Staff & Team

Our Team has

experience in arts, agriculture, cooking, blacksmithing, wilderness skills, music, science, farming, crafting, and more. Creating one awesome summer..

Anne Petersen

Anne Petersen

Founder and Director

Anne has taught children of all ages for over thirty years. She has a Master Degree in Education and a Primary Montessori degree. She has taught  in two Waldorf Schools as well. During the school year, she teaches for the South Whidbey School Farm Program. Working with all Kindergarten-2nd grade students at the elementary school.  She also runs a private practice as a Yoga Therapist and Licensed Massage Practitioner.

“This land loves children and blesses their spirit of wonderment, adventure, innocence, and creativity. Children have an instinctual sense of place in nature that comes forward given the opportunity to be in it. A great capacity to care and nurture living creatures and plants. Our Summer camps give them breathing room to be themselves as well as be apart of something greater than themselves. We thank you for joining us here, and may you be touched by its magic too.”

 

Havilah Rand

Havilah Rand

Guest Instructor | Songwriter Camp

Havilah Rand has over 25 years of experience as a musician and songwriter. She has recorded five full-length albums and toured the U.S.and beyond. In 2006, Havilah received her Master’s Degree in Teaching and moved to Austin, TX where she has taught in both public and private educational settings for the last ten years. She developed Young Songwriter Programs as a way to integrate her passion for creativity and music into her work as an educator. Since 2012, Havilah has led over fifty summer camps, after-school workshops and academic enrichment programs throughout the United States and Europe. In 2016, she was nominated for the prestigious Austin Music People’s Esme Barrera Award for Music In Education and Activism. She has won numerous awards for her songwriting and had several songs featured in films. In addition to songwriting and performing, Havilah is a certified yoga instructor and an avid birdwatcher and hiker.
Jeff Petersen

Jeff Petersen

Instructor and Artist

Jeff Petersen is an artist who lives and works in San Francisco, California with his wife and son. His education is rooted in Art and Design and since that time has become an accomplished painter, illustrator, and muralist. He brings his knowledge of various materials and art practice to the Full Moon Camps. Visit his website to see more. 

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson

Instructor and Artist

Kate is a magical being hailing from a small beach town near Melbourne, Australia. She first came to the U.S. for an education in acting where she went on to perform as an actress in theatre with an emphasis on Sam Shepard plays. During this time she also became a certified massage therapist in San Francisco where she now practices and lives with her husband and son. She brings her bountiful energy and creativity to the Full Moon Camps.
Joan Green

Joan Green

Guest Instructor | Green Arts Lab

Joan Green is an environmental artist and art teacher who connects people to the earth and their creativity, through reusable materials. She is influenced by Expressive Arts, Eco-Psychology and the Reggio Emilia approach to being with children. She is an artist in residence with The Climate Science Alliance – Climate Kids program, which educates children about climate change. In 2016 she was an artist in resident at Cabrillo National Monument, where she made art from debris that washed up on the shores of San Diego. Joan has more than 10 years of experience creating with children and the community. She is passionate about giving people the time and space to enjoy nature as they freely create. Read more at www.greenartlabs.com
Phil Stringer

Phil Stringer

Instructor and Craftsman

Studied industrial arts in college and during this time was involved in assisting youth programs in nature. In my forty years as a general contractor working on varied buildings projects, I have had many great opportunities to mentor many young men and women on my crew. I see more and more the importance to teach, encourage and empower our youth. I am excited to bring my woodworking and blacksmithing skills to Full Moon Rising Farm this summer.
Nicole Whittington

Nicole Whittington

Instructor and Culinary Arts teacher

As the Student Nutrition and Culinary Arts teacher for the South Whidbey School District, it’s a joy to witness curious children try new things in the garden and classroom.  I can’t wait to share in the bounty of a summer garden at camp and transform the way we think about the communal experience and efforts of a shared meal! I have a background in nutrition education and farm-to-table restaurant management.  My culinary journey includes a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and an exploration of cultural cuisine based on world travel.  I’m passionate about incorporating art into the kitchen and foster creativity!

 

Interested in joining our team?