Duncan is a Nature & Forest Therapy Guide and founder of Nature Connection Guide in Burlington, VT. Born and raised in Shelburne, VT he spent his time in the forest and swimming in the Lake Champlain. He graduated with a BA in Studio Arts at Bates College and studied Painting and Renaissance Art in Florence, Italy through Syracuse University.
After moving to NYC in 2001 to pursue the arts, Duncan completed the 2 year acting program at William Esper Studio and worked as a SAG/AFTRA member in TV/FILM and National Commercials which began in 2005 in the film, The Good Shepherd directed by Robert DiNero. As a stage performer, he created a new form of theater that fused live freeform instrumental jazz with improvisational acting called, FACE. Duncan’s involvement with Improv brought him to perform at the New York International Fringe Festival, Toronto Improv Festival and Chicago Improv Festival on the Second City Theater stage. While acting, Duncan wrote, produced and directed webseries, films and promotional videos with his company, For The Ride Productions.
Towards the end of his 14 year stay in New York City, Duncan desired more time and intimacy with nature so he worked as a gardener for the NYC parks department at Randall’s Island. There he developed the “woodland trail” for the park where visitors can enjoy to this day. Desiring more immersion in nature, Duncan recieved his Nature & Forest Therapy Guide Certification through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy based in Santa Rosa, CA. As a guide he introduced New Yorkers to the first Forest Bathing walks in Central Park.
Duncan moved back to his home state of Vermont in 2015 where he began working at the Intervale Conservation Nursery planting thousands of native trees in order to enhance riparian buffers along rivers. As the founder of Nature Connection Guide, he now leads Nature Mindfulness Walks throughout Vermont based on Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing.
Duncan with the cast of FACE improv