Some days I am more wolf than woman, and I am still learning how to stop apologizing for my wild.
— Nikita Gill

Barefoot in the grass with my sisters and hide and seek in the dark on 4-wheelers! Racing bikes down the ramp into the swimming pool and setting traps for crawfish in the ditches.

We were raised wild. We were loved wild.

And all the wild is still in me, in the way I seek out adventure, explore the world, and chase the things that give me joy. I created The Wild Within Us because I want to share that feeling of tapping into the your WILD WITHIN. I want to encourage you to explore the wilderness of knowing and being known, of seeing and being seen. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, anywhere else. It’s in my bones and I hope to share it with you.

My childhood was rooted in running wild.

My wild within

+ I’ve taught landscape photography in Zion for 6 years

+ I have more than 10 years of trained guiding experience in the outdoors

+ I’m a certified Wilderness First Responder

+ I follow Leave No Trace ethics

+ I am a proud outdoor advocate and love the chance to connect people to the landscape in ways they didn’t realize were possible. 

Some more things to know...

I can’t help but bring that warm Louisiana welcome to every couple who comes to Zion. When we hang out, I want you to feel comfortable, I want you to feel free to express your love. I will welcome you like an old family friend, making you feel right at home here. 

I’ll reach out to your hotel to make sure they know you’re with me, get you breakfast from one of my favorite local spots (on me!), and do every little thing possible to make your trip special. 

I was born and raised on Sunday meals and Southern hospitality in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There was always a full kitchen and extra room at the table for guests. 

Hospitality runs deep

I’ve spent the last few years searching out what joy means to me. I’ve learned that means taking advantage of lazy mornings with my pup (and not feeling bad about it), getting out on the trail at least once a week, and considering others as much as I consider myself.

Here’s what else I’ve discovered about joy. The experience of reaching a pinnacle, all the hard work it took to get there. That single moment of JOY will stay with you forever.

Your wedding day is the same. It took work to build a relationship, practice vulnerability with each other, open space in your heart for another. Your wedding is a day of joy. Not just looking forward, but celebrating what it took to reach.

"The cultivation of gratitude and joy is the way home."