Hello everyone and welcome to my little corner of the internet. My name is Kara Folkerts and I was born in the prairies of Alberta, Canada while continuing to travel to the far and wide corners of our lovely planet. In 2013 I moved to Calgary to begin a Bachelor's Degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership. The four years that followed brought upon many adventures and opportunities to grow, meet incredible like-minded friends, travel internationally, gain greater experience in guiding and tourism, and begin to define my own life.
From guiding Norwegian students on various outdoor pursuits, travelling throughout Europe, walking solo across the country of Iceland, trail running in the mountains of Costa Rica, and completing my Bachelor's, I chose to leave everything behind and pursue my dream of travelling and moving in beautiful wild places fully. From May to November of 2017, I cycled over 10,500km from my home in Calgary, Canada to Alaska, flying to the eastern coast of Russia, and biking further through Russia, Mongolia and China. After completing the bike journey, I made way to Japan to spend a winter season in the northern island snowboarding, working and meeting new friends. Since the beginning of my travels I felt pulled towards taking my yoga teacher training, so after Japan, I continued onwards towards Southern India where I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training and fell deeply in love with the overwhelming, colourful and precious culture found in India. After a couple months spent in India, I traveled to Indonesia where I co-managed and taught yoga at an ecolodge in the mountains of Bali. After being in a constant state of movement and travel I returned to Canada in Fall of 2018. Not long after returning home, I quickly packed my bags for another bike tour on the coast of western Canada, and a couple guiding gigs within British Columbia and again in Costa Rica. Being back in my hometown now, I am so grateful for these experiences and look forward to see where my two feet take me next.
My greatest passions and intentions include health and wellbeing, exploring the outdoors, meditation and mindful living, plant-based eating, the environment and living sustainably, reading a good book, endurance sports (ultra and trail running, cycling, hiking), meaningful connections with people, laughing until my belly hurts, and eating way too many bananas.
Throughout all of these experiences and adventures in my life, I remain so full of gratitude.
At 24 years young, I hope to continue expanding my horizons while venturing out into the unknown, discovering new countries, customs, and cultures, positively impacting each person and place I visit and ultimately soaking in every precious moment of this life through awareness and gratitude.
Thank you for following along my journey.