About

Adventures of the Heart is about helping men learn to live from their hearts so they can live from their God given desires and passions, discover the unique call of Christ on their lives, and engage in God’s great battle of reaching people with the message of grace and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ.

This mission is vital because men in our culture, including Christian men, have distanced themselves from their hearts and lost touch with their souls, their passions, their call from God, and the incredible adventure God offers. As a result, men often find themselves living out of duty, “have-to’s” and “oughts and shoulds” which leads to them feeling bored, tired, and burned out on church and the spiritual dimension of their lives.

Learning to live from the heart involves men understanding their true identities in Jesus Christ, receiving God’s lavish love for them in Christ, and embracing their God-given longing for real adventure in their lives. It’s about discovering that life is a journey, and a battle, and that God invites men to ally with Him in His larger adventure of setting people free in His son Jesus Christ.

As a man learns to live from his heart he then begins to live as God intended. We want to help men answer this question: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” We believe that Jesus Christ came with that very purpose in view—to heal our hearts and set us free. (Luke 4:15-21)

Stories From Adventure

I feel more free leaving than I have in years. I feel ready to pick up my armor and get into the battle. Thank you, my band of brothers. This was exactly what I needed to “start” reviving my heart and to stop being the “nice guy” and be the warrior God has made me to be.”

2024 TEXAS EXPEDITION


This has been a transformation, life changing experience for me. I have been holding onto some things from my childhood that I’ve never known how to deal with. It’s nearly destroyed my family, my marriage and really just my whole life. I never really believed you could actually HEAR from GOD UNTIL FRIDAY MORNING! I am hundreds of thousands of dollars deep now in counseling, EMDR therapy, etc. Nothing has ever really done anything for me. Friday morning God told me to give it to Him. And I did. I am finally free from that terror! Thank you so much for putting this on and the message you guys deliver. It’s been life changing for me!”

2024 TEXAS EXPEDITION


This has been life changing and couldn’t have happened at a better and more needed time in my life. I’m excited to restore my masculine heart and begin to use it to continue the journey and build a stronger marriage, stronger relationship with my kids, and stronger bond with my Heavenly Father. I’m ready to adventure and help others begin to awaken who they were meant to be.”

2024 TEXAS EXPEDITION


This was again one of the best experiences of my life.”

2024 TEXAS EXPEDITION

I heard that God is proud of me and not disappointed in me. The belief that I was a disappointment to God was the core lie that set the stage for all of the other lies in my life. Hearing from God that He is proud of me will change my view of my heart! “

2024 TEXAS EXPEDITION


The time here was incredible. I experienced a playful side of God I never had before. God spoke identity over me and commissioned me for the next chapter of my life. I’ve found answers to some of the problems and issues I’ve been having as a father and husband. Really too many experiences to share on this page. But I’ll wrap it up with the last thing Jesus said to me, “you’re free!””

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


This will definitely change my life going forward. I’ve been shown things I didn’t know about myself and the Lord has loved on me by reminding me about some critical steps/actions I need to take in order to live free.”

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


I got some real clarification from Jesus on how he sees a number of difficult shame-based events in my life. These are things I felt much unrest about and breaking away enabled me to make space for God to speak. Going forward I will be able to operate with a clean slate. Getting my cup filled by Christ Jesus first and foremost is what I am going to do going forward.”

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


I transferred my trust to Jesus so I am expecting a life that is completely different than the one I have known for 62 years as I battle for my heart every day in quiet, intimate conversation with Jesus on the journey.”

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


Hearing from God in a real conversational way was a totally new experience that I have never been able to access until this weekend. God revealed that I am deeply loved and that He truly wants to partner with me in every aspect of my life.”

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


On this expedition I heard from God. God said “I love you my son.” Before coming here I didn’t know how to talk or hear from God. This expedition has truly changed my life going forward. Hearing from God and talking to God about who I am as a man is like nothing I’ve felt before.”

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


I spoke to Jesus for the first time this weekend. I did not know He would speak directly to me. This was powerful and validating.”

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


I feel I can give up my anxiety and discomfort around the complexity of life and trust more in God to lead me.”

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


This time has been transformational both on the immediate, but also I know for what is to come.”

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


I cannot wait to continue on the adventure of pursing God in transforming, healing, and sharpening my heart. See you next year!”

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


“God showed me how much He loves me. He affirmed me in my masculine journey and gave me a fire to live out of my true self for His glory. This message has already changed everything about my life and I have a hunger to keep going deeper and deeper, with the ultimate goal to live fully free and fully alive in a beautiful relationship with Him.”

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


“I have hope, I believe I will see power and victory from living out of my new heart. The best is yet to come! I have freedom and I know that will lead to life in my own life, in my marriage, and with my children.”

2023 CALIFORNIA EXPEDITION


“This year’s expedition has provided the environment, space, and time to hear from Jesus in a more intimate and real way than I ever thought possible in my life. This has been my best Expedition yet and I cannot wait for next year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart with tears in my eyes. Thank you for playing your roles in the larger story so that I can play mine. It is too heartbreaking to imagine where I would be had I not been rescued by Jesus through AOTH.”

AUGUST EXPEDITION


“I have discovered that it is okay to be the man that God made me to be. It is okay to have my convictions and beliefs. I am a warrior! I have a vital role to play in this world the time I am here. I do not have to be a quiet, passive, stepped on, taken advantage of, put down, or numb. I am a friend of God. I have a voice. I have something to offer everyone I meet and know. My masculinity can be fierce, loving, loud, bold, gentle, fun and adventurous…and all of those things are great! This warrior is ready to fight.”

