Shelby is a ceremonialist, facilitator and song carrier, as well as an herbalist and longtime student on the unbeaten path of life. She has spent the better part of the last 7 years living and apprenticing to the plants and their teachings in the jungle of Costa Rica, guided by her teachers NetaYa and Vismay. She is a certified Hatha and Vinyasa yoga instructor, The Work that Reconnects Facilitator, Wilderness Therapy guide and Somatic Plant Medicine Integration practitioner with a passion for holding space for individual's own wisdom to arise from their depths. She is driven by her mission of providing trauma-informed care to foster holistic, embodied healing for individuals, in service to the web of life.

Deer Ryder is a wilderness and human development guide, writer, dreamworker, poet and storyteller. He resides in the American Southwest where he works supporting others to heal and deepen their soul’s path in relationship to the holy wild.

Deer's primary training is as a Soul Initiation Guide with the Animas Valley Institute, an international nature-based mystery school based in the southwest specializing in the Nature Based Map of the Psyche and Soulcraft (dreamwork, shadow work, cross-species communion, ceremony, ritual arts, trance states and more); specifically focusing on guiding their 10-day wilderness fast.

Deer spent two years as a senior field guide with Open Sky Wilderness Therapy and is certified in nature-based practices and eco-psychology from EcoDharma in Spain, and has been a dedicated meditation practitioner and occasional facilitator for 10 years, primarily in the Vipassana/Insight traditions. He has participated in many silent retreats all over the world, with contemporary and traditional teachers, with special emphasis on blending practice and service to the earth. In this vein, he honors his former teachers: Sangha Seva’s Nathan Glyde and Zohar Lavie and friend-mentor, Mai-Linh Leminhbach: teacher and co-founder of the Himalayan Dharmalaya Institute for Compassionate Living and Windhorse Village.

Deer lived in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range in Colombia, working with and spending significant time with the Kogui people in support of the Amazon Conservation Team’s efforts to help the Mamas reclaim stolen territory, make offerings, and cultural preservation. Deer does not offer or teach anything he learned directly from the Kogui, but was irrevocably transformed and imbued by their teachings and way of life. He supports them in their fight to curtail global ecological disaster.

Lastly, Deer has been training in ancestral lineage work with Solea Anana and is a certified Wilderness First Responder with field experience. He received his Permaculture Design Certification from LA Permaculture Academy and applied its teachings while living and working in gardens, farms, alternative communities, eco-centric and permaculture-based projects around the world, including ancestral land practices research at Navdanya Earth University in northern India. He has his BA in Literature and Creative writing from UCLA and is a student of worldwide mythology, storytelling, and traditional cultures. He is currently writing and seeking representation for a novel trilogy. He has traveled to 27 countries and lived in 9 before calling the southwest home. Read more about him and his offerings on his website.

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