student of nature
Natalie loves telling stories about the world, how surroundings inform identity, and how our choices impact our collective future.
An outdoor educator, whitewater guide, Virginia Master Naturalist member, studying ecotherapist and herbalist, movement artist, and writer, her mission is to reconnect people to each other and ourselves by facilitating and exploring positive experiences in nature. As a trauma survivor, she hopes to share the peace she finds in woods and waters with others, and she believes that through an appreciation of the wild places around and within us, we can build a better future for all life on earth.
Natalie leads immersive workshops on ecology, mindfulness, ecotherapy, movement, and journaling and poetry in her home city.
Natalie writes compelling recreation, travel, and environmental articles, often with accompanying photos, for outdoor adventure and green publications.
She also helps benefit corporations connect with and provide for purpose-driven clients through conscientious copy in the form of web content, blog posts, and case studies.
When not writing for clients, she creates nature-inspired poetry and prose.
I believe that we become our best selves when we connect with place, respect the land that provides for us, and unflinchingly and creatively address the challenges of a changing world.
I grew up in rural Virginia exploring marshes and climbing trees, usually with my "field notebook" in hand. I could often reach friends' houses faster by boat than by car. I then attended college in the Blue Ridge Mountains and later settled in the Fall Zone. These experiences instilled in me a deep appreciation for the natural world, especially our waters.
I've also been fortunate enough to travel widely, and repeatedly, I've seen how a connection to the earth improves health, strengthens communities, and unites humanity.
Our world is a better place when people relentlessly search for the truth, openly communicate about the issues of today... and collaborate with diverse skills to solve them.