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Stories from the Field: Mental Health and the Outdoors

Oct 29, 2019

Meaghan Farrell is a field guide at Elements Traverse in Utah. Meaghan shares her journey into the wilderness therapy field and how she worked all over the country in different outdoor education programs until she found Elements Traverse. Meaghan has been a field guide for two years and talks about the pros and cons of being a field guide and the challenges of a week on week off schedule. Meaghan shares how this is the longest job she has ever held and why it is, “the best job” she ever had.

Meaghan's bio from Elements Traverse website: Meaghan was born in the great mitten state of Michigan, where she grew up enjoying camping with her family in the summer and spending as much time outside as possible. After graduating from Aquinas College in 2015 with a bachelors degree in Outdoor Recreation, she began going back and forth across the country working seasonal outdoor jobs, teaching outdoor education, and working for non-profits. After discovering that her two most cherished jobs have been working at a residential treatment center and as a backpacking guide in Yosemite, she knew she had a calling for wilderness therapy. Meaghan is a strong believer that the outdoors is a beneficial place for people of all backgrounds and interests. She is excited to teach and share her love for the outdoors.