John Kenkel

Challenge Center Team Lead


Education/Qualifications: I am a Senior at Sacramento State studying Recreational Therapy. I’ve facilitated groups since 2010 when I was a Community Planting Leader with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. I’m an Americorps Alumni, serving with the California Conservation Corps Backcountry Trails Program. I also was a crew leader for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. I am a 500 hr Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and I’ve been teaching yoga for 8 years spanning settings from studios, juvenile hall, prisons, jail, psychiatric hospitals and wilderness settings.

Why do you love the outdoors? I grew up creeking and rambling around a family farm in Kentucky. As an adult I’ve become an avid backpacker spending over one year in the wilderness. As a student I’ve learned more about the clinical validation of nature and wilderness therapy.

Three Favorite Hobbies: Ultimate, Bicycling (Urban and Mountain), Singing