As a Senior Field Instructor for Evoke Entrada, Ryan’s role is to support field staff development and work closely with the adolescent and adult groups. Ryan is responsible for the safety and supervision of clients, provides direct care, teaches primitive living and outdoor skills, delivers academic curriculum to assigned groups, directs activities, and provides additional on-the-job training for lower-level field instructors. Ryan believes strongly in the intrinsic therapeutic aspects of the wilderness setting, developing a strong sense of community, fostering creativity and self-awareness, finding moments of inspiration and balance in one’s life, as well as encouraging assertive communication and experiential education. Ryan looks at wilderness therapy as a life school, a place where one can see more clearly the self and constantly learn and grow as an informed individual. During his career in the wilderness therapy industry, he has accumulated three years of field experience, both with Evoke Entrada and another company. Ryan feels strongly connected to nature and believes in embracing challenge; if there is no adversity, there is no growth.
Ryan graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia WA, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in land management and wildlife biology. Ryan hopes to one day further his education and earn a Master’s in Social Work. Before starting a career in wilderness therapy, Ryan extensively traveled abroad and in North America working for various non-profit organizations that aligned with his values. Immediately before working wilderness therapy, he was a practicing EMT-B for two years with AMR in Olympia, WA. In addition, Ryan has a love for hard skills, bush craft, ceremony, wilderness knowledge/survival, and permaculture farming.
Currently living in St. George, Utah, Ryan spends his free time making art, playing musical instruments, backpacking, mountain biking, paddle boarding, fly fishing, snowboarding, working out, and keeping a meditative practice which also includes yoga. Ryan’s life motto: Get dirty, live clean!