BOARD CO-CHAIR & CO-FOUNDER
Kolmi was born and was raised as a young child in the wild beauty and rich culture of Calcutta, with Bengali as her first language. She grew up in northern California, playing in the redwoods, riding bikes, buses and trains, and reading great books. Kolmi has a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. From 1998 to 2004, she served as a youth mentor, mentor-trainer, and development staff for Wilderness Youth Project.
In 2005, Kolmi and her husband joined dear friends to help develop Quail Springs Permaculture, an educational nonprofit and land-based learning center in the pinyon-juniper high desert of the Cuyama Valley, where she and her family lived and worked on the land and off-the-grid until 2014. Kolmi co-developed the endeavors of Quail Springs for ten years as Programs Director, providing earth care and regenerative living courses and experiential workshops for thousands of people of all ages from our local area and around the world, before joining the Board of Directors as a volunteer.
She is deeply inspired by her study of pre and perinatal psychology with Dr. Raymond Castellino, and attending births as an assistant to local midwives. Kolmi brings 18 years of experience running nature-based educational organizations to Wild Roots Forest School, and is co-founder of The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers. She lives in the mountains behind Santa Barbara with her husband and two children.