Ann Linnea is a writer, educator, facilitator, mentor and guide with decades of experience serving the art of dialogue in a fascinating range of settings. Whether guiding people on a wilderness quest or presenting a workshop to business leaders, she embodies the stewardship of wild things that has characterized her life and work. She began her writing career in Utah, composing hiking and skiing guides during her years as a U.S. Forest Servicee Naturalist in the 1970's. In 1991, Ann co-wrote the award-winning Teaching Kids to Love the Earth. In 1992, she designed her own mid-life rite of passage and became the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak. Deep Water Passage: A Spiritual Journey at Midlife, describes this journey, portraying her extraordinary physical courage and even more extraordinary spiritual trial and transformation. Besides The Circle Way, her most recent work is Keepers of the Trees: A Guide to Re-Greening North America.
Ann graduated from Iowa State University with honors and distinction in botany and holds a master of education degree from the University of Idaho. When replenishing herself at home on Whidbey Island, she enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, and motor-scootering. She has two grown children and one adorable grandson.