Wild Medicine Heart

Nature Inspired Expressive Arts Programs

Nichole Warwick, M.A.

 
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I feel so fortunate to have found that sweet-spot in my life where my purpose and passions are actualized in my professional life. I absolutely love being with youth, creating in and with nature, and cultivating the ecology of imaginations! 

I am a mother, grandmother, educational therapist, and a trauma-informed expressive arts facilitator with expertise in youth leadership and development, behavior change, deep ecology, and grief work. I have worked with youth and families for over 22 years in the fields of education and psychology. 

When I'm not cultivating creativity with youth, I'm protecting the environments in which they learn and play. After a breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, I was shocked to learn about the many environmental factors that contribute to environmental diseases such as cancers. In an effort to better understand the problems and protect my children, my children’s children, my students, and myself, I dove deep into research in environmental health. I now devote myself to ensuring children grow up in safe and healthy environments. 

In addition to my owning and directing Wild Hearts Nature-Based Expressive Arts Programs for Youth, I am employed as a Person-Centered Expressive Arts Facilitator/Educator for the  REACH Charter School and as an Environmental Health Programs Manager for Daily Acts and Jonas Fund. I serve on the Ceres Community Project's Board of Directors as Secretary and advise on the Governance Committee. In addition, I am a co-founder of FACTS: Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxic Safety

A deep desire for social and environmental justice influences my professional and volunteer work with youth in Sonoma County. In 2012, I was recognized by the California State Legislature, Sonoma County Conservation Council, and Sierra Club Sonoma for my contributions with the Outstanding Environmental Education Program/Educator Award for special innovation and insight in teaching students about the environment. My environmental education projects in the Sebastopol Unified School District also received Special Congressional Recognition, and I was a nominee for the American Red Cross Real Hero in the Environment in 2013. 

I earned a Master’s Degree in Integrative Psychology (2007) and a Certificate in Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change (2005) from Saybrook University. I was trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader (2012) and by Occidental Arts and Ecology Center as a Garden Teacher (2009). I have a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Sonoma State University (1998).

I am trained in Basic Life Support: Adult CPR, Child CPR, Infant CPR, Emergency Basic First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Cognitive A.E.D. Skills (certificate number 98665170-7194).