Jan grew up in Middletown, MD and always had a strong connection to the natural world. She has created contemplative nature – based programs for all ages and abilities in Maryland, West Virginia, and Colorado. Jan holds a Masters degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University. She is the Co – Founder /Director of Open Minds, Inc. ( non – profit), a mindfulness education program serving counties in western and mid Maryland. Jan volunteers for different organizations focusing on social change. Jan is also the mother of 9-year old Delia Ayn. You will find her hiking, writing, meditating, reading, when not playing with her daughter.