Jeff Wagner

India and Himalaya Instructor

B.A. Environmental Studies and Western American Studies; University of Colorado

Jeff grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and developed a wild sense of adventure early. At the age of 16, Jeff spent a month backpacking in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. The immersive simplicity of living in the wilderness had a profound impact on Jeff’s life. Since then, he has spent most of his life experiencing and introducing young people to alternative ways of living and thinking about our world.

An experiential educator for the last eight years, Jeff’s has instructed for NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School) and Deer Hill Expeditions, guided whitewater rafting trips on the San Juan, Rio Grande, and Colorado Rivers, and led service learning trips on the Hopi Pueblo and Navajo Nation. For years, he called the Mission: Wolf sustainable village home in the winter, directing their sustainability and environmental education programs.

Jeff is particularly interested in exploring spirituality and the ways people around the world find and create meaning in their lives. That journey is what first brought him to Indian subcontinent in the spring of 2011 to live in the foothills of the Kumoani Himalaya studying Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, and Indian spiritual philosophy. Right now, he is interested in the intersection between spirituality, culture, community, and the natural world. Some of Jeff’s favorite moments in life have been living in a tipi in the Colorado mountains when the aspen trees turn yellow, singing and dancing and drumming in Ghanaian villages, watching the sunset light up red canyon walls of Utah’s rivers, and practicing and teaching yoga wherever his travels take him. In the buffet of life, Jeff would like to taste and share the sweetest and most nutritious things before the meal is over.

In his free time, Jeff likes to act silly, play music, bake sourdough bread, paint with watercolors, and ride bicycles. He is currently working on an online collection of resources on sustainability and spirituality for concerned young people who don’t know where to begin their work. Jeff is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Wilderness First Responder.