Be Heard: Ginamarie

Meet Ginamarie: Mom, caregiver, hiker. Ginamarie reminds us to honor the journey we are on with ourselves & how stepping outside our comfort zone can lead us to heal & overcome the challenges we face. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do, what are your hobbies? I’m a 41 year … More Be Heard: Ginamarie

Be Heard: Ceci

    Meet Ceci:  Educator and Outdoor Lover.  Ceci reminds us that there’s a place for everyone in the outdoors, regardless of how we look or how much money we have for gear.  We are all rooted in nature with a body-spirit connection that is amplified when we are outdoors.     Where are you … More Be Heard: Ceci

Be Heard: Ashley

Meet Ashley:  QPOC artist, public health grad student and nature lover.  Whether outdoors alone or with others, Ashley reminds us that self care through nature is important.  Even if we don’t feel represented in outdoor media, we can find outdoor communities that are inclusive.     What were your outdoor experiences like as a kid?  … More Be Heard: Ashley

Be Heard: KT & Heather

Meet KT & Heather: dancers, teachers, creators of Fat-Centric Dance.  KT teaches Body Home Fat Dance, a contemporary & jazz class.  Heather teaches Zaftig Dance in Plus size, a modern ballet class. Together, they are creating inclusive fat positive, body positive dance spaces.     What’s your dance experience/background? KT: Childhood was full of dance … More Be Heard: KT & Heather

Be Heard: Shannon

Meet Shannon:  lawyer, mama and hiker.  Shannon grew up in Las Vegas and currently lives in Oregon with her wife and daughter.  Shannon & her family explore the outdoors as often as possible. Shannon reminds us that our deep connection to nature & the earth is a vital tool in staying connected to ourselves & … More Be Heard: Shannon

Be Heard: Veronica

Each of us has a story to share & we want to inspire others to share theirs. We are excited to introduce Veronica, whom we met on our group hikes. Veronica is an Oregonian that has an infectious laugh that makes other people smile. She is currently participating in the 52-Hike Challenge. We recently caught … More Be Heard: Veronica

Be Heard: Lezley

Like many Latinos, I grew up raised between two cultures. My mom was straight up Mexicana hailing from Chihuahua and my dad nació in a small dusty town in New Mexico. My pops grew up in a Mexican-American home, more American than Mexican.  His parents refused to teach him and his siblings Spanish because of the Mexican segregation … More Be Heard: Lezley

Be Heard: Sumr

Medusa.  That’s what they called me in 4th grade.  I was so fat & ugly that I could turn my classmates to stone if I looked at them. I grew up in small-town Minnesota, wore garage sale clothes, red Sally Jesse Raphael glasses, and a home perm.  Being bullied had a huge impact on my … More Be Heard: Sumr