We are a collective of passionate and capable wilderness guides, committed to restoring relationship with the natural world by bringing people out into direct connection with the profound guidance of the wild earth. We know that through earth-based practices a sustainable relationship to ourselves, our communities and to all of life is revitalized.
In the beginning, during the summer of 2000, Sara and Susan met on a Vision Fast when both were marking and celebrating the powerful transition of their fiftieth birthdays! A spark was ignited then to pursue this profound nature based work together and EarthWays LLC was born.
Today, EarthWays LLC has grown into the original vision we had, and has become an inspired group of ten.
We run our organization collectively with a foundation deeply guided by the principles and practices of collaborative equality.
"Your respect for nature and the people who do the journey is honorable. Your reflection to each individual is priceless and there are no words for how it touched my heart and soul as each person shared and you reflected their story back to them. Beautiful!" Mary Lou Henry
Roy Remer has trained with the School of Lost Borders, and leads wilderness based rites of passage programs. Roy began serving as a volunteer caregiver to the dying in 1997 and now works as the Director of Volunteer Programs at Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. Roy also facilitates Grief Support workshops for ZHP's Education Center. In 2008, he completed the Metta Institute's year long End-of-Life Caregiver Training. Although he is an avid hiker and climber, Roy spends most his time in the wild sitting quietly. He sees the natural landscape as a place where the absolute beauty of our own impermanence is mirrored back to us; where we learn to cherish the passages of life.
Cynthia Morrow, MFT is a wilderness rites of passage guide, a seasoned psychotherapist of 20 years, and a biodynamic craniosacral practitioner. Her work is devoted to the awakening of our own wild and interconnected nature for deep healing, inner strength, and whole-heartedness. She is a Dharma practitioner in the Japanese Tendai tradition, an ancient spiritual lineage from the bloodline of her Motherland. Cynthia has been an EarthWays guide for the past 10 years, and also guides the Women’s Vision Fast with School of Lost Borders every other year. She is a Wilderness First Responder, and a lover of yoga, hiking, cooking, and laughing with friends.
Susan Kistin, MFT is a skilled carrier of council circle, a guide in nature-based rites of passage and a spirited designer of ceremony. As a seasoned nature and body-based Therapist and a certified Life Coach, Susan offers life-affirming guidance for whole-hearted living! She delights in supporting people to experience the profound reflections in nature.
Sara Harris, MA Sara is one of the co-founders of EarthWays LLC, and also served for 7 years on the board of the School of Lost Borders. Sara offers dynamic and collaborative inquiry, mentoring and guiding work. Incorporating spiritual inquiry, presence, humor and earth-based practices into her own approach to living, as well as in her guiding, brings an immediacy and vitality that is what brings her the greatest joy! As a Rites of Passage guide, she is continually in awe of what guidance and healing are available through the enactment of ceremony in communion with the earth. Sara also guides an Elder Women’s program yearly through the School of Lost Borders, as well as a variety of EarthWays programs. She loves cooking, hiking, camping, collage and reading great poetry and literature.
Deborah Greene-Jacobi, MS Deborah has over 35 years experience as an educator and mentor to youth and adults at the secondary, community college and university levels. She was a co-founder and director of a private non-profit school for dyslexic and learning different teens. For 25 years as an educational therapist Deb guided and mentored her students across the threshold into young adulthood both in the classroom and wilderness settings.
Deborah is a host and carrier of the Circle Way and facilitator of intentional, collaborative conversations in educational, community and wilderness settings. Areas of her expertise include: educational boards, staff and secondary classrooms, teen and young adult leadership, wilderness guiding and apprenticeship training.
Deb is inspired by the transformative power of the wilderness as a mirror of our own deepest human nature. Her love for deep nature was nurtured and grown from time spent since childhood with the mountains and rivers of the Idaho primitive wilderness area. Deb has been involved in wilderness rites of passage for 10 years and is passionate about facilitating circle and council as well as guiding wilderness rites of passage with teens and adults.
Deb also guides the Cascadia Quest in the Eastern Cascades of Washington offered through Peerspirit annually.
