OUR MISSION


 

Who are we?

Our mission is to bring humans together to lead more resilient and connected lives. The Rooted Method is a service business that provides nature-based programming and education for our clients and community through our Rewild Festival, private events and outdoor retreats. Based in Austin, we offer experiences primarily in Texas and Idaho with international retreats planned for 2020 and beyond.

We are not a backpacking business or outdoor outfitter. Nor are we exercise coaches or guides for adventure junkies. The Rooted Method is the rewilding bridge that helps you connect with nature and remember that you are your best intuitive guide. Step outside with us into our non-confrontational, non-intimidating environment, and unlock the tools to feel rooted in mind, body, and spirit.

Why do you need this?

We are overstressed, oversaturated, overstimulated.

As a society, we are overstressed, oversaturated, overstimulated. People report feeling lonely, disconnected, and in need of belonging more than ever. With breakneck advancements in technology, we’re addicted to being entertained and escaping from the hardships and challenges life inevitably throws our way.

Practicing resilience will be one of the most essential tools of the 21st century, says Yuval Noah Narri, author of the New York Times bestseller Sapiens. We believe that, too. We also believe you already possess those tools and so many –you just forgot somewhere along the way. Through rewilding in nature, and fully digesting its principles and wisdom, we can lead you back to your roots. Remember, the best guide through life’s journeys is you.

Who do we serve?

We believe nature has something to teach everyone. Maybe you’re the tech-pruener or freelance worker who sits behind a computer all day. Maybe you’re the organization or team that wants better trust and communication all the way from your C-suite executives down to your interns. Maybe you’re looking for meaningful group experiences that don’t involve drugs or alcohol. Maybe you want to learn more about rewilding. Maybe you’ve had trauma in your life and want tactile healing outside of medications and self-help books. Or maybe you just want some more friends who play in nature, too.

Whether this describes you or not, know that nature doesn’t discriminate and neither do we. All are welcome, so long as they’re willing to get their feet muddy once in a while.

Cristina Schooler, Founder of The Rooted Method

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Hi there! I’m chief nature officer of The Rooted Method! Thank you for being here. Nature has always been the most centering theme in my life. It guided my professional career as an outdoor educator and trainer and in trying times. It’s guided me in my deep relationship with community and my spirit. Ultimately, what the outdoors has taught me is that everything is unfolding in life as it should be. Every deeper experience with nature helped me feel more connected and in-tune with every living thing around me.  

Whether it was organizing outdoor groups in Montana, fly-fishing in Idaho, solo-backpacking in Alaska, or camping on the Great Wall of China, I found healing that I didn’t even know I was looking for. Those moments, and many more, rewilded me and showed that I was whole just the way I was. I want other people to feel the collective belonging we all deserve and need. I found that through nature and believe you can, too.

Curcuma, The Food Behind Our Experiences

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Almost two years ago the stars aligned so me (Cristina) and Rachel, the owner of Curcuma, met through a business community in Austin. We mutually bonded over nature, plant-based food and creating magical group experiences for our community. Real food is a central theme in both of our lives and we’ve loved bringing Curcuma to the outdoor kitchen! To read more about Curcuma, click here!

"The Best Healthy Restaurants in Austin" – Bon Appetit

"Food Trends We Can Get Behind" – Esquire

"100 Restaurants Defining Austin" – The Austin Chronicle 2017 + 2018

Bridgette Wolleat, Assistant Magic Maker

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I met Bridgette at a workshop and had an immediate feeling she was going to assist me in some way with The Rooted Method. You can find her helping me on a retreat or workshop or on her mountain bike around Austin. I can honestly say that in Bridgette, I have found another sister who enjoys outdoor experiences just as much as I do. She is a fabulous nutritional therapy practitioner and has helped dozens of people heal their lives through food. You can read more about her work here!

 

What People Are Saying

“Cristina/ Rooted Retreats hosted such an amazing weekend with the Rewild Festival. She really knows how to create an environment that teaches you the importance of our connection with nature for overall health and a thriving life. I learned so much about self sustainability, backpacking/camping skills, resiliency, outdoor play and how nature gives us all that we need. Thankful for the incredible message that Rooted Retreats is sharing and creating.” –Brigette


"Very fun, educational and relaxing! Cristina is very knowledgeable about all things outdoors and makes everyone feel welcomed. Lot's of useful, helpful tips and her enthusiasm is to show everyone the love of the outdoors is very cool!" –Beth Ann


“I just got back from a fantastic trip to Big Bend thanks to Cristina. I feel incredible, met amazing people, and learned a lot. After the retreat, Cristina offered to continue to be a resource for us - her heart and passion is unbelievable and the effort she puts into these things is unmatched. Highly recommended.” –Tony


"Cristina's beautifully planned trips give you the opportunity to unplug, connect to nature, have a fun adventure while also taking time to relax and reflect. She did a great job at reading the group and making sure everyone was taken care of, and made it easy for everyone to be themselves. She is an incredible outdoor educator/guide and I will definitely be signing up for more trips with her in the future! Highly recommend these trips to anyone looking for more outdoor experiences and a way to meet more people who share similar interests." –Samara 


“Cristina and her team have truly created something magical here. The retreats she has curated allow you to connect with nature and feel more comfortable in the GREAT outdoors. I cannot wait to go on another adventure with Rooted Retreats!!


"Everything that you look for in your outdoor retreats. Cristina is the most passionate and knowledgeable guide I have ever had, which made the whole experience both rewarding and carefree. She does a great job of reading her group and catering to their needs. Our retreat was the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation." –Drew


"These retreats are such a great way to escape everyday life and disconnect in some beautiful places. Cristina plans everything for you, from the amazing (and healthy!) food to the breaks for journaling or simply sitting and watching the fire. She was willing to adapt her plans for spontaneous adventures (a polar plunge in a spring we happened upon!), which made it feel more like a trip with friends than anything else. While one night was amazing, I'm already looking at her upcoming trips for some longer adventures!" –Joran


"Cristina does a great job of communicating, planning, and encouraging us. I've met some great people on these trips whom I'd likely never run across. Its a great opportunity to get out socialize and just feel "real". Would recommend this any of my friends, family, or coworkers as a great opportunity to get back to their roots in nature through wholesome adventure, self improvement, health and nutrition." –Meghan