7:30     Breakfast
  • 9:00     Session Two
  • 11:00    Session Three
  • 12:30    Lunch
  • 2:00      Break Out Sessions/Free Time
  • 4:00      Session Four
  • 5:30      Supper
  • 7:00      Session Five
  • 8:00      Evening Activities


  • 6:30    Prayer and Praise Walk
  • 7:30    Breakfast
  • 9:00    Closing Challenge
  • 11:00   Farewell


  • Bible
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Casual Clothes
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries
  • Cell Phone/Charger
  • Great Attitude


Weekend Commuter:

  • $90/100     No Lodging + 5 Meals

Lakeside Room:

  • $200/220   Double Occupancy + 5 Meals

Lakeside Room:

  • $330/350  Single Occupancy + 5 Meals

Tent Camping**

  • $120/130 with 5 meals

RV Camping*

  • $180/200 with 5 Meals

*Men desiring to bring their RV need to register for the RV Campground.  Those who stay with you in your RV need only pay for camping fee.

**If you are staying with someone in an RV you should do the camping registration but indicate that you are staying in an RV and who you are staying with.

NOTE – Due to the immersive nature of this event we are not providing a Saturday only option this year.




If you are a men’s ministry or church leader please use the following digital files to promote this event at your church. We depend on you to get the word out.  Thanks!

 Poster/Flyer – please print and place on church bulletin boards. CLICK HERE to download a digital copy.



Dear Pastor,

Prayerfully consider this challenge. Sponsor a man to this event and launch your men’s ministry.  I believe this could be one of the most important investments you make this year.  I pray that you accept the challenge and send one man… or more! To discover more CLICK HERE.


We are glad you are attending the Dirt Works Men’s Summit and pray that you will be blessed. We want this weekend to be as safe as possible, so we have put in place the following COVID-19 Guidelines. Thank-you for reading these guidelines and adhering to them as much as possible!

Assumption of Risk

By attending this event you are agreeing to this assumption of risk. We, the event leadership, are committed to do everything reasonable to reduce risk for you. If you have any concerns or questions feel free to contact the registration coordinator, Tom Pyke at 423-313-1807 or tom.pyke@blueprintformen.org.

Before Coming

Stay home if you have been exposed to anyone with a contagious disease (COVID-19) during the past 7 days.

Stay home if you have any of the following symptoms within 24 hours of this event.

  • Fever (>100.4F)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • Tremors
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Cancellation Refunds

If you need to cancel for any reason, you will be refunded the full event fee. No questions asked. Thank-you!

Contact Tom Pyke at 423-313-1807 or tom.pyke@blueprintformen.org.

Masking Up

Masks are not required at the event, but if you feel the need to do so, please do. No pressure will be given to those that wear masks or those that don’t.

Handwashing & Surfaces

All guests should practice frequent handwashing and monitor themselves daily for any symptoms of illness. Table surfaces, handles, etc. will be sanitized daily. Feel free to use your own surface wipes as needed.


It’s easy to not drink enough water so we will provide a free event water bottle. Staying hydrated will help you stay healthy and feeling great!


We will circulate air in our meeting rooms as much as we possibly can and get outside too!

If anyone develops and reveals COVID-like symptoms during the weekend we will take steps to isolate and contact trace the best that we can. If we discover that someone tests positive soon after this event, we will send out email notifications to all participants. We are praying that these three lines of defense and God’s hand of protection should prevent this from becoming a reality!



Tucked away in the North Georgia mountains and surrounded by a glistening 55-acre lake, Cohutta Springs Conference Center is the perfect setting for our annual men’s retreat.  You will feel your stress melt away whether you stay in one a motel room overlooking the lake or a more rustic bunkhouse perched above the valley. The main lodge houses a large auditorium, four breakout rooms, and the dining hall where delicious buffet style meals ensure you will never go hungry!

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ADDRESS:  Cohutta Springs Conference Center. 1175 Cohutta Springs Rd, Crandall, GA 30711


From Atlanta, GA:

Take I-75 North to US Hwy 411, Cartersville Exit 293.  Turn Right.  Follow US Hwy 411, approximately 45 miles,  North through Chatsworth, Eton, and Crandall.  Look for Cohutta Springs Road, approximately 4 miles north of Eton.  Turn right.  Follow Cohutta Springs Road, approximately 1 mile, crossing the railroad tracks, until you come to Cohutta Springs entrance on the left.

From Chattanooga, TN:

Take I-75 South to Dalton, Walnut Avenue Exit 333.  Turn left.  Follow Walnut Avenue (US 52/76) approximately 15 miles to Chatsworth where it dead ends into US Hwy 411.  Turn left.  Follow US Hwy 411, approximately 7 miles through Eton and Crandall to Cohutta Springs Road.  Turn right.  Follow Cohutta Springs Road, approximately 1 mile, crossing the railroad tracks, until you come to the Cohutta Springs entrance on the left.

From East Tennessee:

Take US Hwy 411 South, approximately 7 miles south of the Georgia/Tennessee state line to Cohutta Springs Road.  Turn left onto Cohutta Springs Road, cross railroad tracks, travel approximately 1 mile to Cohutta Springs entrance on the left.


October 21, 2022
October 23, 2022
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Cohutta Springs Conference Center
1175 Cohutta Springs Rd
Crandall, GA 30711 United States
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