Meet the women behind
Wild Awake is a lifestyle-led community intended to brighten your day with a unique blend of practical tools, life-skills, and a little bit of magic.
Years in the making, the doors to Wild Awake
are now wide open and we can't wait for you to jump over the threshold and join us.
We started Wild Awake back in 2017, only months after we first met. Right from the start it was obvious that we shared a wide range of common goals, interests, and passions. And it became even more obvious that we should channel all of that into a great venture. On paper, however, we couldn't look more dissimilar.
First a little bit about Megan Hine.
Megan is an internationally renowned female survival expert, celebrity expedition leader, and adventure catalyst. She has spent time working and living with native communities all around the world, from the San Bushmen in Africa to the Sami reindeer herders in the Arctic. Her vast wealth of experience and knowledge gained from leading hundreds of adventures across the globe enables her to organise unique and discreet expeditions to untouched and wild places for high performance individuals. Megan is also the author of the bestseller, ‘Mind of a Survivor’ and works as a producer and consultant on the biggest adventure shows on TV.
And now a brief introduction to Inger Kenobi.
Having worked with a dazzling array of people—Royalty, the previous right hand of the Dalai Lama, diplomats, producers, creatives, meditation masters, and explores; plus members of IOC, UNEP, Scotland Yard, land National Geographic,—Inger is a sought-after life coach, author, and expedition manager. She spent over ten years living at a Tibetan Buddhist centre in California where she studied with some of the greatest spiritual masters of our times. She also received extensive training in running and participating in retreats. Inger is now working on her third book.
It's exciting to think that we're sharing this world with all these other people and today is an opportunity to connect with some of them.
From the day Wild Awake was born we knew that resilience, exploring, and connecting (with people and the world around us) had to sit at the heart of everything we do. Over the next few years we planned, brainstormed, and mapped out what this would actually look like. We wanted to blend the practical with the magical. We wanted Wild Awake to be a breath of fresh air, an escape if you will, and be available to people from all walks of life.
Initially we thought we'd run a few workshops and host seasonal retreats, but that quickly felt too limiting and somehow we grew away from that line of thinking to create this online community.
Inger: Sometimes we don’t know where we’re stuck, or when we need help, or even what the problem is. When training with Oprah's life coach she used to tell us, 'The way you do one thing is how you do all things.' The idea being that if you learn something new, or shift your thinking in one area of your life, it will spill over to the other areas as well. Effortlessly. So maybe you don’t have to stress out about finding the perfect fix or solution. Maybe you just take a step back and learn a new skill, like making fire. Suddenly it’s less scary to ask for a raise. It’s all related.
Another teacher once told me, 'You have to create a mind that works for you, not against you.' Who was right? They both were. That’s why I’m so thrilled about all the different topics we're exploring in this community. We're bringing everything to the table, which means you get to bring all of you to the table. And to me, that's truly wild and exciting. Welcome to Wild Awake.
With Megan working overseas 11 months out of the year and based in Snowdonia in North Wales, and with Inger living in the Cotswolds, UK, carving out time to meet and get this off the ground was both challenging and fun. Challenging because we rarely were in the same time-zone. Fun because we both instinctively knew that this collaboration was bigger than the two of us; almost like it had a life of its own. You have to honor that kind of energy and run with it.
We Skyped, we jumped on trains and met up in London, we crashed at each other's houses and turned our livingrooms into Wild Awake central station. It was our own version of the 'Steve Jobs working out of his garage' phase.
Meg: I have worked hard to get to where I am in my career, I love my life and I do not take one ounce of it for granted. However, the past couple of years have been stressful with unnecessary politics and key decisions about life to made which my lifestyle currently does not support; families, relationships, career and financial that sort of rather large thing :-). Although, I am in a very privileged situation to have the freedom to make these choices, I still felt overwhelmed. I found myself escaping into the fictional realms of social media which made me feel worse. With comments on my own posts being very positive but the underlying message being of friendly envy of my 'perfect' life; the inherent stress of looking after others in life or death scenarios, or the ruthless nature of the media world is impossible to share via a picture on Instagram, nor do I want to share this side of life. Those stresses come with my career choices and are mine to bear.
After discussions with others I was aware I was not alone in these thoughts and feelings and I wanted to create a Narnia for people to 'escape' into for a few moments here and there where they could find inspiration, calm and magic again in the world around them, to show they are not alone in their thoughts and to help them reestablish connection with others, with the natural world and most importantly with themselves. I was so fortunate to meet Inger and with this, Wild Awake was born
HOW INGER AND MEGAN MET
In one of those 'meant to be' ways, Inger and Megan met before they met, through their books.
Book meeting, part one: Inger's husband (Ben) was filming in Kenya and working on a TV show with Megan. Inger had just published a book and Ben took it upon himself to give it to everyone he met. Now it was Megan's turn. After reading it she emailed Inger, 'I love your book, it is a great balance of your experience and the fashion industry. Fascinating! You and Ben have lived such interesting lives too.'
Book meeting, part two: A few months later Megan was promoting her book at the Bath Book Festival. Inger bought tickets to the event, ordered the book, and wrote on Instagram, 'I've been looking forward to this for weeks!' The reading was a big hit. Full house. Meg was on fire. After the talk Inger queued to have her book signed. When she reached the front of the line Megan looked up at her and said, 'It's you!' The rest is history.
That was back in the beginning of 2017 and we're only getting started on our journey.
Now we've reached the part of the story where we ask all of you to join us. Join us in becoming Wild Awake. Join us in exploring life and everything it has to offer. Join us in feeling the wind in our hair as we blaze a new trail.
This is only the beginning.