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PHOTO BY RYDER REDFIELD

Founder of Wildkind Academy
Advanced Woodsman Certification | 50 day training in Colorado (The Survival University)
Certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Certified Health Coach (IIN)
Certified Yoga Instructor & Mindfulness Coach
Public Speaker

 

 

Editorial Contributor for Women's Fishing Network 
Editorial Journalist for Thurston Talk and Grays Harbor Talk
Educator of Direct Living Skills
Bow Hunter
Forager
Angler
Wilderness Survival

 

Mother
Connector
Life Learner
Heart-Based Feeler
Although Washington has been my home for the last 25 years, I spent my youth as a "free-range" kid living in Central Oregon where riding horses, building fires and venturing out on a trail surrounded by juniper and sage was a natural part of growing up. At age 14, I trekked the PCT from Oregon to Washington for a three-week expedition with Outward Bound and have been finding ways to engage the great outdoors with friends and family ever since. I spent a lot of time in the mountains throughout my life as a downhill ski racer and continue to explore my love for the outdoors whenever there is opportunity.
 

I have discovered that getting "offline" and immersed in the wonders of nature have been crucial for navigating modern stressors with more resiliency. As a parent of two teenage boys, I am well-versed in the many challenges that we all are facing as we consider the next generation and how our modern lifestyles can be detrimental to our mind, body, spirit and planet. In this unique and challenging time of uncertainty, there is freedom and expansiveness through both the inward journey of self-discovery and our personal engagement with the elements and natural world. These can be subtle explorations using the senses as well as hard skills that are available to anyone who has an interest. 

"To Rewild your life is to unplug from the modern lifestyle of disconnect and convenient consumption and immerse mind, body and spirit into nature's intelligent design to renew the health and well-being of all things wild and free. This includes the health of our communities and our planet and leads to greater resiliency and self-sufficieny with a huge spike in joy." ~ Wildkind Jess

 

Outdoor-based education and learning the basic hard skills that our Ancestors passed down throughout generations, help shift us into a greater integration with the natural world. Rewilding ourselves is at the very core of our primal nature. As a Wilderness Survival Instructor who graduated the 50-day Advanced Woodsman Course through The Survival University, I am thrilled to partner with TSU to bring more class offerings to our expanding communities.

With a 10-year immersion into living off-grid and as an astute "prepper", I flipped the script on fear-centric living through areas of study that included over 500 hours of yoga & meditation training, nutritional therapy school as well as a deep-dive into exploring the human experience more closely by becoming an educator for holistic and meaningful end-of-life practices including traditional home funerals and green burial that supports conservation and renewal of life. 

Check out my Field Notes Blog to learn more about hunting, clamming, archery, fishing, foraging and direct living skills including natural crafts like basket making and fish tanning.

I love being an educator and course facilitator with the opportunity to share and receive knowledge from others. Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about me and I hope to see you at one our Wildkind Academy events!

 

"In this unique time, we are being called to live in greater communion with ourselves, humanity and the natural world. We can awaken our senses to engage life in a more meaningful way through the study of direct living skills and choosing to be a student of the outdoors. Welcome to a life of increased resiliency and simplicity where joy, strength, connection and wonderment awaits. I’m glad you’re here Wildkind..."

Interested in a more personalized approach to taking a walk on the wild side? Design a life that is truly exceptional and in alignment with your unique goals through one-on-one holistic health and rewilding mentorship.

 

Visit the Mentorship Page to learn more!
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