Jody Grose is the
founder of Return to the Fire, an organization
passionately committed to men's healing and
growth. Return to the Fire provides
a variety of opportunities for men: weekend
workshops on a private island in New Milford,
CT; nine-week workshops that meet in the spring
and the fall in Newtown; CT, and canoe trips
for men and father-and-son teams. Jody
also does individual counseling, and is passionately
committed to and actively creating a strong
men's community in Connecticut. Men's work
has been a central focus for Jody since 1984.
recently retired after a 38 year career as a special education teacher. His focus now is living a conscious life, close to the land while writing, leading workshops, retreats and wilderness trips. Jody now lives full time at his Island retreat center in New Milford.
was attracted to Native American culture in
1987, during a profound time of personal transition. In
the summer of 1987, he traveled to the Rosebud
reservation in South Dakota to learn Earth honoring
ways of the Lakota Sioux nation. This Journey
solidified his ties to Native American spirituality,
a strong theme in the work that Jody does with
Jody on many trips is his son Tucker, who has
participated on these wilderness trips since
he was eleven. Now 20, Tucker brings his wilderness
experience, paddling skills and his enthusiasm
to each adventure.
Joining Jody for some of the Father/Son trip
is Paul Gemme. Paul
is also an avid canoeist and is certified in
Adventure Education and First Wilderness Response.
Paul brings a powerful spirit-filled element
to the group experience that will make this
adventure memorable and enjoyable. Paul is impassioned
with 18 years of experience in teaching others
how access their own higher, creative Self using
drums, flutes and other Native American techniques.