I grew up playing in the forests of South East Queensland, exploring by foot and hoof every trail I could find. In 2002 I moved to Central Victoria to complete a Bachelor degree in Outdoor Environmental Education in the Box – Ironbark forests of Bendigo, where more time was spent bushwalking, canoeing, kayaking, rock-climbing, x-country ski-ing and camping than in the classroom.
Troy and I met and started a family, then moved to Anglesea to work with Eco-logic – rockpool rambles, bushland education and interpretation with school groups and the general public. We then headed to Darwin where I began the home-schooling journey, before returning to Victoria to take up a residential position at Marshmead (MLC). living amongst the vibrant wilderness areas of Nadgee and Mallacoota. We spent a year with the Andilyakwan people of Groote Eylandt in NE Arnhem Land, immersing our family in the culture and country of the tropics.
In 2018 I completed training with Tom Brown Jnr of The Tracker School in Advanced Tracking & Awareness, Temples of the Soul and Nature Philosophy 1. In 2019 I became a certified practitioner of Equine Facilitated Learning with Groundwork Therapy in the model of Adventures in Awareness(TM).
My childhood was soaked in a salty rush of cold southern seas as a little gromit in Anglesea. I developed an appreciation for the local heath lands and the powerful surf that pounds the coast. When I wasn’t chasing waves, I was exploring waterfalls and the giant Mountain Ash forests in the Otways. I completed a BA in Nature Tourism/Outdoor Education in Bendigo, refining my skills in trip leading and environmental interpretation. A year on Groote Eylandt off the coast of Arnhem Land (NT) getting the Learning on Country program up an running was a privelage as I worked alongside the Andilyakwa Rangers as coordinator. For 8 years I worked as Home Group Teacher and Garden / Mindfullness leader with teenage girls at Marshmead, a unique sustainable living residential program nestled in the wilderness areas of Mallacoota and Nadgee region. Along with Wild Cherry Nature Connection, I also work managing education programs in Arnhem Land with Yolngu Peoples.
Kerrie holds a Bachelor degree in Outdoor Education with La Trobe University, and Provide First Aid Certificate with St Johns First Aid and is a certified Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioner.