Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach
Gretchen (Grae) Gerlach (she/her) grew up in rural Montana, where she was raised as much by the wilderness as by her nature loving parents and horse ranching community. Inspired by the Rocky Mountains, glacier fed rivers, ancient forests, and creatures of her homeland she declared her life purpose at age six; “I will work with the nature in people!”
Having worked as a wilderness therapy guide since 2015, Grae was drawn to The School of Lost Borders with hopes of finding community and opportunities that would resonate and support her life’s intention. It was a discovery that felt like a remembrance! Since then, she has made it a priority to incorporate ceremony into her work with youth and adults in rehab and recovery with a passionate emphasis on Rites of Passage for women and ceremonies for the practice of living and dying. In addition to her involvement with Lost Borders Grae has guided for Rites of Passage Journeys, and is co-founder Crone Collective, where she focuses on developing community and individual Rites of Passage programs for women. She currently splits her wilderness therapy guiding between Legacy Outdoor Adventures and Alaska Crossings.
Grae’s style is to create a simple foundation and a center of gravity where individuals’ internal natures, as rich and wild as the environments that hold them, can come together, can remember reciprocity, can heal, and can mark a place of belonging in the long lineage before and after them. She approaches her work from a place of love, humble responsibility, and gratitude for the wisdom she has inherited from her Mother (Mama and Nature!) as well as the lineage of learning that her mentors have shared.