Home, beavers, and the medicine wheel

I walked the land and walked the wheel today. I’ve been wanting to do a ceremony at the wheel since my last visit a few weeks ago, when I received a very special message in which a spirit guardian of this land blessed me to move on and leave the land in his care. Yesterday … Continue reading Home, beavers, and the medicine wheel

Medicine Walk: Wisdom of the Four Directions—June 23, 2012

Finding Healing and Guidance in Nature June 23, 2012 – Vancouver “Journeys start from where we are. Everything starts from where we are. Where we are is where we’re supposed to be.” – Evelyn Eaton, The Shaman and the Medicine Wheel This day-trip in the North Shore mountains, just 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, and … Continue reading Medicine Walk: Wisdom of the Four Directions—June 23, 2012

Medicine walk and 5th anniversary of BC Wilderness Visions

BC Wilderness Visions and the Monkey Valley Retreat Centre celebrates its 5th anniversary of nature programs this summer! The first program was a medicine wheel teaching in the summer of 2005, when 25 people came to Monkey Valley and created a beautiful medicine wheel. Teachers Joyce Lyke and Tracy Leach taught us how to walk … Continue reading Medicine walk and 5th anniversary of BC Wilderness Visions

The medicine walk: bouquets and gifts of the north

For the next part of the medicine walk I’ve been writing about, I wanted to do some work in the north part of the wheel, which involves giving our gifts to our people. It can also involve making gifts, doing concrete physical tasks, craftwork, and so on. I walked farther down the wash, and found … Continue reading The medicine walk: bouquets and gifts of the north

The medicine walk: cholla cactus and golden braids

If you have been following this story of the medicine walk, you might be wondering what my longing for a loving relationship has to do with the intention I brought on the walk, and why I chose to ask the lizard that question. I can tell you two things about this. One is that the … Continue reading The medicine walk: cholla cactus and golden braids

The medicine walk: cell phones and lizards

After the ritual of the south I felt it was time to move. I couldn’t get comfortable in this place. It was too hot in the sun, too cool in the shade. All the rocks felt rough and uncomfortable to lean against. So I gathered up my things and headed down the wash. I saw … Continue reading The medicine walk: cell phones and lizards

The medicine walk: hiking up the canyon and the ceremony of fire

I have been writing about the medicine walk I went on in the Eureka Valley in California, east of the Sierra Mountains. So far I’ve described the process of mirroring for intention. The intention I formed was “I am mother and father to myself. I have the strength and take the time to care for … Continue reading The medicine walk: hiking up the canyon and the ceremony of fire

Warhol in the Forest

This is a treasure map for Val and Garry, to help them find the 28 pieces of gold hidden in the Starshine Forest.

Monkey Valley Photo Retrospective

2000 – 2013 As I prepare to pass Monkey Valley into the safekeeping of new owners, I would like to celebrate and appreciate the many people, events, and moments of the past 13 years at Monkey Valley. This page shows some of my favourite photos from this time, taken by many friends and family members, … Continue reading Monkey Valley Photo Retrospective