Katie Heneghan (she/her/hers) found belonging in nature and with people as a girl on canoe trips in the north woods of Minnesota and Canada, where she fell in love with the landscape, herself, and the creatures that call it home. Her varied work and passion for rites of passage and circle-based community-building brought her to California and a year of the Weaving Earth Immersion. One of Katie’s greatest joys as a mentor last year was witnessing Wild Tenders youth come into greater aliveness, realize and embody their unique gifts, and appreciate the gifts that others carry. She is deeply moved by the connections to self, others, and place that children cultivate through long-term relationship in the context of the natural world. She is excited and honored to return to Wild Tenders and be a mentor for a second year. When not at Wild Tenders, Katie embraces bravery and explores her curiosities by watching birds and following tracks, art journaling and making hand-crafts, practicing public speaking and ukulele, and exploring near and far.
Katie’s work with youth spans many contexts. She has guided wilderness trips, served as a residential counselor at an outdoor-based therapy program, provided arts mentoring to youth ages 4 to 18, taught costume construction and coordinated student services at a performing arts school, and facilitated health programs for middle and high school students. Katie earned a Bachelor’s in Theatre and a Master’s of Public Health in Community Health Promotion with a concentration in adolescent health. Katie is a council carrier, rites of passage guide, a certified Wilderness First Responder and recently completed Rx Outside’s Nature Led Approach, a 9-month mentorship informed by occupational therapy, child development, and deep nature connection.