Town: Tyringham, MA. The Berkshires.
Favorite quote: It’s essential that we understand that taking care of the planet will be done as we take care of ourselves. You know that you can’t really make much of a difference in things until you change yourself.”- Alice Walker
Home mountain or favorite outdoor place– Magic Mountain, Vermont. Favorite place, the woods and meadows behind my house.
Outdoor Activities- Skiing, x-country skiing, snowshoeing, road biking, yoga, kayaking, hiking. I’m jumping into mountain biking this summer.
What does being a Jumper mean to you? To me, being a Jumper means that I am a role model and the encouragement fairy for all newbie women in the outdoor world. And when I’m a newbie myself I pull from the encouragement and support of the ladies around me.
What inspires you/inspired you to be such an outdoorsy lady? Fun, peace, adventure. So much! As a kid, biking equaled freedom. Growing up, I lived on the ocean and in high school I got involved in open ocean rowing and began exploring the Boston Harbor Islands. Wild places, wild ocean, the seed was planted. Being in nature connects me to my spirit, whether it’s being on a quiet hike with my dog Libby and searching for woodland wildflowers, charging the steeps at Magic, or guiding others on their first yoga hike, my well get’s filled by the outdoors.
What would you dare to accomplish if you knew success was the only possible outcome? This question get’s me every time! Right now I’m working on expanding my business to lead Yoga Adventure Retreats.
What’s a goal you have for this coming year as an Ambassador or Coordinator? This past winter I learned about a historic back-country race on Mt. Greylock in Adams, MA. The Thunderbolt trail is a ski trail that was built in the 30’s by the CCC and has a long history in downhill racing. In the past few years, a non-profit has brought the race back. This winter I volunteered to help prepare the course and found out that of the 115 racers registered, only 10 were women.
I would LOVE to change that! I would love to bring together a major SheJumps North East showing next year, including myself.
I’m also very stoked about the youth initiatives. As a former teacher, I love to encourage young people to be confident.
What else is happening in your life?
I have a wellness business that includes health coaching, yoga and yoga adventures. I’m inspired to empower women to over come resistance, self-doubt and lifestyle imbalances to live more adventurous, healthy lives so that we can move beyond taking care of ourselves, and take care of the planet. More at www.tracyremelius.com. I also work as a caretaker for land conservation organization The Trustees of Reservations and live in a magical garden in the Berkshires with my husband Jebb and dog Libby. The three of us take a lot of time to play in the woods.