Sangoma Olodoye (she/her), Sacred Activist, is a wife, mother, and grandmother. 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, 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 and 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 25 years in her priesthood, female rites of passage programs, women’s wisdom councils and weekend empowerment retreats. An artist, facilitator, and cultural preservationist, we are honored to have Sangoma’s support and mentorship.
Director of Mountainsong Expeditions in Vermont, Murphy (they/them) is a seasoned outdoor guide and women/trans program leader. Murphy is passionate about helping others reconnect to the spirit of the land by becoming competent and comfortable in the wilderness, and some of their favorite skills to share are safe and responsible backcountry camping, canoeing, archery, wilderness survival (shelter, fire, navigation), woodland crafts, first aid, and ethical hunting. Murphy 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 supporting and encouraging Wildwood Path participants to step into strength and gain skills with confidence!
Aviva Luz Argote
Aviva comes to us along winding roads that span cities, forests, gardens, and university classrooms. She found her way to deep nature connection from a seed in her childhood spent running with her father along the Mahicantuck/Hudson River in New York City, where she grew up learning to make sense of her surroundings through the lens of her bilingual and bicultural family. Not originally identifying as a “nature person”, Aviva consciously discovered later in her life that the wild lives everywhere, and now interweaves lessons from Nature into her work acting as a resource for social sector leadership development and non-profit board and staff evolution. Aviva lives out her deep practices of resilience within her personal and professional work and embodies authentic leadership that crosses cultures and embraces diversity– and we are honored to have her as part of the Wildwood team! Aviva joins us as a guest mentor on wilderness programs and works with us offering consulting and training to leaders and teams who want to increase diversity, nature connection, and living systems thinking capacity in their work.
Aviva also serves as the Faculty Director for the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, where she brings her experience facilitating dialogue, creating generative workplace culture and weaving relationships among diverse stakeholders. Prior to joining INP, Aviva directed Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations where she managed global civil society research teams and taught courses on strategic financial management, collaborative team design, and fundraising. We know she will keep offering her gifts to the world in ever-changing ways and we’re thrilled to work with her!
Sierra (she/her) has been an artist and a naturalist since birth, when she was named “Sierra Autumn” for the mountains and the season of tree splendor here in the Northeast, where she has lived for her whole life. Born in Nipmuc territory down in Rhode Island, Sierra and her family left the land of their Nipmuc people and ancestors and moved to Maine when Sierra was a baby, and she has been watching birds, identifying whales, and making art here on the coast ever since. Sierra exemplifies awareness, generosity, patience, and skill in her interactions with people and place, and we are lucky to have her join us as a regular instructor of bird language… as well as everything from bark peeling to campfire cooking! Check out her amazing birch bark pyrography work and please support her Native artistry!
Hannah Sol Rhea
Hannah (she/her) began collecting & cultivating earth skills when she was sixteen… She says that her garden first showed her the world of wild edibles and medicinals, and she followed those plants out of the garden into the world of ancestral skills and the wild ways of the earth. Hannah has studied and worked at various primitive skills school such as Hawk Circle, Flying Deer and Maine Primitive Skills School, and has traveled nomadically, sometimes with pack animals, gathering skills in other countries. Hannah is an experienced hide tanner, crazy about wild fiber arts, and has a strong passion for crafting with raw materials from the earth. Hannah’s commitment to continually developing an intimate connection with the earth and to stepping fully into her role as a caretaker with her is a perfect match for The Wildwood Path, and we are lucky to have her join us annually to share hide tanning skills and more. Check out her school at Way of the Earth School to see more of what she’s up to!
Whit (he/him or they/them) is known for bringing cold tolerance training, chainsaw skills, goose eggs, good jokes, and woodsy queer fashion to our workshops and gatherings. After growing up in Wampanoag Territory on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Whit began to explore the intersections of nature connection and cultural healing by living on a permaculture farm for a year, studying ancestral healing and grief work in the lineage of Malidoma Somé (especially with the remarkable teacher Ann Sousa), and diving into old/new ways to relate with the land. Whit integrates somatic healing through his massage practice (trained through the Acadia School of Massage), which he is especially excited to offer to queer and trans people as part of our collective healing journey. Whit completed the Maine Primitive Skills School’s 9 month immersion apprenticeship program and subsequently spent a year training in Zen meditation at the Crestone Mountain Center in Arapaho/Ute territory in Colorado. Whit has a lot to offer and we’re thrilled to have him at all of our 9-month program sessions, and at many other classes and events as a lead mentor and frequent instructor!
