Rachel Cairatti

Rachel is an instructor based in Seattle

I feel honored to be leading some youth on their first outdoor trip

On my first backpacking trip at age 12 or 13 I discovered the magic that happens in nature.

I woke up to hear a wave of frogs crossing near my tent to the stream. They croaked and sang and I was hooked. I grew up to study amphibians and teach science based on that experience.

After graduating from Warren Wilson College with a degree in environmental education, I taught and worked as an Assistant Director at various science based outdoor education programs. Through those experiences, I realized I wanted emotional intelligence to be part of my teaching as well, which drew me to BOLD & GOLD. I had been looking for a single gender program that aligned with my values and promoted equity. I see the woods as a vehicle for discovering yourself, having fun, and making connections. I feel so lucky to have found BOLD & GOLD!

Things you should know about me: I am proud to have completed the John Muir trail which is a 200+ mile thu hike; I have a secret love of Beyoncé and have been known to dance to her music in the woods; and I usually bring my good friend Crush, who is a stuffed turtle, with me on my trips – his longest trip so far was a 3 week backpacking and service trip.