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Jasmyne Chandler

Lead Guide and Founder

Jasmyne is a Certified, Trauma Informed, Professional Life Coach, trained i through ICF accredited Coach Training World and through Empower Coach Training Academy. In addition to her work with Guided Passages, she also works at Empower Coaching and Training as a Life Coach for teens and adults as well as a Facilitator of soft skills workshops for teens. Not only is she the Mom of two teens, but she has also spent the last 15 years working with teens as a High School Teacher, GED Instructor and Advisor, and as a Life Coach, Circle Facilitator, and Mentor.

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Somer Shook

Guide

For more than 15 years, Somer’s work centered around wilderness expeditions and adventures, guiding and mentoring teens in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, and California: an array of wild places that offer doorways into deeply knowing one’s heart and soul. During this time of living more in sync with the natural rhythms, she became a mother, leading her to delve into her inner landscape in new and different ways. Somer holds a Masters’ Degree in Psychology and spent several years employed as a social worker, assisting families within the foster system.

Mia Tarduno

Guide

Mia’s professional journey began in 2013 when she headed to Colorado to lead backpacking and adventure trips for teens and has been dedicated to guiding, inspiring, and creating intentional experiences ever since. In the years that followed, she led outdoor camps for youth through Avid 4 Adventure, ran expeditions for youth and teens through SOS Outreach, mentored youth through Mountain Mentors, and coached girl’s empowerment and mountain biking through Cycle Effect. She also spent the last 5 years studying and facilitating meaningful discussions and creating safe spaces for youth and adults through talking circles and workshops. 

Kerrick Gooden

Guide

Kerrick Gooden was raised in the hill country of Austin Texas. After some travel, he moved to the Rogue Valley of Oregon with a vision to farm and support youth. He completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Cultural Anthropology with Honors in 2004 at Southern Oregon University, and devoted over a decade supporting youth and their families navigate  local and state social service programs. During this time, he and his partner cultivated a food forest at their home and founded Verdant Phoenix as an educational mini-farm in 2016.

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Jasmyne Chandler

Lead Guide and Founder

Jasmyne is a Certified, Trauma Informed, Professional Life Coach, trained in the Whole Person Coaching method, through ICF accredited Coach Training World. In addition to her work with Guided Passages, she also currently works at Empower Coaching and Training as a Life Coach for teens and adults as well as a Facilitator of soft skills workshops for teens. Not only is she the Mom of a teen and a tween, but she has also spent the last 15 years working with teens as a High School Teacher, GED Instructor and Advisor, and as a Life Coach, Circle Facilitator, and Mentor. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Ottawa University and has received training in Council facilitation through Council Heart and Rites of Passage Guiding through the School of Lost Borders. She found her love for Earth-based ritual when she embarked on her first rites of passage journey at the age of 19. The 10 day trip she took into the Steens Mountains of Eastern Oregon forever changed the trajectory of her life in such a positive way, that this work has followed her to the present day. For the last two decades, she has participated in Earth-based ceremonies and rituals, been on countless backpacking and camping adventures, and has assisted and apprenticed on several wilderness Rites of Passage trips. She founded Guided Passages in order to meet the need of youth in our Valley and beyond, who are in need of mentorship, support, heartfelt connection, and someone who believes in their true potential. 

 

Somer Shook

Guide

For more than 15 years, Somer’s work centered around wilderness expeditions and adventures, guiding and mentoring teens in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, and California: an array of wild places that offer doorways into deeply knowing one’s heart and soul. During this time of living more in sync with the natural rhythms, she became a mother, leading her to delve into her inner landscape in new and different ways. Somer holds a Masters’ Degree in Psychology and spent several years employed as a social worker, assisting families within the foster system. She is a former volunteer and circle facilitator with Restorative Resources, a non-profit diversion program that addresses non-violent crimes in a community context, with the aim of repairing relationships while taking accountability for the crime committed. She has led dream groups for teens and young adults, and attended the California School of Herbal Studies, where she studied the various body systems and learned to make herbal remedies to share with family and friends. Over the years she began to incorporate mindfulness practices into her daily life, which can assist with stress management and overall wellbeing. There is growing acknowledgement around the interconnectedness of all life and the ways in which our very thoughts can effect our personal health and the health of the relationships we engage in. Working with teens holds a special place in Somer’s heart, knowing how much she would have benefitted from having strong role models in her life at that time. There are so many internal and external changes occurring in the tween and teen years; an extended community to rely upon is incredibly valuable and affirming, as is understanding that the path each of us are on can take many twists and turns along the way. She looks forward to connecting with the young people in Ashland, sharing stories and learning together.

Kerrick Gooden

Guide

Kerrick was raised in the Hill Country of Austin, Texas where he studied at the University of Texas. After some travel, he moved to the Rogue Valley of Oregon with a vision to farm and support youth. He completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Cultural Anthropology with Honors in 2004 at Southern Oregon University, and devoted over a decade supporting youth and their families navigate  local and state social service programs. During this time, he and his partner cultivated a food forest at their home and founded Verdant Phoenix as an educational mini-farm in 2016.

Verdant Phoenix Farm became an expression of a way of life for Kerrick. He is interested in the relationships between humans, soil, microbes, plants/trees/shrubs, food, culture, time, and the web of life. As these elements inform his horticultural practice, Kerrick enjoys supporting landscapes, gardens, farms, and their people who are interested in belonging to the land.