I didn’t want to come to Wilderness Awareness School. Rain. Grey. A survival trip that required me to find my own food for a week. I was happy living in sunny California and originally told my partner he could go without me and just tell me all about it
For my professional career, I travel the country and count birds for a living. In my personal life, I am a recovering addict and active participant in my 12-step program, guiding others on their own journey toward addiction recovery.
Together, we are training the next generation of compassionate leaders and stewards who will help create a more resilient world.
Wilderness Awareness School is significant because it helped me root myself in community, understand grief, and merge my passion with occupation. In all, Anake and Kamana work, as they transform you into a better naturalist and environmental educator.
My mentors at Wilderness Awareness School showed me what the strong fibers of an intact culture could create. In the field today I use the techniques I learned at WAS all the time with the children, youth, adults and communities I am a part of. I have never felt more empowered and confident in what I do...
Anake Leadership Program was that foundational shift for me, and the wave of impact continues to grow. The wave started with The Coyote Club, a monthly nature connection program I founded through the YMCAs of Quebec, Canada.
The things that I learned in the Anake program have certainly shaped me in powerful ways. I do know that without the foundation that the program laid in my life, I certainly would not be where I am today, doing the amazing work that I am so grateful to do.