Hi, I'm Natalie (she/her or they/them). I'm an artist, writer, outdoor educator,
river guide, and naturalist.
I'm about reconnecting to our whole selves, each other, and the earth... and the positive change that comes from it.
Many rivers run through my veins (and yours!). I grew up in rural so-called Virginia on the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay, known as Tsenacommacah to the Powhatan people, on the traditional lands of the Lower Cuttatawomen and Wicacoan (Wicocomico).
I often clutched my 'field notebook' of bark rubbings and pressed flowers while exploring marshes and climbing trees. I could reach some friends' houses faster by canoe than by car.
This upbringing gave me a deep appreciation of the natural world, especially our waters. After college in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I worked in geographic information systems (GIS) but stepped away for personal reasons and because I witnessed some destructive practices.
I then traveled for awhile and confirmed how much I love sharing the peace and aliveness I find outside and supporting earth warriors any way that I can.
Today, I live in Richmond, Virginia, in the Fall Zone, also within Powhatan terrirtory.
I value scientific and spiritual ways of knowing; I don't believe they're opposed but complement each other, and I weave them both into my work. I’ve also found healing in being open about my struggles, which include past substance abuse and surviving domestic violence.
To me, reconnection isn't possible without getting vulnerable and addressing stigmas... I'm always down to talk about any of these things, so feel free to reach out.
Random facts about me:
I can identify over a dozen Virginia frog and toad calls and love to spin fire. When I'm not on the river, you can usually find my partner and I climbing, camping, or hiking with our adventure kitty, Otto.
Onward + inward,