FireTenders Annual Retreat


A 4 Day Men’s Backpacking Adventure in the Eastern Sierras


JUNE 12-16, 2019

Be seen, supported, and challenged through experiential practices in nature.

Eastern Sierras

 Thursday arrive by 9:00 a.m. for registration, orientation, and settling in.
 Retreat begins at 11 a.m. in the yurt.
 Friday - Saturday 7:30 a.m.- 9 p.m., daily movement and meditation practice with breaks.
Sunday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., practice, community clean-up, and closing circle. 


The cost of the retreat is $350 and includes food and lodging. A complete payment can be made via PayPal at

If you need to cancel, keep in mind that there will be a $75 processing fee.

No refunds are available less than two weeks before the retreat date. 


We want the retreat to be accessible and affordable. Please contact us to discuss your options.

Payment plans and scholarships must be worked out with Deneen prior to arrival at the retreat. 

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We provide vegetarian meals Thursday through Monday. There will also be tea and snacks provided. If you have any medical dietary restrictions, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. If you need more snacks or protein, it’s best that you provide those for yourself.

Communal lodging is included in the retreat. Staying together on the land supports a tighter container and less distraction. We ask that everyone attend from beginning to end, genuinely taking advantage of this opportunity to retreat. Please let us know if you are sleeping in a tent, an inside floor space, or your own personal vehicle.

We ask that you bring your own bedding, sleeping mats and/or tents to sleep in. You will be asked to help with daily clean up.


To register, please complete the form below and submit your payment via paypal to

Please contact our office with any questions.

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About FireTenders

FireTenders is a self-sustaining community of responsible men that are committed to wakeful living and who are willing to support other men in the process of self-discovery, true masculine embodiment, and open-hearted relational engagement in the world. I will be offering continued programs to realize this vision and am available to support the creation of an ongoing FireTenders circle in your community.

This type of Men’s work has transformed me from the inside out. I began sitting in men’s circles over 15 years ago and I still remember my initial surprise and relief when I witnessed men connecting in authentic ways, revealing unspoken truths, and inspiring one another toward greater presence and engagement. With help from other men and potent mentors my false sense of what it meant to "be a man” has been challenged and burned away. What is left is my direct experience as a man with vulnerabilities, emotions, drive, presence, shadow, and fire. It has and continues to be a journey of becoming, becoming a Man and becoming an Embodied Human Being in this World.

This FireTenders intensive weekend is an opportunity to stop, presence your life and explore your current habitual patterns, belief systems, relationships, and level of wakefulness with support and brotherhood. Through experiential exercises, embodied meditations, and individual somatic processing time we’ll dive deep toward the true self.



EDMUND KNIGHTON, PHD is the President of Rudolf Steiner College and a Clinical Psychologist with 25 years of experience as a somatic therapist and consultant.

TIMOTHY TILLMAN, MA, CHT is a Somatic Psychotherapist, Hakomi Therapist, Meditation Teacher, and Founder of the Fire Tender’s Mens Movement with over 20 years experience.



What Men Are Saying about FIretenders

"The weekend we spent together was deeply fulfilling and touching for me.  The courage and authenticity you all brought created such power and left me feeling more hope and vigor than I have felt in a long while.” Ryan G

"I'm heartened to feel back into our time together, it restores my faith in my fellow man as well as lifting my own spirit, reassuring my own path." Michael R.

"For me this kind of responsible inner-work and connection with other men is the anecdote to the unchecked masculine shadow, which we have each experienced personally and that continues to cause great suffering in our families, communities and on the world stage.”  TJ