Tami is a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor, runs her own private practice(Heart Of The Wild Wellness), is a certified EMDR trauma therapist and is certified by NOLS in Wilderness First Aid. She works with combat vets, first responders and clients that suffer from PTSD, OCD, depression and anxiety. In 2015 her love of nature and outdoor adventures led her to train in Wilderness/Natural World therapy with Katie Asmus of Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute http://www.wildernesstherapyinstitute.com/wilderness-therapy/ and additional Soul work training in the natural world with Katie Asmus & Dr. Sweigh Spilkin of Thresholds Healing. Tami has worked in the service field of psychology as an educator, coach, school counselor, group leader, workshop facilitator and therapist for 20 + years. She is open minded and has a passion for learning and helping others. Tami currently works in a thriving practice where she sees individuals, couples and facilitates an ongoing women’s empowerment group. While she sees clients in the traditional office setting she also meets them on hiking trails, in parks and on wilderness group retreats. She is passionate about science now showing the vast benefits of being in nature that we’ve always felt and is excited about sharing and teaching others. In her spare time, you can find her OUTSIDE hiking, tree talking or hanging out with her AMAZING grandson at local parks but If you happen to see her on the back of a Harley in Death Valley during the middle of summer, please throw her a bottle of water.
Brady will be your guide to mindfulness practices while teaching the peaceful & calming art of fly fishing. He is certified by NOLS in Wilderness First Aid and as our FISH & beginning fly tying instructor he uses skill, patience, wit and a sense of humor to enhance your experience in nature, while connecting with the element of water and our finned friends (catch and release). Fly fishing programs around the country such as “Project Healing Waters” are being used to successfully help veterans combat the symptoms of PTSD as well as helping others who suffer with anxiety and depression. Don’t let Brady’s BS in Business from Tarleton State University fool you, he takes his own advice and experiences nature in his down time by camping, fishing, relaxing in his hammock, or on his next kayak adventure with his family and friends. He does kiss all the fish he catches and may try to kiss yours if you catch one while he is instructing you, but we don’t hold it against him. Join him to learn how fishing relates to life on our retreats or schedule private lessons. 817-713-0788. “A bad day fishing is better than any day working” – Brady himself.
Clay is our hiking guide, cook, medic and assistant instructor. His love for nature started when he took is first backpacking trip in Colorado with the Wilderness Leadership Institute. This love for nature only intensified and led Clay to take a leap and move to California to work in Yosemite National Park. As an employee of one of the most iconic national parks, you won’t find a bigger advocate for the importance of spending time in the wilderness and having a connection with nature. As an employee in Yosemite, Clay cooked at the famed Curry Village, Badger Pass (the park’s ski and snow board resort), as well as Vogelsang High Sierra Camp. He progressed into the role as Curry Village gardener and aided in maintenance and restoration efforts in the valley. His love of nature and restoration led him to take a position working off grid in the backcountry for much of the summer months. In his spare time, Clay is a self-taught website developer and is currently working toward becoming a Wilderness EMT. When he’s not writing code or spending time in nature, you can find him spending time with family and friends, offering a helping hand to those in need, and playing the manager role for his celebrity dog Yosemite Jack who authored Amazon’s #1 new release in children’s camping books and nature conservation, “Yosemite Jack, Explores Leave No Trace”. On council night of our wilderness retreats you can sample his world-famous vegan lentil tacos, at least that is what Clay calls them. “The mountains are calling and I must go” – John Muir.