Caril is known for pushing limits, explored nearly seventy-countries with an eye on making a difference, made history becoming the first person to Hang Gliding in India, the first person to run the origin of the Amazon, climbed mountains, run rivers and explored some of the most remote places on earth, trained with the US Olympic Team in 1972 competing in whitewater kayaking internationally.
As Cultural Anthropologist performed ethnographic research on five continents, as Social Entrepreneur pioneered eco-preservation for economic prosperity in the face of corruption, piracy, and poverty, became the first white person to enter Calibangbangan, eventually elected by Tribal Council to speak for the rights of indigenous people in matters environmental, cultural and ancestral.
As the founder of Palawan Environmental NGO Caril encourages protection, preservation, and development of pristine island sanctuaries at the edge of the South China and Sulu Seas.
Caril Ridley has worked with the cruise industry developing environmentally sustainable, culturally sensitive destinations for next-generation cruise ships in Asia and the Pacific Rim, Philippines and Alaska.
As Commissioner of Parks and District Board President Caril has established recreational facilities, including urban, rural and marine trails for the Puget Sound Region, Washington State, co-published a Kayak Paddle Guide to Peninsular Waterways and continues a lifelong quest to make a difference.
As Psychologist/Cultural Anthropologist Caril is skilled at understanding the nature of humanity, she founded a Mental Health Rehabilitation Program in the early eighties developing treatment modalities and standards of care for the least privileged and as Hypnotherapist plumbed a deeper understanding of parts-therapy through regression techniques, utilizing transactional analysis as well as conventional therapies. She has provided direct services for more than a thousand Mentally Ill Offenders and the communities in which they live.
Caril has led an exceptional life addressing personal, regional and global issues with deep compassion while raising two sons who have grown to become like-minded leaders of a new generation.
Founder Palawan Environmental NGO and Palawan Environmental and Marine Studies (PEMS for project-development, eco, ethno and adventure programming), southwest Philippines, and The Hawaii Adventure Project (HAP, bringing young adventurers together from around the world, mapping, developing and doing research on the Big Island.
Southeast Asian Cruise Destination Development; Tagbanwa tribal, Municipal and Barangay coordination, Alaskan Environmental cruise destination concept development and design, tribal relations, DNR, State, district and regional resource coordinator, and contracts manager., Young Entrepreneurs International (YEI), concept and development consultant.