A journey to Toronto Outdoor Education School

A journey to Toronto Outdoor Education School turned out to be fruitful. Throughout my research, there were a number of people who told me about the Toronto Outdoor Education School, and recommend I connect with them, as they were a leading role model across Canada for being the most advanced and effective outdoor education program that ensured that the students … Read More

The story of the Wild Craft Play Nov 4th Special Day

The story of the Wild Craft Play Nov 4th Special Day For those of you who missed this extraordinary day You will find highlights below Of Ogre’s tales, youth sharing skills And archery in the snow. Navigate downwards And pleasantly you shall find Stories that require, imagination And an open mind. Gratitude (in the Northeast) Thank you, to all of … Read More

Letting Go and Trusting the Process

Now there’s a loaded statement “Let go and trust the process.” Right. Just let go.  That sounds easy enough.  Am I the only one who has a hard time letting go? Yet, once I let go of trying so hard, and finally give in to trusting that things will work out as they are meant to, **Bing, I get a … Read More

I commend you, teachers of Ballenas Secondary School

Today, I spent the whole day with two buses full of teens up Mt. Washington, What a gift! I had the pleasure and privilege of accompanying skilled teachers in the act of taking children not only outside, but on great adventures that were challenging, risky and potentially dangerous, and it was an incredible success, except for the fate of a … Read More

What you eat matters!

I believe that what we eat matters… don’t you? What we choose to consume determines our future, our health, the health of our children and relationships.  Doesn’t everyone want to live a vibrant life? Recently I have been having many conversations about food security, and what I find even more important is the nutrition density of the food we consume… … Read More

Hummingbird Guides Training – coming soon!

Hummingbird Guides Training is coming soon! Thanks to The Nature of Play Conference – Hosted by the Nanaimo Child Development Centre – Oct 5, 2016 It was a real privilege and pleasure to attend this highly educational and professional conference this weekend.  I knew it was going to be motivational and educational because Hilary Leighton and Dave Segal are incredible people … Read More

Jamie Black as a child in nature: An autobiography

Jamie Black as a child in nature: An autobiography. “Why can’t we build a fire here?” I would ask mom. “Good question!” she would reply, and then provide space for hands-on learning to ingrain the awareness and the knowing that my actions have consequences, and that nature needs to be protected.  Being nature aware is second nature to me because … Read More

Stuck In The Mud

For one so young, there is no thought as to what may happen after acting on an impulse. To a young girl, a ditch full of thick, wet mud looks like a great deal of fun; but what happens after the fun? Out for a walk on a cloudy day (I added this: with the Wild Craft Play group and … Read More

Gratitude for Community Storytellers

Saturday, December 12, 2015 was our VERY FIRST Community Quest and it was EPIC! It was an epic adventure for many reasons. One can only assume it was due to the new experiences, the familiar faces, the curious merchants, the real gold, the quests, the storyteller, and of course the wind, the rain, and the community engagement of businesses and … Read More

Seeking Corporate Sponsorship

Seeking Corporate Sponsorship is necessary these days! And is a skill that takes practice. This post will slowly grow based on experience and sharing.  For now, it’s just steps and following other people’s advice… soon it will be filled with all sorts of goodness 🙂 Step 1: Create the pitch. Know what we are selling and what the options are. … Read More

When I let go of what other people think…

Wil Mimnaugh says it well in his music video, something about “When I let go of what other people think, I can truly be myself.” I believe this is at the core of what being a storyteller is for me, Jamie Black ~ Sacred Storyeeker of #WildCraftPlay.  My life has been filled with many lessons to help me be okay with … Read More

Moved to tears by all of you

This weekend I was moved to tears by all of you.  You people who come together for a common good.  A common healing, with wholesome intentions and good connections.  And then just now, I watched this post   Post by Goshfather & Jinco.   I guess this guy who calls himself the “Goshfather” recognizes a moving experience too, and not only … Read More

The Essence of Exploration in Nature vs MineCraft

The essence of exploration lies in the unknown. August 30th 2014, my sister, mom and I embarked on an adventure to Jedadiah Island, in this great archipelago near Nanoose Harbour off Vancouver Island.  Although it was a short three day, two night outing, the essence of exploration became apparent in regards to my research proposal.  I have decided to start blogging about my … Read More

Seeing Mind Traps as Opportunities as a Director

Seeing Mind Traps as Opportunities as a Director is a skillful way to affect change. In environments involving human interaction, traps and miscommunications are inevitable.  We may go into an environment with the best of intention, and yet our own motives may skew our view of a common goal. Meadows (2008) defines these traps and offers the way out that … Read More

Simulation Models for a simple mind

What is situational modeling anyway?  When I was reviewing the class notes and learning about situational modeling, I didn’t understand why anyone would want to graph what they were graphing.  I didn’t understand how you could turn something into data related to an X and Y axis that was worth looking at and deciphering. Maybe this makes me simple minded, … Read More

Wild Craft Circus Camp

Wild Craft Circus Camp March 17-21 2014 11 AM- 4 PM Walk into a world of imagination in this combination of Wild Craft Play and Circus Camp! Choose your own adventure and discover your inner super hero. Get outside. Craft your character. Navigate our magical world through circus skills. Join SoLe Adventure and Vesta Entertainment on this life altering adventure. … Read More

I have a dream that people are the solution.

