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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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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