2022 Young Adults Retreat
July 27, 2022 – July 31, 2022, All Day
The Ridgeline Hotel – 101 S St Vrain Avenue, Estes Park, CO
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Waypoints: Orienting Yourself to Grief’s Geography
A waypoint is a point of reference that can be used for location and navigation.
Grief’s waypoints can help you orient your heart, get your bearings, and navigate
the unmapped terrain of living with loss.
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This retreat is for young adults, ages 18-25, whose parent, step-parent, or sibling has been honored or is approved to be honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Get ready for an adventure in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado! Located 90 miles northwest of Denver, at 7,522 feet above sea level, Estes Park sits in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Majestic views span in every direction, and wildlife is abundant. Rocky Mountain National Park borders Estes Park at its eastern entrance.
This event will feature outdoor activities in the beautiful natural areas around Estes Park, including hiking and horseback riding, as well as facilitated conversations designed to help you navigate your loss. The emphasis will be on sharing stories, building and strengthening coping skills, having new experiences, and connecting with peers who have experienced similar loss.
Facilitators – Kayli Cross, MS, LMFT-S, RYT and Kelly Martin, MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S and NFFF Family Programs Staff
Kayli Cross, MS, LMFT-S, RYT
Kayli Cross is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Registered Yoga Teacher. She’s the owner of Juniper Crossing Practice—a mental health practice—and TrailBound Learning Co.—a therapeutic outdoor program—both geared towards serving the emerging adult population. She lives in Colorado Springs with her fur kids and enjoys hiking adventures of all sorts, yoga, and lots of good coffee. Waking up to a mountain view never gets old for Kayli, as this keeps her mindfully grounded and connected to her gratitude.
Kayli’s certified therapy dog, Levi, is known for his playfulness, intelligence, and expert trail navigation skills. He’s a seven-year-old lab mix that can’t wait for the next adventure, the next cuddle session, or the next chance to play fetch! He’s a loyal companion to Kayli and has a keen sense of his environment.
Kelly Martin, MEd, LPC-S, RPT-S
Kelly Martin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, play therapist, college professor, and mother of two sons. She owns and operates a mental health practice for children, teens, and emerging adults called The Playroom Lubbock in Lubbock, Texas. As an intuitive introvert, Kelly enjoys being active in hiking, CrossFit, and yoga.
Kayli and Kelly are not only therapists and adventure seekers, but also close friends. Their friendship began several years ago, based around their professions. From that point, their relationship has grown into a joy-filled connection that both greatly value. These two “therafriends” are honored to serve as co-facilitators of this retreat experience!
There is no charge for eligible young adults to attend. Travel arrangements for this event will be made through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s travel agent, and all expenses will be covered by the NFFF. Registration will automatically reserve your room at the Ridgeline Hotel-Estes Park. Flights will be made from your hometown airport to Denver International Airport (DEN), and roundtrip transportation from the airport to the hotel will be provided. After you register for the event, a travel agent will contact you to assist in booking your flights.
Space is limited for this event. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will remain open until the event is full or until June 24th.
For more information, please contact Jenny Woodall
“I truly would not be where I am today without the connections I’ve made through this organization. I am so thankful for this opportunity and blessed that this is available.”
“I can’t express how attending this event the last two years has boosted me through my grief process, way more than the seven years before. This has changed me for the better.”
“This retreat gave my sister and me the opportunity to explore a place we’ve never been and do activities like rafting and horseback riding that we might not have paid to do on our own.”