Spencer Nielsen is a guide to Nature inside and out: in the wild lands, gardens, and consciousness. He is a perennial student and teacher of Ecology, Permaculture, Yoga, Qigong, Ayurveda, and Herbalism. With over 15 of experience farming, landscaping, and gardening, Spencer currently teaches permaculture at the Natura Institute for Ecology & Medicine in Bolinas, CA and Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. He is an herbalist weaving Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Traditional European Medicine, and bioregional California herbs, completing multi-year programs with both the East-West School of Planetary Herbology and the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Spencer has worked on and designed farms and gardens around the world, studying ethnobotany along the way. Beyond plants and permaculture, his service path includes guiding youth nature connection, teaching ancestral skills, leading wilderness rites of passage, and sharing yoga and qigong. Spencer has guided hundreds of teens and adults on wilderness rites of passage over the last decade, facilitating journeys of reflection and discovery. A lover of life, Spencer maximizes his time at his half-acre homestead, where he tends his garden and enjoys drinking tea and playing music.