My connection to nature in my early years was cultivated through a rich childhood of growing up on a horse farm in Virginia (ON). Horses were the tip of the iceberg. We had just about any and every farm animal imaginable. While the animals grounded me in what it was to be a 'conscious animal myself', the 'place' of our farm is what seized my heart then and ever since. At first glance, the farm was nothing special. Living there, however, provided the beautiful backdrop for endless exploration. The farm was situated in a landscape with towering trees, grassy, flower-laden meadows, a magical creek and a perfect pond captivated me for hours, days on end.   

After moving away from the farm, I studied wildlife biology and became a field researcher, and an expert on endangered species and habitat conservation. After many years in science and conservation, I shifted my energies towards using my personal medicines (a.k.a. 'gifts') in my desire to help rekindle and cultivate the connection.  In studying Reiki, Shinrin-Yoku, Yoga, Medicinal Wild Plants, Access Consciousness, Paganism, Buddhism and other body-mind and spirit modalities, it became clear to me that our next great discoveries aren't in space, in the depths of the oceans, or on the peaks of the tallest mountains. The next great discoveries are in fact, 'recoveries.'  As spiritual and conscious beings, we've lost so much, becoming so detached to most things that truly matter. We've disconnected from our nature, and in doing so we've carved out a huge hole into nature. This we find out, hurts in so many ways. It's time to uncover the once commonly known mysteries in our hearts, our spirits, and in our innate connections to our forests, our wetlands, our beaches, to the wind, through the fire and within that sparkle that rests within the shimmer in our eyes. Our ability to access and cone spiritual abundance to find personal power and courage to overcome any challenge is unlimited. This is our place. It is nature. This is the landscape we must fall in love with again. I invite you on this journey. I invite you to restore your nature. Here are a few photos that reveal a bit of my nature....

Photo courtesy Nicole Daspit.

Photo courtesy Nicole Daspit.

Finding a slightly safe Place to take in the rushing water

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At home, 60 feet up In the boughs of a spruce

Photo courtesy Cathy Merriman.

Photo courtesy Cathy Merriman.

finding a play place around every corner...

Photo courtesy Aysia Porchuk.

Photo courtesy Aysia Porchuk.

Blowing off some steam after a long indoor meeting!

Photo courtesy Cassie Dugsin-Porchuk.

Photo courtesy Cassie Dugsin-Porchuk.

Photo Courtesy Judy Porchuk.  feeding my life long companions and teachers. 

Photo Courtesy Judy Porchuk. 

feeding my life long companions and teachers.