Our Intention : About Us

 

  Jessica Zaneis

POSITION : FOUNDER

They call her Jes the CCC -- aka Chronic Climber Chick.  Mantra is: travel to learn, adventure to grow, advocate for a healthy planet. She began this project by chronicling the stories from her experiences on the blog Chronic Climber Chick.

A multitude of challenges led her to finding ways to connect with her natural state of being. It has helped with healing and changed perspective amidst difficult times mentally, physically and emotionally.  She spends much of her time within multiple communities giving back while learning as a way to share with others the gifts she has have been given.

She spent 15 years in professional sales consulting mostly in the healthcare/medical device arena. The day came to leap from the corporate world to pursue her own path.  The challenge came to begin to climb of biggest summits life has to offer, teaching and learning with the world through healthy transformation.  Inspiring people to connect to the essential basics of self-care, community and wellness along the way has been her greatest joy of all.

With the rugged desert mountains as a backdrop to daily life, Arizona is the place she calls home.  From taking on rim to rim in the Grand Canyon, backpacking Havasupai to summiting the Southwest's mountains time and again, she believes leading an energetic lifestyle in the outdoors that both provokes and honors the spirit.  In July of 2013 she added the quest that took her to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Since then her Tour De Mother Nature has led her on a variety of divinely inspired adventures that have added a tremendous amount of education and opportunities to give back to this planet we call home. 

The tenants of her life philosophy are honesty, authenticity, courage and a genuine spirit.  She believes that by sharing your own life experiences you can serve as a guide, helping others traverse their own route.  She believes in seeking and discovering your inner voice, and having the courage to be true to your own unique nature.  She finds solitude in nature and on her yoga mat to look inside for the answers needed rather than looking to external sources. She believes the answers we all seek are inside, you just have to find where they speak to you.

For her, life isn't about finding a balance, it is about creating balance. Being authentic and standing in her power is where she discovered this ever evolving purpose. When you first love yourself you raise the vibration of those around you to do the same and we rise as a whole.

This whole wellness journey led her to developing a line of simple, natural, organic botanical body care remedies; all responsibly sourced from nature.  The creation of these products started as a simple way to show love and appreciation to self, family, friends and the planet.

They have become a way to share the love with those who have joined the journey of self discovery and as a beacon for social, environmental and self-care education.

This project has slowly grown into a larger footprint of body, mind, spirit and wellness on a community and global level through sharing education and through advocacy work for our planet, the place we all call home.

It is her hope that you enjoy these consciously crafted creations and the messages that are shared through them. 

Let the high vibe of your soul shine through your own healthy skin while we work towards a healthy planet for all.

 

 

Patricia Susanto

  POSITION : WORKSHOP DIRECTOR

Patricia is an events manager, community collaborator, aspiring business analyst, and academically trained scientist based in the Phoenix area. Her background in ecological research and sustainability science largely influences her advocacy for systems thinking, especially when it comes to her every day body care and wellness.

In May 2016, she received her B.S in Conservation Biology & Ecology with a minor in Sustainability from Arizona State University. Following her graduation, she spent two years fully immersed in remote environmental research. She has worked in the wild forests of Southeast Alaska, the high, arid deserts of Southern Idaho, and the tropical jungles of Costa Rica. From collecting the seeds of endangered botanical species to building compost systems and guiding recreational hikes, these experiences have only enriched her momentum to continuously adapt, learn, and grow.

These days, Patricia has since settled (slightly) in her spontaneity, and has found grounding in returning to Phoenix where family and love have always made it home. Now, her ambitions are targeted towards entrepreneurship and community leadership, so she may better develop her skills as a collaborator, influencer, and individual.

What had initially started as a love for the natural sciences and a simple inclination to be outside has now transitioned into a longing to create, inspire, and connect with like-minded individuals who also value the importance of being in tune to nature and oneself.

If not hosting Soul Care’s workshops, you can catch Patricia rock climbing, practicing yoga, watercolor painting, or living a simple life with her partner, Michael.

 

Emma Wilkiemeyer

POSITION : SLICE OF EMMA BLOG COLUMNIST

Slice of Emma recipe blog featuring healthy recipes that are vegan and based on whole foods.  For the past seven years she has shared recipes with friends and family and past four years through her blogging.  She completed a certification at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Arizona in Holistic Nutrition.  She takes pride in that her recipes are not only delicious, but the science behind them makes for ingredients that nurture and balance the body. Her recipes are all gluten free and vegan. 

Her full time career is working in the oncology bio-tech space. Working around patients who are very sick has taught her the value of living a healthy lifestyle each and every day in order to lower the risk of disease later in life.  Her whole foods diet keeps her energized to work hard and fuel her fitness routine.  Slice of Emma will also feature not only her voracious appetite in the kitchen but also her travel adventures including mountain hikes sometimes shared with Jes the CCC and international travel.  

Please reach out to her anytime you have a question whether it be about travel or her recipes. She is excited to share her passion and creativity with you.  Whether you are an experienced cook, or just getting started with a plant based diet she hopes to have something that excites and helps you love healthy and compassionate cooking. 

Her life recipe is simple- Nourish the body with clean food and exercise, and feed the soul with life’s rich experiences whether it be through getting out in nature or positive relationships with the people in her life. 

 

 

 

    

 

Jes was a personal guide for students from The Foundation for Blind Children and trained with the team for a journey that took 10 young adults with all different levels of sight impairment river rafting in the Grand Canyon with a hike out of Bright Angel Trail to complete the week long adventure. 

This experience is what prompted us to donate 5% of our proceeds to See it Our Way.

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FBC White Water Rafting