Emily Blau, Director

Emily has the distinct honor to be NTN’s next guardian. Nurture Through Nature is the culmination of all of Emily’s personal, professional, and academic interests and this is absolutely a dream come true for her. She has been a yoga teacher for many years, clocking in over 500 hours of teacher training and has taught hundreds of classes. She has a master’s degree in Sustainable Development working specializing in female small business owners. Although Emily is not from Maine originally, Maine quickly became home. You can find Emily exploring the many hidden gems of Maine, tinkering in her metalsmith studio, or trying a new hobby. Wherever you see Emily, her small four-legged friend, Sesame, probably is close behind her. The two of them are so excited to see you on the land and the mat.


Mer Deraspe, Administrative Manager

Working in the financial industry for 30+ years, all the while wishing and dreaming to be self-employed–not a dream I could undertake with the responsibility of caring for three children, mortgage, health insurance, dogs, cats, hamsters, goldfish… self employment was not in the foreseeable future.  Well, children grow and leave the nest and with the loss of my Mom and best friend, self-employment was the next phase for me, finally!  Nurture Through Nature Eco Retreat Center employed me and the dream came to reality.  Freedom.  Working at Nurture Through Nature as an independent bookkeeper,  reservationist and manager of staff keeps me busy and fulfilled.  Freedom brought me another opportunity to partner up with Jen & Nancy forming Maine Morning Micro Roasters, roasting exquisite, organic, fair trade coffee beans from all around the world!.  My children brought forth 4 gorgeous, lively children that explode my heart!  Life is full, life is good…


Jeanine Webber

Greetings! My name is Jeanine and my duties here at NTN include keeping the yurts and cabins in pristine condition for your stay and a sauna keeper and an empowered wood chopper. I have a gypsy soul but have put down some solid roots here in Maine. Following remarkable years in the hospitality industry, I relocated to care for my mother in her final stage of life. Although the drastic change of pace initially intimidated me, I have enthusiastically traded my martini shaker for hiking boots. I look forward to not only my time here at NTN but all the present and future connections that I am rewarded with by being here!!!


Dawn Crowe

Dawn is a full time human currently residing in Lovell, Maine.  When not chopping wood and carrying water at Nurture Through Nature she can be found enjoying an extraordinary, ordinary life with her family.  Hiking Sabattus Mountain, swimming in Kezar Lake, playing games, creating art, music and experiencing the Northeastern United States in all its glory.  She’s known to engage in the activities of karate, yoga, reading and watching an eclectic mix of movie genres.  Is also delighted that of all the many pets living in her house, the cuddliest one is Jupiter the Ball Python.  Not the dog, bunny or cats.  You just never know.  Isn’t life a grand adventure?   Yes, yes it is.

Shane Normile & Dominique DiMatteo, Resident Caretakers

“An off grid long weekend away began Shane & I’s story here at NTN. We tented in a thunderstorm and fell in love with this special, green, wooded, mountainside paradise just 2 minutes up the dirt road from a trail I (Dom) grew up hiking, The Firewardens Trail. Shane made snow third shift on this mountain. We thank our lucky stars to be the resident caretakers at this haven on this mountain. Did you know Pleasant Mountains ski trails spell Love? If you asked us about our dreams & ambitions, Nurture through Nature is it. This mountain is it. Working with this team of supportive women is it. Living, working, learning, being close to the Earth, the elements as partners & our two fur babies. This is it. We are over the moon and look forward to growing here, evolving here, being at peace here & crossing paths with everyone who shares in the experience. A wise man, Ram Dass, said “We’re All Just Walking Eachother Home”. We are looking forward to this adventure.”