Emberwood Guides

Emberwood has one guide so far, Alison Brooks-Starks:

Hey all y’all! I'm an educator and ecotherapy informed spiritual ally in Edmonton, Alberta. With a background in both improv and spiritual care, we are bound to have a fun, wild and meaningful time.


My outdoor highlights include

  • playing with fire from a young age

  • leading at camps for over ten years and starting two trans camps

  • paddling 28 days alone from Edmonton, AB, to Prince Albert, SK – it only snowed once!

Some intersections of my identity… I am a white, 3rd gen Ukrainian+ settler. I have always lived on Treaty 6 territory along the North Saskatchewan River – I’m originally from Duck Lake and Prince Albert, SK, and now live in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton), AB. I am currently able bodied and have thin privilege. I am cisgender and I am queer. (For those wanting to extensively creep, I am a scorpio, a tiger, an INFJ and an enneagram 7.)

I have worked one-on-one with folks as a chaplain at United Church camps and queer camps since 2011 and I also have worked on ministry teams at United Churches (very liberal Christian settings).

I have particular experience working with kids, youth, young adults, people who are LGBTQ+ and in areas of grief and spiritual allyship.

I have a degree in Education and I am currently in a program for a Certificate of Spiritual Care. My outdoor credentials include being a lifeguard and river guide (class I & II), and I hold my Remote Responder (wilderness first aid).