Alexandra GIFFIN, co-founder, Adventurer
“Howling often means tapping into your intuition in any circumstance where you are not only encouraged, but required to call upon your inner animal and embrace the wild nature that lives within. It is to live fearlessly, and unapologetically as ourselves.”
Ultimately, building Howl Often® became a response from immersing myself in nature. Through many healing moments in the mountains, I felt there was something missing from conversations taking place about women in the outdoors. I wanted to enhance authentic connection and forge a community of like-minded people who have a need to find and rebuild themselves in the wild. My mission was to find a way to create a completely safe space for women to express themselves openly and not feel isolated in their experiences.
Celestia howe, co-founder, adventurer
I’m often found exploring wild empty spaces found on topo maps in all types of elements. I seek adventure and am the gal who adventures off the well trodden trail to search what’s beyond the next peak. When life took a turn, I took solace in nature and found healing, strength and transformation. Starting the Howl Often® community was a way to share what I experienced and to meet other women who must get in the wild to thrive in life. I focus on inspiring the community of Howl Often by sharing their stories, connecting Howlers across the world and sharing my personal adventures. “The wild helps us recharge and reconnect. It gives us the space to howl – to explore the curiosities and beauty of nature and of ourselves – untethered from the hustle of daily life.”
Anna Ferntheil, Anchorage, Alaska Pack Leader
The older I have gotten, the more aware I have become of just how "noisy" modern life is-disconnecting us from those close to us and ourselves. My closest relationships are those that are forged through adventure and a desire to explore the natural world around us-without modern distractions. I have never held back from something new and unknown and that attitude seems to be contagious to those around me. I love empowering others and sharing what I know about the outdoors and in return, learning from those around me. My time outside is invaluable to me: it is the means by which I recharge myself to tackle my goals in every aspect of my life.
Jillian Mamon, Buena Vista Pack Leader
“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time" - T.S. Eliot
After moving 7 times in the past 10 years, I’ve noticed trends and commonalities in myself, other people, and especially in nature. From the ocean to the mountains, nature offers me a slice of perfection where I can step into a harmonious world. It’s a place to simplify and go back to basics. Every time I immerse myself in nature, I return a more centered woman for those I love, for those I have yet to cross paths with, and for myself. For that reason, I keep going back. For that reason, I Howl.
Mary Allard, Boulder, CO Pack Leader
What matters most to me is connection – to nature, to community, and to self. As a Colorado native, my upbringing revolved around being outdoors. Adventuring outside calls me to be raw and authentic with myself and with those along for the ride... I believe that this is the only way to be. I strive to inspire creative and active moments in nature where we can find our breath, learn to howl, receive the gift of grounding and balance, and enjoy a whole lot of stoke along the way.
Hillary Cawrse, Scottsdale, AZ Pack Leader
I’ve always been a wild one who could be found playing outside in the woods down by the creek....exploring my surroundings and adventuring into the unknown. It’s shaped who I am today as a grown woman.
Nature listens. It doesn’t judge. It's constantly changing and pushing us out of our comfort zone, not only physically but mentally as well. It challenges us. It teaches us many valuable life lessons.
I turn to nature in order to re-connect with myself, through the peaks and valleys that comes with life. It’s here where I find my serenity and strength. It’s here where much healing has taken place within my soul and still does. It’s here where I find my true self.
I would like to use my experiences and passion for adventure to help other women not only get outside, but to re-discover themselves and their wild side.