About

I am a trip leader, a photographer and a teacher. 

Growing up in France, I enjoyed Nature in my parents’ garden and the Pyrenees mountains. As I became an avid hiker and photographer, I happily endorsed the nickname of “Mountain goat with a good eye.” I now live in Montana. 

I believe our lives are shaped by our experiences. 

Since my teenage years, I have always been a guide, organizing  hikes and trips, loving to help people realize their hiking and traveling dreams. Therefore, leading trips in addition to my fitness career in Aspen became a natural activity. I have guided cultural and walking journeys in the Himalayas and in France. 

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To provide an inspirational experience about other places and cultures, I enjoy sharing my journeys through images and stories in public presentations.

Photography has allowed me to share the beauty I see on this Planet, my sense of wonder for Nature and exploring the World. It has helped me grow, open up to different cultures and people. I hope to inspire curiosity towards these cultures and ancient wisdom that revere Nature as well as encourage all of us to find solutions to save our planet. 

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We are part of Nature like a wave is part of the ocean. Our lifestyle impacts the health of the Planet, but  Nature is resilient if we give her a chance. We too can heal from inside out when we reconnect with our true Nature, a well integrated body, mind and spirit, and when we listen to what Nature and our body teach us. This is our first step towards the regeneration of our Planet. Living according to the laws of Nature is what inspires my yoga and coaching. 

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

—Albert Einstein

Photo Work:

My exhibits in Aspen supported Nepal reconstruction after the earthquake. 

2015

I assisted in shooting a multi-media document in Nepal for “Resurge International.”

2012

I was honored to be invited to show a Tibet exhibit at The Aspen Institute in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Aspen.

2008

Guiding

Guided walk along the French Compostelle Via Podiensis.

2019

 Trek in Nepal Khumbu and cultural journey in Bhutan.

2011

Trek in Nepal, in the Gorkha area.

2017

Cultural journey in Bhutan.

2016

Teaching:

Yoga Instructor in Bozeman, Montana. YogaAlliance registered.

2019

Meditation and Ayurvedic Instructor in Aspen, Colorado. Chopra Center Certifications.

2014-2018

Personal Trainer, Pilates and yoga instructor in Aspen. American Council on Exercise.

1995-2018

Member of the American Himalayan Foundation

“Catherine is all about mind, body and spirit. Her life is dedicated to learning and teaching. A world-class hiker, guide and athlete, Catherine introduced us to amazing parts of the Rockies and the Himalayas. Her photographic exhibits and civic presentations reveal a sense of awareness and empathy that comes only from serious study of the Eastern philosophies. She is a multi-faceted and fascinating woman.”

simon Pinniger, Aspen and CT

Blog:

Walking to be human again

Our modern lifestyle has considerably reduced the walking we do in our life. We spend more time in fast transportation and sitting at a desk. However, standing on two feet is what differentiates us from other species; our bodies are built to walk upright.  Walking provides a long list of health-related benefits. In fact, there is not an area of our health that walking does not improve: our cardio-vascular, respiratory, digestive, hormonal and immune systems, as well as our bones and joints all benefit. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261 Our health cannot be reduced to something physical. Walking boosts our  endorphin hormones, affecting our…

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BREAKDOWNS AND BREAKTHROUGHS

We are at a crossroads. Nature is suffering and everyday we receive more news about catastrophic weather-related events, endangered animals species and violence in our society.  I too was at a crossroads. Working in the fitness world, I felt a burnout and paused to reconsider my career. I asked myself how I could contribute more to our reconnection to Nature, leading to her regeneration and ours as human beings.  I had done many trips to the Himalayas, trekking in remote parts of the world, encountering different cultures and amazing people. It opened my heart and mind like nothing before. Travel…

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