**Our October EPIc Retreat for First Responders is full. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the waitlist or inquire about future retreats and workshops**
Our October EPIc Retreat has been developed specifically for First Responders. As a former firefighter paramedic herself, it has long been cofounder Joletta Belton‘s dream to provide peer-to-peer education, resources, and support to fellow first responders who are living with pain, chronic stress, or accumulated trauma.
In collaboration with Responder Strong and Building Warriors, the First Responders Retreat will be held in the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado at the Snow Mountain Ranch. We will come together to learn, relax and enjoy the scenery and each other’s company as we make sense of pain and stress and are empowered with skills and strategies to do something about it.
What are EPIc Retreats all about?
Our EPIc Retreats provide experiential learning in a safe, serene, natural environment. EPIc guests are free to be themselves as they are heard, understood, supported and encouraged while surrounded by others who understand what it’s like to be a first responder living with pain or ongoing stress.
We support and encourage one another as we explore the science through a lived experience lens. We relate the science to our stories, discuss the relevance to our daily lives, and discover how we can use that knowledge to craft meaningful and accessible strategies in living well and resilience.
The EPIc Retreat is set amidst the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Guests stay in a large, comfortably appointed cabin at Snow Mountain Ranch at an elevation of ~9000′ with views of mountains, meadows and the Continental Divide.
Hiking during the October 2017 EPIc Retreat
All sessions are held in the tranquility of the great room with endless views and comfortable seating options. The atmosphere itself is peaceful, relaxing, and healing.
Meals and lodging
All meals are provided in the large communal kitchen and dining spaces or in the on-site dining hall.
There are up to two guests per room. Rooms are large, comfortable and equipped with two queen beds or bunk beds.
There is plenty of time for sharing stories, getting to know one another, and socializing as well as time for solitude, relaxation, and reflection. And of course there is time for the sessions as well!
EPIc Retreat Sessions
There are educational sessions in pain science, stress, and trauma. There are also active living well strategy sessions in movement, mindfulness, creativity, and connection. For more details, please check out the Retreats page or send us a message.
There will also be a bit of adventure or exploration for those who are up for it and want to participate. All activities will be modifiable and wheelchair accessible.
Please note that there is also no need to attend all sessions. The retreat is for you. If you want quiet time away from the group or need a few moments to lie down and rest, your room is always just steps away. Or you can venture out onto the endless acres of ranch property to just breathe and be, explore and discover.
Friday: Check in at Snow Mountain Ranch begins at 3:00pm on Friday. Our first, very informal session will start around 4:30. Dinner is served around 6:30pm.
Saturday: A full day of sessions, strategies, socializing, family style meals, nature, rest and reflection.
Sunday: One last movement session before breakfast and checkout at 10:00am. There will be an optional hike (or other activity, weather dependent) at 10am followed by an optional brunch/lunch at Devil’s Thumb Ranch for anyone who wants to hang out a bit more before heading home.
Cost: Pay-it-forward with a donation
EPIc Retreats are funded by donations and grants.
We understand that living with pain can also mean living with limited finances. In order to make our experiential learning retreats available to everyone, we operate under a Pay-It-Forward model, where retreat participants make a donation within their means that allow other individuals to attend future retreats.
This means that each person who attends our retreats had that opportunity made available by those who came before them. And that their tax-deductible donations will ensure future participants will be able to attend.
Our per person cost to run each retreat is $849, which covers lodging, food, materials, activities, and programming.
If it is within your means to cover the full cost of tuition, boarding, and lodging, please consider doing so. If is not within your means, please make a donation in an amount you are able to. Every little bit counts. A tax-deductible donation will be requested during registration and can be of any amount.
**Please note, travel to and from the retreat is not included in these totals and is not covered by Endless Possibilities Initiative**
We are so incredibly grateful to the Grand Foundation and all of our donors for helping us make our EPIc retreats possible!
About Snow Mountain Ranch
Located in Colorado near Winter Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake, Snow Mountain Ranch offers a wholesome environment where groups enjoy a tranquil setting with more activities than anywhere else.
Situated on more than 5,000 acres at 9000′ elevation, the ranch’s on-site summer activities include horseback riding, hiking, biking, canoeing, a zip line and a variety of family programs. There is also easy access to nearby fishing, boating and rafting.
Please contact of us for ride-sharing options with other participants.
What to Bring to the EPIc Retreat:
Colorado weather is unpredictable in the fall!
It can be sunny and warm one moment and snowing and cold the next
Raincoat and warm jacket
An open mind and willingness to learn
Tennis shoes for activities and boots for inclement weather
Sweats, jeans, tees, sweaters, flannels, yoga pants – we’re all about comfort!
Medical insurance information
Travel insurance information, if applicable
Any medications (note, we can not administer or take responsibility for any medications)
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions!