Meet Your Guide : Raei bridges
Age :24 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 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 finding my inner wisdom, and learning how to authentically show up within my queer community back home. For me, it was a pivotal point in my relationship to place both within myself and the natural world.
This experience is the foundation of why The Rusty Anvil was founded. With my 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 and hold space for others to hear the messages of their own inner strength and wisdom, and find their way back to nature as I did in the Colorado wilderness. I am grateful to experience this journey of re-remembering alongside you.
Founder and Lead Guide