Alyssa Griskiewicz, MA, LMHCA, ATR
"Alyssa is a natural born leader; this was evident on a daily basis throughout this service-learning trip. She was able to manage difficult cross-cultural situations, logistics and personalities with grace and ease, while continually offering supportive “teaching moments” in a professional manner. I learned so much from being a witness to Alyssa’s leadership skills and also her role as an art therapist. Overall, the optimism and compassion that the she radiates to everyone she encounters is an inspiration to be a part of." Jessica, lndia trip participant 2014
Brett first visited India in 2006 and fell in love with the excitement of traveling in such a busy, vibrant country. Since that first trip he's travel to Thailand, Bali, Malaysia, and India on numerous returns. He's always seeking outdoor adventures wherever he is, including his home in Portland, Maine. Brett graduated from the University of Maine in 2010 with a degree in Wood Science and holds Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications. When he's not traveling, Brett enjoys boating, fishing, camping, fitness, and sitting on the beach. And Bats.
Alyssa is the founder and director of Ebb & Flow Adventures. She has lead volunteers, undergraduate students, and master’s level and doctoral candidates on trips around the world, from the Himalayas of Nepal to the southern beaches of Kerala. Travel and service-learning in the United States and around the world have both shaped and transformed Alyssa’s life in profound ways. She has spent more than three years living in India and has a great love, respect and reverence for the culture, people, and creativity inherent in India’s landscape. She loves sharing her passion and skills as a world traveler, educator, art therapist, clinical counselor, and leader with others and can’t wait to plan an international trip for you!
Alyssa served at the United Nation’s High Commission for Refugee’s Reception Center for New Refugees in Dharamsala, India, and on the Board for the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation and lead TCEF’s first collaborative, psychology based study-abroad program in India.
Alyssa holds a CACREP and AATA accredited Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy from Antioch University Seattle. Her studies focused on the use of art as a tool for social action, healing in community, inpatient psychiatric treatment, and cross-cultural initiatives in art therapy. She current serves as Teaching Faculty and International Psychology Coordinator at Antioch University, and coordinates all of the international offerings for their psychology programs. Alyssa has served as adjunct faculty at Naropa University as the International Program Director at LEAPNOW.org. She now serves as a Lead Trainer and Program Development Specialist at First Aid Arts.
Alyssa learned the traditional art of Mendhi from artists in India and also works as a Henna body artist.
Samantha is a yoga teacher, holistic healer, and travel enthusiast. She is excited to share her passion for travel as an Ebb & Flow Adventures Trip Leader and Yoga Teacher.
Sami values international travel for all the ways it fosters personal growth. Every departure and return leaves her both humbled and inspired. Since her very first trip to Italy at the age of 18, Sami has traveled to 11 countries. The countries of South America, in all their vibrancy and natural splendor, have especially stolen her heart. When she's not travelling, Sami teaches yoga to adults and children, provides support to expecting mother as a birth doula, and teaches workshops on holistic health. She holds a B.S. in Alternative Medicine from Everglades University, and hold certifications in Reiki, Thai Massage, and Yoga for 12 Step Recovery.