Get To Know Us!

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Ben Wales

Founder

Over a decade in the health and fitness industry has helped shape Ben’s philosophy on work/life balance. He has certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, MovNat, and Russian Kettlebell training. He has ran marathons, played beach volleyball all over the country, and competed on American Ninja Warrior! 

Ben loves hiking, biking, and exploring Minnesota, Bali, and everywhere in between. His vision with The Wilderness is to create an environment where it’s easy for people to make healthy choices during their workday, and encourage daily movement in whatever form people enjoy!

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Bobby Burns

Founder

Coming from a production background, Bobby brings his expertise in media creation to The Wilderness. In addition to The Wilderness he owns Redmond Digital Media, primarily focusing on wedding and commercial filmmaking, which has taken him across the world telling stories. He also enjoys sharing the knowledge he's gained over his 16 years in the industry via his education platform, Wedding Film School, where he's amassed nearly 175,000 subscribers. 
 

When he's not working or creating he can often be found outside exploring, playing team sports, training for American Ninja Warrior (how he and Ben met), or relaxing with his dog and company mascot, Kodak.
 

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Brett Donnelly

Founder

Brett Donnelly, Psy.D. is an angel investor, clinical psychologist, business executive, and co-founder of both Acacia Counseling and Wellness & The Wilderness. Acacia was named three years running on the Inc 500 fastest growing companies. Brett is also creating a specialized venture capital fund to help young entrepreneurs grow their company.

Brett grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and lived in Minneapolis until 2022, when he moved to Denver with his wife, Stefanie, two-year old daughter, Colette, and Golden Retriever, Coda. In his free time, he and his family enjoy going on hikes, playing piano & guitar, watching movies, going to concerts, traveling, and finding great spots to eat/drink.

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Addie Wales

Founder

Addie has 8 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness in the workplace. Having worked in an office environment for the last 8 years, she's passionate about incorporating movement throughout the day, and creating a work culture that feels energizing and grounding.

With her experience in marketing, she works behind the scenes doing the marketing for The Wilderness, as well as working full time in marketing consulting and managing 2 short term rental cabins in her hometown of Ely, MN.

You'll find Addie doing yoga, working out, biking, hiking, and traveling any chance she gets. Some of her favorite places to travel are Hawaii, the PNW and Switzerland.

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Hannah Kirsch

Community Manager

Hannah Kirsch manages our community & special events here at The Wilderness Fitness & Coworking. She loves creating meaningful experiences and connections for the people in her life and in our space. 

Hannah loves finding ways to share the Wilderness with new people, hosting memorable events, and ideating on how we can improve the space for our friends (you). She also loves: baking pies, beekeeping, board games, Lego, discussing ways to use a KitchenAid, craft beers, travel, hiking, swimming, and eating pho.