With the support of the community and a dynamite team, we are excited to share Through the Trees Transformation Center - a dream come true!
Sisters, Marcia Griffin and Nina Henrikson grew up immersed in the natural beauty of Maine. As sisters, they shared a childhood drenched in backpacking local mountains, swimming and paddling off the coast and on the pristine rivers, lakes, and waterfalls throughout Northern New England. Many of these outdoor adventures were part of a youth program led by their mother and provided the girls a unique perspective. The girls were empowered to develop a magical connection to nature and friends away from the everyday pressures, angst and demands of life as teenage girls. These experiences instilled a sense of reverence for nature deep within their cores and inspired their dream of someday creating programs for others to experience this same deep love and respect for nature as a teacher.
Separate Paths, Parallel Journeys
Growing up, while they shared their love of nature, they pursued individual dreams.
Marcia earned a degree in Business and dove into the corporate arena where she developed her career and passion for serving others through effective and efficient business operations. During this professional growth time, Marcia and her husband, Trent, were also navigating the beauty and challenge of starting their family.
Nina was equally busy getting her degree in Education and spent her time volunteering at local non-profits and worked closely with the Maine Department of Education developing curriculums and running programs to serve the community.
It seemed that their childhood dream drifted to the side and the years continued to layer one on top of the next, supplying them with valuable lessons that come with life's natural ebbs and flow.
Over the last year, the sister’s found themselves spending more and more time together, and the embers of their childhood dream began to glow once again. Their shared vision is unwavering with a clear aim to provide experiences that will inspire others to connect to themselves, to nature and to each other.
Reconnection & The Path Ahead
The power of serendipity occurred in Topsham, Maine as Norm Houde, the President and Founder of Sky-Hy Renewal and Conference Center, sought answers as to how his life’s mission of serving the community would continue. Call it God’s will, magic, or simple synchronicity, there was an instantaneous connection between the mission of Sky-Hy and the girls' dream. As Marcia, Nina and Norm started to have conversations, it was clear they all shared the same strong drive to serve the community, and joining forces was guided by spirit. Marcia and Nina are thrilled to be serving the community through this 40 year legacy under Servants of the Cross's 501c3 non-profit.
Sky-Hy is the perfect location to share with others the beauty and serenity of Mother Nature. Sky-Hy has transformed from a prior ski lodge to a conference and renewal center. The facility consists of an industrial kitchen, can sleep 55 guests, and has the capacity to hold groups upward of 400 in the Main Hall. Nestled on 22-acres of untouched pristine forests, the facility abuts the Cathance River and Bradbury Pond providing amazing sunrises and vistas that are sure to take your breath away. The old ski slopes, named The Big and Little Dipper will be transformed into hiking trails. This fertile soil is perfect for forest bathing, outdoor classrooms and element training.
It's truly amazing what can come into being when you blend the vast experiences of like-minded individuals. The Through the Trees team consists of highly trained and devoted nature enthusiasts who are excited to inspire others! They look forward to providing opportunities for people of all ages to unplug and dive into the deep wonder of themselves, nature and each other.