Guest Program Instructors

Tapping Into Local Knowledge

Prescott Farm is honored to have a number of guest instructors who assist with Public Programming. The  programs are made possible because of the knowledge and skill sets offered from these local experts! 

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Clare Persson (Reiki and Mindfulness)

Clare Persson has been interested in health and wellness since graduating with an Occupational Therapy (OT) degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1987. She was initially drawn to the practices of Reiki and Mindfulness Meditation in hopes of having a few more things in her OT “toolbox” to help patients in their healing process and to address pain, overwhelm, anxiety, and lack of sleep. Clare completed Reiki I, Reiki II, Reiki Master, and Reiki teacher certification and opened a Reiki studio in her home in 2019 and began offering Reiki and mindfulness meditation classes within the community.

Clare and her husband, Mike, moved to the Lakes Region in 1997, where they raised two daughters. Her favorite activities include exploring and photographing the stunning local landscape throughout the four seasons, walking, hiking, gardening, writing, and curling up with a good book. She cherishes time spent around the table with family and friends and loves traveling and exploring other parts of this beautiful planet that we all share.

Arabella Dane (Smartphone Photography [editing] Programs)

Arabella is a member of Lakes Region Camera Club, a photography instructor, a Photography Society of America judge, and member of several other photography organizations and camera clubs. She has competed successfully in numerous international competitions. Passionate about conservation, native plants, as well their pollinators and habitats, she is currently serving as a board member of  the Native Plant Trust and as Chair of the Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America. Arabella has compiled a plant database of over 150,000 plants and is continually adding images of these plants and of the butterflies and other pollinators that frequent them.

Arabella Dane teacher of Smartphone Photography Programs at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

Kate Kretschmer (Trail & Snowshoe Yoga)
Kate is a Pathways Yoga System Level 2 teacher and also holds an M.Ed, a BS in Elementary Ed/Special Ed, BA in Dance & Psychology, is a Reiki Master Practitioner (level 3), and is a Road Runners Club of America certified running coach. As a parent, yoga teacher, elementary school teacher, and running coach, Kate designs classes to build self-awareness, creativity, strength, and focus. She particularly enjoys providing students with postures, breath work, and visualizations that they can utilize and put into practice right away at home & at school.
Kate Kretschmer Snowshoe Yoga Instructor at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

Eric Milligan (Mushrooms)
Eric is the owner of NH Mushroom Company in Tamworth, NH which opened its doors in October of 2012 and is now one of the top producers of specialty mushrooms in the New England area. During peak season NHMC produces roughly 1000 pounds of fresh mushrooms a week, sometimes offering as many as 10 varieties. Along with mushroom cultivation, NHMC offers a variety of classes on mushroom related topics. Some of these classes include Mushroom Identification, Medicinal Mushrooms, Cooking with Mushrooms, Using Mushrooms to Dye Fabrics, and Edible Mushrooms.
Eric Milligan owner of NH Mushroom Company teaching about mushrooms at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
LaShunda Allen (Baking and Decorating Pastries)
Chef Allen’s passion for baking started at age 14 and she was very proud to graduate from top Culinary School Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1998. College and dedication to her craft opened unforeseen doors that blessed her career with over 30 years of baking and caking experience. Her success as the Lakes Region “Cake Lady,” for 13 years owning Ooo La La Creative Cakes, had been a constant and unwavering focus on achieving the absolute highest possible quality and beauty in everything she did. She has continued the journey as a Pastry & Baking Arts Instructor for Lakes Region Community College for 8 years now. Chef Allen’s love and commitment to teaching her students the craft, skills and excellency is what she hopes to continue to develop and grow in each one for years to come.
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Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
928 White Oaks Road
Laconia, NH 03246
(603) 366-5695
(603) 366-5720 (Fax)

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