Meet our Team

Katie Venechuk

Founder and Program Guide

Katie Venechuk is an environmental engineer, yoga teacher and forest therapy guide trainee with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs.

Combining a passion for technical and scientific understanding of the natural world with the emotional draw that brings us to the forest, Katie provides programs intended to help participants experience the benefits of nature based wellness from a variety of perspectives. Whether you are interested in launching a transformative In Your Element Workplace Wellness program or you plan to join us in the forest for classes or workshops, Katie will be your guide. 

Katie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering, with a specialization in Water Resources from Michigan State University. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with Soma Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, and holds over three years of yoga teaching experience and 12 years of personal practice. Katie has served on the Board of Directors for the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and the Michigan Recycling Coalition. She is an avid world traveler and has explored nature across five continents, from the Sahara Desert of Africa to the Amazon Rainforest of South America.

After spending the first eight years of her career working as an engineer and specialist in the environmental sector, Katie launched In Your Element on a passion for all things nature, science and well-being. She believes there is an entry point for everyone to the world of wellness that awaits in nature. Her mission is to hold open the door.

Luke Venechuk

Program Assistant

Luke Venechuk is an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast. He is certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and has traveled back country in Patagonian Chile and Argentina, throughout the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States and more.

Luke holds a strong passion for time spent in nature and enjoys reading about the great naturalists and adventurers of the 18th and 19th centuries. Luke assists in our programs in a variety of ways; you may spot him brewing tea at one of our Forest Therapy Walks, waiting at the trail head to guide you to class if you’re running late, or offering a hand in the case of a first aid emergency in the forest.

When asked if there was anything else he’d like to share about his love of nature, Luke offered up his favorite quote:

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir, The Mountains of California


We’ll see you in the forest!

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