Jason Geoffrion, PhD
As a guide, psychotherapist, teacher, and mental health counselor over the last 20 years Jason has felt a deep desire and hunger from men of all ages to have meaningful connection with themselves and others. And he has seen the dire ramifications when that connection is absent. Jason is actively working to create spaces for men to access their authentic selves, connect meaningfully with their families and communities, and discover their work in the world. He has served as Executive Director and facilitator for Men’s Leadership Alliance for over 10 years, and has guided men’s retreats, vision fasts, wilderness trips, father/son retreats, and rites of passages for men and boys of all ages. Jason lives in Berthoud , Colorado with his wife Ellen and their daughter Coraleigh.
Stuart Motola, MA
Stuart Motola is a master coach, author, speaker, entrepreneur, and workshop facilitator who has shared his expertise throughout the world. Drawing on his experience of coaching clients in challenged relationships and his own 20 year marriage, Stuart delivers powerful results to his clients -on how to grow stronger when a relationship isn’t working. He recently wrote the book, Fixing You Is Killing Me: A Conscious Guide To Save or Leave Your Relationship. As Board Chairman of The Men’s Leadership Alliance and a Facilitator, Stuart has also helped thousands of men live energized, heart-felt lives.
Jake Lohwater, MSW, LCSW
Jake is a licensed psychotherapist and life coach for men, couples, and groups. Many years ago, he found his passion for counseling in wilderness therapy programs in Colorado and Utah. Jake has worked with children, youth, adults, and families in outdoor education programs, public and alternative schools, substance abuse facilities, and outpatient counseling centers. His most recent work with high-conflict relationships has further informed his direct, yet respectful coaching in conflict resolution, relationship dynamics, and accessing inner wisdoms beyond ego states. Jake specializes in empowering men of all ages to redefine purpose in their lives and rediscover passion in their relationships. He is passionate about helping boys and men discover and live their truest self in all areas of their lives. Jake lives in Golden, CO.
Tom Daly, PhD
Tom is a co-founder of The Men’s Leadership Alliance, and creator of the Leadership Training Program. He is a teacher, therapist, life transitions coach, and a nationally respected elder in men’s soul work. The author of “Wildmen at the Border” and “4Gateways Coaching”, Tom is co-creator of the Inner King Training, and founder of 4Gateways Coaching. Tom has led men’s groups and done rites of passage work for over 30 years. He is best known for his ability to create powerful containers for sacred soul work. Tom is a father, step-father & grandfather. Tom lives in Gunbarrel, CO with his wife Jude.
Jeffrey is a co-founder of The Men’s Leadership Alliance. He has guided men’s retreats for over 20 years in celebration of personal mythology, creative expression, healing, and world peace. He is a wilderness rites of passage guide and works on the staff of the School Of Lost Borders Youth Programs in addition to his work with MLA. Jeffrey is author of “Men, Meaning, and Prayer: The Reconciliation of Heart and Soul in Modern Manhood”. A devoted husband and father, he lives with his wife in Eldora, Colorado.
Gabriel Cannon, MA
Gabriel Cannon holds a MA in Counseling Psychology and a BA in Human Development and Adventure Education. Gabriel has worked with youth and young adults in a variety of ways over the past 20 years. As founder of Boulder Mentors, Gabriel is a counselor and mentor who specializes in youth education, adolescent transitions, addiction, family systems, and persistent mental health issues. He works with youth, adolescents, adults, and families. He also currently works at the Boys School of Denver to bring counseling services directly to the public school system. Gabriel has worked in main stream clinical settings, outdoor adventure programs, schools, adolescent treatment programs, and rite of passage programs. He and his wife and son live in Denver, CO.
James has participated in and helped guide dozens of men’s retreats and youth rites of passage programs over the last twenty five years. He is a Sifu in the art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, in which he has been practicing and teaching for 35 years. James is the author of four novels, including the award-winning “Pirates of the Potomac”, and numerous books of non-fiction, including, with Jeffrey Duvall, “Stories of Men, Meaning and Prayer”, and with Ron Hoffman, “Sacred Bullet”. He lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife and two teenage sons.
Major Brad Gallup, USMC, USAF (Ret.)
Served 4 years as an Enlisted Marine Mechanic and 17 years as an Air Force Fighter Aircraft Maintenance Officer. His healing journey started 24 years ago after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm; in severe emotional pain, he attempted suicide. Through processing his own grief, he discovered he had the capacity to be supportive, empathetic, and present for others who were suffering over losses of life. He became a certified Grief Facilitator via the non-profit Tragedy Assistance for Survivors (TAPS). Brad has worked with TAPS for 19 years, counseling military children who had lost loved ones. In addition, he is a trained Shadow Work Facilitator, an Inner King Senior Staff Member, a 4 Gateways Coach, co-founder of the Warrior Storyfield and is a certified Equine Guided Education (EGE) Facilitator. He has been part of MLA for the past 22 years and has staffed numerous training events around the country. Brad’s life’s passion is to help people discover their inner genius by accessing their deep wisdom through interaction with horses.
Growing up in Michigan, living 20 years in Colorado, Craig Garczynski now lives with his incredible wife and daughter in stunning North Yorkshire, England. He is a master electrician, teacher, former business owner and a grateful student of life. Craig’s passion is to live the life that he longed for as a child. Though his family was loving, it was severely hindered by lack of communication, boundaries, identity and balance. Essential factors to living out this passion have been realized through his powerful and gentle Christian faith beginning in 1997, along with amazing and transformational men’s groups and gatherings beginning in 2001. Craig invites you to experience what your soul has been craving.
Seth Braun first attended a MLA Spirit Camp in Michigan in 1996. He was hooked on the power of the container for bringing good back to his people and the world. Twenty years later, with daughters, marriage, divorce, remarriage, business and creativity in the mix, Seth still returns to this dance ground. Seth is a coach, speaker, teacher, author, musician, gardener and family man. He is grateful for the lineage of men and women that have continued to share this work in a sacred way. Seth and his family live in Texas.
Ellen Geoffrion, MA, LPC, R-DMT
Ellen is a licensed professional counselor and registered dance movement therapist. With a background in professional dancing and teaching, she brings a compassionate, humorous, and raw honest approach to her counseling. She believes that people have innate goodness and worth, in addition to the need to be seen and valued for their creativity and unique contributions. Through her work Ellen is dedicated to providing the encouragement and tools for creating empowered, life-affirming repair and change. She specializes in attachment-based couples counseling and honoring the grieving process after a death loss. Ellen lives in Berthoud, Colorado with her husband Jason and daughter Coraleigh.
Nancy Jane, MA
Nancy is an educator, wilderness guide, and council facilitator. She began her study of wilderness rites of passage in 1981 and has been following this calling ever since. Nancy leads youth and adult vision fasts and has pioneered wilderness rites of passage in school settings. Her intention is to listen deeply in support of others’ connection to nature and spirit; to hold the deepest, widest container of safety and acceptance for others; and to empower them in the full expression of who they are. She lives in Longmont, CO.
Jude Blitz, MA
Co-founder of Women in Power, Jude is a psychotherapist and a facilitator and teacher of Systemic Constellation Work in Boulder, Colorado. Certified in Hakomi Therapy and Shadow Work®, Jude is a practicing fifth degree black belt in Aikido, which she teaches at the Naropa University. She is a trainer of 4 Gateways Coaching and leader of the Inner Sovereign Program. Jude has created and led women’s retreats: Reclaim Our Feminine Initiations; Warriorship and the Feminine; Meetings with Remarkable Women: Our Mothers. She designs and facilitates personal retreats and initiatory ceremonies for women from 13 years old to 80+. Jude lives in Gunbarrel with her husband Tom.
Laura Cannon, MA, LPC
Laura brings her background in yoga and dance to a body-centered, experiential, and motivational approach to promoting mental and emotional health across the lifespan. Her work integrates neuroscience, trauma theory, and relational models to create safe containers for exploration, healing, and growth. She works with individuals, families, and groups to find ways to connect and grow through challenging experiences, and specializes in issues related to addiction, trauma, relationships, creativity, transitions, and grief and loss. Laura lives in Denver, CO with her husband and son.