There’s something distinctly satisfying about peeling bark from a branch. I become mesmerized watching thin ribbons of wood spool away from the edge of my knife to drift and settle in a pile at my feet. Carving wood is my favourite form of active meditation. Especially when I’m doing it in nature. It just feels … Read more
When I go into social media autopilot, I recognize it as a symptom of mental burnout. If I find my phone is out and an app is opening before I’ve intentionally decided to check media, email, or messenger, I know I’m exhausted. Worse yet is when I am between activities, or in the middle of … Read more
Do you find yourself making relaxation a task? Can you recognize areas of your life and in your self-care routine that you place economic value to justify intrinsically valuable tasks? This article looks at these concepts to help evaluate our real needs when we set goals and to help us be aware of how our money mindsets may push them off the tracks without us noticing.
Photo taking is a great excuse to get outside and enjoy nature, in all four seasons! Doing it in the winter months just requires a bit of strategy to stay comfortable! Here are some tricks to help keep your hands warm so you can have camera fun year-round. 1) Launching your camera with gloves on … Read more
I let the thrum of lawnmowers occupy the spaces left behind me. It’s replaced by the whir of American toads and moving water. A dozen voices chatter happy tunes from the canopy above: warblers, cardinals, robins; and where the creek meets river, orioles. Their blaze orange bodies flitting through spring leaves and sunshine. There are … Read more
Creation is a fundamentally human activity. From functional pieces to beautiful ones, those which tell a story to those which help us work, we are a species unlike any other because we have found ways to combine parts to make products. But there is little magic in the “things” we make, magic exists in the … Read more
“Do you want to farm or do you want to paddle?” It was the early ‘70s when Ric Driediger faced this question. Would he stay home and succeed the family farm or would he step into the unknown to pursue his love for discovery and the song of his paddle. It was a pivotal … Read more
Dedication: To my friends and colleagues in the Outdoor Environmental Education department who have encouraged and motivated my journey and helped to fund this trip July 27th, 2017 – Minuhik Lake, SK – Churchill River System The hum of mosquitos reminds me that they exist here. I haven’t had one all day. The din … Read more