Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.
Mark Kutolowski is a naturalist and wilderness skills instructor. A passionate student and teacher of the ecology and natural history of Northern New England, Mark is proud to have eaten over 150 wild plant species from the region! In addition to guiding walking tours, Mark teaches wilderness survival courses at Dartmouth College and also leads retreats exploring the relationship between wilderness living and contemplative spirituality.
Maggie Anderson, both a massage therapist and yoga instructor, has always been an avid outdoor enthusiast. She spent 5 years working for the Adirondack and Green Mountains Clubs doing everything from ridge running to stewarding trail maintenance projects. Her love for hiking inspired her to hike Vermont’s Long Trail 3 times and attempt an Appalachian Trail through hike. When not enjoying the trails you can find her training for triathlons, listening to live music, and practicing headstands.
Born and raised in Stockholm, Marina Meerburg first started working as a guide at an Austrian ski resort after graduating from the Stockholm School of Economics. It was at that resort that she met her husband, the two of them eventually moving to Stowe, Vermont. Marina continues to guide when not working as a freelance translator or a ski instructor at Stowe Mountain Resort. She is an avid outdoor and exercise enthusiast and enjoys hiking the mountains with her dog every morning. She is also a certified Nordic Walking instructor and is passionate about sharing with guests the beauty and treasures of the Green Mountain State as well as the history, culture, and natural beauty of her Scandinavian birthplace.
Matthew Witten is writer and performer as well as a guide who has studied the Champlain Valley’s environment and history as a longtime adjunct of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum staff. A native Vermonter, Matthew leads boating and hiking trips and travels the northeast as a performing musician, songwriter, and storyteller. He also coordinates a network of River Watch volunteers, who monitor streams in western Vermont.
Lisa Kutolowski guides with a deep love for people, and for the magic that comes when a new community of walkers comes together to explore and grow in the outdoors. A professional sourdough bread baker who is passionate about the health and vitality of Vermont’s local food systems, Lisa lives off the grid on her homestead in Strafford. Also a seasoned back-country guide, one of her most challenging and rewarding experiences was leading a 40-day canoe pilgrimage on the Connecticut River with her husband and fellow co-guide, Mark.
Deb Van Schaack
Originally from the shores of Lake Ontario in upstate New York, Deb Van Schaack has called the Green Mountains of Vermont home for the past 35 years. She spent her previous life as a public high school counselor and has always loved all things outdoors-learning everything she can about the wonders of the natural world around us. She also has a passion for long distance hiking, completing both the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail in the US and tackling some long-distance paths in Europe as well. When not guiding, Deb enjoys seasonal employment reading college admissions applications, traveling as much as she can, and working at a local vineyard.