With a bachelor’s degree in Ecology from UC San Diego and a certificate in Environmental Education from UC Santa Cruz, Spencer Nielsen has been sharing Nature with youth for over a decade, currently with the Vilda Foundation. In 2012, he completed a Master’s Degree through Gaia University in Integrative Eco-Social Design, exploring permaculture and rites of passage. Spencer is deeply committed to supporting cultural regeneration inside and out, focusing his energy on connecting youth to their passions and guiding rites of passage for teens since 2011, after training with the School of Lost Borders.
Spencer has spent time in Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, India, and Nepal, and appreciates the richness of experiencing other cultures and their ways of living and farming. Spencer teaches permaculture at the Regenerative Design Institute, and is passionate about growing and eating good food.
Spencer has been practicing yoga, qigong, and meditation for years, and loves cultivating his inner Nature just as much as outer Nature (gardening and wild-crafting). Spencer enjoys playing didjeridoo and native flutes, among a variety of other Earth instruments.