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  • 22 references 20 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 48, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Mother, Master Recycler, Community Leader, self employed,...
  • Master recycler, Permaculture Design Certificate, BA in P...
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About Me


To have fun and teach my kids about how great this world and the people in it are


I live in beautiful southern Wa. I care deeply about this land and the creatures who inhabit it. I majored in Philosophy and Women's studies with additional education in permaculture and as a master recycler. I love to garden and preserve food.... sustainability and being intentional are two of my life values. I like to have fun with my 3 kids and explore new places. We love being here.


The universe is conspiring in my best interest and it is great! I love good music and playing/exploring. I am very lucky to be able to have fun with my children and travel; hopefully that will continue our whole lives. We love meeting new people and visiting new places.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


We love to host and meet new people whenever we travel - CS'ing is the best. I think cs'ing is a great way to introduce my kids to a diversity of people and cultures and it makes traveling with 3 minions possible.


Couchsurfing has been a sanity saver on more then 1 occasion. I travel alot with just the 3 kids and it is so nice to have another adult to talk to when we stop. So much better than another hotel room - especially after being in the car for 8 hours!


Gardening, Reading, Camping, Preserving, Biking, Recycling, Permaculture, sustainability, racial and environmental justice.

  • dining
  • gardening
  • reading
  • traveling
  • music
  • cycling
  • camping
  • whitewater rafting

Music, Movies, and Books

All Music (except jazz), changes depending on the mood.... day... love acoustic anything.
Krista Tippett and Brene Brown are two of my favorite authors. That list could get pretty long though.
Movies/tv shows: don't have time to watch too many, but love Orange is the new black, Game of Thrones, Merlin and Lord of the Rings to name a few.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The birth of my children was utterly awe inspiring. That my body can accomplish such an amazing feat is truly inspiring.

Teach, Learn, Share

I teach classes on permaculture, recycling, composting, reducing, household toxins ( getting rid of them), racial justice and more! I believe there are things to learn everywhere. Love to share info.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I am a Reiki master, I can help with composting problems/ideas. I can give you tips on reducing household toxins, living minimally and being more sustainable.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Jamaica

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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