AUGUST EXPEDITION


“For so long I had a warped sense of what being a man was. Through this expedition I have reconnected with true masculinity. What hit me most in this message was the ‘beauty to rescue/reveal.’ Being a man means constant pursuit of my wife to offer my strength.”

AUGUST EXPEDITION


“I came into this week not knowing what to expect; I have a completely different outlook on life, who I am as a man and I’m closer to Jesus. I have fully opened my heart to Jesus and now know He walks with me. While I’ve started the spiritual journey beforehand, this is what I needed to have an intimate relationship with God and myself. I’ve got the tools to live a life of masculinity.”

AUGUST EXPEDITION


“I believe it will change my life by trusting that I am who Jesus says I am. I want to live from my good heart and not one of shame, fear and doubt. He told me that I am strong, fierce, resilient and the leader of my family. My goal is to trust in Him and not listen to the lies the enemy would have me believe.”

AUGUST EXPEDITION


“My life will change dramatically from this weekend. I am excited to digest all my notes in the coming weeks. I will be a better father and husband as I am committed to restoring my heart and looking after my wife’s and kid’s heart.”

AUGUST EXPEDITION


“This was a very powerful expedition for me. I heard from Jesus this week in a way that was profoundly powerful and the clarity that I have about my identity will strongly influence the path of my life.”

AUGUST EXPEDITION


“This is my first expedition and it was very life changing. I spoke to Jesus like I never have before and He laid so many people on my heart that need to be here for years to come.”

AUGUST EXPEDITION


“On Saturday, I felt Jesus forgive me from my sexual past. I am looking forward to returning back to my wife and starting our future adventures and dreams together.”

AUGUST EXPEDITION


“For the first time in my life I have heard from God. There are many great messages within the 5 days, but learning to hear God’s voice has been the biggest benefit to me.”

AUGUST EXPEDITION
This year’s expedition has provided the environment, space, and time to hear from Jesus in a more intimate and real way than I ever thought possible in my life. This has been my best Expedition yet and I cannot wait for next year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart with tears in my eyes. Thank you for playing your roles in the larger story so that I can play mine. It is too heartbreaking to imagine where I would be had I not been rescued by Jesus through AOTH.
August Expedition
I have discovered that it is okay to be the man that God made me to be. It is okay to have my convictions and beliefs. I am a warrior! I have a vital role to play in this world the time I am here. I do not have to be a quiet, passive, stepped on, taken advantage of, put down, or numb. I am a friend of God. I have a voice. I have something to offer everyone I meet and know. My masculinity can be fierce, loving, loud, bold, gentle, fun and adventurous…and all of those things are great! This warrior is ready to fight.
August Expedition
For so long I had a warped sense of what being a man was. Through this expedition I have reconnected with true masculinity. What hit me most in this message was the ‘beauty to rescue/reveal.’ Being a man means constant pursuit of my wife to offer my strength.
August Expedition
I came into this week not knowing what to expect; I have a completely different outlook on life, who I am as a man and I’m closer to Jesus. I have fully opened my heart to Jesus and now know He walks with me. While I’ve started the spiritual journey beforehand, this is what I needed to have an intimate relationship with God and myself. I’ve got the tools to live a life of masculinity.
August Expedition
I believe it will change my life by trusting that I am who Jesus says I am. I want to live from my good heart and not one of shame, fear and doubt. He told me that I am strong, fierce, resilient and the leader of my family. My goal is to trust in Him and not listen to the lies the enemy would have me believe.
August Expedition
My life will change dramatically from this weekend. I am excited to digest all my notes in the coming weeks. I will be a better father and husband as I am committed to restoring my heart and looking after my wife’s and kid’s heart.
August Expedition

Videos from past Expeditions

Our current Expeditions have taken us to new locations in the mountains of California and the Georgian wilderness. Check out some of our previous Expeditions in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and an incredible Texas Ranch to get a feel for what the Expeditions are all about.

Photo Gallery

Browse our collection of photos from past expeditions.

Our Staff

We have a great group of real guys who have attended retreats before, and join us again to share stories of where God has taken them and what they have learned along the way. We love being on the journey together and inviting others into the adventure of real life with Him.

Reese Bricken

Reese is the founder and leader of Adventures of the Heart. After graduating from Auburn University, he served in the Navy as a Supply Officer in Hawaii for four years. He then graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary and served as a pastor for 20 years in Southern California, Tampa, and Atlanta. He launched Adventures of the Heart in January 2000. He enjoys road biking, mountain biking, and any water sport, but especially enjoys kiteboarding, kitefoiling, and surfing clean waves. He is attempting to learn wingsurfing foiling and having fun giving that a go falling in the water a whole lot. Reese lives in Panama City Beach, Florida with his wife Sandy, and they have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Linus Morris

Linus came on his first Expedition in 2005 and began to work with Adventures of the Heart in 2007. Linus is a graduate from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego with a degree in graphic design. His favorite things to do are kitesurfing, kitefoiling, and surfing. He also enjoys fishing, jiu jitsu, the occasional round of golf and most anything outdoors. Linus lives in Long Beach, California with his wife Danielle and their three sons.