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 currently works privately as a coach and mentor for teens and young adults in the SF Bay Area. He is a mentor for leaders and youth and a vision council member with Stepping Stones Project. 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. A Certified Hakomi Therapist, Dave is a pioneer in the field of ecotherapy and was one of the first quest guides to develop a somatic approach to questing. 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. Currently, he spends most of his field time apprenticing new guides and training therapists in the ways of bringing Nature into the therapy process.
Jen Poole, MFTI hails from Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. Many of her years have been lived out in rustic wilderness settings, studying western herbalism and working as an organic gardener. She holds a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and is working towards a psychotherapy practice that weaves together creative expression, ritual and intentional time in nature. She completed the Ecopsychology Apprenticeship Training through Wilderness Reflections in 2012, has trained with Daniel Foor in practicing healing work with one’s ancestral lineages and is a student of Jennifer Welwood. Jen currently works as an intern with St. Vincent’s school for boys and is training with the Star Institute for biodynamic cranio-sacral therapy, as a means to incorporate healing touch and energy work into her healing practices. Her passion lives in the heart of nature and is nurtured by her involvement with Earth-honoring indigenous healing ceremonies.
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.
Regina Williams is a nature connection mentor, wilderness quest guide and holistic healer. She’s dedicated to the cultivation of healthy relationships among all beings, and particularly to the rise of feminine leadership so that the masculine, feminine, and all in between can co-create with more balance and ease. Being a woman of heart and passion, she works along side nature to call forth the highest potential and gifts in others. Through her 16 years of training and work she has honed her skills in the way of council, grief tending, culture repair, wilderness quest ceremony, nature connection mentoring, wildlife tracking, primitive skills, dance, wetland restoration, farming and wild tending. She has fasted and assisted with School of Lost Boarders and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Scott Davidson is a deep nature guide who cultivates an ecology of belonging through a unique weaving of wildlife tracking, tending and questing in community. As a gifted council and quest guide, he collaborates with the School of Lost Borders, Wilderness Reflections, Wilderness Guides Council, the Tracker Academy and local schools. As a wildlife ecologist and tracker, Scott is a leader with the Art of Mentoring – Deep Nature Connection community with the 8 Shields Institute, co-founder of the Tracking & Nature Connection Series and others that bring deep connection and healing for people of all ages in potent service to life. He is a certified 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.
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.
Spencer Nielsen is a guide whose service path includes many realms: from leading youth nature connection programs, backpacking trips, and rites of passage including wilderness quests. He also works with adults in ecological leadership, permaculture, and quests. Spencer weaves his backgrounds in environmental education, ecology, and permaculture with eastern arts of yoga and qigong, utilizing Ayurveda and Daoist Medicine in his approach to restoration of landscapes and mindscapes. He is committed to reconnecting people with inner and outer nature for the sake of personal, cultural, and natural healing. Spencer is a certified Wilderness First Responder.
Brian Spear brings a wide variety of hard and soft skills to his work as a mentor, guide and facilitator. Since 2012, he has been guiding at risk youth on whitewater rafting adventures and has also worked with 5th grade boys as part of a school year nature immersion program. In 2014, Brian completed the Somatic Ecopsychology and Wilderness Quest Training with Wilderness Reflections and has undergone a comprehensive training in the Hakomi Method to strengthen the somatic integration into wilderness guiding. Brian is committed to bringing people closer to Nature through connection with their own bodies. Brian currently works privately as a guide marking and supporting life transitions for adults through somatic healing, ritual and intentional time in nature. As a guide, he brings a sensitive capacity to see, hear and track organic unfolding and weaves connections between self, other and place. Brian is a certified Wilderness First Responder and a member of the Wilderness Guides Council.