Lenali is a practicing psychotherapist with additional experience in legislative affairs and non-profit public relations. Her deepest connection to nature began when she overnighted in lean-to’s as she hiked the far reaches of Adirondack Mountain trails in her native upstate New York. When she began her work as a psychotherapist, it was her dream to eventually incorporate nature’s healing powers in a space where she practiced psychotherapy.
In 2003, Lenali and her husband left city life and bought an 1853 farmhouse and barn on 5 acres outside Leesburg. The property included a spring-fed stream and pond, a stretch of woodland and a meadow area. They took care to renovate their old house and its land to maintain and enhance its natural spirit. Along the pond and stream, they planted marginals, ferns, winterberry, callicarpus and river birch. They included plants for pollinators. Wild turkeys, bluebirds, toads, maidenhairs, turtles, and butterflies are just a sampling of the diverse wildlife who call their place home.
In 2008,Lenali opened a home office where she sees clients who remark how much the natural beauty means to them. In late 2016, the property was designated an Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary, and in 2018, she joined the Wildlife Conservancy and became an ambassador for the Audubon at Home program.