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.”