I am so glad you found me! I am a wife. A mother to one son, earth side. A daughter. A sister. And an adoptee.
I am a sunrise mountain hiker and a Star Gazer.
I am a Published Author, Photographer, Ecotherapy Guide, Life Coach and Social Worker. In March, 2020 I co-authored a personal transformation book. At the same time I was publishing my first children's book, Merin And Her Very Bright Star: A Story of Resiliency. Taking photographs on my sunrise hikes is a passion of mine. My healing nature photography has been published on the cover of AT Journeys magazine as well as in Blue Ridge Outdoors and local travel brochures. My photographs can also be seen at The Basement on Byers in Staunton, Virginia.
I am a Listener. And a lover of community. In 2019 I, along with my husband, created the not-for-profit program, Through Hiking, for young adult foster youth & social agencies. I serve on the equity committee for my school district and also sit on the Board of Directors for RISE Foundation in Waynesboro, Virginia. I am committed to education, political action, and racial justice work with RISE Organization.
I am the creator and owner of my own story. I love masala chai tea and sunrise hikes with my son. I believe that each one of us is on a healing path and that each one of us has a very unique part to play in the healing of our world.
I have a level 2 ecotherapy certificate from The Earthbody Institute in Berkeley, California. What is ecotherapy? The short answer is: "Healing with nature in mind". It is an applied practice that emerged from the field of ecopsychology. Ecotherapists believe that people are connected to the natural world. There is ample research to show us that nature has beneficial effects on our mental, physical and emotional well-being. Our work guides us to support others in re-connecting to the natural both inside and outside of us. It also guides in practicing reciprocity. Like nature, we are vast beings. We are nature. In our lives we continually find ourselves at new thresholds to cross, and my passion lies in helping others cross those thresholds.
Blue Mountain Path Coaching offers author visits with discussions on grief and healing, coaching calls to get you started on your own ecotherapy practice or to get you started on self publishing.
I received my Coaching certification, August, 2020 from ICU Coaching Academy.