Greetings. I am Heather Wiles and I have been down many paths in life, some smooth some very rocky. One of those paths led to the wonderful journey of raising my son Ryan and my daughter Josephine in Colorado. When I was a young adult, I was fortunate enough to create an incredible bond with a horse named Stacey who was a huge part of my life for many years. I’ve had experiences such as swimming in the ocean surrounded by sting rays, hiking to amazing places, one being the Manitou Incline twice and let me tell you that is a feat in itself! I’ve even slapped a bear.
Manitou Springs, Colorado will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the quirky little town where Josephine, Ryan, and I lived on a creek and became Manitoids. Living very far away from my family in Vermont for 16 years did bring difficulties, during that time I was struggling with the progressive disease of addiction. I had reached a point of despair that I did not want to feel any longer. I decided enough was enough and I chose the path that led me here. I wake up every single morning grateful for how I now feel mentally and physically.
To be part of an organization that can help someone who is trying to go down a better path is pretty special. If what I do here at Working Fields (albeit behind the scenes) helps people get to the place I’m at then that’s an amazing achievement. None of what I have accomplished would be possible without the people in my life that I love and who care about me and support me.