Deana has lived and worked in Nepal for more than 23 years and has explored across Asia, including Tibet, Bhutan, and Mongolia. Originally a Peace Corps Volunteer in a remote mountain village of Nepal, she has gone on to be a professional trekking guide in Nepal and Bhutan since 2005 and the Founder and Director of Changing Lives Nepal, a nonprofit which supports sustainable, grassroots development including a women’s safe house, a children’s home, and organic coffee and nut farms for poverty alleviation. Winner of the World Guide Awards in 2013 for her expertise and client service, she’s full of stories about Tantric goddesses, royal massacres, arranged marriages, reincarnation, politics, economics, and the realities of Shangri-La. Deana calls Marin Country home, works as a Somatic Coach in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has a 30-year meditation and yoga practice. She is also a certified Wilderness First Responder.