We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea Ridder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, what do you want your legacy to be?
My purpose to to elevate humanity. I create spaces for people to light their own fire and elevate their power. I want my legacy to be that I was a warrior for peace and transformation on the planet.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Wunder was a dream of mine from a young age. I have always known that I am a healer. It just manifested in wonderfully, unique and unexpected ways- like being a marketer and serial entrepreneur vs. a therapist.
Wunder is different because it is coded with a unique gift to shine upon the planet. At the root, Wunder offers opportunities to experience transformation through wellness. With programs designed to support the personal journey, our platform is the space for one to become their own guru and find community and enlightenment through the process.
We started as an organic juice company. We had no idea how much education we would have to provide that food is indeed medicine and that our products could support a healing or wellness lifestyle. What we thought was obvious and already adopted, wasn’t. It has not been easy. It has been super challenging. My background is in marketing, I had no idea how to run and food and beverage company. I had to learn by jumping into the fire and making a million mistakes.
We saw a need for more education with real people seeking to understand their health from the root level. In 2018, we produced our first functional wellness summit and marketplace experience. This launched Wunder in a new direction. We began producing the Wunder Life Podcast and elevating brand partners and thus morphed into a media company.
With the global shift, we had to do the almighty pivot and take our April 2020 Summit virtual vs. in person. That was a huge when and a heavy lift but we hired the right team to make it amazing. It was a huge success and as a result, the Wunder Wellness Academy was born, virtually live and on demand classes with global wellness experts and changemakers.
With large events being a 2023 comeback, we will offer small restorative and life expansion retreats starting with Beaver Creek, Colorado in November 2021.
Wunder is always changing, truly embodying the transformation we offer others. I am excited about our unfolding direction especially introducing the Wellness Retreats. It will be a new, expansive adventure for us to offer more to the world in what we feel is more safe and comfortable for our fans.
More than anything, I have learned that there are always challenges to becoming more of who and what you want to be. There are times when we have to say goodbye to ideas or parts of the business to make way for new opportunities to serve to come through. If we have our intentions in alignment with the highest and best for all, we always come out on top.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Fort Collins is an amazing town. I have been lucky enough to live in Old Town for most of my 10+ years living in the area. I now live in Summit County so I will give you a quick tour of both areas.
Fort Collins has really elevated the restaurant options, my new favorite is Little on Mountain. I will alwasy love Jax, Nick’s and the Mountain Market for full meals or a quick snack pick up.
My fav coffee shop is Little Bird, what’s with all of the littles?
Drinks at Cafe Vino on the patio or the Elizabeth Hotel’s Sunset Lounge would be a great place to sip some bubbles.
We would hike Horsetooth or take a walk out at Maxwell off of Overland Trail.
My other BF owns Tula and we would definitely visit the store for her beautiful clothing.
We would hang out at my home, relax by the Poudre River or sit at the Emporium for a yummy lunch.
If we are talking Silverthorne, CO we would definitely hike in Eagles Nest, take a walk at Lake Dillon and Paddle Board at Green Mountain Reservoir or North Pond.
Coffee at Red Buffalo in Silverthorne, The Abbey in Frisco or my new fav, Mountain Coffee in Breckenridge.
Food in Breck is definitely the best with Blue River Bistro and Mi Casa coming in first. I also love Pure Kitchen and La Hacienda in Frisco.
We would have a spa at Blue Sage and get a massage by Ro at Mayberry Wellness in Breckenridge.
There is so much do up here from horse back riding on Peak 8 in Breck to panning for Gold. It is a paradise for visitors no matter what season.
If we are skiiing, 100% Abasin or Keystone. Actually my real fav is in Leadville, Ski Cooper.
I would even take her to the Mount Princeton Hot Springs near Buena Vista in Nathrop (I lived there too:)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am inspired and supported by many even when my ideas seem a little bit risky. My mom, Susan Boatright, has been my champion, always supporting and instilling that I can truly do and be anything. She is the bomb and truly amazing.
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