Evelynn Escobar-Thomas on The Connection of Nature and Wellness

Meet Evelynn—a purveyor of wellness through nature and founder of LA's Hike Clerb.
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Apr. 20, 2020
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Though Cherie is a beauty app for beauty lovers, we also truly believe in our responsibility to stand for important causes. We're celebrating Earth Day all week here at Cherie with our sustainability awareness campaign called "A Breath of Fresh Air". This week, we'll be sharing different ways we can be, and provide, a breath of fresh air to ourselves and the earth. Think doing small activities like walking or biking instead of driving, or purchasing from brands that give back to the earth. After all, everything begins with us! Note from the author: In celebration of Earth Week, Cherie is talking a lot about what we can do to give back to the earth. While our duty to take care of the earth is an obvious one (it's our home!) I also wanted to share some ways that the earth gives back to us in unexpected ways; vis a vis nature, wellness, and mental clarity. Nature does so much more for us than we realize! I spoke with Evelynn Escobar-Thomas, founder of Hike Clerb, an outdoor hiking group for women of color, on why it's so important to include nature in your wellness plan. On Starting Hike Clerb"Hike Clerb started as an answer to how we could get more women, and especially women of color, out into nature. It was started to make the outdoors accessible to everyone, because nature belongs to us all. Growing up, I wasn't much of an outdoorsy person—it just wasn't something my family did together. Once I moved to LA as an adult, I started hiking a lot because of my proximity to trails. I realized that when I would go out into nature, I was often the darkest-skinned person on the trail—and if I was the darkest person on the trail, then that meant there was a huge population of people not outdoors. I go hiking all the time and really enjoy it as a form of exercise and wellness, but the trails were never diverse, yet nature belongs to us all... so where were all the people that looked like me? I started Hike Clerb for women of color to experience nature and find whatever that means for them, because nature has been so healing for me. It also exists to represent that ANYONE who wants to enjoy the outdoors can; you don't have to be in REI, or have all these clothes. You can enjoy it as you are."
Photo c/o Evelynn
Photo c/o Evelynn
On Nature as a Tool for Healing"Nature has been a huge catalyst to me in my healing. Matter and energy are so different in nature's wonders and you can honestly feel it. There's a reason why people go out of their way to visit places like the Grand Canyon; it's of course a feat of nature, but whether people realize it or not, there's good energy being absorbed. Nature has really been a foundation for me to explore myself, learn about me, and provide clarity of mind. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I turn to nature to reset. Being able to bring other people into this journey has been amazing."On Your Wellbeing and Nature"Nature is an essential part of anyones wellness plan. With my hiking group, making nature accessible for women to get out there is the main goal so that they can add it to their own wellness plans. Being in nature is the primal state of human beings, so it's essential to carve out time to return to that original state. For those who might not think being in nature or taking care of our earth is important, know that seeing is believing. Experiencing is believing. I took my mom on a road trip last summer to Zion Canyon, and as someone who previously didn't see nature as something healing, after my mom experienced the energy around Zion Canyon, she understood how nature really can positively impact you. If you don't know why the earth is important, go out there and see it for yourself. If you can take the time to see what nature has to offer on all scales; from the geometry of a leaf to the vastness of the ocean, you'll see just why nature is so important."
Photo c/o Evelynn
Photo c/o Evelynn
On Choices That Sustain You and the Earth"Little things like cutting down single use plastic and eating a primarily plant-based diet are a couple of things I do to be more eco-friendly. It's also important for me to choose beauty products that are made sustainably and have clean formulas. Choosing wisely, though small, really makes a difference on your impact on the earth's carbon emissions, because every choice is a vote in what you believe in."The Earth is For Everyone "Getting out into nature doesn't have to be grand trips; nature is all around you. Go to the beach if you're on the coast, a forest if you 're in a woodsy area, a park if you're in a city... nature exists everywhere for you to enjoy and take care of."
Photo c/o Evelynn
Photo c/o Evelynn
Follow Evelynn on Instagram @evemeetswest and learn more about Hike Clerb on www.hikeclerb.com.
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