Through The Trees

Meet The Team


Meet The Team


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MARCIA GRIFFIN
Founder & Executive Director

Marcia has a unique blend of life experience -she is a lover of life, Black Sash, Kripalu Yoga instructor, life coach and has spent the last 10 years running Business operations for multi-functional teams.  Marcia brings fun, focus, discipline and intuition into creating magic for all who come into contact with her.  


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TRENT GRIFFIN
Senior Teacher & Program Manager

Trent is a Black Sash, licensed massage therapist, experienced carpenter and spent much of his youth trekking through the Maine woods.  Trent's practices and teachings are rooted in nature and in deep calm - his gifts are vast and diverse.  From transformational and therapeutic massage therapy to his artistic ability with three-dimensional structure, Trent has a way of bringing his connection to nature into all that he does.  


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CARLOS COLLADO
Senior Teacher & Program Manager

Carlos is a certified Forest Therapy Guide and 25 year practitioner of the ancient healing and protective arts. “We share with people how to create sacred boundaries and protect their inner light. The forest holds our classroom and becomes the teacher.”  Carlos has long felt and benefited from the effective healing energy and wisdom that Nature supports us with. This relationship has helped to shape his vision and fuels his passion to create and hold a sacred space where people can learn to connect to the elemental forces. His love of nature and all it has to offer is matched and fueled by his wife and partner, Elizabeth, and his son Marcus.


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JENN CASONI
Teacher & Program Manager

Jenn has a natural gift engaging children.  She began working with children in her early teens, and her compassion, intuition, mindful interaction, and skill has grown exponentially over the years.  Whether she is teaching a music class to toddlers, facilitating team-building challenges, assisting in wilderness science education programs for tweens and young adults, or designing and planting a garden with homeschoolers, Jenn guides children to discover their passions and develop a strong sense of self.  Jenn’s creativity, love of cooking and mindful nutrition, and incredible artistry, ignite the passions of children.


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STEPHANIE STODDARD
Business Applications Admin

Stephanie has extensive experience with Youth Education.  She has worked in the Maine school systems for the past seven years, while simultaneously working with long standing organizations to develop and deliver out of school time enrichment programs.  While holding a full schedule, Stephanie also manages to model strong discipline and dedication as she works toward her lifelong goal of becoming a Black Sash. Steph’s drive for excellence is contagious and her zest for life is refreshing.  


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ELIZABETH COLLADO
Program Staff

Natures language comes easy to Elizabeth, as a Black Sash, naturalist and artist who shares her teachings in a universal manner.  From young to old, Elizabeth has a gift to connect and engage students and inspire a love of nature and creative expression.  Her range extends from leading wilderness trips, coordinating efforts to beautify and protect local parks and beaches, to extensive program management and curriculum writing.  Elizabeth brings a strong professional background as a Direct Support Professional and she is Wilderness First Aid Certified.    We are thrilled to have Elizabeth on the team, she is always ready to jump right in with a big, bright smile.