Charles Carlin loves the wild landscapes of the American West and is deeply curious about how they work on our psyche and how we imagine the places in which we live and travel. He is currently working on a PhD in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation considers what experiences like the contemporary vision fast ceremony can tell us about how our experience of self arises from relationship with our world. Charles also works occasionally as a guide for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and he is trained as a wilderness-based psychotherapist. He did his first vision fast with the school in 2007 and found the experience both moving and puzzling. Charles' experiences on the land always seem to raise more questions than they answer. He is thrilled to be able to now serve the school as a member of the board. Charles lives in Madison, WI with his wife and son. You can find his writings on subjectivity, ethics, and other topics at https://wisc.academia.edu/CharlesCarlin.