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 family 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. The more training I had, the more I wanted!
From the Wilderness Education Association to instructing for Outward Bound, I was devoted to creating an outdoor personal growth program. My dedication, motivation and commitment to being my absolute best as a practitioner fed my unwavering passion as a practitioner. In 1997, this big 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, on the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area and in the Gila Wilderness (NM). I continue my work creating meaningful 1:1 custom programs with women.
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. I also returned to dancing, my childhood passion since age seven. I found the expressive arts, body based practices of yoga dance, conscious movement and yoga to be releasing, renewing and rejuvenating.
Another dream was soon realized with travel to Italy to co-guide a women's trip in Tuscany. I extended my time in Europe to include a conscious movement retreat--a container for personal transformation-- and stays with Italian families to experience the culture. I challenged myself to walk and hike a historic route over Alps from Switzerland to Italy. I knew I had to do it! As I reached Griespass, I was overwhelmed with joy and an expanded heart. I'll always remember that inspiring moment. At the top of the pass, I declared to create trekking adventures over the Alps for women. This walk was truly amazing and life-changing. I was witness to my own transition from what's lost to what's possible. It was then decided:
10 women, 10 days, 1 epic journey!
I returned home to develop and secure the logistics for the summer Swiss Alps Adventures. How grateful I am to return to the same Inns year after year with women from all over the country, and work with incredible women as my co-guides. Each time I walk the trail, I celebrate with the same excitement as the first time!
These body based practices of yoga, conscious movement, adventure and expressive arts continue to offer endless possibilities to surrender, connect, shift and awaken consciousness. Painting in watercolors and mixed media allows the freedom to express my connection with nature and spirit through whimsical and inspirational messages of self-renewal, joy and encouragement; and to live life to its fullest. This movement and wellness practice invites a way of being: Fearless, Courageous, Truthful, Joyful, Creative and Loving. Barefoot Souls was born out of this way of being.
Engaging in a Barefoot Souls practice provides greater clarity to your life purpose and opens new possibilities to nourish your heart, to unravel blocks that prevent you from experiencing love, to live your yoga, to expand present moment awareness, to fully experience adventure and to discover a vision for living your best life. I'd be honored to partner with you.
What would be your best hopes for creating the life you desire? Transform your dreams into doing. Be Bold! Step into YOUR greatness and elevate your wellbeing. I hope to adventure with you soon.
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."