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4 Ways to Support Youth

Supporting Youth “You’re not depressed, you’re just selfish,” her father’s words sank into her bones. In an instant, the world became tinier than it already felt in her restless body. As a 16-year-old already feeling lost in her skin and seeking a way out through peers, self-harm, sex, and substances, she unleashed what she’d beenContinue reading “4 Ways to Support Youth”

Mountain Girls

AMGA Rock Guide Course 2021 I stare at the worn spines of adventure classics, many of them required reading in my youth. Verne, London, Thoreau, Tolkien, Krakauer, and Abbey stare back at me. I was entranced with nature and adventure from a young age; not until recently did I see myself as a guide, worthyContinue reading “Mountain Girls”

Re-Learning Rest

Finding Sustainable Self Care & Taking a Break From Your To-Do List “I need to get it all done today.” Conditioning from all the years in public education, from familial expectations, from this inner-critic, weighs on me heavily. These words have been conditioned in myself and so many others. We may feel like there’s soContinue reading “Re-Learning Rest”

From Burnout to Balance

FREE Burnout to Balance Discovery Session Dear amazing human, If you’re like many of the people I work with who want to leave 2020 like a big pile of compost and start planting seeds for 2021, you’ve probably tried a few things to finish this wild year strong… 🌱 Reconnecting with Loved Ones 🌱 Reflection & JournalingContinue reading “From Burnout to Balance”

Abide; V7

Merry Christmas, Find Your Rest I’m not sure about you, but I’ve been experiencing the culmination of loss and grief from this year. The sadness is settling in that I cannot meet with all my loved ones. It feels extra lonely now. And at the same time, extra still. As I shared in March ofContinue reading “Abide; V7”

7 Tips for Family Holidays

How to communicate when we don’t always agree This season brings up different emotions for each of us. Whether or not you’ve been craving family time—it’s different this year. If you plan to communicate in-person or virtually with the people you grew up with, here are a few simple tips that may help your well-being.Continue reading “7 Tips for Family Holidays”

The Forest of Now

The aspen shivers. There are hundreds of others just like her, but she overlooks the sanctuary that surrounds her. She only feels her frozen bones as her costume falls to decompose. She is naked and alone in the forest as the land cycles into winter.

In whatever ways grief has prepared you for this year’s wintertide, you’re not alone if you feel completely exposed to the elements.

Abide; V6

Simple Meditation Practice: When we are very young, we learn to self-soothe through sounds and movements. As babies, we babbled, cried, yelled. We tossed, and we turned. We allowed ourselves to feel and then let it go. Since then, many of us have learned the performance of “I’m fine.” It can feel wonderful to comeContinue reading “Abide; V6”

Abide; V5

Music & Movement Medicine Meditation “root to rise” the depths of my being dance into the earth with strength and patience these roots move me as they grow under the surface where I cannot see with eyes but feel in my bloodstream I fall deep into myself I grow slowly slowly down until I riseContinue reading “Abide; V5”

Abide; V4

Simple Meditation: Go outside Find wild earth (anything other than concrete) Take your shoes and socks off Breathe 3 Journaling Prompts: What is good and beautiful now, in this moment? What have you discovered along this wild journey of 2020? Where are you called to go from here? Extras: A Playlist For Your Adventures: “Kiss MyContinue reading “Abide; V4”

20:20 Vision

The mountains know how to fall apart and build back up. The Earth is lovely and broken and whole and everything we know. Our creator, our ancestors, and our own bodies have brought us here to this moment—and we already know our way on this wild and living land. Perhaps you have been so focusedContinue reading “20:20 Vision”

Abide; V3

Meditation 3 Journaling Prompts: What are some things you’ve been told (or have been telling yourself) that you need to be healthy & well in this time? What of these needs feel like burdens, if any? What needs feel like gifts? What is one way that you can honor your body’s true needs today?

