We believe that every person has a unique and sacred gift to share with the world. We call our teaching staff “mentors” because they help people to discover their gift and power by connecting them to nature and their heart.
Karianna is a lifelong student of nature, a dance anthropologist, an artist, a bilingual storyteller, an outdoor educator, a cultural creative, and transformational workshop facilitator. Her deep connection and love of nature and passion to help others discover their own connection with the earth, themselves, and others, began with her growing up on a small family farm surrounded by a Connecticut state forest.
Karianna holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology, with a Minor in Spanish, focusing on Dance Anthropology and Dance History. She earned an MA in Teaching Spanish and English as second languages, with a Bilingual Multicultural Endorsement from the School for International Training. She is also certified in Wilderness First Aid.
In her spare time, Karianna enjoys social dancing, especially swing and Argentine tango, writing poetry, playing fiddle/violin, spending time with family and friends and being out in nature.
Since the age of 14, Scott has been immersed in the natural world through the magic and culture of Two Coyotes. He began his journey with the school as a summer camp student, and continues it now with many 8 Shields-based nature programs throughout the northeast. He enjoys the opportunity to teach and pass on a deep appreciation for and knowledge of nature. A lifelong homeschooler, he can be found in his natural habitat exploring the woods, honing his primitive skills, or playing the steel pan (having formerly been a member of the renowned St. Luke’s Steel Band.)
Tyler is an avid outdoorsman, with many self-taught skills. He can often be found hiking around Connecticut’s myriad trails, enjoying the forests with a meditation or learning a new skill. He is adept at knots, fire making, and using a sword (boffer or otherwise), and loves nothing more than learning in the outdoors. He is a jack of all and master of some, and appreciates nature for its freedom, peace, and plethora of exciting adventures. In addition to his affinity for the wild, he is an instructor of Capoeira at the rank of Formado, and enjoys participating in the Armored Combat League at a world champion level. He is fluent in American Sign Language, and he holds his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, as well as a First Aid Certification. Wilderness mentoring is truly his passion and where he finds fulfillment in life, teaching and sharing his knowledge with anyone willing to listen.
Andy is an artist and educator specializing in Nature connection mentoring, woodcrafts and wilderness skills. With a BFA in sculpture from Montserrat College of Art, Wildlife Track and Sign Level Three Certificate from highly recognized Cybertracker Conservation, Advanced Completion Certificate from White Pine Programs Wildlife Tracking Apprenticeship, training in the Art of Mentoring and the Boys Sacred Fire Initiation and more than a decade of experience in mentoring, Andy is highly respected in his field.
He has also made a priority of developing long and lasting relationships with his students and their families, becoming much more than a teacher but a true mentor. Andy also organizes The Cattail Gathering, an annual nature skills conference in Litchfield, CT.
Jia-Lin (commonly known as Loki) is an alumni of Two Coyotes who approaches life with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. She loves nature and teaches in order to bring people closer to nature and each other. She comes from a diverse background and aims to integrate her experiences into her mentoring and expression of herself. Loki is CPR and First Aid certified and a nursing student at Plymouth State University.
Alycia is a mother of two daughters who loves sharing, learning about and cooking or crafting in the great outdoors. She is a Girl Scout leader, trained paralegal, trained medic, workout enthusiast and gardener. When she’s not at Two Coyotes, Alycia is most likely working out, tending her chickens and garden, or homeschooling her daughters in creative ways.
Callum is an alumni of Two Coyotes, having been a student from the ages of 9 to 14, before becoming a Mentor In Training. He is a graduate of Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School, majoring in Theater Design and Production, and planning to attend college for the same major. Callum has a deep love for adventure, being outside and sharing the wonders of nature with people. When not teaching at Two Coyotes, Callum does freelance work for local theaters, enjoys baking, and visiting his friends (and their cats).
Aja brings light and love to every project she is involved with. She runs an urban homestead with her husband, 4 kids, and chickens in Simsbury, CT. Aja runs our Pups program in Granby.
Steph’s love of nature stemmed from countless hours spent in the woods as a child growing up in CT and her deep connection to the wilderness as a young adult living in North Carolina, South Carolina and the high desert of southern Utah. She is now mom to three little environmentalists and teaches art in the home school community. Steph holds an art degree from the University of South Carolina where she focused in art education and photography. Steph shares her wonderment and love of nature with the children in the Two Coyotes family as a camp director in the summer and an instructor during the school year. She also works behind the scenes year-round as Two Coyotes’ Program Director to keep the programs staffed and running smoothly.
Justin grew up playing in the fields and forests of CT. When he was 19 he spent a season living in the forest making fire by rubbing sticks together and measuring his days by the slow arc of the sun over the sky. Justin is passionate about helping others to find their wildness and to grow into their power. He loves to gather wild plants, sing to thunderstorms, jump into ice cold streams and make beautiful things with his hands. Justin is also an eco-therapist and coach who works with clients who are looking to find a natural healing path to their empowerment and wellness. To get in touch with Justin, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adelka is an interdisciplinary performing artist who founded Sova Dance & Puppet Theater in CT in 2013. She has performed in Denmark, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria and Taiwan with Masque Theatre since 2008. She performed at LaMaMa with the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, Ibex Puppetry, and Michael Pestel. She toured internationally with Squonk Opera who went “from junkyards to Broadway.” Sova Theater also provides puppet & dance theater programs to early learning centers, museums, public schools, and home-schooled youth in CT & NY. Sova Theater advocates responsibility to humanity and the environment through arts and education. www.sovatheater.com
Jackie has a BA in Studio Art from the University of Vermont. Her abstract paintings reflect her rainbow spirit – a bridge between the natural and material realms. She has been teaching yoga since 2013 and received her Health Coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2015. She’s avidly studying and facilitating personal growth, transformation and communication. She has a private coaching practice and teaches workshops on meditation, mindfulness, yoga, painting, dance, holistic healing and women’s empowerment. She is passionate about guiding both children and adults into alignment with the rhythms of nature, honoring themselves, each other and the Earth all at the same time.
Sasha Simone Lehrer
Sasha is a dancer, yoga and structor and lover of life.
Jessica graduated from UCONN with a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and an MS in Conservation Biology and Biodiversity. Jessica joined Two Coyotes as a mentor in 2012 and has been involved ever since! In spring and fall, you will see her teaching the Homeschool Program in Newtown, Killingworth, and Granby. Over the summer, you will usually find her as Camp Director at the Granby site. When she’s not with Two Coyotes, Jessica is at the Ansonia Nature Center where she teaches environmental education classes, runs the Nature Store, and cares for the resident animals as the Animal Curator. Jessica is also involved with Ansonia Community Organic Gardens and Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc. You can also find Jessica wandering the wild lands of Connecticut, crocheting amigurumi, reading field guides, sewing skirts, birding, and collecting crystals & minerals. Jessica has a profound love for wildlife and for teaching. Her driving force in life is to foster love and connection with the environment so the wild lands we so deeply enjoy will be preserved for many generations to come.
Christian loves to celebrate life and help others celebrate it as well. Growing up in northern Connecticut, Christian would find themselves getting lost amongst the trees and other plants to find connection. Christian studied permaculture through the University of Oregon and received their permaculture certificate while working on organic farms in upstate New York. Christian has a passion for growing beautiful food and medicine that was grown with love, and care and helping others to connect more to nature. While Christian is not at Two Coyotes, you may find them volunteering their time or managing small local organic farms, up to their elbows in dirt working on their home garden, or you also may just stumble across them harvesting wild edibles on your journeys!
Interested in joining our staff team? Let us know.