Lauren was born and raised in a small Indiana town where she spent much of her childhood enjoying the outdoors with her family. Throughout high school and college Lauren worked at a state park doing trail work, environmental restoration projects, and leading nature hikes and programs with her role as a Naturalist. It was through interpreting and sharing her passions and knowledge of the natural world that led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.
Since graduating, Lauren has worked for two unique wilderness therapy companies, which has proved to be a milestone in her career path. Each company offered a different model of therapy in which Lauren gained valuable experiences and skillsets. The Utah based company offered a backpacking model focusing on primitive skills, hiking, and natural challenges the wilderness brings. After living and working in Utah for a few years Lauren was drawn to another company based out of Hawaii that offered a holistic therapeutic model and horticultural therapy.
While at these companies Lauren worked her way up to being a lead guide and resident supervisor role. Working wilderness taught Lauren that patience, empathy, love, and understanding for self and others are essential components of the growth process. Lauren brings passion to her work by bringing creative facilitation, role-modeling authenticity, and approaching students with an empathic, non-judgmental mindset. Role-modeling to students the importance of healthy coping skills, sustainable life skills, exercise, healthy eating habits, and the understanding the mind-body connection has proved to be the most powerful and rewarding career path that Lauren has been apart of.
In her free time, you can find Lauren spending time with her partner Max and two fur children-Miko the kitty and Koa the pup. Lauren believes wholeheartedly in the mind-body connection and loves any form of movement and meditation practice. A few of her favorites are: Yoga, Qi gong, ecstatic dance, primal flow, aerial arts, etc. You can also find Lauren spending time outdoors hiking, camping, paddle boarding, swimming, and biking. Connection and community are high values of Lauren’s so potlucks, face timing, and catching up with friends and family are always an important piece to her personal life.
Lauren started Dragonfly in June of 2020 and is excited to be apart of the Dragonfly Community. She is looking forward to learning and growing alongside both the students and staff!