Meet Our Team

Desert Canvas has recently expanded to Richmond, Virgina headed by Sonny Hughey & Danielle Thomas who has been actively involved with our branch in Phoenix, AZ. 

Check out a video from our festival from March 2016! We can't wait to bring this sense of community to Richmond and beyond!

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Our Mission + Core Values

Our mission is to help YOU meet new friends, discover more passions, and accomplish greater goals through weekly events/workshops, goal development classes, community housing, and festivals.  


We believe in the “Heck Yes” on both ends mentality. One person does not have to be getting out ahead. You can both win! 

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We believe nothing is done on your own. Everything is co-created. The sooner you accept that you can’t do everything on your own, the better off you’ll be. 

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We are an organization that accepts all cultures, values, and differences. We think for ourselves, and we are genuinely interested in what others have to say.

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We believe that happiness lies in the pursuit of worthwhile goals. It is our goal to help you discover more passions and reach far greater goals!.

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We are filled with a constant desire to improve ourselves by doing the things we love, no matter if they are against the status quo. We never settle.

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We respect our environment, and we do our best to ensure that humans and nature can co-exist.

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Fun / Adventure

We see life as full of options, and we live in excitement knowing that our lives are always changing.

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What People Say About Us


"A month ago if you told me that I was gonna quit my full time job, acquire an internship and begin to pursue a career based around photography, I would have called you crazy. This community is incredible!"

-Billy Lawrence, Tempe, AZ
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"Hands down-the people. The people this organization brings together through their events continues to inspire and amaze me every day. We band together, pushing each other outside our comfort zones to enhance each others daily lives." 

-Sara Tibero, Phoenix, AZ 
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" Desert Canvas believes if you set goals, you have the ability to create future manifested by your passions. You won't be simply trying to survive, but actually living a life of adventure." 

-Sonny Hughey, Richmond, VA
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"Desert Canvas accidently started with just me and a slackline between two trees. I never thought I would fall in love with this organization and meet so many incredible individuals that would transform my life along the way. I am not alone. "

-Todd VanDuzer, CEO & Co-Founder
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