we make magic with young people in nature. they grow taller, more confident, more relaxed, happier, and deeply empowered. it's critical that every young women know their power and feel connected to one another and to this place. we believe that connection creates power and the quickest way to connect is through fun.
Melanie Nead has a gift for bringing people together and inspiring team spirit. she is a builder, a uniter, and a lover of the natural world. as the owner of icon tattoo from 2009-2014, she operated a custom tattoo studio with more female artists than any other shop in the city, and built a unique community that engaged with tattoo artists, clients, non-profits, businesses, and craftspeople across a wide array of disciplines. a fiction writer, Melanie has been published in the kenyon review online, worked with anthony doerr at the tin house writers workshop, and been honored by glimmer train. she has written a novel and a book of short stories, and is a passionate lover of books. she teaches garden design, and studies medicinal plants and the botany and ethnobotany of the pacific northwest. she has worked with youth for her whole life, and loves connecting with people of all ages. she also plays drums, rockhounds, and speaks spanish.
renee has a SPECIAL KNACK FOR WORKING WITH and inspiring growth in YOUNG PEOPLE. FERAL GIRLS camp has been in the making for over sixteen years of LEARNING FROM AND INSPIRING YOUNG WOMEN through experiential education. IN THE CLASSROOM renee HAS TAUGHT HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY, HEALTH, ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY, leadership, CREATIVE WRITING, and coached cross country AT HAWAII PREPARATORY ACADEMY AND CATLIN GABEL SCHOOL. OUTDOORS, SHE HAS GUIDED TRIPS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOLERS AS THE OUTDOOR PROGRAM TEACHER AT catlin gabel, creating a robust expedition program with a focus on girls, decision making, and resiliency. she's been a LEAD GUIDE AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPER AT ALPENGIRL; leading and developing backpacking and sea kayaking trips in alaska, montana, washington, hawaii, and scandinavia. she has also guided for SIGNAL FIRE ARTS (backcountry artist residencies), PORTLAND WALDORF, AND EKONE RANCH. renee is the founder and camp director at ola hawaii camp; a girls camp that connects girls to the community and land of renee's youth in hawaii. renee has also spent over a decade traveling the world and teaching wilderness emergency medicine with nols wilderness medicine, empowering leaders with skills in risk management, accident prevention, and response. SHE is a Wilderness and national registry EMT, and trained challenge course facilitator, swiftwater rescuer, and amga single pitch instructor.
Nobody can do it alone, we are grateful and humbled by all the generous support feral girls camp has received. from mentors to venues to donations to sweet notes of support and all the good work of spreading the word and fighting the good fight. special thanks to guerilla development, porque no, emily katz, p's and q's market, sara barner, north portland yoga, andrew stanbridge, brian mosley, kirsten holliday, people's yoga, loyly, keen shoes, bernstein's bagels, icon tattoo, golden rule design, riley richard, tidy gnomes, andy paiko glass, oko, lulu lemon, sea grape, donnie vegas, zach's shack, curious comedy theater, and all of you for volunteering and donating money, support, and resources.