Erica BaruchFacilitator / Guide
Erica truly appreciates the ways in which the wilderness provides inspiration. She has been guiding for Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides and Colorado Wilderness Corporate and Teams since the company’s inception and has been moved by how instructive and stimulating the outdoors can be when incorporated into team building and leadership development events. Erica brings a passion for diversity of perspective and an ability to help team members recognize the abilities and experience of their colleagues. Erica’s skill in noticing team dynamics allows her to make insightful observations that carry through to an organization’s day-to-day work.
In addition to working for Colorado Wilderness, Erica serves as an independent diversity and inclusion consultant for several local organizations. Her facilitation skills, honed in her consulting practice, contribute to her success with our clients. Additionally, she brings an enthusiasm for teaching effective communication and building trust. Erica values the cross-pollination of ideas that occurs by working in different contexts and enjoys seeing how quickly clients link what they learn in an outdoor event to their office environment. She believes nature encourages an openness that can be hard to achieve in the conference room.
Erica came to Colorado in 2001 so she could access the inspiring and calming properties of the wilderness daily. She spends time outside whenever possible and particularly enjoys the power of the wilderness to promote personal growth and connection with others.
Erica holds an AB and a MA in English Literature and a Juris Doctor. She is a certified trainer of the Influence Style Indicator (ISI), as well as a Wilderness First Responder.
Craig DobkinFacilitator / Guide
Craig is one of the most gifted and experienced facilitators in the state. Since 1985, Craig has trained and coached corporate teams using experiential methodology. In 1994 he received the Association for Experiential Education’s (AAE) Michael Stratton Practitioner’s award for his outstanding performance and in 2003 he was selected as an “exceptional experiential educator” to give AAE’s Kurt Hahn address. Craig’s journey has taken him on several paths, but always with an emphasis on team building and leadership development.
Craig founded four non-profits focused on experiential learning: Genesee Outdoor Learning, a K-5 outdoor education program; West Pines Training Center, which uses challenge courses to develop curiosity, undefeatable spirit, and tenacity; YouthBiz, which teaches middle and high school students entrepreneurial skills and habits through actual business ownership; and Play for Peace, which brings together people divided by conflict through laughter, inclusion, cultural awareness and compassion. Play for Peace now operates in communities across the world through Play for Peace Clubs and Practice Peace Sessions where mentors and trainers teach and role-model trust, communication, respect and cooperation.
Craig holds a BS in Outdoor Education and a MA in Special Education. He is a trained facilitator of the DiSC and Myers-Briggs personality profiles and uses these tools in his experiential work with teams. In conducting programs, Craig uses humor and introspective questioning, bringing both laughter and significance to the experience. Few leave an event with Craig without a profound appreciation for his wisdom.
Virginia SanfordFacilitator / Guide
Virginia Sanford discovered climbing when she moved to Colorado in 2007. She was instantly hooked. Since then she has travelled around the world climbing, backpacking and adventuring. She comes to Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides with experience as a wilderness therapy guide and eight years of experience as an outdoor educator. Virginia began incorporating team building and leadership development into her outdoor education work with children in 2009. Since then, she has facilitated team building and leadership development programs with children, adolescents, and adults from New England to New Zealand to Colorado.
Virginia has found the wilderness to be a setting capable of helping individuals tap into previously unknown capabilities. She has witnessed the transformative power that the wilderness has on communication, teamwork, and self-efficacy across age ranges. As a team facilitator, Virginia strives to incorporate the beauty and challenge of working within the wilderness setting to draw upon the innate strengths and competencies of participants.
Virginia is currently working on a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with the intention of integrating her love of the wilderness with the therapeutic realm. Virginia is also a certified Wilderness First Responder. When taking people into the wilderness, Virginia brings a passion for the natural world that is infectious.
Jill YargerFacilitator / Guide
Jill joined the educational and team-building staff of Colorado Wilderness Corporate and Teams in the summer of 2014. She is a educator, team builder, and mountain and river guide. Her goal is to help her guests activate new possibilities in themselves and to grow group cohesion. She uses a self discovery and reconnection to nature to help people contact to their core selves and to each other in a respectful and rewarding manner. She draws upon a background in DiSC, Myers-Briggs, and Higher Alignment personality tools, combined with deep interpersonal respect to let each guest feel connected and respected.
Jill moved to Boulder Colorado in 1990 from and worked in the aerospace industry as a structural engineer on space satellites for 25 years as well as completing her masters degree in engineering. On the weekends she discovered the mountains and started her training in outdoor hiking, climbing, and skiing. She started leading trips into the mountains for the Colorado Mountain Club and as her skills grew she started teaching in multiple mountain discipline. She also went on to give back to her fellow mountaineers by volunteering for the Mountain Rescue Association and the National Ski Patrol. She is a natural educator and has a gift for understanding the root causes of challenges to learning and she makes complex concepts more structured, streamlined, and attainable.
Today the call of sharing her love of the mountains has drawn her away from the engineering world and into guiding and educating people into journeying into the great outdoors, and returning safely. She now teaches various mountaineering skills and trains new instructors and trip leaders in the Colorado Mountain Club, as well as training rescue skills in the National Ski Patrol. She also teaches avalanche safety to the general public via the AIARE and NSP programs.
Robin MeetzFacilitator / Guide
Besides owning and operating a small business for 32 years, Robin who is a native of Colorado, brings her knowledge and experience of human behavior and self-discovery to CWRAG. She has been a Stephen Leader and Minister for 14 years, and has extensive training in the Enneagram; a vast and profound personality-typing system for learning about yourself and others from our underlying motivational factors.
Robin’s passions are a mix of psychology, philosophy, science and spirituality, along with mentoring and teaching others. She believes that we were all born with exactly what we need, and that it is our own work, self-discovery, and recognition and constant awareness of our false-self, that gets us to a place of balance, freedom and peace, and “doing life well.”
Diana SabreenFacilitator / Guide
Diana Sabreen has facilitated team building and outdoor education for youth and adults for over a decade. After traveling to 22 countries (at last count), she still loves showing clients the beauty of Colorado. Diana is a professional photographer (www.DianaSabreen.com) and the founder of Shoot Cameras Not Guns (www.ShootCamerasNotGuns.org), a non-profit that teaches photography internationally as a tool for social change and empowerment. Originally an east coaster, Diana was drawn to Colorado for the snowboarding, sunshine, music and culture. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After earning her degree, she ran several indoor rock climbing facilities, and created their Corporate Team-building programs.
Diana believes that experiences and challenges in the wilderness can provide life changing moments and is happy to share her outdoor knowledge with all experience levels. Her approach to team building focuses on positive and healthy communication, trust building, and helping clients break past perceived barriers to realize their own potential. She holds a Wilderness First Responder certification and prioritizes safety on every outing. Diana is a strong believer that play time for adults is as important as it is for kids. In her own play time, Diana practices acro yoga (partner acrobatics), dance, and circus arts, and is a Circus Yoga certified teacher. She thrives when helping adults use their bodies in challenging, creative, and rewarding ways, and believes that there is great opportunity for learning as well as fun in every event and activity.