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.
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.
Pulling on both personal experience and the plethora of survival (or not) stories there are to draw from, Jessie creates a fun and information rich learning environment. She was raised in Michigan; joined the Air Force and became one of the rare female SERE instructors; directed and facilitated team-building/ropes courses around the world; and worked in wilderness therapy off and on for 11 years. She’s also spent far too many years building a small off-grid cabin in SW Colorado and runs a survival school now out of the Denver area. Her focus is more on survival versus primitive living, and she teaches a broad range of skills and information having to do with staying alive and getting out of a situation-gone-bad. She's also a knot-nerd so if you catch her outside of the "classroom" you'll often find her with other knot-heads playing with rope which you can feel free to join in on!
Courtney Love is a yoga and meditation teacher, astrologer, and Ayurvedic nutrition coach. She is the Director for Hanuman Festival and Hanuman Academy, and is a sales and marketing consultant for multiple conscious, wellness brands. She is the founder of a social justice book club, volunteers for multiple local and national political initiatives, and is the Project Manager for The Moovment. Courtney calls Boulder home, though she has spent much of 2021 living nomadically climbing, trail running, and adventuring throughout the country. She encourages everyone to laugh hard and love deeply.
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.
We live in a culture that prioritizes health, to the extent that it becomes confusing and overwhelming for many of us. My work in this world, as a nutrition therapist, is to encourage people to turn inward, listen to their bodies, and find body liberation. I practice nutrition from a weight-inclusive, Health at Every Size, and Intuitive Eating framework. I work one-on-one with people who struggle in their relationship to food. Together, we debunk myths, get curious about our bodies and nutrition, and find food freedom. I am passionate about spreading this message. I am able to do this as a Be Body Positive Facilitator, with a curriculum designed to teach each and every one of us to live peacefully and healthfully in our bodies.
Butter is a forager, teacher, and community garden director. Butter's classes emphasize hands-on preparation of wild food ingredients for cooking, better enabling aspiring foragers to use unfamiliar ingredients. Hands-on processing of foraged foods helps to create better memory for plants than simple point and name foraging walks. Not only do students learn up close what wild ingredients look like, they develop a better understanding of how to substitute them for more familiar ingredients in everyday recipes.
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.”
Ashley is a psychotherapist, writer, and yoga instructor in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. She teaches mindfulness-based yoga and writing classes to help clients live a more meaningful, connected and creative life.
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.