Mid Maine Yoga offers year-round outdoor nature connection programs
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Caitlin Horigan has been mentoring youth and adults in a wide variety of settings in numerous countries for more than 18 years. She is an advocate of self-directed education and anti-oppression changework. Most recently, she co-facilitated a gap semester program weaving together Joanna Macy's The Work that Reconnects and Bill Plotkin's Wild Mind model with expeditions, naturalist skills, and nature connection activities.
Caitlin has facilitated place-based nature connection programming in the nonprofit sector, public schools, summer and after-school programs throughout the unceded territories of Wabanaki and Abenaki people.
She is on a journey of reconnecting with her ancestral lineages through deepening relationship with the skills and traditions of her lineages and the people indigenous to the land she lives with now. Her introduction to tracking, bird language, plant medicine, shelter building, scout skills and off grid living began when she worked for the Maine Primitive Skills School in 2014.
Caitlin is a Wilderness First Responder, certified in CPR, and pursuing a Recreational Maine Guide license. She has been participating in Helping the Butterfly Hatch since 2018, a mentorship program for facilitators of Self Directed Education.
In 2018 she began the multi year process of training with Animas Institute to facilitate the work of Bill Plotkin and in 2019 she completed a graduate certificate in Ecopsychology through Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is also a Certified Forest Therapy Guide. Caitlin is committed to increasing the accessibility of programs she offers to those with less privilege and continues to explore how to survive in a capitalist system while doing so.
When she is not working with youth Caitlin enjoys exploring the woods, following animal trails, making medicine, foraging food, creating art, running barefoot, practicing yoga, dancing, and deepening her relationship with the more than human world.
Areas of facilitation experience include: herbal medicine making, fermentation, wildcrafting, tree & plant id, seed saving, campfire cooking, water safety and purification, hide tanning, canoe skills, expedition planning + preparation, wilderness first aid, shelter building, friction fire, wood craft & carving, cordage, basketry, nature journaling, scout, tracking & trailing, bird language, permaculture, storytelling, personal myth, rites of passage, ceremony & ritual, decolonization, anti-oppression changework, self-directed learning, democratic process, non violent communication, transformative justice, and consensus decision making.