MEET OUR FOUNDERS
Founder & Teacher
Lissa Kennedy is a nature native who grew up on the beach in Southern California, and has lived along the Wasatch Front for 19 years. She earned her BS in Psychology and has always been fascinated with the mind and its development. After focusing on growing her own little family, she then went on to be trained as a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy guide through the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy. She created her business Wasatch Forest Therapy in 2017 and currently guides groups through forest bathing sessions for health & wellness in the Utah mountains.
Before founding Wildwood, Lissa solidified her love of teaching children in the outdoors through her previous position as a Head Nature Preschool teacher. She feels passionately about connecting kids to nature from a young age - not only for their own health & development, but for the future health of the earth. She believes that the children who grow up in love and relationship with the land are the ones who will protect it into adulthood.
Over the years, Lissa has noticed the many benefits of consistent time in nature with her own children. She is thrilled to be a part of the rewilding movement and to help others see the positive impact this can have on kids and their families.
Lissa is trained in Wilderness First Aid through NOLS and her passions include creating, connecting others to nature, and spending any and all free time outside with her family!
Founder & Teacher
From a young age, Kylie fell in love with the forests here in Utah, spending time with her Mom rafting the river, hiking, and enjoying countless days getting lost in outdoor play. She is from Orem, and currently lives in Provo Canyon with her two children. For the last three years she has arranged and led a local forest school group, incorporating inspiration from Waldorf based education and her knowledge of the local plant and animal life, as well as safe and ethical local foraging.
Kylie's love of children and teaching led her to be a teacher's aid for a local Waldorf-based kindergarten. She is passionate about child development, whole child learning, and spending long hours in the natural world. It is here in the natural world where Kylie regularly experiences deep rest, inspiration and joy. She is trained in Wilderness First Aid through Wilderness Medicine of Utah and has also taught ballet and creative movement classes for four year olds to college level for 15 years. She is also a Birth Doula serving Utah County.
Sarah is a Cedarsong Way-trained Forest School teacher and has been leading forest school classes for over three years. As a Utah transplant in 2017, she saw that no Forest Schools existed yet in the area, so she started her own!
Sarah is Wilderness First Aid certified and has taken local courses in edible, medicinal, and native plants. Sarah is also a certified natural movement teacher through Movnat.
Before moving to Utah, Sarah was the educational director of a non-profit modern art museum. Before starting a family, Sarah worked in high-end floral and garden design in Boston, MA.
Sarah studied Studio Art at Palm Beach Atlantic University and then Landscape Architecture in graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). During her time at RISD she took courses in ecology, soil science, conservation biology, field ecology, field botany, and urban ecology.
Sarah loves spending time in nature and knows how healing, calming, and inspiring it can be for her and her children. She also has a passion for rewilding childhood, especially as childhood becomes increasingly over-scheduled, indoor, and tech-addicted. She believes that in order to truly be healthy and whole, we need to get outside, reconnect with our natural environment, and raise kids WILD. Sarah lives in Vineyard, UT with her husband, two children, Peter the cat, and Otis the bunny.