Aurora Smedley

A passionate hiker, writer, and mental health advocate, Aurora hiked the PCT solo in 2017 after recovering from severe depression. A perennial explorer, she has spent over 2 years of her life on foreign turf, including working as a musician in China, hiking over 250 miles in Patagonia, and doing academic research in India, Quebec, and California. Now what excites her are tens of thousands of future trail miles, and deconstructing depression, mood, and mental states. Aurora is a graduate of UC Berkeley Geophysics and a Cornell Engineering Ph.D. dropout.

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How I Recovered From Depression: 8 Techniques & Treatments That Worked

by Aurora Smedley

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People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

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