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Chris Knapp is a father, homesteader, environmental educator and founder of Maine Local Living School. He is passionate about sharing pathways into relationship with the human and more-than-human communities through hand craft, homesteading arts and deep listening. Chris is endlessly fascinated by the exploration of why the world is as it is and the human potential for creativity and positive change. Chris has designed and taught experiential programming for grade-schoolers to graduate students for over twenty years. He holds a M.S. in environmental studies from Antioch University New England, is a Wilderness First Responder and a Registered Maine Guide.
Jacquelynn Ward grew up running around the woods, eating herbs straight from the garden, and sleeping outside whenever possible. Since then, she has been exploring the ways in which language, land, work, and imagination help us to be fully alive on Earth. She is currently an educator, storyteller, shiatsu practitioner, gardener, and aspiring herbalist. For the past decade, she has worked for numerous wilderness schools in the Northeast, and pursued academic learning. She holds a B.A. in Historiography and Alternative Historical Narrative, and an M.A. in Viking and Medieval Norse History. Jacquelynn is also a Wilderness First Responder.
Michelle Fournier is passionate about (re)building relationships founded on justice and reciprocity with human and non-human neighbors alike. She has served as an environmental educator in various contexts inside and outside a classroom. Michelle has also been involved in climate justice movements as a community organizer and volunteer for 10 years. She loves her home state and everything about food, foraging, and being outdoors. She holds a M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment (Environmental Justice) and a Graduate Teaching Certificate from the University of Michigan, and is a Wilderness First Responder.
Raymond E. Reitze, Jr. is a Master Maine Guide, author, philosophy teacher and guest elder and mentor for MLLS. As a young boy in Buxton, Maine, Raymond spent countless hours being mentored by an elder from the Mi'Kmaq people who was living on the back acreage of the Reitzes' farm. Those early years opened Raymond to a way of seeing and being upon the earth that has guided his life ever since. He has run several businesses and guided countless people through the wilds of Maine and into “the silence.” Raymond has dedicated his life to the teachings of love, and guiding people and children to their own hearts.
Ashirah Knapp is an experiential educator, homesteader of 20-plus years, goat farmer, Maine Guide, and mother. She has worked in accounting and addiction medicine offices and enjoyed many years offering in-home senior care. She runs Maine Local Living School's animal husbandry program, teaches sewing and handcraft and is finishing two novels and several short children's stories.
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