I’m Kathy Escobar! I’m a community cultivator and a change catalyzer. I believe in the power of human connection and that healthier people make healthier families, communities, and systems. I help create safe and brave spaces for transformation and healing for individuals and teams in real life, online, and outside.
I’m passionate about creating inclusive spaces centered around people who are marginalized. I believe in equity, justice, relationships, transforming communities, healing in nature, recovery, and tangible practices.
I am a trained spiritual director, speaker, author, group facilitator, and advocate for people and systematic change in creative ways. As a co-founder and co-pastor of The Refuge, a hub for healing community, social action, and creative collaboration, I love to be in the nitty gritty of the human experience. I love to help expand dreams for communities.
Through facilitated experiences, consulting, retreats, and workshops, I work with individuals and teams to cultivate healing and catalyze change.
My husband, Jose, and I are co-directors and founders of #communityheals: Making Spaces for Transformation Accessible for all. #Communityheals is a non-profit organization which includes some of our favorite passions – creating healing community on the water and in the mountains through #waterheals: Water Sports Empowerment for the Soul and #beautyheals: Rest and Renewal for Weary Souls. We also have four young adult kids who live around the United States. In 2019 we lost our youngest son to suicide and know that grief has no rules; in all areas of our lives, we try to play our part in speaking honestly about our story so that others can as well.
In our fractured world, we need kindred spirits. We need people alongside us to help us heal and grow. We need creative collaborators to bring dreams into reality. We need tools and tangible practices that catalyze change in ourselves and the groups we’re a part of. We need community cultivators that bring us together and set us free.
This is what I love to do.
I can’t wait to connect with you or your group online, in real life, or outdoors!
- Master’s Degree in Management, with an Emphasis in Organizational Development from JFK University
- Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Pepperdine University
- Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Denver Seminary
- Nature-Based Ceremony and Rites of Passage Training with Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute & Nature Knows