Guiding Ethos of Wild Root Journeys

My guiding ethos has been in evolution, but at its core I am a guide who serves. So, what is it that I am guiding, who do I serve? From the outside the answer may be obvious, I am a kayaking guide, a guide who facilitates the experience of being in raw nature. This is perhaps the most visible and superficial title. It’s all much deeper to me.

This is a role of offering. Ego is not useful here, humility is, compassion is, deep presence and honoring is. Witnessing and perhaps reflecting is a more accurate description of how I approach my guiding style and what it means for me to be a guide. I am facilitating a space to allow for self-exposure, reflection, growth, questioning and challenge for those who seek it.

My ethos is that a great guide is one that is so subtle and behind the scene that transformation in clients whether in the form of building skill, connecting, or dropping into presence is truly made from self, and it all seems effortless what unfolds. These moments of transformation in those who travel along is what fills my soul in my work.

I offer a minor role in this evolution and I honour and acknowledge this. Nature plays a large role, as do, most importantly the participants who join these trips and through their willingness to push themselves, to stand in awe, those who shed and who share undoubtedly grow, heal, exhale and/or transform.
We all seek growth, but sometimes it’s hard to know how and where to challenge ourselves, how and where to take this on. I promise you that the uncertainty of nature, the shifting movement in it, will made you look, will make you seek out answers. I treasure that I have the very humbling role to hold space, to let you drop in, to allow this to happen for yourself.

Wild Root Love

“Good leaders are those who people love and admire;
Poor leaders are those who people fear and despise;
Great leaders are those who people say – we did it ourselves”

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Natures Reminders and her Intuitive Messages

The West Coast has been checking up on me this week. I was told by a beautiful local soul that wolves in the treeline are doing just this… And there they were. A pack of 5 wolves in the treeline.

It was made even more apparent to me by the only Harbor Porpoises we saw who surfaced just next to me as I was telling the story of the exact moment that I fell in love with sea kayaking, while being in the exact spot off Vargas Island (Tofino) where it all happened 15 years ago. Porpoises to me are a creature of play and joy and so the serendipity of this moment ran through my whole being.

This coast is home. Here I feel rich. These are the moments that really count. I feel blessed yet again.

Let us bring ourselves to the places where moments like this may happen. Take note of your environment and what is calling you. Know that you are seen. Know that you are as important, as beautiful, and as intentional as the sunsets, the trees, the flood and ebb of the ocean. Somehow we are all here together.

Let us learn from the skies to be open.

Let us feel from the water to be fluid.

Let us ground with the rock that is weathered, and still.

Let us breath in the air that cycles through our entire being and is then released back to all our collective space.

Let our connections of this shared space give us unconditional love in knowing we are here together.

Let us be in awe, in gratitude of the simple, the intricate, the mind-blowing beauty of our natural world.

News 1130 Interviews Wild Root Journeys: Queers in Nature.

News 1130 interviewed Wild Root Journeys for an article titled “Pride outside: the hard won space that queer people occupy in nature”. Here is the article and a few more of my thoughts about why we offer queer specific trips.

Acceptance and belonging transcends race, gender and sexual orientation. We all want to feel safe, and beyond that, we want to feel that we can be ourselves without judgement, and feel embraced for being ourselves.

I started running queer trips with my company in the Broken Group Islands last year to promote a safe place for those folks wanting to get out into nature for this reason. I have found that bringing groups together with one extra commonality helps people to drop their guard early and to feel acceptance in being a part of a community. I think that there is great power in this.

Minority groups experience harassment and non-acceptance at a greater level and could therefore be hesitant to go deeper into nature as it may be a bit more of an unknown. I know that as a solo-woman hiking, I have felt unease when I hear another group approaching a campsite. This unease is a natural response based off of real experiences. What are your thoughts on the topic?


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Kayak the Broken Group Islands – Globe and Mail Article 2019

By Andrew Fleming

Paddling through choppy water off the west coast of Vancouver Island, I don’t hear the powerboat approach until she was almost upon us.

“Hey, do you guys want some fish?” the skipper says. One of four fiftysomething women aboard the small runabout, she explains they’ve caught more seafood than they can eat.

Shortly into a four-day sea kayaking excursion with Wild Root Journeys, our group of mostly novice paddlers still has plenty of food stashed in our hatches, but it’s hard to turn down freshly caught salmon and prawns.

“Don’t let them be too generous,” owner Silke Hockemeyer shouts over the wind as lead guide Agnes Seaweed Wisden heads off to secure the bounty to her bow.

This is good advice when visiting the territorial home of the Tseshaht First Nation, where the gift-giving tradition of potlatching – meaning “to give away” in Chinook jargon – remains alive.

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Why it is impossible to feel disconnected in nature.

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One of my favorite reasons for wanting to spend so much time in nature is simply all the life, in all of the many forms that one can find, feel, smell and be a part of. It is truly something that just makes sense to me. We are part of this ecological world, and we have such an impact on this planet that we all call home. It is easy to forget sometimes, living in our day to day just how much we are connected. In nature it is nearly impossible to be amiss to all the connections, and it is what makes me feel so absolutely alive and at peace here.

From the vantage point of my kayak I look to see if the beach ahead is one that will be suitable to camp on. My kayak rises and falls with the tides, the same tides that have created the beach ahead. The eagles up above watch over me and no doubt their next salmon meal somewhere underneath. The salmon bones from that eagles meal will provide the nutrients to help make the trees stand tall, help them to fight off disease, and help strengthen their root system for the next wind storm that inevitably will come. Dare I catch a salmon for myself to snack on while I decide if this will be home tonight. I breath deep and thank all the living matter, for this rich salty fresh air that I breath in, and I think to myself, this, this is what life is all about. I cherish the cycles that are ever so present.

It is hard to feel anything but connected out here. This feeling can take us so so far. These trips are what sustains me when I am back in the city. I can close my eyes and come back here, to the flicker of the fire, the howl of the wind, the unexpected sea lion, the laughs that made me feel so in the present. The hardest usually seems to be getting out here, that is until you have to go home, then going home easily becomes the hardest.  Settling into the city never has the ease of settling in to nature.

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