HEART Centered

Healing, Restoring, Transforming

  • Expressive Arts 

  • Eco-Art Therapy

  • Nature Therapy

  • Montessori Educational Support 

  • Classes and Workshops

  • Bilingual Services

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, opens your perception of life

  • Nurtures emotional growth

  • Fosters empathy, self-esteem, and self-efficacy

  • Gives a sense of fulfillment

  • Reduces burnout

  • Provides a non-verbal language

  • It transforms



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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About Me

Working with a Purpose

I am a parent, a Montessori and Art educator, and an artist with 25 years of experience in the classroom. I am passionate about learning and teaching. As an artist, I find inspiration in nature’s beauty. Using color, I express my awe and admiration of our world with each brushstroke. My abstract paintings evoke the perceived sensations and quiet whispers nature provokes in my soul. A tapestry of media and styles can be displayed in my work. Natural elements, acrylic paints, watercolors, collage, and photography are some of my preferred media.

As a Montessori educator a foster creativity by engaging in learning through art. 

Through my 10 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.  I have focused my research on the use of Montessori practices, art, and ecopsychology principles to help others find well-being.  

My goal 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 consulting 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 (Level 1)

Musik Garten Certification

Weight Management Specialist Certification


Contact Me

‪(407) 733-8385

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