Kate is passionate about facilitating spaces for collective healing and growth. She has experienced firsthand the power of the natural world to awaken an inner sense of purpose, peace, and connection. In guiding outdoor excursions, Kate seeks to support people in deepening their relationship with both the land and their inner lives.
Kate was raised with muddy feet and skinned knees in the forested mountains of Ashland, Oregon. She embarked on her first Inner Guide trip at age fifteen. During that trip, she experienced the sort of adolescent rite of passage that American culture sorely lacks. After three years as a dedicated participant, Kate became Inner Guide’s intern where she co-facilitated the middle school girls Guide Council and co-lead summer backpacking trips. After high school and a gap year of world travel, Kate began studying at Whitman College where she became heavily involved in the school’s Outdoor Program. As a Wilderness First Responder and Certified Climbing Wall Instructor, she guided backpacking, snow shoeing and paddle boarding trips, taught rock climbing classes, and outfitted students with gear for personal adventures. Kate graduated from Whitman in 2022 with a major in Religious Studies, a minor in Mathematics and an extracurricular emphasis in Environmental Studies.
When she’s not outside, Kate might be found making art, daydreaming, compulsively crafting Spotify playlists, roping strangers into unnecessarily existential conversations, and wearing really funky hats.