In all aspects of his life, Micah is grounded in community – as co-owner of CIXdesigns, a yoga teacher, a board member of the Center for Creative Education – Arts with a purpose, a helping hand at the Uptown Farmers Market (come say “Hi!” on Saturdays), Community Animator at The Lace Mill, and rocket scientist for the O+ FESTIVAL – he is dedicated to creating positive change in his community.
Most of all, he is a happy father of two. It is through both CCE and his daughter’s involvement with Wild Earth that he came to love and appreciate the work Wild Earth does. He has seen through his daughter the growth that a child can experience through these kinds of programs.
As far as the types of changes Micah has noticed in his daughter, Micah says she has always had a shy streak. “The biggest development I saw in her was an expansion of her confidence. She didn’t always know how to share herself with other people, so Wild Earth has always been a very kind of opening experience for her. This has been especially meaningful because she was able to participate in programs and find herself in nature despite of her fear.”
He believes that Wild Earth is important because of the impact it can have on one’s relationship with their own self. “Generally, humans are all looking for a way to connect to something in an effort to expand their own definition of ‘self’. Anything that can do that for us is so powerful, and it becomes something we cling on to. Wild Earth encourages connection with the earth, with each other, and with ourselves. These three aspects are something that we as peoples are consistently working on, and Wild Earth is a necessary step in getting there.”
Wild Earth joins inspired leaders in offering multi-generational programs and events that strengthen connections with ourselves, others, and the Earth while building ecological, social and cultural resilience. Located along the Shawangunk Ridge in New York’s Hudson Valley, Wild Earth is a not-for-profit that runs nature-based programs for children, teens, families and adults. More about Wild's work.