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Shannon Francis, Founder, Resiliency Training LLC

Shannon Francis has a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education. She learned wilderness survival skills with legendary Park Ranger Art Sedlack in Glacial National Park in Montana. She worked for two summers in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area as an outfitter and two summers as a naturalist for Governor Nelson State Park. After graduation she entered the Peace Corps where she developed the environmental education curriculum for grades 5-12 for the nation of Jamaica. After two years of service, she became the environmental sector trainer for Peace Corps Jamaica and introduced team building exercises to the training program.

Back stateside, Shannon worked for the YMCA as a Low Ropes/Team Building facilitator as well as taught outdoor survival skills. She has also worked in the private sector as a trainer for Six Flags and Timberland Boot and Outdoor Gear Company.

Shannon loves to test her outdoor skills in a variety of rugged environments and weather. Most recently she traveled to Mongolia where she learned to live off the land in the traditional Mongolian nomadic lifestyle.

Shannon is a fully certified ACCT low ropes facilitator as well as a FEMA CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Shannon has partnered with the Girl Scouts of SE Wisconsin as a Community Event Provider to assist Girl Scouts earn badges in the categories of Environmental and Adventure. She is also an instructor for the Primitive Skills Gathering, an annual event located in Ashland, Wisconsin and BOW (Becoming an Outdoors Woman) located in Stevens Point as well as for the Recreation Departments of Franklin, Greenfield, Greendale and Milwaukee. She has a passion to teach both kids and adults how to thrive with little or no modern conveniences in an urban or outdoor setting.

As a firm believer that what we put on our skin should be 100% natural, Shannon also co-created a line of body care products that are available on Etsy at These products can also be purchased locally in Milwaukee at the Natural Food Shop. She teaches how to make all of these products!

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