Kristin Brudevold

Himalaya Instructor

B.A. Religious Studies focusing on Tibetan Buddhism, Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado.

Kristin has felt the nomadic and creative winds blow through her from a young age. From yearly trips to visit relatives in Norway to the aesthetic and practical construction of forts in every nook of the forest behind her childhood home, she seeks profound adventures whenever possible.

Kristin’s rugged travel began as a student on two Dragons Tibet programs. Upon graduating from university, she departed for Asia to further her studies of Buddhism and get lost in the mountains. She lived there for 8 years before returning to California in 2012 to pursue her studies in herbal medicine, where she continues to apprentice under a master herbalist in the foothills of the Sierra mountains.

Kristin has been involved in development projects in Thailand, has apprenticed under a master Tibetan thangka painter in Kathmandu, and has worked on developing environmental education and medical programs in Ladakh, North India and Nepal. She has studied traditional herbal medical practices in the Himalayas, and has been practicing yoga and meditation for over a decade. Having studied diverse indigenous approaches to thriving in wild places, she teaches shelter building, fire making, basketry, hide tanning and sewing, and wilderness awareness skills to children and teens.

On a more personal level, Kristin approaches life as a dynamic pilgrimage speckled with a series of deep rites of passage that define the spirit of various life chapters. She is constantly making offerings back to the wild in nature that feeds her soul, through storytelling, making things with her hands, plant medicine, and contemplative practices. She has witnessed the power of rugged, far flung places and arduous environmental-social-spiritual circumstances to transform herself and those around her, and is honored to help facilitate this process for others.

Kristin enjoys mountaineering, swimming in freezing alpine lakes, writing, photography, leathercrafting, building boats, wildcrafting plants to make medicines, and geeking out on central Asian history. She has completed two 200-hour “Yoga Alliance” certified yoga teacher trainings in the Shivananda and Asthanga Yoga traditions and is an expired Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT).