As a child Marty learned dowsing from her Lithuanian grandfather, Frank Witkus. In 1986 she attended the American Society of Dowser's school and convention in Danville, Vermont and added formalized dowsing training to her life.
She researches ancient sacred sites in Europe and America discovering what makes specific places sacred and recreates that experience for others today. Integrating art and geomancy, she amplifies the potential of site-specific art and invokes wide public participation in Earth healing attitudes.
Currently Marty Cain is a visual arts instructor in the MFA program of Vermont College, a division of Union Institute. She is a life member of the American Society of Dowsers, where she co-directed the Beginning Dowsing School for the past six years. Marty presents labyrinth and dowsing workshops, consults, writes, and collaborates with the earth energy and angelic realms to co-create contemporary sacred spaces for individuals and institutions. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Blanche E. Colman Foundation, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony and Boreal/Art/Nature of Quebec, Canada.
Her art works are celebrations of nature, taking the form of site-specific environmental sculptures, smaller indoor constructions using natural elements, and photo/drawing collages of her installations and ancient sacred sites. Her labyrinth designs are located across North America (from Maine to California and Canada to Hawaii), Brazil and South Africa. She is a founding member of the Labyrinth Society.