I’m a PhD candidate at the UBC Faculty of Forestry, based in Vancouver, where I delve into the research topics of forest therapy and wellness. My research focuses on enhancing individuals’ well-being through forest immersion experiences that foster a deeper connection to nature and promote optimal outcomes. I also collaborate with organizations that focus on environmental monitoring, to help preserve and protect our planet’s ecosystems and species that are under threat.
In addition to my academic pursuits, I’m also a dedicated advocate for hands-on learning and environmental education. As the founder and CEO of KitHub, I developed STEAM education programs to encourage hands-on learning and peer collaboration. I also co-founded the Los Angeles Makerspace and Connected Camps, two organizations dedicated to fostering a love of learning and creativity in kids and adults alike, supported through work I did as a Technology Director for the Digital Media Learning Research Hub at University of California Irvine.
As a regular Forbes columnist and sought-after speaker, I have shared my insights and experiences with audiences across the world, from the White House to SXSW. My newsletter “More Trees Please” delves into the connections between science, technology, politics, art, and therapy, and how they are all woven into the fabric of our Forest Spaces. Through my family project, Interest Driven Life project, I inspire and guide individuals to explore their passions and interests, embrace self-discovery, and lead fulfilling lives. Another family project is Shelves, where we explore web3 and blockchain to reimagine the future of storytelling.
- To enhance individuals’ well-being through personalized forest immersion experiences that foster a connection to nature and promote optimal outcomes.
- Inspire and guide individuals to explore their interests, embrace self-discovery, and lead fulfilling lives.
- Advocate for the conservation of ecosystems and species-at-risk and raise awareness about the importance of non-human rights.
Expertise in mixed methods research, project management, survey design, data analysis, and strong presentation and reporting skills. Contact for details.
Forest Therapy Sessions
Two-hour bespoke virtual and in-person forest therapy session. Ideal for couples, groups, schools and events. Schedule session.
Experienced keynote speaker, moderator, and panel participant. Topics include forest-based immersion practices, environmental monitoring, hands-on learning, community science, and community-based nonprofit and educational startups.
Some of my speaking engagements include: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Archer School for Girls, The White House, Caltech, SXSW, OSCON, MozFest, IFFF, Imagination Foundation. Contact for rates.
I’m a Meme!
In 2010, my husband took a photo of me and my son on the Paris Metro. Little did we know, that chance moment would turn into a viral meme and spark a journey to find the stranger in the photo. Thanks to the power of the internet, we were able to locate the man in just two days. Our experience is a poignant reminder of the connections we share as human beings. Read our story.