AngeLuna is a life long student of wellness modalities and finds great joy sharing and engaging others to feel their power to do the same. She offers experiences to connect all forms of intelligence in the body to acknowledge and transmute our energetic blocks. As we take time to do our inner work and listen, we are doing something significant for the collective consciousness nourishing the future that wants to emerge.
Kirsten Bolton is a language educator, musician and artist who facilitates environments in which diverse perspectives can be explored. Suzanne Mariska is a yoga educator and musician who leads empowering classes and workshops on yoga and voice. Both are committed to the path of social and environmental justice, mindfulness, and spiritual living. They have been making music together for 20 years, weaving together their shared values, skills, and vision into unique and powerful harmonies.
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Gravel Bike Adventures was started by Laura and Rose, two cycling enthusiasts in Denver, CO with a sense of adventure and a desire to be inclusive to all.
We believe it is vitally important to include women’s voices in the gravel biking industry. Our goal is to encourage all people (especially women and members of the LGBTQ+ community) to explore the power of the outdoors through venturing onto dirt roads.
Cristal Cisneros is originally from Indiana, is first generation Mexican and she loves the outdoors! She moved to Colorado nine years ago after suffering a quarter-life crisis once she finished undergrad with a B.S in Biology. She is currently working on my doctorate in Education focusing on environmental racism and its impact on students of color.During her spare weekends, she is usually in the mountains taking up space with her golden Espanto (Ghosty )and pitta rescue Canelo doing typical Colorado stuff. She has yet to climb a 14er, but plans to do that this summer. She feels like she’s just started a new chapter in el movimento.
Patricia has spent much of her life exploring and playing in the backcountry of Ecuador and Colorado. Creating girl-centric programming in sports and meditative practice, has been a large part of Patricia’s life. She continues to support access to health and wellness, nature and adventure sports as a board member for Women’s Wilderness.
Rene is a Spanish teacher in Salida, CO, an avid trail runner and loves taking her children into the high country. Being surrounded by a high concentration of 14'ers, she takes advantage of running or hiking in the mountains as much as possible.
Emily has been working at the junction of mental health and wilderness for over 15 years. With expertise drawn from extensive time in the field with NOLS, Outward Bound, and Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, clinical work in wilderness, hospital, crisis, and private practice settings, and four years as the Executive Director of Women's Wilderness, Emily melds her knowledge and passion into her role as Mental Health Advisor at Women's Wilderness. Emily supports mental health at Women's Wilderness through staff training, advising the admissions team, and helping with policy development. She loves exploring the mountains with her two young daughters.
Sarah Iverson is an artist, joy manifestor, and nature enthusiast. She has a B.A. in Art (CSU Fresno) and M.A. in Environmental Leadership (Naropa University). With her educational background, she works to merge the importance of nature and mindfulness with her love of creative expression through, Curious Sunshine. Sarah is passionate about reconnecting communities of color to nature through education and empowering experiences. She is trained in meditation, reiki healing, conflict resolution, dance, graphic arts, herbalism and wilderness first aid.
Gen is the owner of North Boulder Counseling, a thriving group therapy practice in Boulder, CO which specializes in anxiety at all ages. She is a Licensed Practicing Counselor and has spent her life outside and curious about the human experience. Gen’s goal in life is to promote freedom from anxiety and fear for as many people as possible. Gen is wildly and lovingly, disarming. With Gen, you will laugh, think and play every time. She is also a triathlete and a very low runner.
Justine is the co-founder and executive director of Adventure Mamas Initiative (AMI). At AMI, they work to support maternal wellness by facilitating adventure, building community, and providing educational resources.
Natalie Nowak (she/her) is a passionate and reflective lady who loves all things food, nature, community and authenticity. Natalie runs a weight-inclusive, social justice oriented, nutrition counseling practice, helping women recover from disordered relationships with food. She loves watching her clients grow into their authenticity : ) When not working, Natalie loves spending time with friends outside, in the mountains, on bikes, and over food.
Kriste Peoples is a meditation teacher with a love of being in green spaces and exploring the application of mindfulness off the mat. And when she’s not out running, hiking, or otherwise adventuring with the Women's Wilderness Trailblazers program along Colorado’s Front Range, she's likely writing about it (or recovering with carbs in a local eatery). She can also be spotted offering talks about engagement in nature, gently nudging others to take up the cause of fun in the outdoors.
Kay explains: “Why I teach and do is simple: I seek to deepen relational connection with myself, the land, and the human and non human beings. What I teach is far less straightforward because this relational connection can take the form of drawing, tracking, bird language, therapeutic skills, ceremony, song, play, firemaking, carving, etc etc. And yet, no matter the medium, at the core what I teach is always the same: we belong.”
Krista lives in Eugene, Oregon where she teaches nature connection workshops. She has studied Ecopsychology and Outdoor Leadership. She enjoys traveling and her last big trip was five weeks in the Balkans walking the Via Dinarica trail. Her post-pandemic plans are to visit Iceland and walk the Camino de Santiago.
Tara is the founder and guide of Earth Tantra, an earthing meditation expert, level 4 certified Tantra guide, Death Doula, Kundalini Yoga instructor and wilderness survivalist. Her truth is lived in harmony with mother earth in a nearly off-grid tiny house on the side of a mountain outside Ouray, CO. Being in nature, working a garden, collecting medicinal herbs, roaming the mountains of Colorado and traveling all bring life into her body and soul. Some people also know Tara from Discovery Channel as a Naked and Afraid survivalist from season 5 as the girl with all the bug bites. Tara uses her passion for the wilderness, along with spiritual practices, to help people find intimacy in nature as a building block to connect with the earth, themselves and others.
Syd is a trail runner, climber, music lover, and self-proclaimed nerd. She believes that we don't find who we are throughout life, but that we CREATE who we are and want to be throughout life. It's knowing that we have unlimited potential that will take us far as individuals and grow as a community. She is trying to follow these sentiments, and thus is currently pursuing a PhD in Earth Resource Development Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines by researching how to make the mining industry safer for workers.
Carrie of Heartwood Visuals is a graphic recorder, illustrator and conservationist based out of Fort Collins, Colorado. Her work is inspired by interconnections between humanity and the environment and she harnesses the power of visual communication to deepen and strengthen these connections. Carrie’s current path as a visual practitioner has grown from her roots as a naturalist, environmental educator, sustainability planner and social science researcher. Art has always been a core passion of hers and she feels incredibly grateful to utilize this strength to support social and environmental change around the world.
Balance, simplicity, and truth are what I value and hold sacred. Yoga and nature provide me with the opportunities to observe and integrate these things into my life and I in turn integrate these things into my classes. I consider myself a simple pilgrim and student who is grateful to have been guided to some amazing teachers of rich and varying backgrounds on my path. I am grateful for this journey and the opportunity to gather with fellow travellers to share our stories and gifts and of course yoga and nature!