WHO I AM:
I am in my second half of life. I am a sometimes-too-independent wife and an always-so-proud mom of seven children, most of whom are grown and wandering the world. I am a voracious reader, a dream-chaser, a wounded hope-er, a born-teacher, and a nomadic gypsy (in my heart). I prefer to live “outside the box” and I hate to be expected to color inside the lines. I treasure hearing the stories of others. There is a richness found in sharing life experiences and encouraging others along the way.
WHAT IS THE BIG EPIC?
This website is a hub for an online community that encourages members to Connect with Nature, for healing and for adventure. It is a place for story-telling around a virtual campfire, sharing our adventures large and small. It is an online classroom for learning about the healing power of being outdoors. It is a space for exploring new ways to make deep connections with Nature.
PURSUE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE:
I am excited to have you join myself and others on this quest to find our place in this world. Our family pursues dreams and loves the challenge of new adventures. For the past few years, my teen daughter and I take long backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail. When we are home, we continue to spend time outdoors by exploring hidden parks and wandering trails in our local area. It’s fun to share stories about our adventures…and to hear what friends are doing!
FIND NATURE’S HEALING:
Life seems to go more smoothly when I make time to soak up the sun, look for beauty, and savor the sights and sounds of the natural world. I was surprised to discover there is strong scientific evidence for the healing benefits of Nature which:
- Boosts immune function
- Improves sleep habits
- Lowers stress & resulting physical & emotional illnesses
- Enhances mood, clarity of thinking, and creativity
- Has no known harmful side effects
MAKE DEEP CONNECTIONS:
Rather than merely practicing other forms of therapy in an outdoor setting, Forest Therapy Guides help people forge their own deep connections with Nature for personal healing and growth. I have been accepted into a six-month training and certification program with an international organization to learn how to offer these programs in my own neighborhood. As I build new skills, I look forward to sharing this knowledge with each of you—in this online community and in personal coaching sessions.
(Profile Photo taken by the wonderful Jo Blackwell. You can find her portfolio and services on her website at http://joblackwellphotography.co.uk/ )