Amy Biesemeyer, MFT has worked with adults and youth in the outdoors since 1995 and has been a wilderness rites of passage guide since 2004. Nature is her teacher and sanctuary, and she is honored to guide others in the magical unfolding of their own true nature and coming home to what is most real and alive. She is especially passionate about working with groups of women and has deeply explored her own womanhood through women’s therapy groups and majoring in Women’s Studies. Drawing upon mind-body practices, she enriches her work with meditation, expressive arts and embodied inquiry. She has been trained by the School of Lost Borders, is a student of Jennifer Welwood and the Diamond Heart Approach, a graduate of The California Institute for Integral Studies and a Wilderness First Responder.
Casey McCarroll, MFT has worked with youth aged 5-19 in the wilderness as an outdoor adventure program coordinator, backpacking guide and wilderness therapist and in the classroom as a Head Start teacher since 1996. He has studied rites of passage facilitation with the School of Lost Borders and Wilderness Reflections and is currently working as a staff therapist and transition counselor at Holden High School in Orinda, CA. He is a mentor for leaders and youth and a vision council member with Stepping Stones Project. He also works privately as a coach and mentor for teens and young adults in the SF Bay Area. Casey is a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Dave Talamo, MFT is founder of Wilderness Reflections. He has over 35 years of experience guiding wilderness trips, works as a therapist with youth and adults, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. He is committed to the expression of joy and authenticity through the body and to helping others experience their own embodied selves in an intimate, ecstatic relationship with Nature.
Shai Lavie, MFT works as a therapist with adults, adolescents and children. A brilliant and creative group leader, Shai also teaches meditation and runs leadership retreats for teens. Combining ancient and cutting edge wisdom on youth development, Shai trains other therapists and speaks to parents about teen issues. He has led youth quests since 2001 and is trained as a Wilderness First Responder.
Sharon Shay Sloan is a community steward and Ojai Foundation certified council trainer dedicated to supporting individuals through life’s transitions, bridging at the intersection of languages and cultures. She has trained, fasted and assisted with the School of Lost Borders and Beyond Boundaries and has supported individuals through wilderness solo experiences over the past nine years. She is a steward of the Living Council Immersion at The Ojai Foundation and for the past thirteen years has worked internationally in project management, including with Bioneers, the World Wilderness Congress and Native Oceans. She is currently the project manager for the Native Lands & Wilderness Council for the WILD Foundation and a guide with Wilderness Reflections.
Silvia Talavera has been a vision quest guide and teacher with The School of Lost Borders since 1992. She is a hospice nurse supporting end of life transitions and end of life care at the bedside and as a community educator. She is a woman of versatility, passion, depth and humor. Silvia brings to her work a nurturing insight and deep compassion inspiring people to expand beyond familiar borders towards self-empowerment.
Polly Triplat participated in her first Vision Fast in Death Valley in 2008 with The School of Lost Borders. From that fast, she gained a clear understanding to take this work out into the world. Since then, she has participated as an assistant guide to Vision Fasts in New Mexico and California, and trained in Mirroring the Four Shields of Human Nature and The Way of Council at The Ojai Foundation. She also completed the Somatic Ecopsychology and Wilderness Quest Training with Wilderness Reflections. Into her work, she integrates Shamanic Healing practices that she learned from a great spiritual teacher and Shaman, Martin Pretchel. She is also a member of The Wilderness Guides Council and a Wilderness First Responder, as well as a massage therapist and facilitator of consciousness dance practices.
Shawn Berry is a guest guide with Wilderness Reflections. He has been facilitating rites of passage through the Condor Clan community in Ventura California for 10 years. As a guide who is also a member of the community he guides for, he has had the unique opportunity to practice the critical component of “incorporation” with individuals returning to their day to day life after a transformational experience in the wilderness. Shawn brings his excitement, curiosity and willingness to connect with the mystery of nature to each individual and group that he is invited to sit with and is passionate about helping others cultivate their own relationship journey with the planet and all it’s inhabitants. He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder.
Ariana Candell, M.A., LMFT, is a guest instructor with Wilderness Reflections. She is an Ecotherapist whose mission is to reconnect people with the healing powers of nature and to support them to actively bring this relationship into their work, daily life, and caring for the Earth. She offers workshops, retreats, consultation, and individual therapy in nature. Ariana serves as a consultant, professor, psychotherapist and inspirational workshop leader who has developed and offered Ecotherapy programs since 2006. She has extensive training in Dance/Movement Therapy, Hakomi psychotherapy and the Expressive Arts. Ariana enjoys a daily nature practice that uplifts her spirit and informs her life work.
Kate Cadoux, MA, MFTi has a passion for the healing capacity of nature and is dedicated to supporting individuals authentically in their soulful work to become more fully themselves. Kate has worked with youth and adults in tending to the Human/Nature relationship in a multitude of professional capacities since 2003. A long time student of ecopsychology, Kate has guided others in the work of reconnection as a wilderness therapist, gestalt therapist, rites of passage guide, and council leader. Kate has trained in vision fast leadership and The Way of Council with School of Lost Borders and has apprenticed in youth rites of passage leadership with Wilderness Reflections. Kate gained her Masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University where she concurrently trained with the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies. Her therapeutic orientation is relational, somatic, experiential and geared towards the here-and-now. Kate works as a therapist in a private practice in Sebastopol, Ca where she joins adolescents, adults, couples and families in their healing journeys.