A Retreat for Wildland Firefighters

Supporting mental and emotional health of wildland firefighters. 
Space limited to15 firefighters.

January 2023 Costa Rica

This 7-day retreat is for the firefighter who is looking to experience rest, reset their nervous system, and learn tools to support stress management and recovery. Our program seeks to address how the demands of our job show up in our daily lives and provide practices that nourish mental, physical and emotional health.

Meditation, ritual, group inter-relations and workshops are woven together with free-time to experience the rejuvenating power of the rainforest. Learn tools that will support you to unwind, reset and move through your life with grace and greater resiliency.

This retreat is facilitated by wildland firefighters for wildland firefighters.


What's included

  • 3 meals daily

  • Accommodations

  • Rainforest & waterfall time

  • Beach time

  • Daily movement and meditation

  • Traditional sweat lodge

  • Traditional cacao ceremony

  • Somatic-based workshops

  • Sound healing session

$2,000 for 7 days, all inclusive. Full or partial scholarships available. Please apply below.



Evan Adsit

Evan has been fighting fire since 2003. He was a Midnight Sun Hot Shot before becoming a Smokejumper in 2009. He has been specially trained in crisis prevention and intervention. He facilitates group counsels for cancer patients, Wildland firefighters and EMT's. Evan left firefighting to pursue mental health and wellness initiatives for men after his own healing journey with cancer.

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Anna Adsit

Anna is a licensed occupational therapist and trauma-informed somatic coach focused on nervous system regulation and emotional literacy. She weaves together clinical knowledge of the body, earth based teachings, mindfulness studies, and years of working with clients with complex traumas and special needs. Anna creates gentle and safe spaces for the unlearning of harmful beliefs as a pathway for people to express their genuine self. 


Kael Donley

Kael has been a firefighter for over 15 years, working on nearly every type of resource. He enjoys finding ways to meditate within everyday moments, especially within the many forms of movement. The application of eastern philosophies in his life carried over into firefighting, which manifested as awareness and empathy of his peers and his own need to fight fire and connect with each other differently. 

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Russell Kennedy

Russell is the rainforest project manager at Eco Era. He has been fighting wildfires since 2001. He was an Idaho City Hot Shot until he became an Alaska Smokejumper in 2014. Russell is a Zen Buddhist practitioner devoted to reaching understanding through mediative practice. He also works as a private consultant for spiritual centers in high danger fire zones.



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Group Counsel


Meditation Practice


Traditional Sweat Lodge 

Rainforest Immersion

Nervous System Recovery



Posada Natura, Costa Rica


Connect with us with any questions about this program.