Safety, Compassion, and Wonder in Nature

The outdoors have always provided me with a sense of safety. The vastness, the essence of the unknown, and the harshness of the unpredictability can feel daunting at times, however the safety of the wide open spaces, the invigorating fresh air, and the grounding closeness of the Earth provide such…

Happy Official Winter!

I’m taking my first vacation in a long time, so my current view is of my sister making chocolate at her candy store in Bozeman, Montana, rather than the mountains. It’s a different kind of beautiful sight, but it makes my heart happy to be here.

Just before I got here I received some…

A Time of Reflection

This is the time of year for so many things: celebrating, giving, love, family, and most importantly, in my personal opinion, reflecting and appreciating.

For me, reflection is a way of bringing all of the other holiday-time goodness to light. When I reflect on my year, or my week,…

A Magical Summer

This summer at the ranch was kind of magical. Don’t get me wrong, there’s always some aspect of magic involved in making camp happen, but this year seemed especially remarkable. The staff meshed so well that when things needed to happen, they just did. Campers were excited, and there…

Life at The Ranch

I quickly lost my concept of time when I came to the ranch. A day feels like a week, yet the last 5 weeks have flown by and I’ve had some of the best times of my life. Photographs and stories can give you an idea of what I’ve been up to, but it’s impossible to capture the beauty of this adventure…

Camps Long Lasting Affects

Somehow, and I honestly have no idea how it happened, summer is halfway over. When I started this blog I had every intention of continuing it regularly throughout the summer. And all of a sudden here we are, halfway through, and this is the first moment I’ve had to sit down.

I should have…

Caution & Confidence: The Balance

Risk, when it comes to mountain boarding, is a very intricate thing. There are two ways to approach risky situations: confidence and caution. I find myself teaching kids how to combine the two, rather than using one or the other. Generally, confidence needs to be built, however I find myself occasionally…

Falling is not Failing

Believe it or not, in the six years that I’ve been teaching mountain boarding, there has never been a serious injury. I see kids fall every single day. Sometimes, kids fall down after rolling extremely slowly for one or two feet, or they just haven’t quite figured out their balance,…

Staying Connected

Camp has a way of uniting people. It happens for campers as well as staff members. You’ve ended up in this beautiful, unique, happy place, and you don’t necessarily get a choice about who else ends up there. You’re pushed out of your comfort zone, but in the most comfortable, fun, easy…

Shin to bul ee: Body and soil are one

National Geographic just put out an article entitled “This is Your Brain on Nature.” It goes into detail about how much of a positive impact Nature actually has on our mental and physical health. In it, writer Florence Williams states that, “When we slow down, stop the busywork, and…