Feet On The Earth’s mission is to support children and adults to develop deeper relationships with nature, self, community, and the sacred through long-term nature connection mentoring and community-based wilderness rites of passage.

Our vision is to help raise young people who are ready to meet life’s challenges and be of service in the world: youth who have a positive sense of themselves; who know what their gifts are; feel deeply connected with nature; have strong community support; and are full of resilience and vitality.


Lorene Wapotich

Lorene Wapotich

Lorene is the Founder and Director of Feet on the Earth Programs.  She has more than 25 years experience as a wilderness guide, outdoor educator, nature-based mentor, naturalist, and herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition. Lorene holds a Bachelors Degree in Wilderness Leadership and Natural History Education, a Masters in Education and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder.

Lorene has extensive experience designing and leading a wide range of nature-based programs, including rites of passage for youth. She is a dynamic teacher, passionate speaker, and national lecturer and workshop leader on girls coming of age ceremonies and rites of passage.

Lorene recently completed a memoir and is currently working on her next book: Her Feet on the Earth, Her Place in the Circle: Creating Nature-Based Rites of Passage for Girls and Women, which guides parents and community members in how to create powerful coming of age ceremonies for girls and adulthood initiations for women.