About Earth Embodied Journeys
About Earth Embodied Journeys
Our intentions are to offer a safe and supportive environment for humans to explore, awaken, restore and deepen their unique relationship with the Earth, their body, soul, community and purpose.
• Deep Listening
Our Core Philosophies:
Earth and Body are Inseparable.
We are living in a critical moment in human history. While on the brink of collapse, we are also faced with the opportunity for personal and collective transformation towards a life-sustaining and life-enhancing planet Earth. We must begin with our own relationship with the Earth, our Body, our Self & one Another.
Every one of us has a very meaningful role in the web of life and our communities. Our relationships can inform our unique role, which helps us embody, express, and live in alignment with our purpose. By living our purpose, we contribute towards a life-sustaining and life-enhancing planet Earth.
We have immense gratitude for the teachers, mentors, authors, schools, and philosophies that have influenced Earth Embodied Journeys:
Schools & Organizations:
School of Lost Borders
The Animas Valley Institute
Wilderness Awareness School
The Work that Reconnects
Ecstatic Dance Santa Cruz
Earth Body Institute
Rites of Passage Journeys
Wild Child Freeschool
The Pacific Ocean
Red-Tailed & Shouldered Hawk
Rocks & Mountains
Santa Cruz Mountains
Frameworks & Methodologies:
Native American history & literature
Ancestral wisdom & skills
Rites of Passage
The Four Shields
5 Rhythms & Ecstatic Dance
The Soul-Centric Human Development Wheel
About Deanna Renee Falge
Founder & Guide
My Short Story:
My full name is Deanna Renee Falge.
I grew up in Santa Cruz, California, land of the Awaswas people, which is also where I live now.
I am passionate about supporting others through transition and transformation by guiding them into deep and meaningful relationship with the Earth, body, soul, and community.
Earth Embodied Journeys was seeded out my first wilderness vision fast journey, and has been a culmination of my work and experience in embodiment facilitation, dance, nature-based life coaching, mentoring, ecotherapy, outdoor education, mindfulness, performance, and rites of passage.
When I am not guiding, you can most easily find me surfing, playing in the ocean, contemplating life in an oak tree, dancing, DJing, singing, laughing, wandering off trail, or eating quality dark chocolate.
My Longer Story:
Since I was a child, I have always loved initiatory experiences, adventure, being outside, and studying human nature. I took a very academic route through school, studying Biological Psychology in college, and studying animal cognition and behavior as a research assistant in my initial years post-graduation. At the time, I felt like something was seriously missing in my life. I felt the need for deeper meaning and connection. I have watched many people acknowledge this feeling and ignore it, going on with their life as if everything is going to work out eventually. But I couldn't ignore the feeling. I needed to figure out what was missing. So, I left everything and bought a one-way ticket to Vietnam. For the next 10 months in Asia, I unconsciously took myself on a rites of passage through adolescence.
Those 10 months in Asia were exactly what I needed to discover my self and begin to ponder my real purpose on Earth. I returned home without much of a cognitive answer to my true life purpose, but I did know one thing: all I wanted to do was be outside and be with kids.
I became an outdoor educator and that was a huge turning point. I was introduced to ancestral skills, indigenous history, wilderness survival, right relation with the Earth, the history of the land, the climate crisis, and most importantly, my playful, embodied child self.
I eventually began working 1-on-1 with teens and adults as a Professional Nature-based Life Coach. I got certified through the Earth Based Institute in an intensive year long program, and through that work, I began to hear about this thing called "rites of passage". Although I didn't really know what it meant, there was a feeling deep inside me that knew it was something I needed to pursue and offer to others- that same sort of feeling that told me to buy a one-way ticket to Vietnam.
Before I could comprehend what I had gotten myself into, I was signed-up for my first wilderness vision fast ceremony with the School of Lost Borders. I had no idea what I was doing (I didn't even know what "fasting" meant), but I knew I needed to do it.
I have experienced a lot of retreats, workshops, ceremonies, and transformative events throughout my life. However, this vision fast ceremony was different. The ceremony rooted a vision and a knowing in my bones for eternity and generations to come. The ceremony showed me my innate connection to the Earth, to my purpose, and to my self as a Woman. Through this ceremony, Earth Embodied Journeys was born.
Since 2019, Earth Embodied Journeys has grown and developed into a beautiful and wild entity that offers transformative and healing journeys for groups and individuals. Others have collaborated and guided with me through Earth Embodied, which you can read about under our "Partners" section below.
Want to connect and learn more? Contact me here.
I am a Certified Professional Nature-Connected Life Coach (NCC) and Transformational Guide (TWG) through the Earth-Based Institute (ICF Accredited), trained in the art of wilderness vision fast guiding through the School of Lost Borders, and trained in Ecotherapy ("Level 1 Certificate") through the Earth Body Institute. I hold a traditional Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Psychology from UC Santa Barbara.
I am trained in somatic experiencing, trauma-informed coaching, embodied partswork, grief and loss therapy, gestalt therapy, embodiment facilitation, mindfulness, wilderness rites of passage, the four shields model, nonviolent communication, various ancestral skills, wilderness survival skills, and coyote mentorship. I utilize these tools and methodologies in my work.
I hold years of experiencing working with teens, women, and adults as a guide, life coach, ecotherapist, mentor, outdoor educator, embodiment facilitator, wilderness skills instructor, nature-connection guide, rites of passage guide, and dance instructor.