We're pleased to announce our keynote speaker - Mary Murphy (just "Murphy" to her friends) - founder of Mountainsong Expeditions in Worcester, VT. Murphy grew up in the forests of Maine and has felt the call of the mountains in her soul since she was young. She has been leading wilderness trips professionally since 2005, mostly in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York. In 2009, she solo-hiked the entire Appalachian trail and will share her experience with us.
Murphy is passionate about helping others reconnect to the spirit of the land by becoming competent and comfortable in the wilderness. She is a friendly, approachable and inspiring teacher. Some of her favorite skills to share are safe and responsible backcountry camping, canoeing, archery, wilderness survival (shelter, fire, navigation), woodland crafts, first aid, and ethical hunting. She sees wilderness expeditions as a path to personal empowerment and spiritual connection with the land and our deepest selves.