Abide; V2

Good Day: Strength for Your Morning Meditate: Energize: Find something cool to energize your senses this morning (Ex. Icy water to splash on your face) Write: Draw a solar system with you as a planet orbiting a sun. Think “what has been at the center of my life lately?” Write “I choose my light, andContinue reading “Abide; V2”

Abide; V1

Poem // Meditation 3 Journaling Prompts: Imagine the release of a major burden that you’ve been carrying lately. What part(s) of your body are connected to this burden and what does it feel like to let it go? Invite your hands to that place on your body and send it some deep breaths. What’s leftContinue reading “Abide; V1”

Abide; V0

Poem // Meditation You know your way: Your body is the map, your heart the container to bring along all you need for the journey ahead.  We rise to mountain tops and we fall into valleys. The shadows leave what is true, if we stay a while. But we don’t, we seek the temporary lightContinue reading “Abide; V0”

These Hands

These dry, cracked, and scarred hands seem to stare back with weary eyes. They are overworked from following my restless lead. I have kept them busy storing up for my future. They’ve been gathering and keeping, and it all keeps slipping through my fingers. In their life of toil, these hands have hurt and theyContinue reading “These Hands”

Sometimes, Inside is Your Best Side

Yesterday—during the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere—I was still by the fireplace, overflowing with gratitude for the warmth and shelter in this sustained “winter,” for solitude, for health. I listened to the wind cut through the windows causing eerie whistling and deep-bellied growls. I watched the pines dance to the wind’s heavy-metal song. Then I went outside for aContinue reading “Sometimes, Inside is Your Best Side”

Meditation for Anxiety

In the depth of winter, it’s been difficult to imagine the lush growth of spring. I’m not sure if you’ve been experiencing this as well where you are, but in Montana, the weight of the snow and the deep dark is pressing in on us. Through each outside season over the last year and aContinue reading “Meditation for Anxiety”

The Forest School

Anichka, a five-year-old, smiles sweetly and grabs my frozen hand, leading me toward a tiny house heated by a wood-fire. Before I open the small door, another child named Fafa hands me a soft broom and points to Anichka’s—and his own—dirt-and snow-caked clothes. My stiff hands grasp ahold of the broom and they both giggle asContinue reading “The Forest School”

El Agua

Outside, the summer wind breathes through the lush and bursting forest, and inside, a cold breeze chills even safely-buried roots. Overgrown stinging nettle stings my legs with each step, stabs my tongue with each word. I am left speechless in my own skin. What happened to the good stories? Life weaving braids of gratitude andContinue reading “El Agua”

On Faith

“He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.” – Psalm 18:33

Celestial Slacks

As our crags thaw out, climbers shed a few puffy layers in preparation for their warmer-weather rock projects—their native climbing pants accompanying them in both successes and failures. Since the alignment of the stars and planets aren’t always a reliable source to forecast adventures, we turned to these celestial slacks for this season’s climbing horoscopes.Continue reading “Celestial Slacks”

Are We Here Yet?

A beautiful blast of cool mountain wind invades the cabin as I open the window. My lumbar spine is sore from sitting so long. I feel my stomach draping over the seatbelt from snacking all day. The hair dancing around my face tangles around itself in a big nest. Sometimes I wish we were justContinue reading “Are We Here Yet?”

Challenge by Choice

The sun radiated through towering pines, laying a canopy over the dusty trail toward Suicide Rock. Idyllwild, California—the true birthplace of the YDS, home to the world’s first 5.9, and central to the rise of rock climbing in the States. On a clear Saturday afternoon, climbing parties danced up the trail to hop on all the classics. My mom and I planned to do our first traditional climb together—Graham Crackers, a two-pitch 5.6.

The Steady Beat

As my 11-year old self approached the park with my father, I was ridden with anxiety about date attire. Pretty pressing at that age. Come to think of it, I had no idea where this notion arose, but regardless, it was overpowering my thoughts entirely. In this case, “A walk in the park” didn’t implyContinue reading “The Steady Beat”

Genesis

The warmth of the sun has departed. Snow silences any stirring in the shadows of the forest. A faint glow above the treeline reveals dusk’s fading light.

Partners in Climb

When looking for a partner, it’s tempting to consider someone with a nice-looking rack or a sweet set of nuts, but take it from me, you’re better off with a belay partner whose gear—and ego—is well-worn.

Take the First Step

Thick chunks of quartz, fallen from spheres of monzonite, crunched under the weight of our movement. B and I ran between Joshua Trees and toward the sun racing with us toward the desert horizon. Step by step, we moved through the beauty surrounding us as lightly as the wind itself. Yucca and cacti tried to hold us back by grasping our dirty shirts and bare legs, but we continued through the discomfort with only a few minor cuts on the surface.

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