About

Feet On The Earth is committed to awakening children and adults to a deeper relationship with nature, self, community, and the magic of life 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.

Founder

Lorene Wapotich

“Today’s girls experience intense social pressures that challenge their abilities to build healthy identities, maintain connection to their authentic selves and develop much-needed resilience. Our young people are deprived of deep connection with the natural world and rites of passage ceremonies that mark their journey through the life spiral from childhood into adolescence. My vision for Feet On The Earth is to regenerate our communities by providing youth with long-term, nature-based mentoring that is combined with appropriately timed, community-supported wilderness rites of passage.”

Lorene is the visionary behind Feet On The Earth. She is a deep nature-connection mentor, herbalist, naturalist, wilderness guide, and ceremonialist working with youth and families in the Boulder, CO area. Her life’s work is to empower girls and women, and to restore rites of passage as a way of life in our communities. Lorene feels deep kinship with the natural world and views sacred relationship with self, others, nature and Spirit as the foundation for living an empowered life.

Lorene is a dynamic and passionate speaker, national lecturer and workshop leader on girls coming of age ceremonies and rites of passage. She mentors women across the United States as they create rites of passage programs in their own communities. By guiding the process through visioning, strategizing and community building, Lorene provides a supportive presence as the program launches, empowering the women to establish their confidence and leaving them rooted in their work.

Lorene is the author of two forth-coming books.  One is a memoir entitled Laughing Aspen: One Woman’s Journey to Joy. The other book, Her Feet on the Earth, Her Place in the Circle: Creating Nature-Based Rites of Passage for Girls serves as a guide for parents and community members on how to create powerful coming of age ceremonies for girls and adulthood initiations for women.

Lorene has over 25 years of experience in the field of outdoor leadership and as an herbalist in the Wise Woman tradition. She has worked as a lead mentor and instructor for Deer Hill Expeditions, Vermont Wilderness School, Kroka Expeditions, EarthWalk Vermont, Rite of Passage Journeys, Women’s Wilderness, and Outdoor Leadership Training Seminars. Lorene apprenticed with Susun Weed and is a graduate of the New Mexico Herbal Institute and the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. She served on the faculty of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies for six years and as the Assistant Director of the Advanced Clinical Program for three years. Lorene has more than 20 years of experience as a naturalist and nature-connection using the 8 Shields Cultural Mentoring model developed by Jon Young.

As an adjunct faculty mentor and instructor with Prescott College, Lorene works with graduate and undergraduate students studying adventure education, girls development, rites of passage, nature connection mentoring, and herbal medicine. She has been a guest presenter at Bioneers, Naropa University, the Wilderness Therapy Conference, and Western State College. She is a frequent presenter at the Red Earth Herbal Gathering in Boulder, CO, and was a founding member of the Boulder Red Tent Collective.

Lorene is trained as Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and is currently a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Lorene holds a Masters of Education degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA with a concentration in girls’ development, rites of passage and nature-based education. She has a Bachelors degree in Education from Prescott College with an emphasis in Wilderness Leadership and Natural History Education.