Deeply committed to the Earth Path, Lena is passionate about celebrating this life on amazing planet earth. Lena was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Lena graduated from University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in Cross Cultural Sustainability. She has her Permaculture Design Certificate, and graduated from the Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness Program at the Regenerative Design Institute. She is the founder and director of Non-profit Earth Path Education founded in 2007, where we help grow a culture of listening to the earth as our wisest mentor through teaching Nature Connection to children and adults and guiding girls through their Rites of Passage into womanhood earthpatheducation.com. She is also a co-founder of School of the Traveler, a backpacking and cultural guide organization in Copper Canyon, Northern Mexico. Lena is a fluent Spanish speaker. She has guided university students on trips to the mountains, rivers and caves of North Carolina and beyond, through the highly respected UNC Asheville Outdoors Program. She empowered youth working with Free the Children– the largest youth-led organization in the world– as the Regional Network coordinator for the Southeast. She has taught music, art and nature connection in Waldorf schools for the past three years.
She also leads retreats, teaches Plant Medicine Making and facilitates Dancing Freedom. Lena loves teaching, singing, lightning bugs, growing food, foraging, running, dancing, ancestral crafts, deep breaths, bringing people together and waterfalls. She initiated and annually organizes Soil Sisters, the young women’s program for the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference. She directs he Kids Program for Organic Growers School and she teaches at several skills gatherings including Firefly, Florida Earth Skills and Singing Alive. Lena is honored and excited to co-facilitate Moon Maidens the young women’s program at Spirit Weavers with her dear friend and colleague Eden Trenor.