Meet Your Guide : Raei bridges

Environmental Educator | Activist | Guide

 Pronouns: he/They

Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles left me with limited access to large green spaces. I spent my time playing in trees in the backyard or skateboarding around town, but I never realized that there was an entire natural world beyond my safe suburban lifestyle ready to teach me more than I ever knew about myself.  In the city I had many distractions to keep my focus.

In 2016 I had the experience of spending 10 days in the Colorado Back country in the White River National Forest. During this time I went through a rite of passage dedicated to rebuilding my relationship to nature, and finding  authentic wisdom in my identity.

Colorado was a pivotal point in my relationship to place both within myself and the natural world. Yet in this space I soon realized that I was the only person of color, and the experiences and knowledge of my cohort could not apply to my urban upbringing.

This experience is the foundation of why The Rusty Anvil was founded. With this organization, I intend to reconnect folks to nature who grew up in spaces where nature was not the standard.

  I facilitate experiences of mindful communion with the land that holds space for others to build on their relationship to place within themselves and nature, and experience the healing  and self-discovery that comes from forming an intimate sense of place in the more-than-human world.

Through this organization I aim to build a supportive outdoor community that actively engages in environmental action from a foundation of intimate connection to the more-than-human world and our inner selves. Together we can work towards educating our communities and building a relationship to place that is founded on intimate connection and responsibility to the natural world knowing we are the same.

with gratitude,

Raei Bridges

Founder and Lead Guide

  • Wilderness First Responder

  • Certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide

  • Co-chair Environmental Justice Board, NAACP

  • Instructor Intern with Flying Deer Nature Center

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The Rusty Anvil LLC

The Berkshires of Massachusetts


Raei Bridges

(818) 741 6557

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Funding for the Forest Bathing immersion program was provided

by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.

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