I have to keep reminding myself, why am I doing this Masters?  Why am I stressing myself, expanding my brain, understanding, then not understanding, knowing and then not knowing, and then feeling overwhelmed?  Then I remember the drive that urged me to sign the application form. I have a dream… that people are the solution.   By create more opportunities … Read More

Nature is my meditation… my medicine.

Yesterday, my head was spinning from all the worry, the change, the anxiety, the uncertainty the embarrassment and the fear.  Something reminded me to go outside, into the unknown, the unimpeded beauty of nature. So I went to James Bay in Victoria and walked this beach. Ocean crashing…                         … Read More

I am Full-on… good luck with me… Universe!

Thank you for providing clues to this quest of life, and for giving me the ability to be aware, and receive these gifts of awareness.  Awareness of self and awareness of others. Dear… Universe…? I am sorry it has taken me so long to still my mind, and quiet my thoughts enough to be grateful for the gifts that have … Read More

Compassion for Schizophrenia

Today I was reading my class readings in my Masters of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication, for EECO 504 Course, Systems with Pille Bunnell. Her website is http://www.sympoetic.net/Cognition/coordination.html and this week the topic is Cognition as Coordination  Closed Nervous system  Relational domains Emotioning Boy are these ever striking a painful cord in my heart.  Cognition.  Nervous Systems.  Relation/Relating.  Emotions.  And then … Read More

Humanness in it’s messiness

I love that my prof Pille Bunnell has a website called “Ecology of Humanness as a Matrix of Ideas” This to me implies that there are no right/wrong answers, and that it is a process of understanding that will never end, a matrix that is just created, developed morphed, changed and then interpreted in all sorts of different ways. Just … Read More

So much that I am learning

Right now I feel like there is SO much that I am learning! In my Masters, I am diving deeper, learning about curriculum development, learning styles, teamwork and communication.  And the key item that relates directly with my work at the moment is this concept of… “It’s not so much what you say that counts, it’s how you say it… … Read More

Get out into Nature and what do I see?

Even I need to remember to get out into Nature.  A Nature Educator. This morning I woke and reflected on my days passed, of what I learned, what I saw and what I remember.  I came to realize that I was graced with the presence of a beautiful Barred Owl and in the stillness of his gaze, he spoke to me.  Yet my … Read More

Jamie Black is learning Advanced 2 Beat Weave from Play Poi

My online learning experience with Intermediate Poi.  After fending for myself for years with awkward online learning, I fell in love with this guy from Play Poi:   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ_dOugQ-Ck&w=560&h=315] Watch my video of me in-practice.   [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiGiQRZtpDI&w=420&h=315]   1. As a learner, I found PlayPoi’s teaching methods very inviting and effective.  I attained the results I was looking for, and … Read More

Mommy is learning how to belay through Guided Discovery

Today my Mommy is learning how to belay through Guided Discovery. I am so proud of you Mommy!  For the past week, I have spent a few hours using a Guided Discovery teaching style to teach her how to belay.  Mom has got a new set of climbing gear and wants to come climbing with me, but before I can … Read More

What is the core of a pedagogue?

I am seeking the answer to what Pedagogue means to teachers alike, and to educators like me.  Upon writing a gratitude letter to my new mentor Hilary Leighton I was drawn back to the notes that I took while sitting in a conversation with her in July.  It was about my Thesis, and my direction of focus for my Masters … Read More

Until I am as good as I want to be.

I am taking voice lessons to improve my voice, until I am as good as I want to be, to get my songs recorded… what are you learning right now? I’m watching a youtube video about how to learn anything in 20 hours. I’m skeptical, and yet VERY curious.  If you want to watch first on your own, check it … Read More

Grounded Learning

What do you think of Grounded Learning? Here I lay with my belly touching the earth, and I am moved to share with the world about my life experiences.  I plan on sharing more of how I learn, and what motivates me to want to not only engage in learning but share my learning with others. As you have seen … Read More

More of how I learn, using www.keirsey.com

The www.keirsey.com learning assessment tool is so bang-on for me it’s rediculous! It says that I am an Idealist Champion, and here is what it says about me… found at this link: http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/personal_page.aspx Your Keirsey Temperament Sorter Results indicates that your personality type is that of the Idealists (NF), as a temperament, are passionately concerned with personal growth and development. Idealists … Read More