Western Mass

Hikes & other events for the Springfield, MA and Western Mass area will be posted on the main social media pages as well as the Eventbrite page, ‘follow’ Fat Girls Hiking to receive an email whenever a new hike is posted:  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/fat-girls-hiking-8629131029

Marley can be reached at:  fghwesternmass@gmail.com

Marley (She/Her)

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I grew up with a unique home dynamic. My father is the third-generation owner of an Italian bakery and my mother is a dental hygienist and former competitive athlete. As one could imagine, I received many conflicting messages about eating and health. I also perceived a lot of social pressure regarding body image and became self-conscious about my weight and fitness. Fortunately, my parents shared a passion for the outdoors, and I was introduced to the one place that offered me some reprieve from all of the external social pressures as well as from my corrupted thoughts. I immersed myself in the outdoors as an adult, working as a wilderness instructor and guide in Utah. I returned to the East Coast after a few years to pursue my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. I have recently relocated to Western MA to complete my doctorate in Counseling Psychology. My interest is in creating affirming and open spaces for individuals and communities facing systemic inequity. Specifically, I believe in a deeper ecology that binds all living things and I believe that a deeper connection to the outdoors can liberate us all from our everyday stressors and social pressures. Nature is for healing.