Wild and Weightless’ mission is to promote positive body image and confidence through outdoor adventures. Wild and Weightless provides experiences and resources to support those affected by eating disorders to live healthy, and adventurous lives.
The Wild in you
Can you imagine a world where as humans we had the chance to live without being subjected to diet culture? What would it be like to grow up without the messaging that as women our most important duty is to appear attractive at any cost, to fit into a certain size, or to have our lives be tidy, neat and put together?
Diet culture messaging has “tamed” women for centuries. We have chosen hunger over strength, to keep thin figures. We have been taught to compare, judge and rank other women on their bodies, clothes and appearance. We have been told that getting dirty, sweaty, and building muscle is only for men. We have been taught to dull the wild parts of ourselves--we have been domesticated.
The outdoors can help us reclaim the wildness that lives within us. It is one of the only places left where we can find freedom from messaging we see through ALL media platforms. We can surround ourselves with supportive humans who encourage us to explore our strength and courage, or we can be alone with our bodies. We can begin to repair the relationship we have with our bodies by truly listening. We can celebrate our bodies for what they can do, rather than what they look like.
Can you imagine what type of relationship you would have with your body if it was wild and untamed? Would you listen to it when you got hungry? Would you wear clothing that felt comfortable to you and allowed you to move? Would you move your body because you want to, not for the calories you could burn?
Wild and Weightless is about reconnecting with the wild part of yourself, rejecting diet culture, and reclaiming our strength.
how wild and weightless works
Through outdoor adventure trips Wild and Weightless will provide a supportive environment where participants can celebrate their bodies for all that they can DO, rather than what they look like.
Participants will leave trips with a new support system and network of friends who they can connect with after their adventure.
Through take home curriculum and increased confidence through facing challenges in the outdoors, participants will be more equipped to handle the challenges they face at home.
On a larger scale Wild and Weightless will create a community that inspires all to live authentically and to find pride and compassion for themselves and their bodies.
About the Founder
Hello! My name is Kristen. You could say I like being outside. I am drawn to the ocean, the mountains, the desert and the places in between. I am fueled by my desire to play outside. To say that I am expert at any outdoor activity would be a huge overstatement. But the joy it brings is me—well its everything.
I have spent most of my young life struggling from an eating disorder. Recovery for me started when I began working outdoors as a guide and naturalist in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Yosemite Valley. You can read my full story here.
I hold a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a concentration in Wilderness Therapy. My education has inspired Wild and Weightless, and has laid a clinical foundation for my work with clients one on one and in groups. I work as a coach, therapist, and group facilitator for retreats, events, and schools.
Interested in working with me? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about Kristen by listening to the She Explores podcast here.