Alena first travelled to Jordan in 2006, to help found a boarding school commissioned by His Majesty King Abdullah II. Since that time she has worked at the intersection of Jordan's education and travel sectors - primarily in program design and management and leading transformational journeys throughout the region. An Arabic speaker, Alena received her BA in Geology & Geophysics and International Studies from Yale University, her MA in International Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden and has studied yoga in the Kripalu lineage. A frequent speaker in private and public settings in the United States, Alena believes that the lessons learned in the vast expanses of southern Jordan can alter and enrich one’s view of self and world. She is a practicing Muslim. E: email@example.com; W:http://21stcenturypilgrims.blogspot.com; P: 413.341.6556.