I've loved spending time in the great outdoors for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Newport News, VA with three sisters, and parents who encouraged me to follow my dreams, we spent many years boating, fishing, and traveling for vacations. When I was 19 years old, a friend and I hitchhiked out west with backpacks, spending several weeks at a time in the backcountry. I fell in love with the vastness of the mountains and all of nature's beauty. The adventure travel bug bit hard! I returned to college committed to become an efficient and effective outdoor leader.
From the Wilderness Education Association to instructing for Outward Bound, I was devoted to creating outdoor personal growth opportunities in nature, where endless possibilities existed in connecting with beauty, others, self and life. My dedication, motivation and commitment to excellence fed my unwavering passion as a practitioner. In 1997, this dream was realized with the establishment of Soltreks, a successful outdoor behavioral health program in Minnesota for adolescents, young adults and their families. As co-founder and executive director, I designed a Summer Adventure Program, retreats and trekking adventures for women, custom family adventures and wilderness journeys for graduate counseling students. As a trainer, therapist, mentor and guide, many days were spent on the Superior Hiking Trail, in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in Minnesota, and in the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico. Today I create meaningful 1:1 and small custom programs with adults.
In 2014, a new chapter of my life began with international travel on a journey to India with cancer survivors. My heart longed to give back to others following my own bout with cancer. Co-guiding a women's trip through Tuscany, Italy followed by a conscious movement retreat in Assisi, proved to be affirming and healing. Before heading back to the USA, I walked/hiked a historic route over the Alps from Switzerland to Italy. It was one of those experiences I knew I had to do! As I reached Griespass, I was overwhelmed with tears of joy. I'll always remember that inspiring moment. At the top of the pass, I declared to create trekking adventures over the Alps for others. This walk was beautiful and life-changing as I transitioned from what's lost to what's POSSIBLE.
Once home, I excitedly developed and secured the logistics for the summer Swiss Alps Adventures: 10 hikers, 10 days, 1 epic journey! Each time I walk the trail, I celebrate with the same enthusiasm as the first time!
I also returned to the expressive arts: dance, (my childhood passion since age seven), and body based practices of yoga and conscious movement as they aide in releasing, renewing and rejuvenating my whole self through surrender, connection, shifts and awakening consciousness. Much like dance, making art allows me the freedom to express my connection with nature and spirit through whimsical and inspirational paintings with messages of self-renewal, joy and hope.
My passion is my work. My work is my passion. Nature, travel, adventure, movement and relationships continue to inspire me to be Fearless, Courageous, Truthful, Joyful, Creative and Loving. Barefoot Souls was born out of this way of being.
I'd be honored to partner with you as you transform your dreams into doing. NOW is the time to live your best life, nourish your heart, expand possibilities, take adventures, live purposeful and be your amazing self.
Be Bold! Step into YOUR greatness and elevate your wellbeing.
Let your light shine! ❤️
Lorri Hanna, MA, CTRS, LPC, RYT
Owner / Therapist / Coach / Wilderness Guide / Dancer / Artist
Lorri Hanna is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with more than 25 years of practice. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor [MN] a Registered Certified Yoga Teacher through Birmingham Yoga, a Shake Your Soul Yoga Dance Instructor trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Lorri maintains certification as a Wilderness First Responder and is also an Artist. She is currently training 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
"My passion is my work. My work is my passion."
"Nature is my teacher."