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Jasmyne Chandler​ info

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Jasmyne Chandler

Lead Guide and Founder

Jasmyne is a Certified Professional 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. She brings over 13 years’ experience as an educator and advisor in both High School and College settings where she has taught and advised teens and adults. Previous to her work with Empower, she spent 10 years serving as an Instructor and Advisor for the GED program at Rogue Community College where she assisted students in moving forward on their educational pathways, moving past barriers, and achieving their goals.  Prior to that she worked as a high school Dance Instructor and Dance Team Coach at Florence High School in Arizona. 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. 
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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.