Oak Tree Mentorship Program Instructors
Our team includes a number of skilled teachers!
Rowena Conahan has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and is a certified Montessori teacher and professional storyteller. She has attended Tom Brown’s Tracker School in New Jersey, Wilderness Awareness School’s Art of Mentoring course, and Kamana Naturalist Training program. Rowena has taught nature connection and ancestral skills classes for youth and adults for many years, including helping groups of volunteers construct several hand-built shelters. Favorite skills include pottery, basketweaving, hide work, wild edibles, plant medicine, and the magical practice of the sit spot!
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Chuck Barbieri spent his childhood on Long Island, NY, very close to the ocean. Outside adventures in woods, swamps and ocean beaches were important daily aspect of his life as a child. As woods and nature areas were converted to parking lots and highways on Long Island he decided to go to a college that had abundant natural features. At Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, he majored in Environmental Studies and Biology. Chuck traveled extensively in the Pacific Northwest, took some Outward Bound classes in Oregon, and then went to graduate school at University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, majoring in Environmental Advocacy and Education. He enjoys “rock hounding” across the United States, doing nature art projects and simply sitting and walking in the woods, aimless and joyful. He has taught in many Waldorf schools as the kindergarten afternoon teacher and after-school director. He also directed many successful summer camps.