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

Raccoon Medicine by Jamie Sams and David Carson

This is a brief quotation from the book called “Medicine Cards”  written by Jamie Sams, and David Carson, illustrated by Angela Werneke. Copywritten in 1999 by Angela Werneke.  New York, N.Y. The reason for quoting these words is to support my Masters work, as these stories, teachings and medicine of the animals in this book are furthering my self awareness … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What kind of learning style do I have?

I am learning about what kind of learning style I have. In my Masters of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University, I am taking EECO 508 “Learning Theory and Program Design”  taught by Professor Milt McClaren.  So far I have found Professor McClaren’s style and resources very intriguing.  I can tell that he is catering his … Read More

What can we do with our privilege?

I woke up this morning, with my head in my hands because I feel SO privileged here, and don’t know what I should do with my skills, knowledge, resources, contacts, money and time to change the world. Then Beverly Yoshida-deVries sent me this link and opened my eyes to what is possible.

Privileged Canadians, Courageous Zimbabweens

Last night, before I went to bed, I flipped through the National Geographic, May 2013. On page 72 is “Courage in Zimbabwe” and my heart fell… but then was turned to wonder. I wonder why all of the publicity goes to the black people of Zimbabwe. I wonder why they haven’t told the stories of the white people who’s homes … Read More

One CAN believe impossible things

“One can’t believe impossible things.”  “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen.  “When I was your age I always did it for half-an-hour a day.  Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” This is the second time today that Alice and Wonderland literature has crossed my eyeballs on the great search for … Read More

Branwen Daughter of Llyr – Mythical Story of the Celts

This morning, I was looking for insight from my Druid Animal Oracle Deck, and I picked Black Bird, upside down.  Black Bird is known as Druid Dhubh.  Enchantment, The Gateway, The Inner Call. He calls to us from the gateway between two worlds, urging us to follow a spiritual path or to become more self-aware.  He calls to us in … Read More

Surrendering to a dying deer

Yesterday, as I road my bike home, I peddled past a deer that had been hit by a car and was immobile, and yet still alive on the side of the road.  I at first saw it’s doey eyes staring up at me, and thought nothing of it as I peddled, but then soon realized that it was injured, I … Read More

Campaigning AND Social Media AND Disconnection

What an interesting experiment this whole Social Media Campaigning is.  Our asignment is to use TransMedia and Plenitude in a way to inspire some sort of campaign to engage.  Now I have been doing social media, studying social media, learning by doing, and am starting to see a pattern. Likes are just likes, once they like it they may never … Read More

Going down the rabbit hole of Experiential Education with John Dewey

As most of you know, my interest is in Experiential Education, Guided Discovery and Coyote Mentoring.  My topic of interest for my Environmental Communications course at Royal Roads is in bringing more Experiential Education into the school system. I feel humbled by knowing that John Dewey back in 1938, had it right in emphasizing “That we must understand how experience … Read More