Communicate for Comfort in the Backcountry


Communicate for Comfort in the Backcountry - Online Classroom

Online webinar on crucial communication with Natasha Buffo. A Leadership Development Series presentation.

  • Casual

6:00-8:00pm PST via Zoom Meeting
Meeting link will be sent to registered attendees the day of the session.

Please note this online seminar will incorporate interactive group discussion and Activities.

Have you learned the hard way how crucial communication is while traveling in the backcountry? Most people are horrible at communicating, in the workplace and in relationships, so we need to put in the extra effort. After years of adventuring with men, our speaker, Natasha Buffo, brings the knowledge from seven years of community mental health tools, plus five years of leadership development, and a sprinkle of wise words from her mom, to open our eyes and ears to the communication skills that can drastically improve comfort and safety while exploring the backcountry and in our everyday lives in the office or at home. This is a raw and honest workshop, with self-reflection, discussion, and activities.

  • Determine Your WHY. Share It and Own It.
  • Speak Up and Listen!
  • Pay Attention to Verbal and Non-Verbal Cues!
  • Ask Open-Ended Questions.
  • Check for Understanding.
  • Remember, “You Can Always Turn Around.”
  • What Defines a Strong Leader?


Natasha Buffo is a former business analyst for Google, turned outdoor adventurer, community mental health facilitator, and creative non-fiction writer. When not at her desk, you’ll find her pedaling one of her bikes everywhere, backpacking the Sierra Nevada Mountains, trail running in the rain, kayaking on calm alpine lakes, or snowboarding with friends. In addition to her shorter works in GearJunkie, Fleet Feet Blog, Tahoe Quarterly, SISU Magazine, and more, she's written a manuscript about her time as a world trekker turned caregiver for her mom. When she’s not exploring U.S. public lands, or cultures abroad, she resides in South Lake Tahoe, California. Follow her on Instagram @dirtandtears or check out her website

Photo by Skye Stoury


Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Computer or device (preferably with a speaker and camera), as well as high-speed internet.

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