Kirstin is passionate about diverse landscapes, from desert soil to old growth forests. She originally learned to love the outdoors in the foothills of the Appalachians. Along a Pangea-old river in Central Pennsylvania, she earned her Bachelor’s degrees for Philosophy and Creative Writing. An interest in language led her into multiple cultural landscapes, both geographic and artistic. She has lived as an expat, has played music with international ensembles, and has enjoyed writing poetry in multiple languages. Kirstin earned her Master’s degree in Environmental Philosophy from the University of Montana, through which she focused upon human-nonhuman relationships. She has been instructing in the outdoors for over a decade across several U.S. states. She can often be found enjoying a cup of excellent coffee, preferably after a night of sleeping beneath the stars.