(Jackson, Wyo.) – The small town of Jackson has a way of attracting a community of people who fall in love with its beauty and then become protective of her. Jenny Collins is just like Jackson with a twist. She has a way of making everyone fall in love with her (and her beauty) but then she is the one who ends up becoming protective of her friends and community. It’s easy to like Jenny. She has a genuine smile and quick wit but it’s the commitment to her passion of living mindfully that keeps you entranced. As Jenny explains, “I chose to live in Jackson Hole long ago because of the community. I choose to live here today for that same reason.”
Jackson Hole can have a mythical reputation for some. “Having grown up in the environment of action sports, we always called this place ‘the proving ground.’” The community of Jackson wants you to prove yourself. Nobody cares what you do but instead how you do it. “If you approach life with integrity and vigilance, this community will rally behind you and lift you up.” The legends that draw people to this beautiful valley invoke tenacity. In her words, “Jackson is not for the faint of heart. It is for the hearty.”
Jenny has had to dig deep in her 25 years here. The journey to solve the unknown illness she battled reinforced her belief system in achieving the impossible. These are not simple words to her. She knows as well as anyone that it is not easy to live in Jackson. The diligence and determination it takes to live in Jackson is also what Jenny says are essential to live a healthful and fulfilling life. As a mom, she teaches her children “to invest in their choices and to know that what they choose affects so many and so much.” She doesn’t just say this to her kids but also backs it up with action.
The majesty of this place captures her heart as it does all who visit. Jenny may not like the cold but stays because “it is important for me to live in a place that makes my soul soar.” The community is filled with highly educated members dedicated to a healthy, vital future. She explains “anyone who knows me knows my passion for quality, whole foods and how important they are for our health and wellbeing.” Tenacity is a critical component to this community’s drive for health and Vertical Harvest is a shining example. The philosophy of chasing dreams you truly want, no matter what anyone else may tell you, is what has kept her alive and her search to find answers. In fact, she believes “my destiny was to become a healer and it took twenty years of being enveloped in this nurturing environment to spread my wings.”
Jenny’s youth was well traveled but in a conventional, conservative household. This place “helped me to spread my wings and just celebrate who I am as a person.” Jenny exudes this spirit and makes you wish you had such clarity. “Wellness is a mind, body, and soul endeavor. This place attracts healers and emits a healing energy.” While Jenny only recently became a part of the Medicine Wheel Wellness family it is clear she has been instrumental in helping many for a long time already. She will say that “I feel I have joined a mutual admiration society.” Jenny’s closest friends may tell you about the time she hustled them playing pool or the killer cocktail she can make but also won’t hesitate to give endless examples of her passion, strong-willed nature and the reason she is their g0-to person for problem-solving. She may not have been diagnosed here but strongly believes she has certainly healed here. It is her journey to become a healer that will have a lasting legacy when she makes Jackson the destination for wellness and health.
h/t Bridget Pattee