As a single parent, business owner and adventure-lover, my “busy-ness” often distracts me from enjoying life’s little things that, in reality, are so important.  The seminars gave me the opportunity and time to explore, experience and express what is meaningful to me.  I learned a great deal about how to slow down, how to focus on the present and how some wise thinking can change my experiences.  And it was so much more than a vacation, although the scenery was spectacular, the accommodations lovely, the food superb.  What I am very happy about is that I became a fly fisher, never having done it before!
Kay Payer Owner, Expert Audit Services La Canada, California

Kay Payer Owner, Expert Audit Services La Canada, California

During one retreat I was fishing a small stream and trying to catch a nice fish across the stream and next to the far bank.  On about the second cast, I created a bird’s nest of a tangle in my leader.  Usually I would just cut everything off and rerig.  But in that morning seminar, people had talked about developing and accepting patience and not getting frantic.  So I decided to sit down and untangle the mess at a leisurely pace.  After I was done, I resumed fishing and again, I cast to that fish.  He took my fly and I landed him.  It occurred to me that by taking the time to deal with my “knotty” problem, I not only solved my own, but also very possibly rested that fish enough to make him more receptive to my fly.  I look at it like I had been rewarded.
Michael Wong, M.D. Cardiologist/Lipidologist Albuquerque, New Mexico

Michael Wong, M.D.
Cardiologist/Lipidologist
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The real attraction for my going on these trips is to meet and learn about so many interesting attendees.  They include business people, creative people, men, women, and some truly “ageless” older people who, in a way, inspire me.  Where else can you become good friends with (and even learn from) a true cross-section of society?
Susan L. Beasley  Retired CPA/Investment Banker  Pacific Palisades, California

Susan L. Beasley
Retired CPA/Investment Banker
Pacific Palisades, California

The seminars are soooo good.  Of course the fishing is usually wonderful but what I had not anticipated was what I learned during the group sessions.  With guidance from George and comments from other attendees, I discovered some ways to deal with issues I was facing due to the break-up of the law firm I had founded years before.  When I got back home, what I learned from the retreat helped me get through that bad situation and set up a new operation.
Tom Small  Patent and Trademark Attorney  Santa Ynez, California

Tom Small
Patent and Trademark Attorney
Santa Ynez, California

I have fished in beautiful, exotic places and always had a guide. What I learned at one of the Fly Fishing for the Mind Seminars is that not only can I go fishing alone and succeed at it, but that I can experience great pleasure in it.  I have gained confidence in myself. While I was a little uncomfortable at first – having to read the water myself, choosing a fly, deciding where and how to cast – I did so, caught fish, loved the joy of it and felt like a kid again.
Marion Fay Manager, HeartCare Los Angeles, California

Marion Fay
Manager, HeartCare
Los Angeles, California

During these seminars, I discuss, talk about and even admit to things that I don’t share with many of my closest friends back home.  I feel comfortable doing this, knowing that no one will judge me.  While I initially sign up for these seminars for the fishing, I realize afterwards that I gain so much from them, in addition to the great fishing.  They are vacations with a purpose and I return home having sort of renewed my soul and feeling grateful to everyone for offering me support and for not laughing at, or criticizing me when I honestly discuss some of my thoughts and actions.
Gary Fisher Director of Operations, Cirque Lodge Sundance, Utah

Gary Fisher
Director of Operations, Cirque Lodge
Sundance, Utah

I am not a devoted fly fisher, as anyone who has seen me cast can attest to.  So why do I want to attend Fly Fishing for the Mind Seminars?  Easy answer.  There is nothing so wonderful as standing in a river or a stream or lake and letting my cares float away.  But more important, I learn so much from the people who are there with me.  I love the sessions where we all discuss how to take serenity and beauty back home.  George and Joe are masters at helping us work on this.
Ellen Jacobs Teacher/Businesswoman Los Angeles, California

Ellen Jacobs
Teacher/Businesswoman
Los Angeles, California

George runs the seminars in a relaxed and comfortable manner.  There’s never a right or wrong, just moments of realization of how we choose to relate to our world and our expectations of it.  Before I attended a retreat, I didn’t see the parallels between fly fishing and life.  But after being on one, I see that there are fabulous analogies.  How do we develop patience?  Why is that good?  How do we deal with competition, many times of our own making?  How do we deal with disappointment, with the uncontrollables in our lives?  These are all analogous and you can go as deeply into any one of them as you would like.
Charlie Whitehouse Director of Operations, Hightower Associates Los Angeles, California

Charlie Whitehouse
Director of Operations,
Hightower Associates
Los Angeles, California

Attending these seminars has taken me fly fishing to some of the most beautiful places in the world and enabled me to learn from experienced people like Dr. George Patterson. I’ve also gained insights from the other attendees (and even many of the guides), which have enhanced my life.  Besides all this, a great satisfaction for me is seeing a picture of me holding the biggest fish of my fly fishing career on my screensaver!
Robert Evans, DDS Santa Maria, California

Robert Evans, DDS
Santa Maria, California

I learned that fly fishing is similar to business and to life itself. We need to “pick” or “catch” pockets of peace throughout a day in order to relax, reflect and restore ourselves.  I also learned that to tie a blood knot in a gusty wind takes a lot of practice.
Duncan Otis Otis Associates, Inc Minneapolis, Minnesota

Duncan Otis
Otis Associates, Inc
Minneapolis, Minnesota