Instructors

Rainbow Eagle Dreamer, Founder and Instructor

Dreamer profileDreamer lives up to his name as a visionary healer, artist, and teacher. As a natural mentor to young people, he offers a caring, enlightening, and joyful presence. He has spent the last few years learning the art of brain tanning, and keeps a regular practice of tanning hides for sale and for personal use. While he primarily works with deer skin, Dreamer has experience with elk, beaver, raccoon, squirrel, otter fish, snake, buffalo, and bear. When he is not tanning and creating clothes and sacred items with his leather, Dreamer spends much of his time following these animals in the woods, learning deeply about art of tracking and communicating with nature. Dreamer completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Prescott College with a competence in Medical Anthropology and a Breadth in Environmental Studies. Gifted at working with young people, Dreamer facilitates excitement, curiosity, and respect for the natural world. He is certified in Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED by the American Heart Association.

Amara Dreamer, Founder and Instructor

Amara ProfileAs a lover of nature, Amara teaches connection and respect for the natural world in all of her pursuits. Amara’s nature experience includes farming edible and medicinal plants, facilitating classes to preserve indigenous and natural life ways, working for a wilderness protection non-profit, backpacking, undergoing nature-based rite of passage initiations, and spending a lot of time simply being in outdoors. A student of wisdom traditions from North and South America, Amara holds a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona’s Prescott College, with a competence in Cultural Anthropology and a breadth in Environmental Studies. In alignment with the college’s mission to promote social justice and environmental sustainability, Amara focuses much of her time on social and environmental education for children and adults in her community. She believes in bringing young people as well as adults the opportunity to develop an intimate understanding of nature that will help them live in harmony with the earth. Amara is certified in Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED by the American Heart Association.

Brenden Butler, Instructor

biopic2Brenden Butler grew up spending his time independently exploring and creatively connecting with nature. Unschooled until age eleven, he traveled to various folk arts festivals, storytelling festivals, and primitive skills rendezvous across the eastern United States. These childhood experiences shaped his values and perceptions of the world, inspiring him to always work towards building a more harmonious relationship with Nature, the Earth, and the Essential-Self, which he believes are the keys that can help provide a simple, connected, and meaningful life for anyone that chooses.

Brenden moved to Bend in 2003 where he volunteered with Making A Difference Teen Theater, working directly with youth regarding moral values and life choices until 2006 when he began working with kids with Parks and Recreation Department. Today, Brenden offers alternative counseling and intuitive therapies. He is a certified provider of intentional peer support, and is knowledgeable in Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s compassionate communication techniques. He also works with children and families to overcome challenging behavior through a neuroscience-based, trauma-informed model of care called Collaborative Problem Solving.

Brenden enjoys his free time swimming in the rivers, hiking and biking along the rivers, meditating by the rivers, contemplating on the rivers. He really likes rivers! They remind him of the nature of life, always flowing, and always growing, back to the Sea. Brenden is certified in Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED by the American Heart Association.

Elizabeth Stauder, Instructor

ElizabethElizabeth has devoted her life to maintaining a deep connection with Mother Nature on many levels. She grew up in the Central Oregon high desert and made regular journeys into the mountains, rivers, fields, and valleys of the Pacific Northwest throughout childhood. Venturing into the natural world for play as well as rites of passage has become an essential part of her lifeblood. Nature is her friend, teacher, guide, and mirror.

Elizabeth graduated college with degrees in sociology, Spanish, creative writing/English, philosophy, and gender studies. She has spent several years traveling and living abroad in places such as Guatemala, Spain, and Peru. Working and living in a variety of cultures has helped her develop a capacity to relate deeply to a diverse range of lifestyles, beliefs, and cultures.

She offers her experience with rattle making, drum making, edible/medicinal plant identification, storytelling, shelter building, natural camouflage, Mind’s Eye skills, and deep nature connection to Wildheart classes.

Elizabeth regularly uses nature rituals in her life for herself and with others.  She is in the process of launching her own private healing practice, and involves herself in community activities for the furtherance of healing humanity into remembrance of our true nature.  She is committed to seeking ever deeper ways to heal through tapping in to the inherent wisdom of Nature, and believes that exposure to the raw presence of the natural world is one of the surest ways that healing will come for all of us, now and in generations to come.

Clay Savely, Instructor

ClayClay was fortunate to grow up in the dense Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina on a magical property with flowing creeks, springs, lush, diverse rain-enhanced forests, and abundant animal life. He spent most of his time outdoors as his parents encouraged a deep connection with the spirit of the land. Clay developed a deep connection with the forest and the unseen forces alive within the micro and macro worlds of wonder at an early age. Through growing food with his family, he became intimately connected with the cycles of the seasons.

As he grew older, Clay learned more about himself and the world through traveling, music, art, and community. Eventually going to college at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington on the Atlantic Ocean, he discovered a deep connection with fire and water through the presence of the ocean and the wonders of creating fire out in the forests at night. He studied Environmental Science, Film, and Creative Writing with some time abroad in Australia as well with an abundance of diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Clay eventually realized that instead of being a scientist and studying nature, he wanted to work with children and open their minds and hearts up to the vast wonders and spiritual connection that he had experienced first-hand as a child and young adult. He was called back to the mountains after school and began teaching for experiential education groups outside of Asheville. He fell in love with guiding trips in Pisgah National Forest, a temperate rainforest with remnants of the magic first encountered and revered by the Cherokee peoples.

Clay is passionate about teaching primitive skills, survival skills, plant knowledge, environmental science, writing, nature art, and ceramics among many other things. He particularly enjoys sharing his father’s unique art form of impressing plants and flowers into clay and creating complex designs inspired by nature’s majestic creations. He is certified in Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED by the American Heart Association.

