Kathleen Rude fell in love with the natural world as a young child and found her voice for environmental activism at age 10. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and an Master of Science degree in Natural Resources. Kathleen began her career as an environmental writer.
Her studies of indigenous spiritual practice eventually led her to become a shamanic practitioner and ceremonial leader. She has been mentored by elders of Blackfoot, Lakota and Northern Ute descent and trained by Betsy Bergstrom. She is a member of the Society for Shamanic Practice.
Kathleen has been mentored by Joanna Macy and is a senior facilitator and mentor of The Work That Reconnects (WTR). She is a founding member of the Work That Reconnects Facilitators Network. In addition to her WTR workshops, she also runs workshops on environmental awareness and Earth-based spirituality.
Kathleen has published her first novel, The Redemption of Red Fire Woman. She is currently working on a non-fiction book, How To Become an Every Day Difference Maker.
She is a board member of Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), a nuclear power watchdog organization, opposing nuclear power and promoting sustainable renewable energy.
Kathleen loves to sing, dance, hike, explore, discover, marvel, celebrate and nap.