Forest Firestone Forest holds a deep commitment to honoring the true nature of our inner and outer wilderness. Through practicing the art of deep listening and speaking from the heart, she has a passion for supporting people on their path of deeper connection to self with nature as the most honest mirror. She has trained with School of Lost Borders and is Wilderness First Aid Certified. She lives in Petaluma with her beautiful wife and 3 year old son.
Vanessa Eyen, MA, LMFT Vanessa Eyen is passionate about helping people foster an authentic connection to themselves, others and the natural world. She gives her gifts to the community through founding the Center for Nature Based Therapy where she provides therapy as a licensed marriage and family therapist, guiding wilderness rites of passage programs, teaching personal and social sustainability at Credo High School, and as a joyful and dedicated mother to her son Sage.
Sahara Chaldean, BA Sahara is committed to waking up through the practices of relational presence, myth telling and vigil tending in the wilderness. She is passionate about co-creating and facilitating circles, programs and private counsels that combine awareness of the body, psyche, mind and spirit. Her life continues to be inﬂuenced and informed by becoming a wilderness guide, story catcher, trickster, poet and lover of the majestic beauty of the world. She has practiced Mindfulness Meditation, Tai Chi and Aikido for over 14 years. Sahara is one of the ﬁrst Certiﬁed California Naturalist. She won awards for teaching excellence in Environmental Education. And has a degree in ENVSP. She is on the Advisory Board at Speaking Circles International , is a Certiﬁed Facilitator and is a Resource Coordinator at a local community college.
O. Andrew Schreiber O has been practicing Nature Based Spirituality for over 35 years. In 1980, he began his apprenticeship with an Ojibway Elder and Herbalist. During this time, O participated in numerous Fasts and Ceremonies. In 1996-97 he took part in a year long Ritual Healing Village with Malidoma and Sobonfu Some'.
Playing drums and percussion since childhood, O uses rhythm and song to bring a deep sense of connectedness to Ceremony, Ritual and Rites of Passage. He is a proud father with two amazing daughters, and is blessed to be the Grandfather of two precious granddaughters. O has trained with School of Lost Borders and is certified in Wilderness First Responder. email@example.com
Cazeaux Nordstrum Growing up in the Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona when the towns were small and the wild untamed lands were vast, Cazeaux lived among the influence of many native cultures. The land itself was a spiritual center honored by the annual indigenous and religious rituals and ceremonies. Traveling throughout the West as a child, camping from a young age gave her a sense of safety and an experience of the true mirroring of nature.
It was 1991 when she was drawn to her first rites of passage ceremony and began guiding the next year. She stepped away for a decade to establish a psychotherapy practice in the Bay Area focusing on mid life and older life. Sitting at the cross roads of adult middle years and elderhood for over 30 years has given Cazeaux a rich long view and a wisdom perspective that influences her work in and out of doors. An elder herself living towards 70, the meaning of life especially in its later years is taking on greater significance.
Many years of Buddhist meditation with the particular influence of Zen and working in Japan with Japanese elders and their caregivers for twenty years has brought a new balance in her understanding of care giving and care receiving.
Her background in Anthropology, Transpersonal psychology, World mythology and Native American cultures—along with her personal connection to nature—have inspired her to integrate wilderness work and clinical psychology, as a vision quest guide. Cazeaux offers programs through School of Lost Borders, Rites of Passage and EarthwaysLLC. Cazeaux is trained as a Wilderness First Responder.
Sage Abella Sage Abella is an Ecotherapist, artist and poet who loves to be in conversation with the natural world. She lives life in ceremony, inside the navigational wisdom of the medicine wheel and has been a fire carrier for over 10 years. Her life is dedicated to the transformational process and the moment that a single spark ignites the next passionate phase of our life journeys.
"Wonderful!!! Thank you for such deep listening, wisdom and compassion." Jane Kingston, psychotherapist
The rites of passage offered by EarthWays LLC are a cross cultural mix of modern and ancient earth based practices. We follow no specific religious or traditional path. In this way, our programs are accessible for men and women from every background.