Heather shares how after having a typical standard and conventional start to her life, she began to follow her inner knowing which then took her on unexpected journeys that have taken her all around the world.
She shares her story of how facing her fears connected her to her true passion and purpose.
Heather shares how her first 'call' came when she was on a study abroad program in University. She was on the fairly standard path of college, likely followed by grad school, and then career…
But it all changed when she signed up to go on a tall ship training program. The only problem being that she was terrified of sailing!
Heather shares that she knew that the only way to get over her fears was to face them. She signed up to spend six weeks at sea on a tall ship and got more than she bargained for.
Not only did she get over her fear of sailing, she fell in love with it. It opened her up to a whole new way of living and seeing the world.
Heather recounts her experience of sitting up on top of the mast of the ship as they were about to arrive at their destination in Cuba, the first port stop after 2 weeks at sea, when she had the realisation that while she was excited about arriving at their destination, more importantly she had grown to love and appreciate the journey even more!
It was at this point that Heather realised that she wanted to live her life in a way that embraced the journey as much, or more than, the destination.
Since then she has followed her inner knowing and it has lead her on a fairly unconventional journey, which has seen her working on, and running, farms across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Heather shares her tales of being a apprentice as a wooden boat builder and teaching students from preschool through adult in gardening, cooking, and connecting more deeply with the land.
Most recently Heather got married and moved across the sea to a new country where she now lives with her love.
To trust in self – no matter what other people may say.
That we always have a choice in how we view the world or handle situations
“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.” - Patrick Overton
Find A Way- Rising Appalachia
Heather loves to create pictures with words, paint on a canvas of soil, and cook food that tastes good and looks beautiful. She's nourished by the ocean, northern climes, long walks in the woods, winters by the wood stove, and helping things grow (both people and plants!). She has spent nearly decade of seasons on small sustainable farms, apprenticed with multiple herbalists, and taught everywhere from the decks of a schooner to a sugar shack under a full moon.
She is always open to explore new places whether it's down the street or across the sea.
Founder of North Star Nomad, she is passionate about creating sensory experiences that reconnect people with their bodies and the world around them, while bringing more joy, grounding, and wonder into their lives. She offers coaching and mentoring opportunities for growth that are supported by the plants, the seasons, and the places one longs to wander.