2020 Crew Spotlight - Kristi Williamson
From time to time we do a story about present or former crewmembers and here is an update on one that has a special place in our hearts.
Kristi was born shortly after our move to Camden in 1982. She was four when we purchased Maine Windjammer Cruises and she immediately became a full time member of the crew. Perhaps the greatest joy owning these vessels has been sailing with our children all summer.
As host, growing up on the schooners, she had a knack for entertaining the passengers from an early age. This led to a degree in Musical Theater. Having a compassionate side Kristi was in search of something more. After graduation she traveled for a year in India studying cultural music, dance, philosophy and yoga.
In an effort to combine her passion for the arts and the desire to help others she studied for three years at the Tamalpa Institute for Expressive Therapy. This program was inspired by Anna Halprin a leading dancer and choreographer of her day who was given one year to live by her doctors. Through dance and the desire to express the cancer out of her life she continues to mentor Kristi and others fifty years later. She is 99.
After completing her academic studies at Tamalpa, Kristi returned to India three times, establishing an expressive therapy program for victims of human trafficking in Kolkata.
She now works with Tamalpa supervising students who have elected to have this program as part of their education. Her connection with the institute includes performances which raise money for various nonprofits. She continues to study with and is part of Anna Halprin’s performance group.
Living in Mill Valley she teaches and performs in Marin county and the San Francisco Bay area. Kristi is offering a one week Elemental Yoga and Arts retreat at Xinalani Retreat Center in Puerto Vallarta Mexico March 7-14. Check it out on her website KristiWilliamson.com
In May Kristi will be blessing us with yet another crewmember!