Hi, my name is Lee Nadeau, founder of Wayfarer Wellness Integration. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC], Wellness Coach and Wilderness Guide [WFR] with 14 years of experience working with and advocating for the well being of adolescents, young adults and their parents. I have worked with and volunteered at public & private high schools, universities, non-profits and therapeutic programs domestically & abroad since 2006. I've performed roles as: Teacher, Therapist, Mentor, Academic Coach, Ambassador and Admissions Director.
I am also a son, brother, uncle, friend, athlete, life-long student, lover of the natural world, traveler, adventurer, writer, home cook/pizzaiolo and adoptive father to Lou the Australian Cattle Dog. I believe in the wellness power of > contact with the natural world, interpersonal connection, service learning, contemplative education,
opportunities for creative expression, goal-setting, exercise, conscious nutrition.
I grew up in Colorado, though I have lived in seven states and have lived in Central and South America and have traveled through parts of East Africa and Western Europe. As a little guy, I spent many unstructured hours playing outdoors, but also participated in competitive organized sports through high school [wrestling, baseball, soccer]. My first structured backcountry camping & hiking experience occurred in Junior High with a group peers, led by college-aged mentors. Over the next 6 years, we backpacked, climbed & biked in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah -- the guides/mentors were knowledgable, cool, compassionate and shared a reverence for the natural world that made a long-lasting impression on my world-view/value system.
I spent the next chapter seeking more meaningful experiences:
Extensive time in the natural world, community/intimacy in relationship with others, adventure, and service-learning.
In 2008 I biked 4,200 miles from San Francisco to Washington, DC over 65 days to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities. The following summer I lived in Kenya and volunteered at an Internally Displaced Persons camp, helped build a school and co-led a sports camp for inner-city orphans of Kibera, Nairobi. After graduating from the University of Colorado [History & Communication], my interest in education and social justice compelled me to join Teach for America's mission to help close the achievement gap. I taught high school Special Education for two-years in rural Eastern North Carolina, then went on to pursue a graduate degree in counseling with an emphasis in wilderness therapy from Naropa University.
After earning a Masters Degree in Counseling/Psychology, I lived and worked in Costa Rica for ~3 yrs. at a small nature-based therapeutic boarding school as a therapist/case manager.
Since returning to the states in 2017, I've supported teens and young adults in transition and integration work while supporting the school as the Admissions Director.
My practice and perspective on personal growth is influenced by: