Ellen Van Laar lives on Lake Superior, 80 km north of Sault Ste. Marie. She runs a small retreat center called Arts and Adventure. She loves to guide and shuttle, telling stories about the area. As a painter, she displays many large works at the Algoma University, Conservatory of Music near Old Mill Square under the International Bridge. She is also a photographer, musician, and writer of discussion cards utilizing "Mitch the Dragon" as her main charcater. You can find these illustrated rhymes and family/group development cards at the Art Gallery of Algoma (Mich Meets the Animals, Mitch and 12 Archetypes).