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Nicole’s passions range from living and teaching wilderness living skills (fire, water, shelter, trapping, foraging, etc.) to prepping/emergency preparedness to her deep knowledge of medicinal plants and herbal medicine. Nicole connected with nature at an early age and her first exposure to true wilderness living began while working as a field biologist in Botswana in the mid 90s. Following a job as a game warden with the US Peace Corps, she began tracking and researching lions in Southern Africa and immediately fell in love with the African landscapes and the San Bushmen’s way of life. Already having a Master’s degree in biology, she later completed her doctorate while working with the San Bushmen. After developing strong relationships within the tribe, Nicole learned many of the primitive skills and ways she practices and teaches today.
At home in the Pacific Northwest, she makes her own herbal medicines from local plants as part of her healthy living strategy after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000 (www.nicoleapelian.com). This diagnosis changed her lifestyle and eating habits, but didn’t deter her from becoming one of the founders and primary guides of her own tracking and wildlife safari company, Eco Tours International (www.ecotoursinternational.com). Nicole thrives as a personal wellness and life coach helping people develop personalized holistic life plans, especially as related to autoimmune issues (www.nicoleapelian.com/coaching-nicole-apelian), and has her own herbal medicinal apothecary line (https://www.nicoleapelian.com/dr-nicoles-apothecary/). Nicole was a challenger on the second and fifth seasons of the History Channel’s TV series “Alone”, where she thrived in the wilderness totally solo with little more than her knife and her wits. She teaches workshops on her land in the Pacific NW, and also travels to teach skills across the globe.