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Michael has a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has worked in the health care field for over 30 years including 10 years at the Duke University Diet and fitness Center and 19 years as co-owner of the wellness coaching company Novo Wellness.

In 1990 Michael became certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (www.acefitness.org). He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (www.nsca.com) and a USATF Level 1 track and field coach (www.usatf.org).

Since 2001 Michael has co-owned Novo Wellness, LLC with Greg Hottinger. He is a Certified Professional Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches (www.wellcoachesschool.com), a PCC certified coach through the International Coaching Federation (www.coachfederation.org), and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach through the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (www.nbhwc.org).

“My love affair with nature began as a child, when my grandparents would take me into the woods and wild places near our home in Asheville, NC. From that time forward I have had a deep appreciation for the importance of being outdoors. The connection I have made between my experiences of being immersed in nature and having feelings of stress reduction, rejuvenation, and inspiration has only strengthened over the years. These feelings became an irresistible force during a weeklong hike in 2013 through the backcountry of Yosemite National Park. The feeling of awe was unmistakable, and it helped me to embrace my work with more confidence, to aspire to greater heights in my athletic pursuits and to take on new and exciting journeys in my personal growth. The power of that trip was parlayed into achieving the Professional Health and Wellness Certification with Wellcoaches, achieving my highest level of proficiency to date as a masters track and field athlete, and attaining the bucket list goal of learning to play guitar.

When I returned to Yosemite several years later with my family, I was once again overcome by the natural power of what feels to me like an outdoor cathedral. A day-long hike we took together and the afterglow we felt as we drove out of the valley that day remains with all of us. And, it is the wellspring of other adventures that have followed in our children’s lives. Both were given greater responsibilities in their chosen professions, one a teacher and the other an artist. Both have trained for and run 5Ks. One moved to New York City to live out dreams. The other completed a master’s degree while working fulltime.

Is that day in the wildnerness the direct cause of these things? No, I don’t believe that to be true. But, if you were to sit down with them and ask about the most moving days they can recall, those days that shaped their being, shifted their perspective, and invited them to dream as grand as they can dream, I know that day would be among them.

And, that is the invitation I give to all of you! A day in the wild. A weekend of camaraderie. It can shift a lifetime.”

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Simon is a psychologist and leadership coach, with a particular interest in supporting leaders in healthcare. He is a Fellow of both the American College and Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Simon is Board Certified in Health Coaching and Lifestyle Medicine and is a Professional Certified Coach with ICF. He is on faculty with Wellcoaches School of Coaching and is an Adjunct Lecturer at Avondale University Lifestyle Medicine & Health Research Centre.

In addition, Simon is a Director of the US not-for-profit Global Positive Health Institute, which seeks to support healthcare and other organisations by bringing together the disciplines of Lifestyle Medicine and Positive Psychology. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Romanian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. He is also a Director of the Australian not-for-profit Practice Excellence Institute which seeks to support health care organisations to provide high quality healthcare to their communities.

Simon’s work has been published in both professional journals and books and he is currently working on a several book chapters and books.

Simon consults internationally in the areas of health coaching, behaviour change, social connection, positive psychology, and lifestyle medicine. When not working, Simon also loves talking about his other passions of French and Spanish language, and cooking.




Tim has spent his entire professional career in the IT field. And, over the years he has used hiking and photography as an outlet to refresh his mind, body, and spirit. He has planned small-group adventures, from weekend trips to month long cross-country endeavors. His focus has been on providing a unique and personal adventure while gaining some understanding of the environment, ecology, and culture of the region. He strives to avoid "tourist traps" and instead seek out destinations and experiences that allow participants to truly connect with the natural location. For Tim photography is a means of deepening the connection to nature by slowing down and being intentional with each shot. He seeks to capture his personal feelings and interpretation of the landscape, while also catching the joys, strains, and accomplishments in photos and videos of trip members having their best, or most challenging experiences. His goal with this team is to provide a fulfilling experience to our clients as well as give them the best possible photo/video memories of the activities to share with others.

“For me, nature is not an escape but a return. A return to who I am, unplugged and unencumbered by material conveniences and distractions. When I’m out in the wild, whether it be for one day or several, I feel more connected to my surroundings, and find that with that connection I gain a closer understanding of myself, who I am and what I can do. The landscape is my sanctuary and the inner peace it gives me compares to no other. I see the natural landscape as not something to challenge or tame, but rather to discover, experience, and share with others.

I feel my experiences in the wilderness, whether it be hiking through foot-deep snow in the NC mountains, swimming in a cold mountain stream in the High Sierras, listening to loons in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, or slopping through waste deep mud in a Utah slot canyon, have made positive lasting impressions on me that define who I am and the life I lead. It’s in telling about these experiences that excites me and leads me to seek out the next adventure.”

To see Tim's work, go to www.tmanskephoto.com.