Tess Baldino graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work. She went on to work at mental health agency with clients that were applying for benefits. She also has experience teaching an art therapy group and working with the homeless and people suffering with substance abuse. She has had a lot of personal experience with practicing yoga and living outside and allowing the wilderness to do its thing.
Tess lived and hiked in New Zealand for several months and has her own therapy journey throughout her life. She was interested in wilderness therapy because of the way it combined these experiences and her two passions: being outside and supporting struggling humans.
What Tess values most about her role is the creativity and freedom she has to meet the team, students, and guides where they’re at. She values the communication and self-awareness this job has opened up for her, especially while immersing herself into the outdoors. She appreciates the balance this job can bring to her life outside of work. Her strengths are communicating assertively and authentically with the team and guides, her sense of raw vulnerability and self-awareness, and her curiosity and empathy for students and their process. She brings a lot of drive and fire to the job and excels at facilitating creative interventions, ceremonies, and moments for the students.
In her time off, Tess loves to creatively work with her hands, whether through art, beading, whittling, cooking/baking, or gardening. She loves to move her body whether through working out, hiking, biking, being on the river, traveling, and finding new areas to explore around Durango. She values connecting with her family and friends, as well as connecting with herself inwardly.