- Certified Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy guides (ANFT) 2019
- NOLS Certified Wilderness First Aid training 2019
- B.A. College of St Catherine 1982
- Co-author: “Building a Home for the Heart”. Published by: Living Justice Press
- Circle Keeper:
- 7 years at VOA Corrections Center for Women in St. Paul, M
- 25 years for nonprofits such as Circles Restored, St. Paul, MN
- And in the St. Paul Community for both enrichment and
- Restorative Justice. 1995 - present
In 2008 I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in my nasal cavity. It’s unusual but I admit I was a smoker for many years. As one of many who have received a skin cancer diagnosis I was terrified. It’s well known that skin cancer can cause deformity not to mention death. To make things worse, I had suffered with low self-esteem most of my life. This was definitely a hit while I was down. I had come along way throughout the years but this had the potential to be a significant setback. I made some self agreements. One was that I could cry and complain but I would limit myself to 15 minutes. Another, was that I must maintain at all cost, a positive attitude. The most important was that I immerse myself in nature.
My gut feeling of going into nature came through memories of spending most of my time outside in my youth. This was a time when I was very healthy both physically and mentally. In fact, I can trace my slowly sinking health to my early twenties when I was in college. This was the time I began to spend a lot of time indoors studying. Not to mention, the peer pressure to ignore the outdoors was close. Also, the green spaces and safe spaces were very limited. I attribute my improved physical and mental health to my determination to spend time in nature. This realization led me to becoming a certified guide with ANFT. I feel called to share the practice with people because of it’s significance in my life and I see that others could benefit from it. If you are one of those people come join me.
Co-Author of "Building a Home for the Heart"
Building a Home for the Heart is a guide that not only gives in-depth background about using metaphors to talk about values, but also practical suggestions of metaphors that have been successful in the authors' practice with women incarcerated at the Volunteers of America Regional Correctional Center in Roseville, Minnesota.