Pınar (they/them) is an indigenous futurist, mentor, consultant and ecophilosopher; co-founder of Queer Nature, an “organism” stewarding earth-based queer community through ancestral skills, interspecies solidarity and rites of passage. Enchanted by the liminal, Pınar is an neurodivergent enby with Huanca, Turkish and Chinese lineages.
As a QTIBIPOC outdoor catalyst, their inspiration is envisioning decolonially-informed queer ancestral-futurism through interspecies accountability and the remediation of human exceptionalism in the Chthulucene. Their relationship with queerness, hybridity, neurodivergence, indigeneity and belonging guided their work in developing Queer Ecopsychology with a somatic and depth approach through a decolonial lens. As a survival skills mentor, one of their core missions is to uplift and amplify the brilliant “survival skills” that BIPOC, LGBTQ2+ and other intersectional oppressed populations already have in their resilient bodies and stories of survivance. They are a member of Diversify Outdoors coalition. We have been friends and co-conspirators with Pinar for many years and are happy to have them as an occasional guest mentor.
Rev. Dr. Anu Dudley
As an elder and a Pagan minister of earth-based spirituality, Anu (she/her) feels called to help people discover, explore, and celebrate their own earth-based spiritual paths. She practices in the Reclaiming Tradition and her ministry centers 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 ordination 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. Anu offers grounded wisdom to our community and it is a joy to work and play with her at the Wildwood Path and beyond.
For most of her adult life, Wendy Kaas (she/her or they/them) has been in eager pursuit of the inherent magic and mysticism of nature. After a massive perspective-changing healership training in Plant Spirit 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 Wendy to their 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, Wendy still can’t believe that they 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. Wendy is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity through Naropa University in order to hone her capability to support the sacred through ceremony and more.The Wildwood Path is honored to welcome Wendy as a guest once a year to support us in facilitating a grief ritual mid-way through our 9 month journey, and to host occasional workshops or rituals.
Caitlin (she/her), a multi-talented queer leader, traveled the world and honed her business skills before her introduction to tracking, bird language, plant medicine, shelter building, scout skills, and off-grid living in 2014, when she lived and worked at the Maine Primitive Skills School. She has been instrumental in the creation and continuance of The Wildwood Path since it’s inception and is a regular guest mentor as well as a community cross-pollinator and digital wizard. An advocate of self-directed education and anti-oppression changework, her teaching weaves together Joanna Macy’s The Work that Reconnects and Bill Plotkin’s Wild Mind model with expeditions, naturalist skills, and nature connection practices. Caitlin has completed a graduate certificate in Ecopsychology, is being mentored through Animas Institute in facilitating the work of Bill Plotkin and is a UMaine graduate student studying Peace and Reconciliation. She is also a Forest Therapy Guide, and works locally leading place-based self directed learning programs for youth with White Ash Learning Collective. Caitlin also practices and teaches permaculture and yoga, and is a treasure trove of enthusiasm and skill in support of nature connection! When she is not working Caitlin enjoys exploring the woods, following animal trails, making medicine, foraging food, creating art, running barefoot and dancing.
Trevanna Frost Littlefield Grenfell
Trevanna (they/them or she/her) is a nature connection mentor who has been teaching wilderness living skills, leading backcountry trips, and facilitating women’s and girl’s rites of passage programs for over a decade. Trevanna has a passion for sharing nature skills with all, and is motivated to support the ongoing examination and construction of healthy 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 Maine, where the Littlefield family has lived for over 400 years, for better or for worse! In the Wildwood Path, Trevanna is bringing together diverse experiences of working deeply with the 8-Shields cultural regeneration model, practicing ancient nature 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 this work with rites of passage and initiation, Trevanna brings an all-inclusive sacred depth that makes space for many teachings, including those they have received from a variety of communities and traditions such as an the United Methodist Church, work with Sobonfu Some, participation in the Reclaiming Tradition, and personal experience of crafting community ceremony that meets the needs of the local people and land. With the support of elders and mentors, Trevanna continues to learn and grow in a deepening nature connection journey as well as joyously sharing these skills and practices with the world. Trevanna is the founder and director of The Wildwood Path, and is the primary coordinator and facilitator of workshops and consulting services.
Cloe (she/her) 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 as an elder and friend to share her birding and nature journaling expertise with our circle!
