Founder, Walk Leader
Andrew comes from a small town called, ironically enough, Walker, Iowa. He is an adventurer and seeker at heart and strives to help others discover something new and transformative about themselves. He finds the best way to do this is through walking; long, contemplative, and restorative. He has operated Walking Space for three years and continues to grow and help people reconnect to nature and themselves.
He has lived in various locations around the United States and six years in London, UK. He taught music for ten years before taking the leap and starting Walking Space. It is never too late to try something new and reinvent yourself – he’d love to meet you on the trail and help you on your own journey.
Guide, Life Transition Walk Leader
Becky is an author and life transformation coach who specializes in helping people know thyself, heal thyself, and create a life plan with actionable steps that will lead to their ideal future. Becky understands that to be successful in business or make the difference you were put on this earth to make you need to release emotional blocks and limiting behaviors and set power intentions to get the Universe working for you. It helps to begin with an over-arching life plan that includes all aspects of life including career, family, health and wealth. Becky is a healer employing various methods of healing in her practice including Reiki Energy Healing, NLP and the RIM process. Her book, Life Transformed: 6 Steps to a Future Beyond Your Imagination was recently published. She is excited to see you on the trail!
For more information on her work please visit her website at beckyprater.com.
Yoga + Walking, Yoga Instructor and Wilderness Guide
Lead Guide, Wild Women Walk
Naomi is a full time mama of 4 and also a full time special education teacher! When not busy managing those to full time endeavors, she is happiest when strolling through the woods with the leaves, snow, or fresh grass beneath her feet. Naomi is passionate about bringing women together in the outdoors to both connect with each other and connect with their own, authentic selves. She hopes to inspire women to find deep love for themselves, while experiencing the healing elements of nature.
Guide, Queer Walk
Professor Adam Janke studies and conducts education on wildlife and wildlife-habitat relationships primarily in intensively farmed landscapes like the U.S. Corn Belt at Iowa State University. He is particularly interested in understanding opportunities to promote the persistence and abundance of wildlife and wildlife habitat in these working agricultural landscapes. Stated simply, he studies where birds live on farms and conduct education to champion those places. It is his hoped that this research can improve the prospects for sustainable wildlife populations in working agricultural landscapes in the Midwest for generations to come.
Additionally, Adam is involved in bringing awareness and diverse perspectives through outreach with LGBTQ+ organizations and communities to create more inclusive spaces in the outdoors. He is co-organizer for Out in the Field, an organization that builds community and visibility for LGBTQ+ outdoor professionals. Adam is excited to share his passions with the queer community on Walking Space’s Queer Walk!
Wild Women Workshop Leader
Workshop Leader, Laughing Yoga
Laura Gentry (she/her/hers) is a reckless purveyor of joy. Known as, Laughing Laura, she is a Master Teacher of Laughter Yoga and was named a Laughter Ambassador by Laughter University in Mumbai, India. She has presented laughter and motivational programs on six continents and developed a number of resources including a book, a film and seven albums. She’s an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as well as a faculty member of the world’s longest running Clown Camp in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Most of all, however, Laughing Laura loves to frolic in the woods and that’s why she and her husband have built their own trail system at their homestead in Northeast Iowa. Learn more at LaughingLaura.com.
Laughter Yoga is a practice developed by a medical doctor from India that combines playful group exercises with deep, pranayama breathing to enhance wellness and joy. There’s nothing quite like the experience of laughing boisterously together. As laughter researcher, Dr. Lee Berk, says, “If you bottled up all the healthy effects of laughter into a pill, you’d need FDA approval!”