Eleanor Bolster
University of Denver Intern

Eleanor grew up in rural New Hampshire but has called Durango home since 2014. She attended Colorado College, and received a BA in Studio Arts and a minor in Education. After college, she worked for much of 6 years as a wilderness therapy guide, backpacking every other week with teens and young adults in the Colorado mountains and Utah desert. As a guide she helped clients who were struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction, and emotional regulation. In this work, Eleanor loved connecting with her students and teaching skills such as mindfulness practices, healthy coping skills, communication skills, and wilderness survival skills. After leaving the world of wilderness therapy for a few years, she realized that she missed working with people in such depth, so she made the decision to pursue a Master of Social Work. Eleanor is currently attending the Four Corners Graduate School of Social Work through the University of Denver and is excited and grateful for her internship at Manna. She is passionate and dedicated to serving people in need, and feels excited about the opportunity to learn about how to help people become more self-sufficient, and more in-control of both the logistical and emotional aspects of their lives. In Eleanor’s free time she enjoys drawing birds, carving spoons, live music, river trips, and adventuring with her big dog, Lander.