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Raei Bridges


Raei Bridges (they/them) is a neurodivergent soul on a journey of self-discovery and connection. Raised by the vibrant landscapes of the San Fernando Valley in California, Raei‘s roots are deeply intertwined with nature. From childhood days spent playing in the mud, climbing trees, to observing insects with fascination, Raei fostered a profound bond with the natural world in any way that was accessible to them.

The transformative turning point came during the 2016 queer quest, an experience that ignited their spiritual connection to nature and set them on a life-altering path. It was here that Raei discovered a calling to become an outdoor guide, driven by the desire to create spaces where others can embark on their own journeys of authenticity and wholeness.

Now, with a mission to guide and inspire, Raei Bridges channels their passion into fostering a sense of belonging in the great outdoors. Through their work, they aspire to empower individuals to embrace their true selves and discover the profound beauty that lies within the intersection of nature and authenticity.

Raei Bridges has taken their passion to new heights by founding Black&Wild, an organization dedicated to creating transformative experiences in nature. At the helm, Raei orchestrates mindful wilderness trips and ancestral skills campouts specifically tailored for Black, Indigenous, & People of Color in the Northeast. Raei is a certified WFR through SOLO schools and a certified Kripalu mindful outdoor guide



CO June Queer Quest 2

The natural world reminds us that being Queer* is both beautiful and something to be celebrated! Showing up as who we are, and with our many gifts, is a celebration of nature’s diversity and honors our deep connection to the natural world. Many earth-based cultures…