Hi, I'm Natalie (she/her or they/them). I'm an outdoor educator, river guide, naturalist, and writer.
My mission is to foster reconnection through positive experiences in nature.
Rivers of many headwaters run through my veins (and yours). I grew up in rural Virginia on the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay, exploring marshes and climbing trees, often clutching my 'field notebook' of bark rubbings and pressed flowers. I could reach some friends' houses faster by canoe than by car.
This upbringing instilled in me a deep appreciation for the natural world, especially our waters. After college in the Blue Ridge, I worked in geographic information systems (GIS) but stepped away for personal reasons and because I didn't agree with many of the practices and decisions I observed.
I've been fortunate enough to travel widely, and repeatedly, I've seen how a connection to the earth improves health, strengthens communities, and unites humanity.
I feel called to share the peace and wholeness I find in woods and waves with others, be a voice for our waterways, and help support existing currents in this direction any way I can.
I value both scientific and spiritual ways of knowing, and I weave this spectrum into my workshops and writing. I’ve also found healing in being vulnerable about my struggles, which include past substance dependence and surviving domestic violence. To me, living 'life outside' also means opening doors to and airing out that which is often stigmatized. Feel free to reach out to me about any of these things.
Fun facts: I can identify over a dozen Virginia frog and toad calls and love to dance and perform with fire. When not on the river, you can usually find my partner and I climbing, camping, walking pups, or hiking with our adventure cat, Otto.
I look forward to getting to know you and walking (hiking, running, climbing, or paddling!) with you on your journey to weave more wild into your every day. I hope it brings you clarity, connection, and awareness in all the tides and seasons of your life.
Onward + inward,