Our retreats are facilitated by experienced staff who are knowledgeable and passionate about camping and wilderness survival as well as various holistic and healing arts.
Scott Karas is the founder of Deep Roots Nature Education. After completing his degree in engineering, he began studying permaculture, herbalism, yoga, wild foods, and primitive skills in 2008 and has never looked back. He has his Permaculture Design Certification with Living Routes in Massachusetts and completed a 45o hour herbal medicine program the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. Over the last years, Scott has immersed himself in nature awareness and naturalist studies through the self-study Kamana Program offered by the Wilderness Awareness School. Each year Scott seeks to broaden his horizons and bio-diversify his diet by growing and wildcrafting new foods and herbs and learning to identify and use different local plants. By connecting to the source of his food and medicine and getting to know the local flora and fauna, Scott finds a great and satisfying connection to the earth. He currently mentors youth in nature connection and education with the Forests Floor Wilderness Programs in Asheville, NC and teaches classes on permaculture, herbalism, and wild foraging at Villagers, a homesteading store and education outlet.
Rachel Shopper is a naturalist, outdoor educator, and poet. Growing up, she spent most of her time in the forest, finding solace and inspiration in wild places. Rachel's curiosity about the various practices across cultures for healing, harmonious connection, and self-discovery have led her to explore many pathways that lead us toward weaving a web of regenerative human culture, wherein each of us can bring our gifts to the world in the truest embodiment of ourselves. Rachel has studied nature connection, mentorship, and primitive skills at the Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, WA. She is a Kripalu-certified yoga instructor, and has also studied permaculture design, shamanic journeywork, and creative writing. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, where she teaches for Muddy Sneakers and Forest Floor Wilderness Programs. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys wandering in the woods, editing for a local literary press, and tanning hides.