MEET Jule

Celebrating the Brooks Range in ANWR, Jule Harle on the Canning River trip, Alaska.
Jule Harle

“Simply spending time in nature is transformative and healing by itself… however, being out in the elements can physically and mentally take its toll on your body.” – Jule H

Who, me?

Originally an Iowa native, I followed a farm boy to Alaska when I was 19.

Short story: he left and I stayed.

I immediately fell in love with Alaska’s mountains and rivers my first summer up here as I began working as a guide apprentice on remote backpacking and rafting trips.

I value not just the size of Alaskan backcountry, but how expansive and never-ending it is.

I’ve been exploring this state for over 10 years, and I have barely seen a drop in the bucket. Even when I do the same route again, something is always different, new or inspiring- whether it’s the weather, wildlife, terrain, or the people I’m with.  That’s why I love guiding.

I teach and guide backpacking, skiing, sea kayaking, rafting and packrafting trips and clinics through various outfitters and schools throughout the state.

I love learning about and spending time with people.

I think that being in the mountains brings out the best in people. We can unplug and re-connect at the same time.

When I’m not busy guiding, I travel around the state teaching yoga classes and teacher trainings as well as maintaining a small part-time counseling practice in the dark Alaskan winters.

Namasté

Jule H

Jule, guide

My Philosophy

I see myself as a lifelong learner- everyone and everything are my teachers.

The Rundown

Education

Having studied Psychology and Outdoor Studies for her B.A. at Alaska Pacific University, I recently completed my M.A. in Counseling at University of Alaska.

I am also a 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor with the National Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.

Meetup

I discovered Expeditions Alaska in 2008 when I was stabilizing owner Carl’s spine in a Wilderness First Responder training Course.  Eventually Carl’s spine was determined stable, we got to talking and I got to leading trips.

Favorite Trip

I’m a whitewater kayaker at heart, so any trip that puts me on the river is awesome.  My favorite trips with Expeditions Alaska are rafting in ANWR and hiking and packrafting in the Wrangells.

I love packrafting because you get the best of both worlds – backpacking and being on the river.

Wilderness therapy

I believe my dharma, or life purpose, is to help others work through their physical and mental struggles as they pursue health and wellness in their bodies, minds and souls. I have seen in myself and those around me the amazing benefits that Yoga, Ayurveda & nature have to offer.

I counsel, teach and maintain a daily yoga and meditation practice and Ayurvedic self-care routines. These practices, along with spending time outside in Alaska help me offer my highest good and service to those around me.

Yoga

I teach yoga classes, workshops and teacher trainings throughout Alaska. Nothing brings me more joy than sharing these holistic arts with others in wilderness surroundings.

My goal is to help others on their journey towards health and wellness while having fun along the way.

And now

I’m currently busy building my cabin in Girdwood, Alaska. Tons o’ fun and a great way to spend my winter.

Website

My yoga classes can be found at Ayurveda Mind Body or my Facebook Page here. Check out Alaska Yoga Adventures.

About Jule ...

Carl Says

Jule’s worked with me since 2011. She’s a great camp cook, as anyone of the clients from several of the bear photo tours I run will attest. Jule’s an awesome paddler and I’ve had some good times packrafting various rivers with her in our off time. As I write this she’s building herself a cabin in Girdwood. She’s also an excellent Yoga instructor. She’s a solid backpacker and I’m glad to have her working with me.

Jule’s worked with me every year since 2011. She’s solid in the field, wiser than her years, and a great friend both in and out of the field.

Jule brings a wonderful sense of company to a trip with that bubbly personality that you just can’t help but be drawn to.

She has a great sense of people and situations, vital for anybody guiding and doubly so in remote backcountry locations.

She’s a first rate cook. It’s a treat for me and the group to have her take care of us on the Grizzlies in the Fall phototour.