B and ME and a JOURNEY HOME

B and ME and a JOURNEY HOME

For over 35 years B and I have shared many wonderful journeys together.  It's not that we are perfectly matched, for B is the consummate perfectionist (blow drying her hair before a bike ride) and me so fragmented from my childhood that I do well to brush my teeth....

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SHE Who Played in the Forest

SHE Who Played in the Forest

There, between the trees, on the quiet mountain trails of our serene North Shore, the lives of a small group of runners began to unfold, weaving each other infinitely closer, our paths merging together with each new day. The group was none too obscure, just a handful...

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The Playground Called Manning Park

The Playground Called Manning Park

Passing through this park many times, mainly on my cycling journeys from Vancouver to Calgary and Jasper, I had thought of this high point as a nemesis –the gruelling test between Hope and Manning park that rallies cyclist against vigorous ascend. However, this trip...

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Learning the Shaman Way – Part 3

Learning the Shaman Way – Part 3

"And though she be but little, she is fierce" - Shakespeare In shaman teachings, the archetype of the hummingbird is the spirit animal of the North. The hummingbird is the smallest of all birds and is capable of flying long journeys. Additionally, the precious...

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Learning the Shaman Way – Part 2

Learning the Shaman Way – Part 2

Continuing with my Shaman studies, we open to the direction of the West, with the Stawamas Mountain in the foreground and Apus Ch’Kai and Mamquam in the background, we embark on the Warrior’s Journey with the archetype of the Jaguar. The second of a four part series,...

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Finding the Spirit of the Desert

Finding the Spirit of the Desert

Here on a peak in La Quinta Cove, I hear the call of the raven in the background and a gentle warm breeze caressing my face and I realize I have found the voice of the desert. I came to Palm Springs hoping to experience more than poolside lounging and general golf...

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Learning the Shaman Way in Squamish, B.C.

Learning the Shaman Way in Squamish, B.C.

This past week, I took part in a brilliant workshop with Mountain Shamanism, a practice exercised by connecting with the spirit through shamanic studies, expressive arts therapy, energy healing and yoga. The centre and a detailed overview of their teachings can be...

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Backcountry Nirvana at Skoki Lodge

Backcountry Nirvana at Skoki Lodge

Have you ever felt so embraced and cared for by the people, the food, the hospitality, and the setting of an establishment that you shed tears upon departure?  The Skoki Lodge provided that experience for me. Excuse me if I sound overly dramatic (my kids would...

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Quiet town, BIG space!

Quiet town, BIG space!

Thelma and Louise, as my friend and Nancy and I so jokingly call ourselves, are packed and ready for our impending road trip…I know it is only about a 4 hour journey, but for a person with a strong dislike for sitting, 4 hours is still a long trip. As we leave the...

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SHEJourneys local! – Princeton, B.C.

SHEJourneys local! – Princeton, B.C.

In these dreary, dragging winter days we can all attest to frequenting visions of sun sand and serenity. Fear not as spring approaches, but until the time that we smell those blossoming fresh flowers, plotting forthcoming summer activities is a great way to pass the...

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