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Niki Collins enjoys solitary treks
Sunday, April 10, 2005  2:22:00 PM

by Niki Collins-Queen

"There's still a lot of anxiety when I'm out alone"

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Published in 1985 in the Macon Telegraph and News

Collins remembers being terrified the 'first time she backpacked into North Georgia's Cohutta Wilderness alone. But now she finds it a challenge that leads to a state of euphoria, "a real high that lasts a couple of weeks after- wards," she said.

"There's still a lot of anxiety when I'm out alone, but the more I face my fears, the more confident I feel," she said, adding that she's lost count of her solitary treks.

"I also like to go into the area and camp with friends," she said, "but then it's very different—it's a social experience.

"If I feel a need to become more centered, to do some therapy on myself, I like to go into solitude."

Born in New Orleans, Collins was raised in South Africa by her physician mother after her parents

divorced. Middle Georgia, with its pines, its warm climate and its red clay, reminds her of South Africa, she said, adding that what's interesting to her about her life is "having lived in two cultures."

She grew up near Durban on the South African coast, where she learned to love the sea. "Our house looked over the ocean, and I spent a lot of time on the beaches and grew to love it," she said.

At 21, she wanted to meet her American father, and flew to the United States after he sent her a

round trip ticket. The trip was the beginning of an adventure that's still going on, she said.

She traveled widely as a flight attendant for Pan Am, but found the job much "like working as a waitress in a fast-food place." '

She arrived in Middle Georgia nine years ago when her then-husband was teaching at Mercer University. And it
was here that she began canoeing—one of her favorite pastimes—and became "hooked on psychology," obtaining her bachelor's degree from Mercer.

She is a family counselor at the Child and Adolescent Unit of the Central Georgia Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center, where she works with children up to age 18 and their families. "We have play therapy, individual and group therapy and family therapy," she said, "and when I'm able to make a difference in people's lives, it's a really energizing experience; I feel really blessed to be a part of the healing process.

"Working with kids is incredibly satisfying. Their problems are not as deep-seated, and you see changes fairly quickly."

A challenge she found especially rewarding in the past 18 months was helping spearhead the establishment of the Child Abuse Task Force here.

Now she would like to see the force initiate a treatment program for
offenders, "either in the jails or in place of sentencing, or when they're released—somewhere along the line."

Her daily schedule includes a 2-mile run and a half-hour of yoga. "I'm hooked on yoga," she said. "I went on a yoga retreat for eight days in the Bahamas in 1981, and it had such an effect on me, I've been doing it ever since. And I felt a need to teach it.

There's a lot of interest in yoga in the community. She will begin teaching yoga in April in a team arrangement with yoga instructor Sheryl Towers.

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A Tribute to my Mother - 12/20/2013 8:11:00 AM

A Tribute to my Father - 12/20/2013 8:08:00 AM

2013 Christmas Letter - 11/26/2013 5:52:00 PM

2012 Christmas Letter - 11/28/2012 7:18:00 AM

Bud Queen's Biography - 3/13/2012 3:56:00 PM

Niki Queen's Biography - 3/13/2012 3:49:00 PM

2011 Christmas Letter - 12/5/2011 1:45:00 PM

Utah's Zion National Park - 10/27/2011 4:33:00 AM

Georgia Wilderness Society's Ocmulgee River canoe/float/camp - 6/11/2011 10:06:00 AM

Visiting the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta - 12/11/2010 2:43:00 PM

2010 Christmas Letter - 11/16/2010 4:26:00 PM

An Ocmulgee River White-water Canoe Trip - 6/20/2010 11:41:00 AM

2009 Christmas Letter - 12/7/2009 3:57:00 PM

Authors on the Appalachian Trail - 3/3/2009 4:05:00 PM

2008 Christmas Letter - 12/5/2008 5:56:00 PM

2007 Christmas Letter. - 12/8/2007 10:25:00 AM

Solo backpacking reloads mental, emotional circuits - 4/16/2005 12:28:00 PM

Counselor seeks task force to fight sex abuse of children - 1/17/2005 8:11:00 PM

Nature photography provides peace and joy - 12/4/2004 5:53:00 PM

Discovering the sacred in nature - 11/12/2004 7:16:00 AM

Woman’s spirituality in nature leads to book about experiences  - 11/11/2004 12:15:00 PM

Spirit on the Hiking Trail - 8/25/2004 4:26:00 PM

Author finds God and spirituality in nature - 8/25/2004 4:17:00 PM

Swami, how I love Ya! Yoga’s benefits  - 8/19/2004 7:52:00 PM

Woman's Spirit-Quest Is Told with Humor, Understanding and Appreciation of Nature - 8/19/2004 2:09:00 PM

Author Niki Collins-Queen to sign books - 8/19/2004 1:59:00 PM

The Simple Life - 8/7/2004 7:52:00 PM

Natural Soul - 8/7/2004 7:24:00 PM

Catching a Wave - 8/7/2004 7:08:00 PM

Journey of a thousand miles...  - 8/7/2004 6:45:00 PM

Georgia Wilderness Society, GWS, Flint River Canoe/Float/Camp Trip  - 7/20/2004 7:46:00 PM

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