Sometimes you just need to take yourself on an Adventure

Sometimes, when the going gets really tough, and you feel like you don’t have someone available to go with you, you just have to say yes to an invitation to go on an adventure.  That’s what I did this past week and I am so grateful I did. My heart is swelling, and my body still feels like it is … Read More

Archery breeds Philanthropy in Nature

What a gift it was to go out into Nature with this extraordinary new friend, Conan.  I was blessed to be taken to his favorite spot in Nature, and we camped out and did archery, then had sausages with home-made sourdough. Mmmmm.  While out on this adventure many things happened, including deep conversations about what I am doing on this … Read More

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

A Little Bird is on the loose.

A Little Bird is on the loose. That’s right friends.  I am bringing the stories from Nature to the internet, and inviting you to listen in. I have wanted to create a podcast for some-time, and it wasn’t until I audited the Advancement of Excellence (AOE) with Excellence Seminars International that I decided to just go ahead and do something, … Read More

Wild Craft Play ‘sCool Annual Report

Wild Craft Play ‘sCool’s annual report is below. Enjoy! Hello, and thank you for taking the time to see what has happened over the past year.  Things haven’t been easy, but through challenges and change comes great opportunities. I am in a place of gratitude. While turning a new page I thought you might appreciate a peek at what has come … 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

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

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

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

Stories of Week 1

Here are the stories of week 1. Enjoy! Our first day at Wild Craft Play ‘sCool Drawn by Nature on Tuesdays: 10am to 2pm For youth ages 11 – 17 Where youth came into their own potential through a Guided Discovery Learning process called The Hummingbird Approach, founded by Jamie Black. For youth who thrive in uncertainty and minimal, if not … Read More

Register for Wild Craft Play ‘sCool today!

Hello everyone! I created a little video to help spread the word about Wild Craft Play ‘sCool.  Please spread the word, and help build our community through Performing Arts and Adventure Education. Enjoy!

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

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

A Little more about Caving…

After the first taste of caving, the yearning begins. With each caving adventure… …the desire gets stronger and stronger until it is a ravenous hunger waiting to be fed. Although caving is an exciting sport, it can also be risky. Imagine going into a cave, crawling down at a slight decline, then coming out into a huge cavern. It takes … Read More

History and Adventures of Donna, The New Intern

The History and Adventures of our New Intern, Donna States My name is Donna States and I have recently joined the Wild Craft Play team. I will be writing blogs such as this one and working out a campaign for the Wild Craft Play creation. I currently have two dogs and a cat. I work 22 to 42 hours a … 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

This day couldn’t get any better

“This day couldn’t get any better could it?” asks 8 year old Paula, as we walked barefoot in the rain in the woods in October.  Then she says “or could it?” Just then I hiked up my skirt, and said “let’s run!”  She let out a gleeful squeal, igniting my inner child and we splashed through the puddles in our bare feet.  There … 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

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