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Rino Consulting Solutions

is a nature-based coaching & consulting firm that builds and supports individual and
community capacity to create actionable change in their environments

As the Principal Owner, Raynelle helps diverse professionals of color in the social sector increase their capacity
to create change in their communities without the burnout and emotional overwhelm by practicing self-care in nature.

Our Approach

Know Nature, Know Self - No Nature, No Self

Our firm believes that

My Story

It was the Friday after the election when I scheduled my first healing hike. I felt a cue to manage my stress and be with my friends in nature as a result of the nationwide shock and grievance about the election results. I sent a quick text blast out to those I thought might want to be with me to heal in nature. A good handful of folks showed up! The time I spent with them on this hike was intentionally facilitated to incorporate coaching dialog and some of the deep and spiritual healing modalities I’m learning from my women’s healing circle, like grounding us with intentions and walking in meditation. The end result was profound! We all experienced a sense of lighter being, happiness, and calm. The hike allowed us to release our stress and anxieties. Following the initial healing hike, I knew this approach of coaching outdoors would be implemented into my own practice.

During the healing hike it was also very gratifying to be able to apply my 10 years of experience working in nature as a scientist of color, environmental educator, community organizer, program manager, and spiritually connected person. I wanted to share my expertise so I decided to start Rino Consulting Solutions; a nature-based consulting firm with a mission to support and inspire the leaders of today to live in the confidence of their identities as they move around a world in the midst of social, racial, and environmental transformation. These healing hikes were just a snippet of what kind of person I was in the world and how I was able to serve back to my community.

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About the coach

Raynelle Rino, CPC

A long time social sector professional, Raynelle began her career in the sciences as an ecology field researcher then moved onto environmental education and social justice at the grassroots organizational level in the Bay Area. Her love for nature and youth development brought her to teach in unique settings like alternative high schools, environmental justice neighborhoods, parks, and juvenile justice facilities. Raynelle is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BS in Biology, a Rising Leaders and 2042 Today fellow, and lives in Oakland with her husband and daughter.


Career Highlights

I’ve been fortunate enough to further impact my community with a developed stance as a youth advocate and community organizer. I bring my breadth of knowledge and experience to some of the most dedicated and forward thinking environmentally focused communities and projects.

I helped organize

  • Outdoor Afro’s inaugural Leadership Retreat in 2013

  • Oakland’s first Black & Brown Farmer’s Convening in 2015

  • The (formerly) Southeast Food Access, Bounty of the Bayview convener in 2014

I am a certified

  • instructor with Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) in Oakland

  • in the process of obtaining my Coaching For Transformation Certification through Leadership That Works

I'm an alum for the

  • Youth Outside’s Rising Leaders 2015

  • 2042 Today Leaders with the Center for Diversity and the Environment (CDE)

  • Ecological Society's SEEDS Program (Strategies for Ecology, Education, Diversity, and Sustainability)

I am currently appointed

  • Advisory Council Member for the US Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNNST)

  • An active board member for an award-winning environmental reporting publication, High Country News.


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I call this my own unique modality of supporting clients in sustainably creating change through connecting back to nature, "reclaiming connections". I've developed a blend of ecological knowledge, life experience, cultural and spiritual healing, and a critical lens of society that allows me to tap into the human condition and longing to get back to our ancient practices of engaging with the natural world. 

I'm a certified professional coach through, Leadership That Works. What appealed to me about their "Coaching for Transformation" program was its emphasis on social justice and their intention to support more coaches of color to enter the field. 




Here are just a few highlights of my career. I've had the honor of contributing to a number of Bay Area organizations and organized community around projects focused on addressing racial justice in environmental engagement. People power is what excites me and I look forward to growing my impact nationwide! 

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Spirituality, history, identity

My personal journey through life includes the many stories and experiences I went through to get to where I am today. More recently that journey was much more spiritual than previous years. Once I began to give myself permission to walk more in my true path, that's when things started to show up. For me, the strong messages came through in my dreams. The intensity of emotions and actual events during these dreams lead me to really question whether I was doing what I was brought to this world to do.

The exploration of these dreams were guided by a Meso American Traditional Healer, a Curandera. I began working with Tereza Iniguez-Flores on understanding and developing deeper discipline around the gifts of these messages and my overall spiritual awareness. Many of the principals around this universal energy and connection to the world is integrated into my practice as a coach and when I lead groups out in nature. I continue to learn and explore my spiritual identity and am currently studying more of the history and practices of my own direct ancestry from The Philippines. 

Follow my journey on Instagram as it unfolds!