River Augenstein – General Manager
The general manager of Doe Bay Resort grew up in the deciduous woodlands of Indiana near the confluence of 3 major watercourses. In the summer, when he wasn’t playing baseball, he spent most of his time searching for aquatic creatures and plants in the growth by margins of pond waters.
He met his wife, Shandra, when he moved to the Central Coast of California, in 1996, where they both attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Together, they then went on to manage an educational interdisciplinary retreat center, Far Horizons in the Sierra, before being asked to be managers at Far Horizon’s sister facility, Indralaya, on Orcas Island, in 2006. During this time, River broadened his lifetime interest in the canons of the world’s major religions while experiencing a wide spectrum of healing and spiritual modalities. During 9 years as a retreat center resident manager he has participated in over 120 experiential workshops.
River is a semi-amateur naturalist who has been immersed in the study of nature and ecology all of his life. He spends time in the forest, almost every day, and also enjoys kayaking Rosario Strait. He is a songwriter and guitarist, having performed many, many times for both audiences large and small, but considers himself a poet, before a musician.
Julia Mae, River’s 9 year old daughter, is one of the original Doe Babies, having lived her entire life at Doe Bay. You can often find Julia, and her dad, lifting rocks, at low tide in Otter’s Cove, looking for marine invertebrates.