Director and Creatrix
Hana Maris, M.S.
I took every single photo on this site (except the one of me!). I've been there, I've done that, and I want to share it with you.
Bliss is never far away when I'm out in the backcountry. I have been guiding wilderness trips for 25 years. These have included recreational trips as well as rites of passage and more spiritually focused retreats. I created Coming Home Adventures to bring heart and soul to my guided forays in my most beloved places.
From earliest memory, I have experienced nature as a safe haven and source of companionship and inspiration. The practice of enjoying solitude in nature and learning from the wild ones is at the very core of who I am. The joy and wonder of engaging with the spirit in nature has been my lifelong guide and guardian.
I teach Philosophy and Ethics at the college level. I am also a singer/songwriter, photographer, writer, and mom. My long term sobriety and personal recovery brings depth and compassion to my work as a guide and retreat leader. I studied wilderness rites of passage at The School of Lost Borders in California and received further training in a wide variety of creative and spiritual disciplines. I earned my masters degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch/New England Graduate School. I hold current certification as a Wilderness First Responder.
Avid loves include swimming, hiking, kayaking, biking, and wilderness exploration. I am happiest living outdoors and am partial to Florida's beaches, rivers and springs, as well as the canyon, desert, and mountain country of the Colorado plateau.
Experienced co-guides join Hana on trips which highlight particular experiences. These may include therapeutic work in nature with a seasoned therapist and wilderness guide, discovery of nature trips with an expert field biologist, writing retreats, yoga intensives, and other specialty offerings. These can be created specifically for your group and tailored to meet your scheduling and location choices.
"When we get out of the glass bottles of our ego,
and when we escape like squirrels turning in the cages of our personality
and get into the forests again,
we shall shiver with cold and fright,
but things will happen to us so that we don't know ourselves.
Cool, unlying life will rush in,
and passion will make our bodies taut with power,
we shall stamp our feet with new power
and old things will fall down,
we shall laugh,
and institutions will curl up like burnt paper."