The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be see or even touched--
they must be felt with the heart. ~HELEN KELLER
For as long as I can remember, I've loved spending time in nature: boating, hiking, gardening. At age 19, a friend and I hitchhiked out west with backpacks for the summer, spending several weeks at a time in the backcountry. The adventure travel bug bit hard! The vastness of the mountains with all of nature's beauty won my heart. I returned to University committed to become an efficient and effective outdoor leader.
After experiences instructing for Outward Bound and the Wilderness Education Association, I dedicated my path to create outdoor personal growth opportunities. My enthusiasm, motivation and commitment continues to feed my unwavering passion as a practitioner. In 1997, my dream was realized with the establishment of Soltreks, a successful outdoor behavioral health program for adolescents, young adults and their families. For over 20 years, Soltreks continues to integrate nature, experiential education and a transformational personal growth process to help individuals claim their personal power and live into their full potential. It's a privilege to partner with individuals and witness their transformative experiences of healing and awakening.
2012-2014 were years of my own healing and recovery following the immense uncertainty that comes with a cancer diagnosis. Once hearing "cancer free" I leaned into held feelings of disconnect, loss and fear of reoccurrence. I began to visualize traveling to Europe, renewing my strength and helping others. My vision to volunteer with young children was realized with the acceptance of a volunteer experience in India to serve in a Delhi pre-school. Wow! What a pivotal time in my life; I didn't know it at the time, but I transformed my fear into possibility. It was an opportunity for me to reevaluate my way of living and how to move forward; how to coexist with struggle and gratitude; to see that fear is universal and building connections with others across the globe can deeply impact our broader vision of the world. We are SO much more the same than different.
My call to adventure once again....
Summer 2014 I returned to guiding with an invitation by a colleague to co-guide a women's trip through Tuscany. What a gift. As I continued to heal the emotional scars from cancer, I felt called to hike on my own over a historic route from Switzerland into Italy. With a fellow American I met in Switzerland, I envisioned each step toward the summit of Griespass as a step toward healing. The overwhelming joy, inspiration and beauty at the pass expanded my vision to imagine unlimited possibilities. By listening to my heart, this life affirming experience was truly a breakthrough from what's lost to what's POSSIBLE.
With the seed planted, I declared to create the Summer Alps Adventures: 10 hikers, 10 days, 1 epic journey! Each summer I walk the trail, I celebrate with the same enthusiasm as my first walk!
My passion is my work. My work is my passion. I advocate wellness through trauma informed principles of practice supported by somatic movement and meditation, adventures in nature, process art and transformational coaching. Navigating my own transformational experiences gifts me with courage, forgiveness, healing, compassion, gratitude, service, love and joy. Barefoot Souls was born out of my healing journey and this way of being.
As I continue to be in my own process, I know my life purpose is to assist others in reclaiming their True Self through a journey of listening to the power of the heart. I offer this with love, intention, presence and fierce compassion.
I would love to walk beside you as you navigate to your greatest potential. With vision, awareness, curiosity and openness, you get to expand and shift your current paradigm to make way for living into your fullest expression and empowering ways of being.
Are you ready to say YES to answer the call to live your best life, nourish your heart, be open to possibilities, live purposeful and be your amazing self?
Choose you! Step into YOUR greatness and elevate your wellbeing.
Let your light shine! ❤️
Lorri Hanna, MA, CTRS, LPC, RYT
Founder and Vision Steward
Lorri Hanna is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with more than 25 years of practice. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor [MN], Certified Registered Yoga Teacher (200), Reiki Level I & II and a Shake Your Soul Yoga Dance Instructor trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Lorri is also an Artist. Her coach training is with the Institute of Life Coach Training to become a board certified coach.
"The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams." - Oprah Winfrey
"Lead with love."