Raei Bridges is a twenty-three-year old certified mindful outdoor guide and the founder of The Rusty Anvil. He is a self-taught craftsmxn and a naturalist at heart. Born and raised in the city of Los Angeles, Raei has experienced first hand the effects of nature deficit disorder, and the healing that has come from moving to the Berkshires of Massachusetts.
In 2016 Raei participated in a Rite of Passage with the School of the Lost Borders in the Colorado Wilderness. During this time in the back country by himself, Raei came to realize his true authenticity, and find his relationship to the land in a grounding and healing way. His time on the land reaffirmed his thoughts on the deep need for humxns to return to the natural world for healing and proper evolution. This has empowered him to become an agent of change for others seeking to find their authentic journey in life, and reconnect to the land for guidance.
In 2017 Raei moved to Massachusetts and since then has been working to bring mindful nature connection to communities throughout the Berkshires. He is a certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide, a certified SOLO Wilderness Medic, and an outdoor educator. He has experience in various leadership roles and has volunteered with many organizations as a guide, data collector, and facilitator.
Raei holds many intersectional identities and seeks to harness his personal experience to uplift others who belong to the same marginalized groups.
As a transgender man of color, Raei seeks to use nature connection to empower and uplift queer and colored communties to become their most authentic and resilient selves, and to become fully grounded in who they are. He is constantly on the journey to becoming fully himself and seeks to grow alongside others while creating safe space for humxn and more-than-humxn lives