What is unconditional love?

Hello, this is Hummingbird and this blog post is a recording and transcribed account of an aha moment I had yesterday about myself and my relationship with unconditional love.  Enjoy! This podcast has been transcribed below for those of you who prefer written text. I need to preface that the end of this podcast did not turn out the way … Read More

Faith across Canada – January 2018

Sometimes one must take a leap of faith and stretch one’s comfort zone by driving across Canada in January, yup it’s crazy, and TOTALLY worth it! I didn’t drive across Canada because I wanted to see the country in the snow, it wasn’t about the scenery…  For me, January is a time of ending and new beginnings and I needed … Read More

Time for Integration @WildCraftPlay’sCool

It’s time for Integrating the lessons of the year @WildCraftPlay. Sending big thanks to all of our teachers, mentors, guides, ancestors, children and Nature for all of the gifts provided this year.  This has been a whirl wind of incredible creation, completion, change and integration.  Now it seems a good time to go within and allow the dust to settle. … 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

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

He walx like a fox.

Yep, you read it right. He walx like a fox! Today was such an inspiring day, I had to write a post about it.  I feel so privileged and blessed to be an Adventure Interventionist with trust and permission from family and education system to get a child outside every week!  For over 5 years, I have worked with the … 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

Facilitating Storymaking

Tonight I just had an epiphany about my role as a facilitator.  I thought I was a storyteller, but it turns out I am a facilitator of storymaking. I am in the midst of my data analysis for my Masters Research.  I have been working on this baby for over a year now, and in the last three months I have … 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

Tell us your vision for your children

Welcome to the first post for Wild Craft Play.  Thank you for taking the time to read and follow us! We would like to know your vision for your children. I have been studying children in play for over 15 years, and now, as I finish my Masters Thesis in Adventure, I have just come across a Ted Talk from the … 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

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. What a stylish way to share with the world that my writing has staying power.  It looks like blogging will be more of a focus for 2015! Enjoy! Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 680 times in 2014. … 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

It’s time I slow down and be in gratitude.

It is time that I slow down, and be in gratitude.   Gratitude for all that is, all that was, and all that will be. This past weekend, I had a very grounding journey in a friend’s VW Westfalia.  I just know that some day soon a Westfalia will be gifted to me, so that I may do my masters … 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

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

Who am I being that your eyes are not shining?

Who am I being that your eyes are not shining? Just in the past couple of days I have watched the sparkle leave your face.  What have I done?  I do not want to live that way!  Ben Zander’s TED TALK  has tickled my senses and I feel more aware: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LCwI5iErE&w=560&h=315] helped this concept hit home for me, and I … 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

Why can’t we call it Magic?

Why can’t we call it Magic?  Why does it have to be scientifically proven, or based on a belief structure.  Why can’t the magic of nature be just that? Why am I on this journey of a Masters to prove the magic of nature, and how it alters lives?  With over 13 years of experience in the field, I have … Read More

The physics of the quest… Eat Pray Love

I have watched Eat Pray Love over and over and over and OVER again.  I am obviously trying to get something.  I am on a quest to find what I am looking for, and I don’t know what I am looking for.  It is funny… I feel pretty balanced in my world for me with me as me. “The Physics … Read More

Empathy shows itself to me yet again… maybe I should listen.

I woke up this morning reflecting on a pickle that I experienced at work.  And it wasn’t the pickle that hit home so much, or the fact that I felt incompetent and embarrassed.  What it all came down to was, how I dealt with this pickle, and the honest feedback and reflection that I received that smacked me in the … Read More

Let’s go on a journey through the eye of beauty

Let me take you on a journey through the eye of beauty. Today, while paddling the Finlayson Arm, I began reflecting on why I am doing what I am doing.  Why I choose to be connected with nature… Why I have a job in a Nature House… why I am taking my Masters in Environmental Education and Communication, and what … Read More

Today I paddle the Finlayson Arm

Today I am going to paddle the Finlayson Arm. I have been craving this for weeks, since I moved to this little cabin on the mountain, and I keep looking out at the arm, wondering what is around the bend… “Just around the river bend, I look once more just around the riverbend, beyond the shore… [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z3WECm0lkU&w=420&h=315] I am exhilarated … 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

A Sense once told me “You are Master of NOTHING!”

It is true, he did say “You are Master of Nothing”… and I believe he said this to me to inspire me to Master something.  At the time I was training in Kung-Fu.  My Sifu was training me privately to become a teacher for him, because I was good.  I was so good that he wanted me to continue the … Read More