PEEC: Experiential Outings With Michelle Harkey And Sandra West May 12

Michelle Harkey, Mental Health Counselor, Body-Connection Coach and massage therapist. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s new outdoor program, Inside-Outside Adventures is a series of four experiential outings for women let by Body-Connection Coach Michelle Harkey and Posture Alignment Coach Sandra West.
Each hike will have activities that surround a theme from a different part of Brené Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are and her 10 guideposts of wholehearted living.
Harkey and West designed the outings to use natural settings and outdoor activities to facilitate self-exploration, share the joy of being in nature, and help participants develop tools for living in today’s fast-paced society. The three day hikes and overnight camping trip can be done as a series or individually.
Inside-Outside Adventures Schedule:
  • May 12 – day hike,
  • June 16 – day hike,
  • July 21 – day hike
  • September 15-16 – hiking and camping trip
Sandra West, Posture Alignment Coach and PEEC Educator. Courtesy photo
Each outing will begin at 8:30 a.m. and return by 3:30 p.m. During that time, participants will hike one to five miles with 100 to 900 feet of elevation change. Participants will read a section of Brené Brown’s book before the event and bring a journal, hiking supplies (weather appropriate clothing, sunscreen, water, snacks) and lunch. Participants will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. 

Those who are interested in all four outings can save $50 by signing up for all three hikes and the overnight camping trip. One experiential day hike is $125/PEEC member or $150 for non-members. The overnight trip is $225/PEEC member or $275 for non-members. Registration is required. For details and registration, visit, email  or call 505.662.0460.

Michelle Harkey is a Mental Health Counselor, Body-Connection Coach, and massage therapist specializing in helping people embrace their inner greatness and live with vitality through connection with their body-self. She holds an M.A. in Counseling from Southwestern College and an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St John’s College. She is the mother of five children and enjoys reading, nature, and triathlons.

Sandra West is a Posture Alignment Coach who teaches how to use movement to improve joint alignment and function, so our bodies can continue the activities we love. West has training in the Egoscue Method® and from the Postural Restoration Institute. She is also an educator at PEEC who loves the outdoors and works to improve our relationships with ourselves, each other, and our planet.

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