Originally from Baltimore, MD, Ria received her B.S. in Psychology from the College of Charleston in 2012 and moved to Utah shortly thereafter to work as a wilderness therapy field instructor for Second Nature Uintas. After two years “in the field,” she took some time to travel internationally and completed her 200-hour Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India along the way. In 2015, Ria moved to southern California where she taught yoga and meditation at several different studios and treatment centers. During this time she also worked as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for The Ojai Foundation, a 40-acre nonprofit retreat center dedicated to facilitating connection with self, others, and the natural world.
Ria has been working with folks in the outdoors since she was a child, spending summers with her father who directed a camp for the severely and profoundly disabled. She’s been a certified Wilderness First Responder since 2013 and has experience with trekking and sport climbing throughout the USA and abroad. She’s grateful for all the communities who have encouraged and supported her growth. In her free time she enjoys a good read, a long walk, or a fun climb.