Caring & Coping On & Off the Trail - Online Classroom


Caring & Coping On & Off the Trail - Online Classroom

Evening online webinar on mental health with Natasha Buffo

  • Casual

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

content warning: triggering language and substance use.

Please note this online seminar will incorporate interactive group discussion


Do you think you know how to help people you care about with their mental health but have never received formal training? Let’s build on that groundwork, and level up. Join us for a highly interactive session diving deep into the gaps where we fall short as a society. This is a chance for a change in perspective where we can learn how to choose connection over comments, high-fives over happy hours, and slowing down over sending it.

This workshop will discuss:

  • The intersection of substance use & social circles and events.
  • Coping mechanisms & how injury/illness/mental health can affect them.
  • Triggering language we hear, and often use, every day and how to rephrase.
  • What to look out for on social media and how to respond.
  • Active listening while on and off the trail.
  • Comparison, as the sharer and the observer.

*This workshop does not cover crisis situations. 


After the course:

  • Leaders will know fundamental ways to help people in their community through substance use and mental health challenges.
  • Leaders will be equipped with techniques to use while recreating outdoors, or at home or in the office, to pay better attention to those in need, and to provide active support, focusing on connection.


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


Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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

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