About Ann Linnea

Ann Linnea is a writer and educator with decades of experience serving the art of dialogue in a fascinating range of settings. Whether guiding a wilderness quest or presenting a workshop to business leaders, Ann embodies the stewardship of wild things which has characterized her life and work. She began her writing career in Utah, authoring hiking and skiing guides as U.S. Forest Service naturalist in the 1970’s. In 1991, Ann co-authored the award-winning Teaching Kids to Love the Earth. In 1992, she became the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak (an 1,800 mile journey). Deep Water Passage, A Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life, describes her extraordinary physical courage and even more extraordinary spiritual trial and transformation. In 2002 she worked with a local environmental education organization to publish A Journey Through the Maxwelton Watershed. In 2010 she co-authored The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair with Christina Baldwin as a legacy contribution to two decades of pioneering circle work. Also published in 2010, is her full color Keepers of the Trees—A Guide to Re-Greening North America, the result of decades of devotion to making natural history accessible through fascinating stories.

Ann has a B.S. in Botany with honors from Iowa State University; an M.A.T. in Education from the University of Idaho; and Elementary certification from Utah State University. She has been a Wilderness First Responder since 1997.

Ann has worked with numerous healthcare and education institutions, non-profits, and religious communities. She lives on an island near Seattle, WA where she enjoys gardening, hiking, swimming, and local activism. She is a mother and the wilderness grandmother to Jaden and Sasha.

Ann is the author of the following books:

The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair, with Christina Baldwin (Berrett-Koehler, 2010)
Keepers of the Trees: A Guide to Re-Greening North America (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010)
A Journey through the Maxwelton Watershed, (Washington State, Water Quality Grant, 2002)
Deep Water Passage, A Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life (Little, Brown, 1995; Pocketbook, 1997)
Teaching Kids to Love the Earth (1991 Pfeifer-Hamilton/ University of Minnesota Press).

Anthologized essays include:

AL-DouglasFirArctic Refuge, A Circle of Testimony, compiled by Hank Lentfer and Carolyn Servid (Milkweed Editions, 2001) “Leaving a Legacy”

Soul of Creativity, Insights into the Creative Process, edited by Tona Pearce Myers (New World Library 1999)  “Two Dragonflies and a Volcano”

Gifts of the Wild, A Woman’s Book of Adventure (Seal Press, 1998) “Superior Spirit”

Another Wilderness, New Outdoor Writing by Women, edited by Susan Fox Rogers (Seal Press, 1994) “Superior Spirit”

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