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Meet Graduate Naturalist Tasha Holifield

January 11, 2022

By Jolene Brink

Jolene is part of the Wolf Ridge marketing team. Her favorite season is the North Shore of Minnesota right about now.

Tasha Holifield was a Wolf Ridge Graduate Naturalist from 2021-2022.

“I was drawn to the program due to the essence embedded in the description of the program. It gave hints of words used to describe concepts I was already experiencing but hadn’t yet developed a language for.

As I have gotten older, I’ve recognized the value of language and its influence over ways you perceive and process the world. “Words matter,” a common phrase we use here at Wolf Ridge. Besides the language speaking to me, I began to develop a strong sense of community.

Even through the application process, I was building a relationship with someone, which made me feel valued as a human, an experience I had not felt in other application processes.

Prior to Wolf Ridge, I had started working on my Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services, developing an affinity for ecopsychology.  I am learning there are significant parallels between ecopsychology and environmental education.

I plan to apply my Wolf Ridge experience in emphasizing the common language and purpose of both of those fields while continuing my Master’s in Counseling and Psychological Services.”