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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

Reiki  Master 

Anchor 1
The Creative Process
How does art heal?

It helps reduce stress

Shifts your mood

Improves attention

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

Reduces burnout

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.

Tara Crosby

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Member of The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association

Member of The American Montessori Society


Member of The International Community of Ecopsychology

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