Nature Lover


I am a nature lover, a forest steward, a conservationist.

As John Muir wrote, "Going to the woods is going home."

I have loved the woods since I was a child; always loved green spaces. Have fond memories of riding my bicycle to our local park and hanging out in the play area. I had dreams of owning my own forest. In college, I toyed with the idea of studying forestry before one of my other passions -- marketing -- won out.

As I moved into adulthood, I continued to support green spaces and environmental causes, but knew my career was centered closer to cities and the suburbs.

But I went on a journey that eventually took me to the PNW and Northeast Washington and the tiny town of Kettle Falls, WA... and finally to Ferry County and establishing my beloved EmpoweringRetreat.com, where you can find articles about the healing power of nature; the importance of exercise and healthy eating; and guides for spiritual and intellectual growth.

My childhood dream of owning a forest came true... and while I did not major in forestry in college, I am happy to report I restored the health of my forest... before moving on to bigger and better things. While there, I also volunteered/served as a Supervisor for the Ferry Conservation District and as a Fire Fighter in my local fire district.

But do not fret, because my wife Jenny and I have returned to the forest -- first to the great forests of this nation, and then to a forest of our own.

This second journey, a 2.5-year roadtrip with Jenny, led to another small town -- but one closer to Spokane, which is the largest city on the east side of Washington. Hansen Hilltop Haven (H3) is still being developed, but we have built our dream home there and are already actively managing the 30 acres of forestland.

Want to learn more? We used our EmpoweringParks to guide our journey and our blog JenRan Adventures to document it!