The Art of Mountain Biking
The Art of Mountain Biking
15. Grieving & Healing through Sport w/ Melissa Gill

15. Grieving & Healing through Sport w/ Melissa Gill

Backcountry skier Melissa Gill joins us to talk about her journey using outdoor sports and meditation to heal through grief. Mel's story will be featured in an upcoming documentary by Patagonia.

Content notice: This episode contains real and honest depictions of grief and death.

Melissa Gill is a woodworker, meditation teacher, Head of Operations for SimplyMTB and a lover of anything outdoors. She sees backcountry skiing as a playground for adventure and self development and in the summer months, can be found trail running or sleeping in a hammock in the middle of a forest. Of all things in life, she is most is passionate about mental health and creating safe spaces for healing for both her and her community. As a mindfulness meditation teacher, she believes most things in life can be solved, healed and made more beautiful with a heavy dose of self compassion. 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Meditation teachers Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.

Danielle has written about the loss she describes in this episode for the Medium publication Age of Empathy.

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Book a lesson with SimplyMTB or work with Danielle’s project-based growth model at You Need a Thing.