Philosophy and Mission Statement
As an organization we are dedicated to offering holistic river experiences that impart naturalist knowledge, technical skill, the transformative potential of the outdoors, and a greater sense of belonging in our community. Canoes can take us places that are difficult to reach on foot and offer a front-row seat to the secret lives of animals that depend on the river for survival. Naturalists and birders will delight in the ability to be in an ideal position for observation as they float. The river is also a place that abounds in symbols and metaphors, both cultural and personal. Being in the presence of such a vital life source can be healing and thought provoking. We at the River’s Path cherish the emotional connections people have to nature, and believe they are an important part of environmental stewardship.
“Any river is really the summation of the whole valley.”— (Hal Borland,This Hill, This Valley)
Lauren Bond Kovsky, Head Guide & Founder
Lauren has always been guided by nature. With nearly 20 years of outdoor education experience, she brings intimate knowledge of all that nature has to offer. Lauren is the founder of The Rivers’ Path and has led river trips in several states and also served as a canoeing instructor in Colorado.
Lauren is also a regular national speaker and an expert on Colorado’s rivers. Currently, she is exploring the effects of the great floods of 2013 on the rivers of northern Colorado.
Lauren holds an M.A. from Naropa University in Environmental Leadership, a B.A. from Bucknell University in Animal Behavior and Environmental Studies, and is a certified Ontological Coach from the Newfield Network. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two dogs. In her spare time, she is on a natural adventure that involves skiing, hiking, camping, backpacking, or of course, canoeing.
Check out The River’s Path blog for first-hand accounts of Lauren’s canoeing adventures.
Caroline Glynn, Logistics & Marketing Intern
Caroline credits her nature-loving family for her lifelong appreciation of the outdoors. In college, she volunteered with the University of Dayton River Stewards, leading kayaking trips and educational tours on the Great Miami River for elementary students and community members. After earning her B.A. in International Studies and a graduate certification in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Dayton, Caroline left the Midwest and headed to the mountains of Colorado to work in outdoor education. She has worked with The River’s Path since June 2016 and assists with logistics, marketing, and shuttling.
Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Vision Quest Co-Guide
My name means “spring” in Turkish—where water flows from the underworld onto the surface of the earth. In relation to the liminal, I identify as genderqueer. My studies include a B.A. in Somatic & Depth Ecopsychology from Prescott College as well as immersive studies at Animas Valley Institute, Wilderness Awareness School, Naropa and Esalen. My passions include ancestral skills, rites of passage, soul work, wildlife tracking, natural history, and the ecological intelligence of emotions.
So Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Vision Quest Co-Guide
So grew up in Vermont and loved its northern hardwood forests from a tender age. Growing up in a place with a strong shared land and community ethic, and experiencing nature-based education themselves as a child created a context for So to continue to explore as an adult the possibilities of human belonging in the natural world. This manifested in various ways, such as working in small-scale agriculture and studying earth-based living skills, but also through studying religious belief systems with attention to how the natural world is related to notions of the sacred in human culture. So has a BA from the University of Vermont in Religious Studies and Animal Science, and an MA from Claremont Graduate University in Religious Studies. As a nature mentor, So strives to combine empirical study of the natural world with appreciation of the contemplative and transpersonal realms of experience that are naturally accessed through nature-connection.
Juliana Statius Muller, Day Trip Co-Guide
Hi! I originally hail from the New York area, but have wandered far and wide and have yet to settle. Having come later in life to the great outdoors and the American west, I am an enthusiastic advocate for the transformational power of time spent outdoors. I work primarily in Outdoor Education in Colorado and California, sleeping more nights under the sky than under a roof. My personal adventures have brought me from New Foundland to the Alps, to the Andres. In guiding and Outdoor Education I have trained around the states, including in Alaska and Utah. I enjoy sharing my passion with anyone who wants to get out and have fun, and I look forward to meeting you out there!
Jessica Dallman, Day Trip Co-Guide
Jess grew up camping, fishing, hunting, swimming, wandering in fields, and witnessing the nuances of the life cycle at her parents’ veterinary clinic. Ever since becoming a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor in high school, Jess has found a deep connection with water and is passionate about sharing that with others. As a counselor, Jess passionate about honoring the integration of the more-than-human world into modern life in order to support physical, mental, and spiritual health. Jess has background in special education, outdoor education, equine therapy, trauma therapy, and wilderness therapy, including a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Montana, an M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University, and a Master’s Certificate from Gallaudet University.