Welcome to HEART Centered
Working with a Purpose
I am a parent, a Montessori educator, and an artist with 25 years of experience in the classroom. Through my years of experience as a field consultant to Montessori teacher training centers in the U.S., I’ve become aware of the support children and teachers need outside their classrooms and the need for stress management tools in the workplace. My focus is always on building positive relationships driven by my passion to teach. I will work with you to create a customized action plan for yourself or your organization. Get in touch to learn more about my vision and coaching approach.
Qualifications and Certification
B.A. Art History and Graphic Design
M.A.Ed. Montessori Education
Ph.D. Ecopsychology and Eco-Art Therapy
Early Childhood Montessori Education Certification
Elementary I-II Montessori Education Certification
Eco-Art Therapy Certification
Expressive Arts Certification
Musik Garten Certification
Weight Management Specialist Certification
The Creative Process
How does art heal?
It helps reduce stress
Shifts your mood
Improves cognitive skills
Expands your perception of time
Reduces pain and anxiety by reducing stress hormones
It reconnects you with your authentic self
Enhances your immune system
Nurtures emotional growth
Fosters empathy, self-esteem, and self-efficacy
Gives a sense of fulfillment
Provides a non-verbal language
It is restorative!
Experiential workshops and retreats are from 1.5 hrs to 3 days in length as a single event or series.
One-on-one sessions are 1.5 hrs for individuals, couples, or small groups looking for clarity in a matter, direction, goal setting, or reconnection. Participants can select a session format: Eco-Art or Expressive arts sessions.
Designed to cater to the needs of the school or institution. The creative process can help build team relationships, spark creativity, and strengthen the community.
I have been to several of Marien's workshops. I always discover something about myself. I have learned about the true connection between myself and nature and how to communicate with nature. Marien's workshops are always therapeutic, you are guaranteed to also communicate with emotions that need your attention, whether you were aware of it or not. These are skills that I can use when working with children, for their benefit, and for mine.
Member of The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Member of The American Montessori Society
Member of The International Community of Ecopsychology