trip leaders

Anthony, Jim, H and Arielle in front, Mt. St. Helens in back

Anthony, Jim, H and Arielle in front, Mt. St. Helens in back


Arielle Wortman

Arielle Wortman MA, LMHCA. Arielle is a play therapist based in Port Townsend, WA. She works with children and adolescents using expressive arts therapy to cope with trauma, grief and loss. Over the last 15 years she has worked with youth in schools, farms, summer camps, and throughout the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula. She is inspired by the way that bridging connections to community, our environment, and to our own wisdom, can restore resilience and richness to our lives as we traverse adversity

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Jim Cubbage

Jim Cubbage was initially drawn to grief support work through his own mother’s death at age 10. Jim has facilitated grief support groups for Sound Care Kids through Providence Hospice for 9 years. He has been a big buddy (camp counselor) for Camp Erin, a grief support camp, for 8 years. Before that he was a volunteer at the Thurston-Mason Crisis Clinic for 9 years and taught crisis intervention to new volunteers and staff for 5 years. He has been on several boards including the Crisis Clinic, Cascadia Research and Nisqually Reach Nature Center. He is an avid backpacker and is a Wilderness First Responder. His past careers include being a marine biologist for 10 years, an environmental scientist for 9, and he is currently a software developer and owner of a software company.


H Denaro

H Denaro [they/them pronouns] grew up in Michigan, where they received a bachelors degree in Psychology shortly before making the jump the Pacific Northwest to continue their education. H studied at the University of Washington and received a graduate degree in Social Work. With a passion for the outdoors coupled with their investment in youth, H worked as a Wilderness Therapist on the Olympic Penninsula, before pursuing their current career in Olympia, WA. H currently works as a mental health therapist for young people, ages 14-24. Along H's life and career, they have connected with youth whom come from all walks of life. H has discovered their passion by being a part of creating a better path for young people.


Anthony Geyman

Anthony lives in Tacoma and has grown up in the Pacific Northwest for most of his life learning from it the importance of community and the value of spending time in nature and the wilderness. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a B.A. in Psychology and has spent over the last decade volunteering with Camp Erin, a program centered on guiding through and joining youth on the process of grief. He believes very strongly in the resiliency and empowerment that nature can teach us through experience, discovery and exploration. Anthony values making connections with people from all walks of life through genuine conversation, shared experience, and a great deal of humor and laughter.