TAM WILLEY

Community Liason & Instructor

Tam is Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs.  Tam has first hand experience of the healing benefits of spending time in nature. Through an evolving love for outdoor adventure such as hiking, backpacking, camping, snowboarding, cross country skiing, and surfing she has spent extensive time outside, particularly in the White Mountains of NH. Working locally as a self employed Handy Person as well as a teacher and custodian at The Eliot School, Tam is very connected to her neighborhood of Jamaica Plain where she has lived since 1998. 

Volunteering as an Adult Support Volunteer at BAGLY (Boston's Alliance of LGBTQ Youth) since 2010 and having worked 8 seasons with The Theater Offensive's True Colors: Out Youth Theater, Tam has extensive experience working with LGBTQ youth in Boston.  In 2016 Tam thru-hiked Vermont's Long Trail and raised money and awareness for TVOP.  Tam holds CRP, First Aid and WFA Certifications and is currently focused on creating more inclusive and accessible Guided Forest Bathing Walks for all by offering structured support in finding one's own way towards experiencing belonging to the natural world.  For more information about Tam and Forest Bathing, check out her website: ToadstoolWalks.com


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Mercy Shammah

Instructor

Mercy loves being outdoors in the Pacific NW. She hopes to cultivate an outdoor community putting POC and Queers front and center. She wants to be a part of the facilitating a comfortable safe spaces for POC and Queers to thrive in the outdoors in the Portland, Oregon area and beyond. As an Outdoorist she knows there is hundreds of ways one can enjoy being in nature. She loves a good outdoor emersion weekend and believes in the healing abilities that nature provides. Her mission is to promote those who have been pushed aside by today’s dominate society—supporting them in their growth, healing and love of the outdoors.


Oliver REITZ

Instructor

Oliver is originally from Indiana, where he spent his youth climbing trees and swimming with catfish. As an adult, he spent years leading LGBT organizations and promoting LGBT education and advocacy all over Southern Indiana. At the age of 26, Oliver moved to Massachusetts where he got involved with The Venture Out Project from the start and rediscovered his love of the outdoors. He has since become passionate about hiking, backpacking, and map-reading. Oliver lives with his partner and their two dogs and is currently enrolled in school, where he is finishing his degree in Health Education and Promotion. He spends his free time hiking his favorite trails in Western Massachusetts and discovering new ones.


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Lex Jackson

Instructor

Born and raised in Vermont, Lex is a nomad of sorts who spends most of his time in New England. Lex identifies as a dog dad, a goatherd, and an avid writer of postcards. He spent three winters as an EMT on the Mount Mansfield Ski Patrol at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont. After a 2014 thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, Lex fell in love with the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and moved there to work for the Appalachian Mountain Club as a member of their high-mountain hut croo, a member of their professional trail crew, and as an outdoor guide. When not recreating in the wilderness, Lex can be found snacking and butt-dialing his senators. He recently moved to Portland, ME in search of community and affirming spaces, and to pursue a passion for education as a substitute teacher for the Portland Public Schools. Lex holds a certification in Wilderness First Aid.


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Danielle Wolter Nolan

Instructor

Growing up in the country, being outdoors was always second nature to me. Living in this fast-paced digital age we live in today I realized that there was a need for more people to unplug from technology and reconnect with themselves in nature. This was one of the many reasons why Kate (my wife) and I founded DNK Presents. Together we have organized and guided hundreds of people on adventures in and outside of Indiana. I am blessed to share my passion for the great outdoors while helping individuals and groups build confidence and empowerment through adventure experiences. I am a certified level 1 PMBIA mountain bike instructor, Leave No Trace trainer, yoga instructor, Reiki master and thai massage therapist. 


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Kate Nolan

Instructor

My name is Kate Nolan and I am a cofounder of DNK Presents, Trek Bicycle Women’s Advocate and Leave No Trace trainer. Getting outside has always been a passion of mine and I love sharing that with others. I believe we need a connection to nature in order to live a happy, healthy and balanced lives. I grew up camping, backpacking, skiing, trail running and racing BMX and mountain bikes. I believe my bond with nature has helped me to excel in my professional career, to overcome obstacles personally and professionally and the spiritual gain has been profound.


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elliot Drake-Maurer

Instructor

Elliot grew up in the foothills of the central Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, and has always been fascinated by the beauty and intricacies of the natural world. Elliot’s outdoor education journey began at Headwaters Outdoor School in Mt. Shasta, CA where he now teaches traditional earth living and survival skills.  Elliot received a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education from Northland College, where he furthered his interest in the intersecting fields of diversity, inclusion, and outdoor recreation. He has led trips for the college’s Outdoor Orientation Program, and worked as a kayak guide on Lake Superior. In life, as in any ecosystem, Elliot believes that a diversity of beings results in a more resilient and beautiful community. He is excited to connect people with the natural world and develop a sense of belonging. Elliot resides in southern Oregon, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder. His outdoor interests include hiking, fly fishing, cross-country skiing, and natural history. He likes to cook, write, and play traditional Irish pennywhistle.

 


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Loren Evens

Instructor

Loren is a self identified ragamuffin queer who is unequivocally obsessed with being in the mountains. Born in the Northwest, he grew up backpacking with his family. He currently lives in Denver Colorado where he spends most of his time burning up the highway to find the next mountain paradise.  He will eat key lime pie till he’s blue in the face, and love making cards.  Some of his hobbies are, split boarding, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, river floating, backpacking, and losing his chapstick.  He loves to meet new people, and hear about how the outdoors enriches their lives. Loren is a Nationally Registered licensed Paramedic, and Registered Nurse who specializes in Emergency Medicine.


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Graham Oxman

Instructor

Graham lives in Brighton, MA, but dreams of gallivanting around the world with all his belongings in a backpack. He loves biking, hiking, climbing and kayaking. He is also a proud nerd; lover of rocks and science, and an aspiring potter. Graham is a teacher by day, and an multi-tasking super fiend by night. Graham also collects useless (but fun!) trivia, so if you know a cool fact, he'd love to hear it!