Stacy Montaigne AuCoin, MSW
Stacy is an author, poet, mentor, & facilitator of retreats. After earning her MSW from Smith College in 1995, she practiced therapy for many years, and worked with countless people and organizations within a variety of settings. She has led workshops and retreats, & presented at conferences throughout the country.
Having retired from counseling in 2023, Stacy has turned her focus to multiple writing projects, and traveling internationally (primarily within North America & Europe). Great areas of interest and attention involve the following:
In the last decade or more, Stacy has explored the use of sound in meditation and healing. This exploration has led to the recording of meditation CDs, performances with symphony musicians, and a deepening intuitive understanding of healing and well-being. She explores creatively through watercolor painting, recording sound and rhythms in nature, writing, and photographing images. Stacy was awarded the Eleanor Clark thesis prize for excellence in research in 1997, from Smith College School For Social Work.
Stacy and David live in Nye, Montana, at the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains, and they are developing a base in Southern France. The Montana mountains and travels provide continual inspiration for Stacy's writing and creative projects, as well as her own personal development and growth.
David Nutter Summerfield
David earned his B.A. in Philosophy/Religion from Principia College, in Elsah, IL. His graduate studies in French were at the University of Colorado and Middlebury College. His graduate degree is in 18th Century French Literature, from the University of Lausanne, Swizerland.
He taught French at the University of Colorado, Principia College, and Whatcom Community College. He was also the Cross-Country/Track coach at Principia College, an NCAA Division III school. He was instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School's (NOLS) Summer Wilderness and Winter Mountaineering courses, in Lander, Wyoming. He started the mountaineering program for Adventure Unlimited youth camps in Buena Vista, CO.
David has conducted educational and personal development tours in France, Switzerland, and the Soviet Union.
For 25 years, David directed the Bridger Ridge Run where many people work through the rugged, demanding course as a way to work through challenges, fear, and loss in their personal lives. He has lead countless mountain journeys for people where they come away with a greater sense of personal empowerment and confidence.