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Dashielle has pursued many different avenues of learning in her life, but has always been driven by a desire to contribute to, live in, and enjoy a more just, equitable and sustainable world. As a backcountry guide she developed her own facilitation style with an emphasis on land acknowledgment, healing, inclusive community, challenge by choice, gratitude, and shared communal reflection on the experience of interdependence with place. She has worked with thousands of adults and youth on over 150 backcountry trips. She is particularly passionate about rites of passage in wilderness contexts and has been honored to be a part of dozens such initiations for high school students over the last 10+ years.
Dashielle has a Bachelors in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Afterwards, Dashielle studied organizational culture at Saybrook University and has also trained as a facilitator with Community at Work. She attended the PISAB anti-racism training in 2018 and holds a DEI in the Outdoors certificate. She also holds certifications from NOLS and NOLS WMI, Outdoor Educator and Wilderness EMT respectively. For two years she studied earth-based ways of prayer, becoming an ordained minister with the Center for Sacred Studies. She loves to officiate weddings.
She continues to study organizational systems and personal and cultural change processes.