Kelsie Pombo (she/her/ella)
Program Staff / Personal del programa
Kelsie is a warm, creative guide with passion for song, story, and the simple magic of nature. She grew up on a farm in the San Joaquin River Delta (Yokuts land), climbing trees, catching frogs, and tending to sheep and goat babes. She fell deeper in love with wild places while studying ecology at Stanford, when she had the opportunity to live and learn in the Peruvian Amazon, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Monterey Bay. Later she served in the Peace Corps in a rural community in Panama, where she became fascinated with community practices that foster connection to self, others, and place. Kelsie has since been apprenticing to the art of mentoring and heart-centered nature education. She recently moved to Chumash lands from the Coast Miwok lands of Marin County, where she worked as a nature-based youth mentor and rite of passage guide for Vilda and Gaia Passages. Kelsie is a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR), has trained as a guide with the School of Lost Borders, and is a graduate of the Weaving Earth Immersion program for relational education. She loves making acorn pancakes and bay nut truffles, dancing, creating music with friends, and swimming in wild waters.