Karen Marie Roberts was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis twenty-five years ago. Prior to this, she had been Director of Research for a French investment firm in New York City. She attended Wellesley College, UC Berkeley, Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, and Fielding Graduate School where she earned her MA in human development. She is the author of Passions and Patience: Fostering Earth’s Future Through Unlikely Partnerships. When not traveling extensively, she enjoys horseback riding as therapy, communing with nature, and following her heart’s path. Karen lives on a ranch in Santa Ynez Valley with her husband and their six dogs; five are rescue Borzois and one is a Silken Windhound. Her quarter horse Susie-Q lives in a nearby equine facility.
“When inward tenderness finds the secret hurt, pain itself will crack the rock and Ah! let the soul emerge.”
Dana Simpson was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease in 2012, nearly a decade after a tick bite during a summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. For years, she felt “unwell,” with symptoms of fatigue, depression, and chronic pain. A daily practice of gentle walks and writing inspired a dialogue with nature that gradually allowed her to understand and accept her condition. Dana attended Bryn Mawr, Harvard and Columbia, and holds master degrees in Urban Planning and Art History. She lives in Santa Barbara where she works in the nonprofit sector, and cares for a beautiful garden with her partner.
“The man must not drink of the running streams, the living waters, who is not prepared to have all nature reborn in him.”
Tim Hauf graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in business. After leaving his career as a financial analyst, Tim worked as a ranch hand in the farming community of Somis in southern California’s Ventura County. In his free time, he began to study photography and to seek out “hidden places” with camera and backpack. His photographs have been featured in numerous publications throughout the world, including Islands, Sunset, Asia Pacific Travel, USA Today, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many others. Tim’s most recent book is Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary: California’s Galapagos. He has twice received the Douglas Shively Memorial Award of Excellence for photography.