Expertise & Commitment

The North Star – Polaris, sits almost directly above the North Pole. It is a reliable gauge of North if you find yourself lost on a clear night without a compass. Sometimes we all need to refocus and right our own ship. North Star Adventures is designed to reinvigorate your life, help you chart a new course or recommit to a passion or project, and strengthen your leadership and community building capacity.

North Star is designed to meet you where you are at physically and emotionally. We will set a course for success and help you to achieve those goals.

Nancy Zane

Nancy Zane is the founder and visionary of North Star Adventures. She brings 25 years experience in cultivating outdoor leaders.

As a former college educator, avid outdoor enthusiast, and medical professional she creates a physical and emotional safe place for you to explore the outdoors and expand personal comfort zones.

Prior to founding North Star Adventures she oversaw leadership development programs, developed and taught Adventure Education courses, and taught national certifications at Unity College in Maine.

“I gain my strength from natural places. When I feel overwhelmed, bound in indecision or angry, I escape to the woods to regain my sense of self, to get grounded, and to get in touch with what is most important in my life. I reset my compass and move forward. Embracing the sounds, smells, colors, light, and feeling of nature is the catalyst the moves me.”   Nancy Zane

Nancy’s Credentials:

  • Wilderness EMT

  • Leave No Trace Master Educator

  • Maine Recreational Guide

  • Maine Sea Kayak Guide

  • American Heart Association, First Aid & CPR Instructor

  • National Registry EMT-B

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

–Helen Keller

“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

–Aldo Leopold

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson



Adventures Team

Squidge Liljeblad Davis

Director of Starflower Farm and Studios and the principal teacher, Squidge has studied with numerous world class artists and potters and holds a B.A. in Literature and an M.F.A. in sculpture. She has been a Resident Artist for the state of Maine since 1978 and in that capacity has taught thousands of individuals the joy of creative process through the vehicle of clay and inner listening. Awarded the Studio Potter Foundation Award “in recognition of excellence, innovation and commitment to … Read More

Linda Mattson

In her early teens, Linda was surprised by a spontaneous mystical experience that began a life- long inquiry into the mystery of our human nature.   Absolute certainty of our inborn spiritual state became the driving force behind many decades of exploration into certain facets of our psychospiritual  depths. Her conviction of our spiritual core has been deeply enhanced by various religious mythologies and traditions, especially through the teachings of Joseph Campbell and other spiritual giants.   Learning of the experiences of … Read More

Rachel Littlefield

Rachel Littlefield is a painter who lives in and gets her inspiration from beautiful Waldo County, Maine.  Using the sunrise as her muse and nature’s changing moods as her palette, she captures digital images in the moment and then creates artwork in her studio, Sweet Maple Corner Arts, using acrylic paint, pastels, and watercolors. When not painting or chasing the sunrise, Rachel teaches at Waldo County Technical Center, and spends time with her family and friends.  She also loves playing … Read More

Lesia Sochar

Born in Philadelphia, PA to Ukrainian immigrant parents, she graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1974 with a degree in Fine Art. She moved to Brooks, Maine in 1980 where she lives at the end of a dirt road with her husband John, a woodworker. Together they garden, build stone walls, make dandelion wine, and run a small hydro-electric station. In addition to flourishing as an artist, Lesia is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher of art who has … Read More

Shana Bloomstein

Shana Bloomstein is originally from Freedom, ME. She began moving in nursery school with the love and guidance of her life-long teacher Lisa Newcomb. Her playful exploration of dance continued with Lisa throughout her upbringing in Maine, with a focus in creative movement and modern dance; inspired deeply by the offerings of teachers of the African diaspora.  She studied with Richard Gonzales, Abdoulaye Sylla , and Arthur Hall during her youth.  She continued her studies of dance/edu. at Hampshire College … Read More

Beth Arnold

For over 30 years Beth has worked as an experiential and adventure practitioner with Project Adventure, Outward Bound Wilderness, the American Youth Foundation and Unity College. A consummate student-centered educator she has a strong background in canoeing, wilderness expedition, teaching and learning, institutional adventure administration, as well as challenge course design, installation and programming. Beth has worked with all ages and is dedicated to tailoring learning experiences to the needs of the learner. Her professional interests are integrated learning and … Read More

Gerry Saunders

Gerry Saunders is a retired science educator who has enjoyed taking students outside since he started teaching. He particularly enjoys canoeing. After enduring freeze dried and boxed meals for years, he discovered the joy of fresh prepared food on a canoe trip in the Sylvania Wilderness. His first attempt at Dutch oven cooking produced a desert of cherry charcoal. Since then, he has refined his skills and now he and friends enjoy fresh baked meals using fresh and dehydrated ingredients. … Read More

Jim MacDonald

James Macdonald began woodworking professionally at the age of 22 in the early 1980’s. Initially working as a mold maker, guitar maker, cabinetmaker, and boatbuilder he moved to Maine and built his home, as one of the last original back-to-landers. After a few more years of boatbuilding on the coast, James opened his own custom woodworking business. He learned marquetry, the making of pictures out of wood veneers, from Silas Kopf in the early ’90’s and since 2000 has taught … Read More

Sara Trunzo

Award-winning songsmith Sara Trunzo writes the quirks and wisdom of rural northerners in a fresh and un-romantic voice. While mainstream country music pines over southern red dirt, Trunzo draws on a decade of running a food bank farm where she helped get local produce into the hands of rural Mainers living in poverty. Her time in the farm fields, fishing boats, community meetings, and food pantry warehouses of Maine add wrinkles to her characters and place to their places. She … Read More

Andrea Lani

Andrea Lani has been an avid nature journaler for more than 20 years. She loves exploring the natural world with students in her workshops, while helping them overcome their fears of creativity. She has a BA in Human Ecology, an MFA in Creative Writing, and is a Maine Master Naturalist. Her essays about the natural world have appeared in Orion, Zoomorphic, The Maine Review, Snowy Egret, and About Place Journal, among other publications, and she wrote and illustrated the book Deer Tracks and Dragonflies: … Read More

Caitlin Horigan

Caitlin Horigan has been a mentor 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. Currently she is weaving together Joanna Macy’s The Work that Reconnects and Bill Plotkin’s Wild Mind model with expeditions, naturalist skills, and nature connection practices. 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 … Read More