Katherine Brown, Instructor

Katherine BrownGrateful to be raised in the beautiful state of North Carolina with memories from the coast to the Appalachian mountains, Katherine has a deep connection with the natural world. As a teacher, she desires for all people, to have access to nature education and strives to help others appreciate and respect Mother Earth.

Her kind, compassionate personality and innate ability to teach and work with children was sparked in her youth when she helped raise her younger sister. From there, she taught at summer camps, Girl Scouts, art and music classes, and mentored and tutored one-on-one. Realizing how to offer these gifts in college (University of North Carolina at Wilmington), she studied Social Work and focused on supporting and empowering children and families with the Strengths Perspective. She also taught social skills while offering children a safe outlet for full self-expression.

Today, she brings her love of nature into her pottery work and her birth work. As a labor and postpartum doula who has also studied with herbalists in women’s health, she offers women and families herbal wellness and flower essences. Having grown her own foods and medicines, she believes in the healing power of plants and is an advocate for living with the land. Her dedication to sacred songs and sweat lodge ceremonies has allowed her to dive deep into her spirituality and truly understand the importance of preserving tradition and the earth itself. She is certified in Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED by the American Heart Association.

Courtney Chelew, Instructor

LWCourtney grew up in California in the lands of White Sage and Coastal Live Oaks. She spent her childhood coated in a layer of salt from the sea, getting lost in the high desert mountains on horseback, camping under the stars and being present with nature in silence and stillness. As a teenager she had an awakening which sparked her un-schooling process and lead her down a path of healing herself and the earth by sustainable practices and reverence for the natural world. Through her activism for the protection of the wilderness, endangered species, and water, she is a guide and advocate for sustainable ways of living. She believes that children are especially sensitive and intuitive to the forest, and that they are essential to guide society to its roots of living in commune with nature.

She joined Healing Hands school of Holistic Health in 2012 where she studied massage therapy of eastern and western traditions and learned ancient plant wisdom and medicine applications. As a healer and young mother of two boys, she brings a nurturing and empathetic energy to the children she guides. Her intention is to unveil the magic of the forest, and empower children to embrace their true essence, the place where the universe resides in each of them. To have meaningful experiences in nature, with a reciprocal relationship with the earth, giving to and receiving.

Today she spends her time exploring the forests of Central Oregon on her mustang pony, growing food, creating sacred space and ceremony in her daily life, storytelling, dancing and nurturing her two beloved children. She practices massage and Reiki and continues her studies of the ways and medicines of the natural world. Courtney has her Wilderess First Aid and is CPR certified.

Laura Parker, Instructor

Laura Parker-2Laura was born in Bend, where she has since wandered out in all four directions to explore the desert, mountains, rivers, and forests. She spent her early childhood years cross-country skiing and hunting for crayfish in the river across the street from her house. From a young age she helped her dad clean wild poultry and fish after his hunts, which nurtured an important appreciation for the giveaway of the animals and for knowing that all food comes from the earth. She is the founder of Central Oregon Urban Homesteaders, a group that is committed to educating the community about nourishing and local foods. 

Laura earned an Associate of Arts degree at COCC and studied Literary Discourse through Eastern Oregon University, with a major focus on writing. Her first novel/memoir is in its final revision phase and it will be published later this year. 

Laura is currently enrolled in a correspondence course through the Wise Woman University with Susun Weed, where she is learning the ABC’s of herbalism. She is continually deepening her relationship with plant medicine, learning to speak with the plants and listen to them as the elders of the modern world. Along with practicing herbalism, she teaches workshops for empowerment, working with ceremony, birth, nourishment, earth awareness, and plant identification. 

Laura is the mother of three boys, who have taught her about her strength as a woman, and also shown her how to dance and sing in the ever-changing dynamic disequilibrium that is life. Laura drums, sings, and cooks her way through each day. She is always grateful to walk among the magic of nature, which motivates her to inspire others to reconnect with where they came from. Laura has her Wilderess First Aid and is CPR certified.

Erika Kightlinger, Instructor

Erika Kightlinger ProfileErika grew up chasing butterflies during the day and fireflies at dusk. She played kick the can and ghost in the grave yard with the neighbor kids. The woods behind her home in Ohio were a safe haven where she whispered with the snakes, salamanders, and stream creatures. Building forts and ice skating on the frozen ponds filled her days and helped her fall in love with the earth. Wild daffodils and great horned owls kept her company and quietly shared their secrets. Erika has lived in Bend for twenty one years, has raised two boys here, and is grateful to live in a city that has more trees than people. One of her primary jobs is as a bee keeper. She spends much of her time selling hives, queens, honey, and beeswax candles. Erika also helps with the local farmer’s market and has her own intuitive healing practice.

Collaborators

cfco1The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon provides a network of outdoor places and programs dedicated to moving all children along a continuum of learning, exploration, and healthy living through engagement with nature.

They seek to:

  • Develop opportunities for all children and youth to safely and accessibly engage in free play, exploration and recreation activities that connect them to nature
  • Provide all children and youth first hand connections with nature by providing meaningful, inspirational, and interdisciplinary education programs including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), social studies, creative writing, and art
  • Improve health outcomes in youth by providing opportunities that lead to increased physical activity outdoors
  • Develop programs that foster leadership skills in youth, promote a sense of connection and stewardship for public lands, and provide potential environmental and natural resource career paths

Sol Alchemy TempleSol Alchemy is an intentional journey wherein one’s soul is healed and transformed for the good of oneself and the world. Their mission is to be a force for good by engaging and empowering individuals as active, curious explorers of their inner lives, as well as of the tremendous power of community. Their vision is to build a community of leaders who live healthy, sustainable, and joyful lives, and who thus co-create healthy, sustainable, and joyful families and communities.