Wild (adj.): Having the courage

to bring the gift of all of who you are
to all of what you do.

- Chris Heeter

What We Do


A Wild remedy for boring meetings, disengaged teams, or frantic leaders.

Speaking Topics

Team Building / Training

Daring teams to think Wildly and work differently together.

Training Programs

Wilderness Trips

Say yes to your Wild Spirit that is so ready for a little elbow room.

Upcoming Trips

Because the world needs a lot more Wild.

Your presentation at our leadership summit was clever, insightful and touching. Thank you for bringing WILD to Wells Fargo!

VP of Diversity & Inclusion, Wells Fargo

The Wild Institute Founder, Chris Heeter

As a wilderness guide for more than 30 years, Chris Heeter brings her Wild perspective to help organizations work together more creatively, collaboratively, and courageously.

Featured above is the full 15-minute Flashpoint session from MPI’s World Education Congress. For a 2-minute video, visit the speaking page.

Chris is an energetic and entertaining speaker that can really influence and teach employees how to improve teamwork and leverage strengths to deliver results.

Project Management Institute Conference Chair, Cargill

Clients who have chosen the Wild Approach

Wild at Work enlivens organizations through perspective, hilarious stories, interaction, and Wild principals that help leaders, teams, and individuals be more creative, courageous, and collaborative.

Downsizing brought our productivity to an all time low. Chris' “Wild at Work” seminar brought life back into our team and reinvigorated our desire for the college’s success.

Director of Advancement, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Wild Thoughts

Weekly poems, musings, and dares designed to inspire leaders, teams,  and your own Wild and precious life.

Independence Day

Independence Day

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People love em or hate em.
I would fall into the latter category.
Mostly for my dogs
who suffer through what has become
two weeks of inexplicable (to them) and random
explosions that go on into the early hours of the morning.

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How We See the Rain

How we see the rain

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Hard rain.
The kind that pounds the ground and splashes up
caking low leaves in mud
spattering dirt into mosaic designs on higher foliage.

Five minutes later…

Bright sun.
Clear delicious air, the kind that only comes after rain.
Wind, even blue sky amidst the dazzling clouds.

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This is a joyful poem

This is a joyful poem

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This is a joyful poem.
I was going to write about poppies.
About the way they shoot skyward
then burst into color so rich
that you feel it as well as see it.
It was to be a simple poem
about being in the moment.
The poppies a lovely example
of something glorious and fleeting,
as their paper thin petals
last but a few days.

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The birds start before dawn
when there is just a hint of light in the dark sky.
I like to think they are greeting the day
although there is a lot else going on to be sure.
From territory disputes to nest building
laying, incubating, or hatching
calling to one another
or, I’m just certain, singing because it’s morning.

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It doesn’t matter how many decades I’ve been doing it.
Every single year, when I plant vegetable seeds
the size of a pin head into soil
I am mesmerized and astonished when they sprout.

Some are tenderly nursed along indoors
establishing some roots before they are set in the garden–
exposed, then, to elements
that both hinder and encourage their growth.

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Seeing Soltice

Seeing Solstice

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Solstice is a powerful teacher:
the trickster who invites you to go out sledding on a moon-less night.
Daring you to take a risk, to lean in,
to stay with what is uncertain and unseen.

She whispers in your ear as the sled starts to move,
Your vision limits you here.
Your desperation to see keeps you from seeing.
In this place, we see not with our eyes, but with our whole being.

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Even Leaves Let Go

Even leaves let go

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This fall season arrived with bountiful sun and rain.
A blend that promises the extended version
of high definition fall foliage.

And so it is that I step outside to a day that is yellow.
Yes, yellow.
The color permeates everything:
the scent, the feel,
even the taste of the air is gloriously yellow,
with hints of red and gold
and a finish of russet oak leaves.

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