Yaakov ‘Trek’ Reef walks in the world as a teacher of wilderness spirituality, a community organizer, and an activist for social and environmental justice. He is a regionally recognized speaker, serving as a frequent guest in the pulpit at synagogues, churches, and meeting houses throughout the Northeast.
Trek has also led workshops and classes for the Adamah Farm Fellowship, Star Island Natural History Conference, Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality, Keshet Boston, and Hillel House at Boston University, as well as Seaside Yoga Retreat Center in Oregon.
For three years he served as a retreat director and the program manager at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut. He’s a National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide and was recently accepted into the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides’ Certified Forest Therapy Guide training program.
In 2016, he completed a pilgrimage along the storied Appalachian Trail, taking approximately five million steps over 2189.1 miles between Georgia and Maine to find a deeper connection to the awe-inspiring natural world.
What’s a Trail Name?
Trail names are fun and popular way to have a nickname while thru-hiking on long-distance trails like the AT, PCT, CDT, and ECT. Yaakov’s trail name, Trek, comes from his typical use of the word ‘trek’ to refer to long-distance hikes and his geeky love of Star Trek.