Brendan Clarke was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Maryland. He began his career as an educator in southwest Chicago, with Teach for America. Afterward, he moved to California and spent three years immersed in deep nature connection studies, relational education, and Permaculture, before joining the staff of Weaving Earth. He has spent the better part of the last decade designing, staffing, and supporting Bay Area nature-based education in schools, summer camps, homeschool programs, one-on-one mentoring, and rites of passage outings.

He is a certified wildlife tracker, Iyengar yoga teacher, and wilderness first responder. Since childhood, he has carried a deep passion for healing the human relationship to the planet, and especially water. He has been involved with the Walking Water Pilgrimage, Standing Rock, and the Russian River Confluence. He is a student of bird language, council, writing, mythology, and the greater dreaming of these times.