Trevanna Frost Grenfell, Lead Mentor
Trevanna is a nature connection mentor who has been teaching primitive living skills, leading backcountry wilderness trips, and leading women’s and girl’s rites of passage programs for over a decade. She has a passion for sharing nature skills with all, and is motivated to support the ongoing examination and construction of healthy women’s community. After travelling the country and the world to seek support and mentoring around how to build regenerative community through nature connection, Trevanna is thrilled to be offering these gifts in her home state of Maine, where she is laying the groundwork to start an alternative school and community center. In the Wildwood Path, Trevanna is bringing together her diverse experiences of working deeply with the 8-Shields cultural regeneration model, practicing primitive skills with the Maine Primitive Skills School, directing women’s and childrens’ programs for 3 years with Feet on the Earth Programs in Colorado, and working as a mentor or consultant with over a dozen other survival schools, wilderness camps, and nature programs over the past 15 years. In her work with rites of passage and initiation, Trevanna brings an all-inclusive sacred depth that makes space for many teachings, including those she has received from a variety of communities and traditions such as her upbringing in the United Methodist Church, her work with Sobonfu Some, her participation in the Reclaiming Tradition, and her personal experience of crafting community ceremony that meets the needs of the local people and land. With the support of her own elders and mentors, Trevanna continues to learn and grow in her nature connection journey as she joyously shares these skills and practices with the world.
Kyla Hershey-Wilson, Guest Mentor
A registered nurse, herbalist, and activist, Kyla has studied and worked with various plant healers for over ten years. She has focused on plants that grow in central and coastal Maine and on areas of health that are under-addressed by modern western medicine, including women’s health. Kyla has studied group dynamics and is trained as a facilitator, and she has a lifetime of experience with earth-based ceremony in a neo-pagan context. Kyla is a passionate learner, a gifted healer, and an asset as a mentor and community member.
Murphy Robinson, Guest Mentor
Director of Mountainsong Expeditions in Vermont, Murphy is a seasoned outdoor guide and women’s program leader. She is passionate about helping others reconnect to the spirit of the land by becoming competent and comfortable in the wilderness, and some of her favorite skills to share are safe and responsible backcountry camping, canoeing, archery, wilderness survival (shelter, fire, navigation), woodland crafts, first aid, and ethical hunting. She sees wilderness expeditions as a path to personal empowerment and spiritual connection with the land and our deepest selves. As medieval scholar and teacher in the Reclaiming Tradition, Murphy holds an intention to honor the universal sense of spiritual connection to the land that is deeply nourishing to all people, regardless of their religious affiliation. Murphy lives in rural Vermont and comes to us for a special Spring visit to teach archery & ax skills, and to share about sacred hunting practices. We are grateful to Murphy for her support and encourage Wildwood Path participants to seek her out in her home state as well!
Wendy Kaas, Guest Mentor
For most of her adult life, Wendy Kaas has been in eager pursuit of the inherent magic and mysticism of nature. After a massive perspective-changing healership training in PlantSpirit Medicine, she has resided in genuine awe and wonder at the human potential to be in deep relationship with the natural world. This discovery has led her to her teacher Malidoma Some, a West African elder helping to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships to our ancestors and to the inherent consciousnesses of nature. Born and raised just outside of New York City, she still can’t believe that she can now make a fire from a hand-carved bow drill set and tan animal hides by smushing brains into them. She loves traveling and is really happy to tell you about the time she sailed around the world… but mostly she’s just grateful to be here on this earth, surrounded by inspiring people and the beautiful wilderness of her Colorado home. The Wildwood Path is honored to welcome Wendy to support us in facilitating a grief ritual mid-way through our journey.
Lin (Migiziikwe) Gokee-Rindal, Guest Mentor
Lin (Migiziikwe) Gokee-Rindal is a Two-Spirit Anishinaabe activist, organizer and speaker from the Red Cliff reservation in northern Wisconsin. They currently live in Windsor, Maine. Their previous work includes fields such as youth development, mental health advocacy, two-spirit identities, cultural safety for LGBTQI2-S youth, disability justice, and decolonization. Lin has several years of experience as a speaker, facilitator, and trainer; they have presented at multiple local, regional, and national conferences and worked with a wide variety of audiences, including students ranging from middle school to graduate school.
Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Guest Mentor
Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd has always been allured by how the natural world mirrors one’s internal landscape. Enchanted by the liminal, Pinar identifies as genderfluid QPOC (Queer Person of Color) with their mother’s side native to the Americas. Their self-designed studies include a B.A. in Somatic & Depth Ecopsychology from Prescott College, graduating from the Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake Outdoor School and Wildlife Tracking Intensive as well as other immersive studies at Animas Valley Institute, Naropa University, Esalen Institute, and is also a certified Wilderness First Responder. Their greatest mentors have been of the more-than-human; desert creeks, grey foxes, canyon wrens and cottonwoods to name a few. Pinar’s passions include wilderness/ancestral skills, rites of passage, the human animal, indigenous solidarity work, natural history, soul work, longbow archery, wildlife tracking and the ecological intelligence of emotions. Pinar plans to go back to graduate school to deepen their studies in ecopsychology and to assist in a collaborative vision with their spouse to guide LGBTQIA quests. The Wildwood Path is thrilled to receive support from Pinar from afar as well as at a special Fall visit when we can take advantage of their crafting, scouting, and social expertise to enrich our circle.
Nikos Kavanya, Supporting Elder
Nikos Kavanya comes from a long lineage of farmers and has always had dirt under her fingernails: as an herbalist, as a market grower, and as the seed maven of Fedco Seeds. Through storytelling, visioning, crafting, and so much more, Nikos supports the Wildwood Path and all that is wild, holy, and wonderful in the world.
Rev. Linda Littlefield Grenfell, Supporting Elder
Linda has spent her whole life fascinated by ancient ways of living with the land, and after a long career as a minister in the United Methodist Church, a grief counselor, a college Ethics professor, and a sometimes high school English teacher, she retired and promptly began working at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farms, where she leads nature walks and sea kayaking tours. After getting her Maine Guide License in Sea Kayaking last year, Linda is ready to take on the world in her elder years and brings her skills as a counselor and elder-in-training as well as an outdoors-woman to the Wildwood Path. She loves to read, write, walk in the woods with and without her dogs, bake bread, and have exciting new experiences like sleeping outside in sub-zero temperatures in primitive shelters
Cloe Chunn, Supporting Elder
Cloe is a naturalist, outdoor educator, former high school and college teacher, artist, and Registered Maine Guide. Author of Fifty Hikes in the Maine Mountains (W.W. Norton), Cloe has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, and has explored wild country as far afield as Antarctica, where she did geological research during graduate school.Cloe’s aim is to highlight and preserve Earth’s natural systems, and to help humans recognize and restore their connections within these systems. Her love affair with the Maine landscape began when she moved here, a native Floridian, in 1974. It has grown from love-at-first-sight into a deep connection and spiritual dependence on living with the seasons, exploring wild landscapes, and being among people who still talk about the land. Cloe is a past president of the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, where she makes trails, leads hiking, paddling, and XC ski outings, and organizes school volunteers. She is also a co-founder and former teacher in the Maine Master Naturalist Program. She is especially fond of birding, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and Sphagnum bogs.The Wildwood Path is thrilled to welcome Cloe to share her birding and nature journaling expertise with our circle!
Rev. Dr. Anu Dudley, Supporting Elder
10As a Pagan minister of earth-based spirituality, Anu feels called to help people discover, explore, and celebrate their own earthy spiritual paths. She practices in the Reclaiming Tradition and her ministry is education and community-building. She was ordained in the International Fellowship of Isis and is affiliated with the Temple of the Feminine Divine in Bangor, Maine. A retired college history professor, she now teaches in the Temple’s Iseum Musicum, the School of the Muse, and its three-year curriculum in earth-based spirituality and Pagan ethics. She appears regularly on WERU Community Radio’s “Esoterica” and “Voices” where she discusses aspects of Pagan practice.
Sangoma Oludoye, Supporting Elder
Sangoma Olodoye, Sacred Activist, is a wife of 26 years and mother of three daughters and 11 amazing Grandmasters. A traditional Yoruba priestess, Afin chief and member of the Egbe Moremi, National African Women’s Society in the Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village, located in Sheldon SC.. North America’s oldest, authentic African community was founded in 1970, Sangoma met Oyotunji’s founder and Father of the Cultural Restoration movement in 1969 at the age of 12.
A Sangoma speaks of a tribe of healers, diviners with indigenous gifts of ancestral medicine from South Africa. Sangoma graduated from Clark University, Worcester, Mass in 1977 with a BA in Theatre Arts, After a 20 year career in broadcast journalism , television, radio and cable…life presented the opportunity to explore shamanism, women’s history, movement, pan Africanism and Wise woman Traditions.
Sangoma has taught at numerous summer camps and Earthskills gatherings, including as Director and primary instructor for 180 “at risk” youth between 9-14 in the Camp Champion, summer program in Thomson, Ga. Sangoma has more than 20 years in her priesthood, female rites of passage programs, women’s wisdom councils and weekend empowerment retreats. As an artist, facilitator of women’s wisdom retreats and a cultural preservationist, she now brings to birth the counterpart to her four decades of experience in her Black Moon Spiral Video Production. We are honored to have Sangoma’s support and mentorship.