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 Bay Area social sector professional, Raynelle began her career in the sciences as an ecology field researcher then moved onto grassroots environmental education and social justice organizing. 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.

In 2016 Raynelle started Rino Consulting Solutions, a nature-based consulting firm that provides coaching and consulting services for professionals and other businesses. Its mission is to support and inspire the leaders of today to live in the confidence of their identities as they move through a world in the midst of social, racial, and environmental transformation. Raynelle is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BS in Biology. Her "Hike It Out Coaching" Programs blend her science, environmental justice, and spiritual connection to nature by providing "Healing Hikes", where clients increase their capacity to create change with the support and guidance of the nature experience. To read more about the healing hike experience, read this feature in Outside Magazine


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.