Our founder and board chair, Sami Aaron, is a retired software developer, meditation & yoga teacher, Extension Master Naturalist, and Climate Reality Leader.
In August 2019, Sami became a Climate Reality Leader through the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a global network of activists committed to spreading awareness of the climate crisis and working for solutions to the greatest challenge of our time. Learn more.
Sami is a registered yoga teacher, specializing in meditation, pranayama (yoga breathing), and Yoga Nidra (yoga sleep), and is a Mindfulness Informed Professional through the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness. Her meditations focus on the emotional and physical benefits of time spent in nature and the important connection we humans have with the natural world. Guided meditations can be found on Insight Timer.
Learn more about the vision and mission of The Resilient Activist:
- Small Changes Big Shifts Podcast – Interview with Dr. Michelle Robin
- Radiate Wellness Podcast – Interviews with Christi Clemons Hoffman (scroll down to find both)
- KKFI-FM EcoRadio KC – Interview following Climate Reality Leadership training
- Courageous Conversations – Treesisters.org interview
Learn more about Sami’s vision and the work of The Resilient Activist on our Media page.
The vision of The Resilient Activist was first ignited in 2003 as Sami struggled to find some meaning in the suicide of her older son, Kevin. He had degrees in environmental studies and sociology and was working on a graduate program in urban and regional planning with a joint law degree when eco-anxiety (fear about the ecology of the planet) and solastalgia (grief over loss of beloved places in nature) combined with his own inner demons and he took his own life.
According to studies from the American Psychological Association, people everywhere are experiencing severe emotional distress caused by climate change and environmental devastation. And what makes it even more unbearable for some is when family, friends, employers, and governments don’t understand and often don’t care.
For many people, the more they learn about the state of ecological devastation, the deeper is their grief.
In the newly emerging field of ecopsychology, there is an understanding of the interconnected relationship, both physically and emotionally, between humans and the health of the planet. You’ll find a powerful discussion on the various ways the term ecopsychology is defined and evolving in “What is EcoPsychology?” by Robert Greenway.
Through Sami’s studies in meditation, yoga nidra (yoga sleep), yoga for trauma, nature-connected teachings, and the benefits of her own time spent in nature, along with her desire to guide others into a life rich in nature connection, she has been able to visualize The Resilient Activist program to build a community that will nurture, uplift, and support those who strive to live in conscious harmony with Earth.