What is Poesie Sans, Souci? Poesie, simply means poetry. While studying in Germany, Kaysha realized how all encompassing this word can be. It can be poetic, epic, and aesthetic! Sans, Souci is a play on words inspired by a trip to Sans, Souci Palace, located just outside of Potsdam, Germany.
“It basically means “without, worry.” The comma here playing a particular role in the meaning. My hope is that my writing here can be artistic, creative and inspiring, reflective of my travels, thoughts and goals. So whether it is, or is without, I will write.”
Kaysha grew up in the sunniest city in the United States: Yuma, Arizona, and plains of Colorado. She raised Angus cattle and show lambs in addition to competing on and owning a horse for most of her life. Her studies brought her to Fort Collins, Colorado and Colorado State University. She soon became a vegetarian and changed her course of study. Her life has been a series of happy accidents – serendipitous occurrences that have brought her to where she is today. She is an avid cook, an advocate for change, often called a hippy, an active Yelper and regularly blogs about travel, sustainable living, homesteading, herbal livestock and animal care, herbal wellness, personal motivation and adventure.
She studied German and international studies, history and creative writing during her undergraduate degree, then furthered her studies in German language, literature and culture during her master’s degree studies. With an insatiable wanderlust she explored Europe via CouchSurfing, Mitfargelegenheit.de, as well as hitch-hiking. She studied German in the Black Forest area of Freiburg im Breisgau in southern Germany and then continued her graduate studies in the medieval town of Bamberg, Germany in Bavaria.
Kaysha published her master’s thesis at Colorado State University in 2012, and promptly set out into the world again, with a backpack and two hiking shoes forward on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Spain with her older brother, Kent.
Next, she made her way into marketing as an executive assistant and then a community manager working with web pioneer, tech wellness advocate, author and public speaker, Aliza Sherman. From 2015-2016 she had the opportunity to work with the northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI), a government funded exchange program through the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs near Seattle, Washington, coordinating a grant between three Washington State community colleges, facilitating cultural exchange between students from underserved countries and Americans. She then made her way back to Flagstaff, Arizona, where she worked in the Center for International Education in international admissions and recruitment.
She now lives in Oregon with her husband and fur-kids and works at INTO OSU at Oregon State University supporting international students on their journey into the American higher education system. She goes to the ocean every chance she can get.
You can find all her forms of prose from poetry to formal essays, opinion and travel blogs on serindipitie.com. Throughout her studies she also compiled a folder of essays which can be found in the “Essays” folder. The stories and essays on serindipitie.com are from 2010 to present, including those from a year-long study abroad in Germany and a 160 mile hike along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. For the “unabridged” and less edited, less formal version you can visit http://serindipitie.tumblr.com.
For her scholarly work and publications, visit her page on Academia.edu.
Read her master’s thesis:
“Highly Gifted Children and the Suppressed Genius; What pushes Hans Giebenrath ‘under the wheel’? A new perspective on Hermann Hesse’s Beneath The Wheel with regards to the idea of learning as a punishment in the prussian school system. “
You could also read about her newspaper mention about the Whiskey Sister HerStory Tour Adventure across the american Southwest in 2014.
Or her 2012 trek across Spain with her brother on the local newspaper’s website :
Read her published articles, blogs and writing on MuckRack.
“Actually the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures” ~ Lewis Carroll