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About Alexis

Alexis Slutzky is a wilderness guide, mentor, community builder, council trainer and counselor. For the past 18 years she has been supporting youth and adults, individually and in groups, to restore relationships with the self, each other and the natural world. Her commitment to healing and peacemaking has lead her to—backpack in the wilderness for months at a time, sit long meditation retreats, explore dreams from a variety of perspectives, study and teach yoga, grief work, experiential group processes, world travel and service, indigenous wisdom traditions, study of plants, rites of passage, natural building and permaculture practices, depth psychology, ritual and ceremony, community exploration and beekeeping.

Alexis partners with a variety of people, communities and organizations to create spaces of deep listening, authentic communication and community ritual. She has worked in and with non-profit organizations, retreat centers, women veterans, assisted living facilities, community mental health clinics, public and private schools and universities, juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, international peace projects, a variety of wilderness settings and private practice. Alexis has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, though currently does not work as a psychotherapist. She is blessed to officiate at wedding ceremonies, memorial services, and other important life transitions. Alexis is adjunct faculty at Antioch University, and affiliated with Pacifica Graduate InstituteThe Ojai Foundation, Center for Council, and Youth Passageways

Alexis was born and raised in in Santa Barbara, California, where she currently lives. 


I am beyond grateful to the earth, water, wind and sun, the cosmos, animals, plants and trees, and many faces of nature, and specifically to the place I have called home for many years, the chapparal and oak woodlands, for illuminating my essential belonging and showing me how to live in right relationship. I am also grateful to my human mentors, including Adela Barcia, Virginia 'Gigi' Coyle, Martin Prechtel, Deena Metzger, Joanna Macy, Francis Weller, and my beloved family and friends and the many brave and beautiful souls with whom I have had the privilege of working. 

Formal Education

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2004
  • Thesis: At Home on Earth—Discovering the Self in Nature, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992


  • School of Lost Borders 
  • The Ojai Foundation and Center for Council
  • Permaculture Design Certification in International Development
  • Wilderness First Responder


About You

you might ask...

How do I serve myself, others and the planet with the wholeness of my being? How do I find and offer my gifts on behalf of this wild and precious world? How has my life experience prepared me for what I am here to do?


  • Feeling of true belonging
  • Embodied presence 
  • The capacity to bring your whole self to whatever you do 
  • Clarity about your place in the world and your next step
  • Connection to the wild in yourself and the earth
  • Access to your deep knowing
  • Intimacy and authentic contact
  • Peace and healing
  • Community
“We are all the children of a single flower, a brilliant flaming flower. And there is no one, there is no one that regrets who we are.”
— Huichol song