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.

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

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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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Wild Trust

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My friend said,
“Just plant this and watch what happens.”
So a small hole was dug
the roots covered and watered
the sprawling stalks given room to stand limply.

With sun, some water, and a little time
the stalks began to perk up.
Buds appeared
turning eventually to bursts of spiked purple petals.

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