About Jody Grose
A Teacher, Guide, & Mentor "Healing Bear"
Jody Grose is the founder of Return to the Fire, an organization passionately committed to healing and growth. Return to the Fire provides a variety of opportunities for men and women: weekend workshops on a private island in New Milford, CT; One to one sessions, and wilderness canoe trips for men and father-and-son teams. Jody is passionately committed to creating community. Men's work has been a central focus for Jody since 1984. Aware that to walk a conscious and spiritual life require guidance, Jody has sought out mentors, since in 1980.
Jody 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.
Jody was drawn to Native American spirituality and culture in 1987, during a profound time of personal transition. 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.
"What Men Have Most In Common, They Keep Hidden!"
What's the Fire?
Return to the Fire represents both the literal and figurative meanings. The sacred and community fire was the gathering place where stories , rituals, and social gatherings took place. The draw to the fire runs deep within our DNA. Furthermore, Fire represents our internal power and passion of your true life's callings. When sacred space is created, something magical occurs, perhaps best described as soul-work. Whether one on one or as a group, the experience can be transformational. The fire with Jody's guidance, seek to uncover the "Heart of the Matter."
Come and Light that Fire within you!
Turn the volume up!
"This journey has been a re-awaking of my Pounding Heart spirit and a rebirth of my soul... I shall treasure this experience!"
Heart of the Matter-Private Sessions
Jody brings over thirty years of devotion to his personal healing and training to provide compassion, deep listening and experience to those seeking guidance. Jody's life and practice has been informed by: mentors, Native American spirituality, Buddhism, devotion to therapy and his own healing, and a therapeutic supervisor for the last 30 years . The journey of counseling, often involves unpacking false beliefs, and old patterns while building internal awareness and empowerment to more successfully navigate; relationships, life transitions, and the challenges of being human.
A primary focus of Jody’s work since 1984 has been guiding and welcoming men and women to their inner lives where courage and vulnerability are held with honor and respect. This is often experienced as a true coming home to themselves- where belonging and meaning are found.
Jody works with individuals- men & women, men’s groups, parent and child, and offers a variety of workshops and wilderness canoe trips.
Phone sessions available. Call now for a free consultation or to schedule a session, call 203-731-7755 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One on One
Individuals & Groups
A grandfather is speaking to his grandson. He says that everyday there is a battle in his heart. There are two wolves fighting, one is greed, pettiness, mistrust, fear and hatred, while the other is kind, compassionate, giving, loving. The wide-eyed grandson asks, who wins?
The grandfather's wise response, the one I feed.