2019 Young Adults Retreat

July 28, 2019 – August 1, 2019, All Day

Red Cliffs Lodge – Mile Post 14 Hwy 128, Moab, UT
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2019 Young Adults Retreat

Registration will be accepted on a first-come,
first-served basis until full or until June 15, 2019

Since 2016, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has provided specific programming for young adults ages 18-25. In the past, we had two distinct programs. The first was a Young Adults Retreat that provided workshops and experiences designed for young adults who had completed high school and were in the process of establishing independent lives. The second was a partnership program with Outward Bound that provided a rugged wilderness experience with a specific grief component.

This year we are launching a new format that combines elements of both these previous formats. The 2019 Young Adults Retreat will be held at Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, Utah, from July 28 through August 1. This event will combine challenging outdoor experiences, facilitated conversation and discussion, and activities designed to help unravel the complex emotions that make up grief and loss and promote useful coping skills. The emphasis will be on sharing stories, creating new experiences, and connecting with others.

Each day will include a physical outing such as hiking, horseback riding, or river rafting, as well as time in groups facilitated by a licensed counselor, and free time to explore and enjoy the Red Cliffs Lodge property and connect with other retreat participants. There will be opportunities to enjoy this beautiful landscape and remote location, which is one of the prime locations in the country for viewing the beautiful night sky.

Who Can Attend This Event?

Young adults ages 18-25 who have a firefighter parent or sibling who was or is approved to be honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial are invited to participate. This event is for young adults who have finished high school or the equivalent and are taking steps toward establishing independence.

Participants must be prepared for physical challenges that include outdoor exertion in summer desert heat. If you have mobility or medical issues that might make this difficult, please consider this carefully and consult with your doctor before registering to attend. Anyone attending will need to be prepared to fully participate in all activities and to be self-sufficient and proactive in caring for personal health, fitness, and hydration. We will send a recommended packing and preparation list closer to this event.

The NFFF will provide round-trip transportation between the Grand Junction Regional Airport and Red Cliffs Lodge, and your registration will secure a room reservation at the Lodge for the nights of the event. Meals will be provided onsite at the Lodge.

Travel & Lodging

All travel arrangements for this event will be made for registrants through the Foundation’s travel agent and all expenses will be covered by the Foundation. Registration will automatically reserve your room. Flights will be made from your hometown airport to Grand Junction, Colorado. Roundtrip transportation from Grand Junction airport to Red Cliffs Lodge (100 miles) will be provided.

After you have registered with your full name as it appears on your license, a travel agent will contact you to assist in booking your flights.

Our Facilitator

Spencer Presler

Spencer D. Presler, M.S.W., LCSW

Spencer D. Presler, M.S.W., LCSW, is the Founder of Without Walls Therapy, which provides psychotherapy and counseling to adults, teens, children, and couples in primarily outdoor and other non-traditional settings in southern California. He has worked internationally with kids, teens, young adults, and old adults, specializing in grief and life-altering medical diagnoses. In addition to his private practice, he has been the mental health professional for the USC chapter of Camp Kesem, a camp for kids who have a parent with cancer, since 2016. Spencer has also served as a healing circle leader with Comfort Zone Camp, including the 2016 Hal Bruno Camp held in California and the 2017 Hal Bruno Camp in Colorado.

For more information, please contact Jenny Woodall at