What we're about

Medicine Journeys is a community of people from all walks of life
practising relationship with each other and the Earth.

* A different kind of outdoor group, held on unceded Coast Salish territory, in the Vancouver area
* Adventures on the land, to fall in love with wild places.

* Learning and participating in ecosystems through the ways of all our human ancestors:
* Improvised group singing and dancing, to build a spiritual connection to the land
* Foraging - greens, medicines, mushrooms, berries, roots
* Fishing for food - Trout, Salmon...
* Hunting for food - Grouse, Hare, Deer...
* Bushcraft and ancestral skills - camping with less gear and more connection.

* Respecting indigenous cultures while supporting settlers in our journeys back into relationship with the Earth
* Building a diverse community of folks with different skills and backgrounds
* Slowing down, taking pictures, singing, and enjoying the places we discover

* Mentoring the next generations of youth to develop a strong bond with Nature and one another
* Giving back through habitat restoration work
* Protecting ecosystems while receiving some sustenance from them - investment - accountability - integrity
* Preparing and sharing food with gratitude

*** Important *** We are committed to an authentic practice which draws on our own traditions. We are sensitive to the issue of cultural appropriation. We follow all laws and codes of ethics for wilderness travel, foraging, fishing, and hunting, to learn to steward wild places for future generations. Everyone participates at their own risk and only for activities for which they are sufficiently prepared.

See You Soon!

Visit Medicine Kitchens (http://medicinekitchens.org)

Visit the Medicine Kitchens' Blog, Tägliche Grund (http://medicinekitchens.tumblr.com/)

Here is a beautiful description of Sangha, a community of practise, from buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (http://www.lionsroar.com/the-practice-of-sangha/).

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Queer Hunters Circle
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Hunting is a profound act of relationship. Many hetero families hunt and share the food. As queers, we have often been excluded from this ritual, through heteronormative assumptions about hunters, homophobia, and our urban queer communities. I would like to form a circle of queer hunters. We will go and hunt deer, grouse, etc on the land and share the experience and the food with our queer family. In this way, we will nourish our communities and our connection to the land. RSVP to this event if you're queer or an ally who is interested in nourishing our queer family thru hunting.

Kayak, Fish, Forage, Hunt and Protect the Ocean
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** DUE TO MY PERSONAL SCHEDULE, THIS COURSE HAS BEEN POSTPONED TIL 2017! In the mean time, please feel free to RSVP to indicate your interest for next year!!! We are teaming up with the leading sea-kayak guide organization, SKILS, to offer this one-of-a-kind 6 day course on relating with our Pacific Oceans. 2 days of kayaking skills development The course will start with a 2 day introduction to kayak skills. Suitable for new kayakers, this will take you through the curriculum for Paddle Canada Level 1, including weather, navigation, and day touring skills. 1 day of marine foraging Then, we will continue onto foraging in the marine environment. Beginning with marine conservation and ethics, we will practice safely foraging and preparing delicious wild edibles such as seaweeds, chanterelle mushrooms, and shellfish (pending red tides/closures)-- skills that you can take with you on kayak adventures. 1/2 day introduction to kayak fishing 2 days kayak fishing adventure We will follow foraging with a dive into kayak fishing. Paddling to spots where salmon, rockfish and lingcod are abundant and practicing angling them for food. 1/2 day of information about kayak hunting Then, we will learn about how to hunt for animals such as geese, ducks and bear from a kayak. The work ''kayak'' is an Inuit word that means, "vehicle to hunt". *** For deepest immersion and learning, this course will be capped at 4 participants. *** Our instructor, JF Marleau, is one of the most sought after sea kayak guides in Canada. JF has taught kayaking and guiding expeditions across Canada since 1998. He is a certified Full Guide Level 4, Guide Trainer and Examiner, as well as vice-president, of the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC (SKGABC) since 2004. He is a certified Level 4 Instructor and Level 3 Instructor Trainer with Paddle Canada. JF is a pioneer of kayak fishing in Canada, and is also the author of books such as Kayaking the Broken Group Islands. The Essential Guidebook. JF is also the author of the kayak fishing chapter in John’s Dowd classic book Sea Kayaking: A Manual for Long-Distance Touring. If you have never met JF before, it is easy to pick him out of the crowd as his strong French accent cannot hide him for long. Skils.ca (http://skils.ca/training/kayak-fishing.html) If you're interested, please RSVP and send us a message. We will set a date with JF when we have enough interest. It looks like it will be in the fall. I will put folks in touch with JF and he can provide more information about the course. There is also room to tailor the course to suit individual needs. Cost for this incredible 6 day journey will be 825$ per person, plus 5% GST. Equipment and gear, including kayaks, fishing rods, and wetsuit / immersion gear, is included.

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