June 24-28, 2015

The more I looked at nature, the more I saw the journey of my own soul reflected, I saw that nature was inscribed with a life philosophy which was ancient, spoke all languages, 
was inherently spiritual and close to the heart of all life.
-Stephanie Sorrel

For perhaps thousands of years, "civilized" humans have (mostly) forgotten how to take their ideas about how to be in the world from the world of nature.  If we look closely, we find that models for interaction with our non-human relatives exist everywhere in nature. Working with nature as guide and mirror, this retreat will invite you to experience ways of relating to the world and each other through an exploration of nature’s ways. With the intent of deepening integration and learning, individual experiences will be processed in small groups where participants will be given the opportunity to express themselves in their own stories and to act as a mirror for the stories of others. 

This workshop is experiential and includes both group work and significant time in solitude in nature. By the end of our time together you will have an inspired understanding of who you are and your place in the world. You will deepen your understanding of the healing and supportive qualities of nature, rekindling your relationship to self and renewing your connection to the Earth.

Nature as a Mirror includes study and activities in the following areas

  • Medicine wheel teachings
  • Mirroring as a group technique for processing experience
  • Council practice
  • Working with nature’s signs and symbols
  • Self-generated ceremony and ritual
  • Reconnection to self, others, and nature
  • Awareness and mindfulness practices
  • Contemplative time in solitude on the land

While there will be lots of time outdoors, physical activity will not exceed the capabilities of most people.


The course fee is $400.00 - $600.00.  We have established a sliding scale for this program in order to make it accessible to a wide range of people. We have set forth no criteria and trust that each individual will pay what they feel is appropriate.  

Guides: Corinna Stevenson & Wes Gietz

Workshop Location

The Nature as a Mirror workshop is held at CanAdventure Education’s beautiful Forest Camp located on 40 private acres bordering the crystal clear waters of the Salmon River in the Sayward Valley. The land features majestic old-growth forest, grassy meadows, and many species of edible, medicinal, and culturally significant plants. Visitors are graced with regular visits from a local herd of Roosevelt Elk, and the annual salmon run draws in wildlife of all kinds, including black bears and bald eagles.

Facilities include a 1,500 square foot lodge with full kitchen, a traditional sweat lodge, a cabin and prospector-style wall tents for shared accommodation, hot showers, and laundry facilities. Electricity, phone, and internet service are also available.

Accommodation and Food

We believe in living simply and sustainably, and accommodations are rustic. The indoor shared accommodation options are available on a first-come basis. There is also plenty of space to pitch a tent.

For those who prefer less rustic accommodation, there are options available in Sayward. Our days will start early and finish late, so if you are choosing this option we strongly recommend staying nearby.

Food is provided.  In the spirit of community, participants help with meal preparation and cleanup.



Sayward, Mid-Vancouver Island, BC: June 24-28, 2015.  
Cost $400.00-600.00