Maine Coast Semester

Julie Barnes

Dean of Students


Julie Barnes

In recent years Julie has served as the director of Marin Academy’s (MA) Wilderness Outing Program, as well as teaching a variety of courses that includes Comparative Religion and English. In addition, she was part of the Marin Academy team that designs and implements the orientation curriculum for new students and the senior Passage Program that marks the end of a student’s time at MA.

About this work Julie observed,

“The eight years that I have been involved in these programs and their evolution fuels my belief that how we welcome one another into community and how we prepare to integrate our experiences into our next stage in life matters, and has an impact on our capacity to live into our full potential. Tending to these elements of semester students’ lives is something I look forward to as Dean of Students.”


What Brought Me to Chewonki?

Julie has felt a strong draw to the Chewonki community since she first set foot on the campus fifteen years ago to visit friends who were then teaching at Maine Coast Semester. Her affinity for Chewonki evolved as she worked closely with Two Roads Maine.


Julie received her BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and earned a Master’s in Divinity and Master’s in Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union, San Francisco Theological Seminary.

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