Meet the Facilitators

Dr. Larry Buell


University of the Wild, Earthlands, and Institute for Environmental Awareness, Founder.

Author, Visionary, and Educator 

He established and formerly directed the internationally recognized Outdoor Leadership Program at Greenfield Community College, MA. Larry received his B.S. from Springfield College, his Master’s Degree in Outdoor Education from Penn State University, and his Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts /Amherst. Buell serves on the Alumni Committee to Divest UMass from Fossil Fuels. He is a consultant to numerous schools, colleges, universities, and community agencies. Larry frequently provides workshops and addresses regional and national conferences. He has an extensive background in international travel and work-study. He is the author of The Outdoor Leadership Competency Manual; The 24-Hour Experience: An Outdoor Adventure Program; Human Ecology: Roots of Our Worldview and Foundations for a Sustainable Future; and Return to the Meadow: Poetry, Prose, and Images of Place.

Lenore Anderson


Clinical Herbalist, Teacher, Outdoor Instructor,

and Holistic Health Practitioner

With a Masters Degree in Education from Colorado University, Lenore teaches leadership, team building, and nature awareness. She worked for Colorado Outward Bound School for 15 years as a Wilderness Instructor and Environmental Director. She has also been a leader for Adventure In Adventure Out and Morse Hill, both outdoor education center.​



Jean Bergstrom

Her Wild Roots, Founder.

Herbalist, Plant Spirit Medicine Healer, and Outdoor Instructor

As a former instructor of the Outdoor Leadership Program at Greenfield Community College and with over 20 years as a herbalist and Plant Spirit Medicine Healer Lenore brings a wealth of knowledge and insight into the programs she teaches. In 2013 she formed "Her Wild Roots" with Kathy Dean, dedicated to delivering quality earth-based programs to women.

Brother North Star


Children of the Sun for One People, One Earth Foundation, Founder. Peace Pilgrim, Medicine Walker

Born Gregory Dean Smith, his sobriquet name was chosen to pay homage to Fredrick Douglas and Harriet Tubman who celebrated the freedom star. His name also honors Sojourner Truth and all abolitionists whose life service was to emancipate enslaved Africans.  Taking back his time and reclaiming his sovereignty to live out his truth he’s extraordinary pilgrimage has taken him to 61 countries and across 6 continents.

Mike Cohen


Project NatureConnect – Institute for Global Education, Founder/ Director

 Distinguished World Citizen Award recipient

Identified as a maverick genius who, using 54 natural senses, accidentally discovered in 1965 that Planet Earth is a living organism. He implemented Albert Einstein's Grand Unified Field Equation in 2013 and has received the Distinguished World Citizen Award for his work It honors the genius of his ingrained felt-sense intention and mission to dignify the life of Earth. He shows that whole life science and art can solve the great problems we produce by re-connecting our 54 natural attraction senses to their origins in the peace of Nature's balancing and purifying power.


Frank Grindrod

Earthworks Founder, Wilderness Guide, and Survival Instructor

Frank has taught earth skills for over 18 years with a focus on nature awareness, tracking, wilderness living skills and earth philosophy. He is a graduate of Greenfield Community College’s nationally-recognized Outdoor Leadership Program. A trained Wilderness First Responder and a certified facilitator for the Nurtured Heart Approach. Frank currently works as a professor at Smith College, a lead facilitator of wilderness education programs and the Nurtured Heart Approach.

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