So, what do you do?
I love this question. I believe in folding passion into every aspect of the work that I do. Considering I have a lot of passion, there are several ways I've chosen to channel it. I don't prescribe to the notion that one must simply have a "job". Instead, I've devoted my life to pursuing work that offers opportunity to live into these core intentions. In all of my work there are three main themes:
Nature: I have a personal passion for experiencing and protecting wild places. I find my greatest access to inspiration while working in nature, and as a result I've committed to ensuring access to nature is a vital part of my day. Fundamentally, I believe there is vast opportunity to find solutions to the challenges we face as a society by reflecting first on the impact we have on our planet- and this is best done while physically being in nature.
Risk: Although I always tend to exercise a degree of calculated caution in my pursuits, I am not afraid of taking risks and jumping headfirst into the unknown; in fact, it is in this uncertain state of being that I find the most substantial breakthroughs and success- personally and organizationally. I welcome opportunities that offer a degree of risk that will push me, and those I'm working with, out of our comfort zones.
Resilience: With risk there also comes the chance of failure, fear and misfortune. Resilience and gumption can take an individual, organization or company through even the fiercest of storms, and offers evidence of the transformation that results from the struggle and journeying through the "tough stuff". I have integrated in all aspects of my work acknowledgement of progress that encourages resilience and perseverance, no matter how daunting the task at hand.
I believe that in great challenge, lies great opportunity. Over the years I've gained an intimate understanding of the vast challenges that companies and organizations face while attempting to implement an ethical and sustainable business strategies in our globalized economy. I offer senior level advisory services that specialize in building transparency in supply webs, establishing an understanding of risk, and setting a clear path for improvement with a long term perspective. I've spent years working closely with companies among the Fortune 100 in strategic management of environmental and social impact of global production. Together, we explore, evaluate and embed responsible and regenerative business practices that ensure corporate sustainability initiatives and social/environmental monitoring programs are more effective and meaningful.
A detailed overview of my service offerings for corporate consulting can be found here
More details about my corporate experience can be found here
I've spent the past 25 years working closely with horses. At a very young age I studied the art of horse whispering/natural horsemanship, and spent years training horses using this method. I also have extensive experience working with new riders, working with "problem horses" or horses that are too difficult for their owners to handle, and rehabilitating abused horses. I successfully established and ran a boarding facility in Pennsylvania and also have experience breeding Arabian horses.
After moving to Chile, horses came back into my life, and in 2016 my husband and I became associated with the Long Rider's Guild after embarking on a three month long distance trek by horse 1000km across Patagonia. More information about this ride can be found here.
After our ride across Patagonia, I felt very drawn to integrating my work with horses in the wilderness and my work in social and environmental responsibility in the corporate world. This draw ignited the decision to enter into the apprenticeship program of Kathy Pike and become certified in the Equine Facilitated Learning profession. I formally received my EFLC certification in April, 2018.
Currently my husband and I are building a company that focuses on exploration, conservation, and awakening innovation among leaders who are committed to building and growing mission-driven companies, organizations, governments and communities around the world. With our horses as our guides, we facilitate open-hearted journeys into wild places across southern Chile that explore, ignite and empower the authentic, creative and resilient leader within.
We will be formally launching our company, CuraKuda, in the coming months.
This is how we adventure with purpose:
* Invite and inspire a sense of wonder for adventure across our internal and external landscapes
* Access wild places while supporting the principles of Natural Horsemanship and Leave No Trace and Regenerative Participation
* Facilitate unique, transformative experiences that connect our clients with the beauty of the Chilean wilderness, with the spirit our adventurous horses and with the divine of their own internal wilderness
* Contribute to our communities in a way that inspires and motivates preservation of cultural tradition, respect for the earth and for one another
* Initiate mindfulness of our impact on the planet and societies that leads to more sustainable personal and organizational choices
* Invest in the conservation and preservation of wild places for future generations
Currently I maintain a personal blog where I share stories from my world travels. Through entertaining and thought-provoking storytelling, I aim to inspire and motivate a positive and proactive perspective on life. You can wander with me on my personal blog here
I also publish thoughtful stories to inspire positive action and impact for Maptia as well. You can find my Maptia articles here.
I love to share stories from my adventures in the outdoors as well. You can find my outdoor adventure stories published at Teton Gravity here.
I am always open to discuss opportunities for collaboration and freelance work.
Environmental Conservation & Advocacy
Fundamentally I believe we are of this Earth; and in our time on this Earth, humans have radically altered the environment in which we exist. Much of this alteration has been done with blatant disregard for the impacts on our planet, directly threatening our own ability to continue thriving. We cannot damage this Earth without directly damaging ourselves. We must be stewards, not pillagers.
This is not to say we cannot continue in an industrialized society, but it is instead a challenge to bring environmental impact to the forefront of all business and personal consumption decisions. There is vast opportunity for us to collectively shift our economies and societies in order to build productive systems that support our ecosystems, rather than decimate them.
I'm currently an acting member of the Board of Directors for Fundacíon Llancalil, a land preservation project in southern Chile that is dedicated to the long-term preservation of old-growth native Chilean forests and the rewilding of lands previously damaged by clear-cut logging and agricultural use. We are currently working on the restoration of 500 hectares in the Llancalil valley and intend to build programs for scientific research and wilderness education.
I participate as an "Adventure Scientist" by collecting and sharing data from the wild places I explore. Learn more about the opportunities to contribute to science through adventures at Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.
In addition to supporting local environmental initiatives, I like to keep my finger on the pulse of emerging initiatives by being an active participant and contributing my support, my voice and my vote. Two great resources I consistently use are: www.change.org and the Pachamama Alliance
As an avid outdoor adventure enthusiast, I constantly find myself in breathtakingly beautiful places. All of the images you see on this website are photographs that I have taken.
You can follow along with my posts on Instagram
I also share photos to inspire outdoor adventure and conservation on my VSCO Grid
Living in the "mecca for adventure sports" offers ample outdoor adventure right out my backdoor. If I am outdoors and exploring in any shape or form you will find a smile on my face, but most often you can find me hiking, surfing, snowboarding, kayaking, rock climbing or trail running.
Recently I began guiding treks in wild places around Pucon, offering group and individual treks to unique and "off-the-beaten-path" places.
In the beginning of 2016 I completed a three month horse trek through the wild ranges of Patagonia. Throughout the year I am sharing stories, photos and developing projects inspired by this expedition. The purpose of the expedition is to celebrate simplicity while inspiring curiosity about where the things we own come from. More details about this expedition, entitled "Abriendo Caminos" can be found here.
In 2008 I thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, walking southbound from Maine to Georgia, becoming an official "2000 Miler" under the trail name "Grettle". My husband and I even appeared in the National Geographic documentary about the trail, making our first major film debut at minute 25:40!