MarineL M. De Jesus, ESQ.
brown gal trekker
public speaker . MOUNTAIN nomad . AUTHOR
Marinel M. de Jesus, Esq. is an entrepreneur, a public speaker and a practicing attorney in Washington, DC. Born and raised in the Philippines, Marinel earned her dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Social Work and American Ethnic Studies, as well as, her Juris Doctor and Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington in Seattle. Marinel discovered her passion for hiking and traveling over 15 years ago.
Marinel spent a decade organizing hikes and wilderness backpacking trips locally in the Washington DC area, nationwide, and overseas as a hobby. During that time, she has organized over 30 overseas treks and trips for various outdoors & travel meetup groups in the DC metropolitan area. Marinel and her hiking groups have trekked Kilimanjaro, Inca Trail, Peru's Ausangate Trail, Mongolia's Altai Mountain and Gobi Desert, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes and Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, Patagonia (Chile), Roraima (Venezuela), the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia and multi-day treks and tours in Nicaragua, New Zealand, Iceland, Bolivia, Easter Island, South Africa and Indonesia among a few other trekking destinations. As a result, in June of 2016, she launched her social enterprise, Peak Explorations LLC, to further her goal of sharing with others her passion for trekking and traveling worldwide.
Marinel has given various presentations as a speaker for hiking associations on trekking in Peru, Tanzania, the Republic of Georgia, Nepal, South Africa and Mongolia. In addition, she hosts workshops on Introduction to Wilderness Backpacking and Solo Traveling in Washington, D.C.
Marinel is the woman behind "Brown Gal Trekker," which is a travel and outdoors media entity that focuses on women empowerment, the outdoors, diversity and the nomadic lifestyle. She has been featured on The Global Women Sports Networks’ Women in the Wilderness Podcast Series, She Explores’ Diversity in the Outdoors Series, and Hike Like a Woman’s Podcast Series.
Marinel is a regular contributor for Huffpost and Matador Network. Marinel is the author of the book entitled, Tales of a Brown Gal Trekker, which is an introduction to her series of inspirational travel/trekking books entitled "Life Happens on the Move," - a collection of stories from her trekking adventures worldwide that document some important lessons learned on the mountain trails.
Get your copy of the Tales of a Brown Gal Trekker on Amazon.
Listen below to Episode 3 of Marinel's podcast series entitled "On My Way! From a Lawyer to a Mountain Nomad".
You can check out the entire podcast series via Soundcloud.
LIFE HAPPENS ON THE MOVE
Marinel's signature speech, Life Happens on the Move, touches upon the importance of going after our dreams and being true to ourselves. When we travel the world or trek mountains, we discover the authentic aspects of our inner being that are devoid of the external world's influences. As we realize that time is of the essence, we learn that there is no reason to hold off on that lifetime goal or dream. There is only now to look forward to. Hence, we best serve our own interests by forging ahead towards our innate desires and higher purpose.
listen to a portion of "life happens on the move" speech
How to Overcome Fear of Change
What (Solo) Traveling Teaches You About Life
No Boundaries: How to be Fearless
How Hiking (the Outdoors) Makes You Successful In Life
ADVENTURE COACHING & CONSULTATION
Are you in need of help planning a trip or trek? Need some guidance on how to prepare for a major trek or trip coming up? Check out our adventure coaching and consultation services. This service is customized to your specific needs.
WILDERNESS BACKPACKING 101 SERIES
The Wilderness Backpacking 101 Series includes the following subtopics. Each subtopic can be a workshop on its own.
1. Intro to Backpacking
2. International Wilderness Backpacking
3. A Guide to Preparing for High Altitude Trekking
THE ART OF SOLO TRAVEL
The Art of Solo Travel Workshop addresses the following:
1. The research and planning aspect of it.
2. Safety concerns: myths v. reality of solo traveling.
3. Other considerations: being culturally sensitive, mental approach to traveling solo, surviving language barriers, diet/nutrition, fitness, insurance, how to make friends, other scenarios you would need to prep for.
4. Must have gear & recommendations.
5. Travel resources and solo travel communities.
Both workshops can be facilitated to co-ed or women only audience.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Great class! I learned a lot!
— Michelle, Annandale, VA
GUEST SPEAKING EVENTS
Marinel will be speaking as part of the panel for the What's Your Travel Niche? Innovative Business Models session of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Global Conference 2017 in San Diego, California, August 27-29.
INTRO TO BACKPACKING & SOLO TRAVEL WORKSHOPS
August 5 at 10 am: Intro to Wilderness Backpacking for Women (D.C.)
August 6 at 11 am: The Art of Solo Travel for Women (D.C.)
August 12 at 10 am: Intro to Wilderness Backpacking (co-ed, D.C.)
August 16 at 6:30 pm: The Art of Solo Travel & Smartphone Photography (co-ed, D.C.)
August 19 at 10 am: Intro to Wilderness Backpacking (Baltimore)
August 20 at 10 am: Intro Wilderness Backpacking (Philadelphia)
August 20 at 4 pm: The Art of Solo Travel for Women (Philadelphia)