Visionary Wild, LLC • 2200 19th St. NW, Ste 806, Washington, DC 20009

E-mail: info@visionarywild.com    •    Tel: 1-202-558-9596 (9am to 6pm, EST).    •    Justin Black’s iPhone: 1-202-302-9030

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Featured Instructor

Chris Eckstrom

Christine Eckstrom is a writer, editor, and videographer whose work celebrates the wonder of the natural world and seeks to explore how people and wildlife can coexist. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she grew up in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and New England.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she is the author of Forgotten Edens (National Geographic Books), and is a contributing author of more than a dozen books published by National Geographic, where she worked as a staff writer for 15 years. Assignments have taken her to wild places on all seven continents to cover subjects ranging from wildlife in Zambia to a profile of Brazil’s Pantanal.

For the past two decades she has worked with her husband and partner,Frans Lanting, on field assignments from the Amazon to Mongolia. Her stories have appeared in National GeographicAudubon, International Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, and in other international publications. Her National Geographic Traveler story, “The Last Real Africa,” earned her a Lowell Thomas Award for Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel.

Eckstrom collaborated with Lanting to produce Life: A Journey Through Time(Taschen), a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on Earth from the Big Bang to the present. They worked together to realize The LIFE Project as a traveling exhibition, an interactive website (www.LifeThroughTime.com), and a multimedia orchestral performance featuring the imagery of Lanting and the music of composer Philip Glass. The LIFE symphony premiered at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California, in 2006, and is currently touring North America and Europe. Eckstrom and Lanting also worked together to produce ORIGINS, a new multimedia production based on LIFE. Specially commissioned by CERN, the European Council on Nuclear Research, ORIGINS was performed at the official ceremony to inaugurate the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

Eckstrom has teamed up with Lanting to produce a number of acclaimed natural history and photography books, including LIFE (Taschen), Jungles (Taschen), Penguin (Taschen), Eye to Eye (Taschen), Okavango: Africa's Last Eden (Chronicle Books), and Forgotten Edens (National Geographic). After traveling by icebreaker to visit emperor penguin colonies along the coast of east Antarctica, she wrote “Time on Ice,” a story that appeared in a collection of essays entitled Celebration of the Seas.

As a videographer, Eckstrom documents the fieldwork she produces with Lanting. She has filmed pieces for the National Geographic Channel and NGM.com on cloud goats in India, elephants of the Western Ghats, Hawaii's volcanoes, wildlife in Zambia, albatrosses in the Southern Ocean, and chimpanzees in West Africa. Her coverage of chimpanzees in West Africa was also featured in the NOVA-National Geographic television special "Ape Genius," which received a Peabody Award.

Chris Eckstrom lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her husband and partner, Frans Lanting, in a coastal meadow they share with bobcats, coyotes, and elusive mountain lions.

Welcome to Visionary Wild

We invite you to have a look around and learn about our vision and upcoming programs. Visionary Wild specializes in inspiring, effective, and generous instruction by leading professionals, low student-to-instructor ratios – all our programs range from 2:1 to 5:1, accompanied by excellent support and amenities. We pride ourselves on being exceptional hosts, and our programs are typically packaged inclusive of single-occupancy lodging (double-occupancy available at prorated fees) and fine dining or high-quality catering of all meals.

Upcoming experiences in 2014 and 2015 include: a western Greenland expedition based on a three-masted schooner; ten-day workshops at Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park; African safaris at Chobe, Botswana, and Kenya’s Maasai Mara; the stunning South Island of New Zealand; Iceland; jaguars of the Brazilian Pantanal; polar bears in the Canadian Arctic;  the colorful cultures of Papua New Guinea; hidden gems of the Yucatan Peninsula; the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula; and more. Our popular Vision Workshops with Jack Dykinga and John Shaw will be held at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, Catalina State Park, Arizona, and among the canyons of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument at Boulder, Utah. We’ll also lead workshops to photograph Zion National Park with Charlie Cramer, the redwoods and rhododendrons of the northern California coast with Jerry Dodrill, and more. We hope you will join us!