Queer Wilderness Project was born from the desire to bring queer community together in nature as a space for folx to build relationships to land and people and foster a sense of self that is free from the dominant narratives on suppressing authentic self expression. QWP creates this offering through place-based ecological learning and the reclaiming the joys of play in nature in the local landscape.
Queer Wilderness Project is open to teenagers who identify as LGBTQ+. This includes cis-gender, transgender, and non-binary individuals. Events and outings are offered at a low cost to reduce financial barriers. Gear and equipment provided if necessary.
Lior’s (she/her/hers) love for plants and the natural world started as a kid growing up in the green mountains of New England among the dense hardwood forests and slow moving rivers. It is here that she saw the power if diversity and radical expression modeled in nature so that she could more fully step into her wild and queer self. She has been guiding since 2012 and is currently a wilderness therapist, yoga teacher, organic farmer and challenge course facilitator. She is passionate about bringing youth outdoors and sharing her unique way of being in right relation with the land with as many people as possible. She has a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University and has experience working with youth in schools, on farms, at summer camps, on backpacking trips, and in the community. She believes that meaningful experiences with other people and the earth can lead to a better sense of place and belonging, ultimately leading to environmental stewardship, social change and restoration of the balance of our biosphere. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder and CPR.