Aria Watson

    Aria feels so grateful to have grown up wandering the Oak Woodlands of rural Sonoma Valley, the Valley of the Moon. She has an innate, deep love of young people and the land she is from which has guided her in her nature connection work for the past twelve years. As a descendent of the Jewish diaspora, finding herself home in body, land, and community is a central journey of her life. Through her work she endeavors to help young people on their journey home. Her path has taken her into roles that include organic gardener, wilderness guide, preschool teacher, social skills counselor, and farm educator. Her desire to bridge the gap between nature education and school led her to undertake a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Dominican University, and a Child Development Permit from College of Marin. In 2020 she founded The Bay School, a nature and play based program for young children. Her intimate understanding of initiation and rites of passage has informed her personal life for years, and she is excited to be supporting young people across thresholds and through challenges. Her life is creatively enriched by dancing, hiking alone, writing poems, gardening, Eros, and Jewish Earth-based ritual. She makes home on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Miwok people in West Marin.

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