Riese Rose, Queer Wilderness Project Instructor
Riese (they/them/theirs) is passionate about supporting people in reinhabiting a sense of belonging and accountability to the larger ecosystem in which we are all inextricably woven. Through personal relationship and deep resonance with the natural world, Riese has found the courage to authentically embody their own queer and genderqueer identities. Riese spent most of their free time as a child, exploring the creeks and woods near their house and learning about shelter building, fire making, tracking, fishing, and foraging. On their 2660 mile Pacific Crest Trail hike, Riese gained a wide understanding of the evolution of ecosystems. They have since shifted their energy toward deepening into ecological place-based learning by studying the plants, animals, and fungi of the land on which they live. Riese has a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University and an ever-expanding drive to work toward anti-oppressive action socially and ecologically. They also hold great reverence for the intersectional exploration of nature, diversity, spirituality, ancestral inheritance, and soul encounters, as well as how these inform the unfurling of one’s path.