Moriah (she/her or they/them) is a homesteader, community-builder, and radical life coach who integrates nature connection and earth-based living into anti-capitalist business and pleasure. At the Wildwood Path, she supports the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the group through facilitation, teaching, listening, and modeling ways to live in integrity with self, community, and land. In her coaching work, she applies similar processes to support clients to create lives based in joy, liberation, and love, with areas of specialization in polyamory and non-monogamy, working with empaths, grief work, and developing magical and spiritual practices to help make a shift towards a more heart and soul centered career. Moriah is an asset to our community and we are thrilled to have her as a lead staff member for our 9 month program and a regular guest on other programs and more.
Estephanie comes to us via paths winding from Venezuela to Boston to Maine and beyond. She is committed to tending land and community and to uplifting the deep nature connection inherent in all people, but especially urban folks, BIPOC folks, and anyone who feel like these ancestral skills are hard to access. Estephanie spends her time learning about social justice, taking care of plants and dogs and bees and people, and dreaming up rad curriculum ideas to specifically support nature connection as an avenue for anti-racism and social justice. In addition to her other leadership training and life experience, she was a long term Wildwood cohort member before stepping into a staff role, and her many levels of experience in our school and beyond make her a beautiful and powerful asset to our work in the world!
A registered nurse, herbalist, and activist, Kyla (she/her or they/them) has studied and worked with various plant healers for over ten years. Kyla 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 and queer health specifically. Kyla has studied group dynamics, is trained as a facilitator, and 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, including as a board member for Wild Maine Witch Camp. Kyla offers health coaching services in addition to nature connection mentoring and is a regular staff member at our 9 month program as well as leading public classes on wildcrafted herbalism during summer months.
Rachel Marco-Havens (she/her or they/them} is a multi disciplinary “solutionary” artist. Her primary medium, communication, ignites collaborative conversations, which often lead motivated people to take inspired, regenerative action in their own communities. 35 years of deliberate personal expansion, including immersion in Tibetan Buddhist studies, provide the foundation for Rachel’s art, advocacy and activation. She continuously invites us to recognize the interconnectivity between social, environmental and spiritual justice movements. Of mixed race heritage and unconventional upbringing, Rachel began inner-exploration early in life in order to find her way within the seemingly disparate cultural communities she was being raised in. Now, be it facilitating workshops, sharing stories, creating art, delivering a keynote, moderating or participating in a panel discussion or whipping up a party—Rachel moves the energy from the ripples of conversation to waves of inspired activity. Perpetual travel through a landscape of diverse socio-economic, racial, spiritual and environmental experiences has provided her with strong tools. A sovereign approach allows her to work with fluidity, as a bridge between communities, projects and individuals, and we are honored and overjoyed to have her as a regular guest mentor and advisor at The Wildwood Path. Check out Rachel’s work and don’t hesitate to reach out if you could use some of her magic leadership wisdom in your projects!
Rev. Linda Littlefield Grenfell
Linda (she/her) 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 National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farms, where she leads nature walks and sea kayaking tours. After getting her Maine Guide License in Sea Kayaking and becoming a Maine Master Naturalist, 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 dogs), bake bread, and have exciting new experiences like sleeping outside in sub-zero temperatures in natural shelters!
Nikos Kavanya (she/her or ki/kin) 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. As an elder and friend living in deep community through relationship, shared labor, and shared love of the magic of the world, Nikos brings the gifts of storytelling, visioning, beauty-making, and so much more to all she touches. We are honored that Nikos supports the Wildwood Path with frequent appearances and offerings, just as she supports all that is wild, holy, and wonderful in the world through her generous wisdom and powerful presence.
Joy (she/her) is a lifelong Boston resident who loves to write, farm, and visit restaurants to explore new flavors and cultures. She is passionate about community, food, and sustainable development and has spent her career at the intersection of these values. After studying culinary management she dedicated her time to supporting regenerative systems development, food justice, and education through urban agriculture projects, The Food Project and ReVision Urban Farm. Joy has experience actively designing and building gardens for residents in and around Boston, and has long been interested in creating opportunities for residents to create community sufficiency and to build entrepreneurial capacity. She has worked in legal real estate and retail, and brings her skills of communication, community development, and design to her work as a farm manager with Greater Ashmont Main Street as well as to the Wildwood Path, where she comes as a guest mentor to share about listening to the land, tending the wild, and growing community through connection with nature in both urban and rural environments.