Events, Retreats, Skills & Certifications

North Star Adventures in Art: is a unique program provides an opportunity to practice your chosen medium in the natural world. Programs will use the natural world to inspire, tinder and inform your creative energy. Through adventure you will be asked to work outside your comfort zone and transform that learning /energy into art.  Adventures can be water-based (sea kayaking & canoeing) or land-based (hiking, backpacking, cross country skiing or snowshoeing) and will be 4 - 7 days in length. Working with professional artists gives you the opportunity to gain skill and insight into your chosen medium. Programs are designed for both beginners and experienced artists.


Exploration in Art is a day long program that provides you the opportunity to explore an area of interest in the art world. We will embark on our journey in the morning (either water or land-based). After 2-3 hours of exploring and inspiration we will stop for lunch, made from local organic ingredients. The following 2-3 hours will be spent working with an artist to create a product or to learn new techniques that will forward your creative knowledge. We will then return to our starting point where we will share our experiences over refreshments

Leadership retreats are designed to facilitate your personal growth.  The great outdoors is our classroom. Through adventure, activities, and metaphors we help you identify your challenges and strengths. Facilitators will partner with you to explore possibilities and affect change. We can design a private retreat for your group or you can join one of our public retreats.

As an outdoor professional, I am an avid believer in safety and preparedness. The variety of certifications I offer will allow you to take groups of friends, family, or clients into remote locations in a safe and educational manner. SOLO Wilderness Medical courses will give you the skills to manage medical emergencies. The Leave No Trace Trainer course will provide you with the knowledge to teach others how to enjoy the backcountry in a manner that is respectful to the resource, wildlife, and other visitors. The Maine Recreational Guide course is designed for those who intend to lead commercial trips or who work for an existing outfitter.

We offer the following certifications throughout the year. If you have a group of ten or more please call to schedule a private training.

  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AHA First Aid & CPR
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Maine Recreational Guide Training

Outdoor Skills: Looking to learn a specific outdoor skill?  North Star Adventures offer a variety of skill building classes to enhance your knowledge and increase your fun in the outdoors.


  • Navigation
  • Outdoor Cooking and Menu Planning
  • Basic Campcraft, Winter
  • Basic Campcraft, Summer
  • Choosing and Caring for Equipment
  • Fundamentals of Canoeing
  • Fundamentals of Sea Kayaking
  • Fundamentals of Backpacking


I believe in the power of the natural world to create a avenue for healing, building self confidence, overcoming obstacles, creating meaningful relationships, and building trust in ourselves and others. Through North Star Adventures you will gain the confidence to push outside your “comfort zone” in a safe and supportive group setting.  As you learn the value of intrinsic reward and begin to trust your instincts you will begin the journey to discover your authentic self.

Design Your Own Adventure

What is your life’s dream adventure? Do you have a mountain or fear to conquer? Have you always wanted to learn an outdoor sport? North Star Adventures will work with you to design the adventure of your dreams. It can be a multi-sport..bicycling, kayaking, camping, backpacking or a single sport adventure. Do you want rustic? --a camping or self supported adventure or would you rather have a warm bed, shower and cooked meals to greet you at the end of each day?  We can work with you within your time-frame -- a weekend, a week or a month to design and deliver the adventure of your dreams.  Examples of adventures include: bachelorette celebrations, women’s groups, men’s groups, friends, families… We can create a private 1-4 personal event or an event for a large group of up to 12 people.