I was born in 1988 in the land of black bears and sandy soils, a small town in northern Ontario called Sioux Lookout.
For almost ten years I’ve been collecting tools & techniques for helping modern humans rediscover razor sharp naturalist instincts, and my goal is to share them with you.
My Journey Into The Wilderness…
When I was 15 I had an experience of sudden lucid clarity while hiking in the woods.
I became aware of my senses in a way I had never before experienced. The trees seemed to shimmer as sounds of rushing water & bird song filled my ears. The air entering my lungs was electric.
I realized that something about being in that environment had stimulated my mind into an altered state of consciousness where I could think more clearly.
Being normally a very scattered & rather ADD child, it was striking to notice how quiet and focused my mind was.
I began taking regular extended walks in nature as a way to stimulate insight.
I later discovered the books of Tom Brown Jr and became a dedicated student of his lessons about nature awareness and living closely to the earth.
Discovering The Wilderness Inside…
I believe that paying attention to nature is one of the secrets to activating the full potential of the human brain.
But I’ve also observed that most people in modern times are going about it in totally the wrong way.
Most people have lots of ideas… but very few skills. It’s the dreaded NATO syndrome. No Action Talk Only.
It means there are lots of people who like the idea of awakening their naturalist instincts, but never actually do anything to build skills with plants & birds of their local ecosystem.
That’s Where My Focus Is Different.
My focus is and always has been 100% practical.
I recognized early on in my journey that connecting with nature has to start with one simple question…
What can you do?
- Can you start fires by rubbing sticks together?
- Can you locate wild animals by listening to bird alarms?
- Can you track shifting patterns in plants, trees, insects, weather & landscape topography through all four seasons?
- Can you follow the footprints of wildlife through the forest?
The more you can do… The more you can be.
And the more you can be… The less you need.
What Was The Path To Where I Am Now?
After high school I attended the Wilderness Awareness school started by Tom Brown’s student, Jon Young.
While it was an amazingly profound and life-changing experience, it was hugely expensive and draining on my finances.
I wanted to create a way for others like me to go deep into nature awareness skills without needing to travel & spend all that money.
Of course, there’s no replacement for live experiences with a mentor, but I believe my online courses will help you get started on the right foot.
I can help you practice and train your outdoor skills without needing to uproot your life and travel thousands of miles in search of the right teacher.
Get Started On Your Nature Mentoring Journey:
I’m always cooking up new training opportunities.
Probably the best place for beginners to get started is by watching my free training video – How To Read The Secrets of A Forest
Or… If you want to learn how you can start getting closer to wildlife by listening to bird alarms, check out the Bird Language Adventure Series