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Foundational Stones Toward Mythtelling

by Martin Shaw 

via Earthlines Magazine

martin-shaw-photoMythologist and wilderness rites-of-passage guide Martin Shaw has been described by Robert Bly as “a true master” and as “one of the very greatest storytellers we have.” Author of the award-winning ‘A Branch From The Lightning Tree: ecstatic myth and the grace in wildness’, he leads the Oral Tradition: Myth, Folktale, and Fairy Tale programme at Stanford University in the U.S., and is visiting lecturer on Desmond Tutu’s leadership programme at Oxford University. Director of the Westcountry School of Myth on Dartmoor, he lived under canvas for four years to get a deeper sense of the pockets of the wild still contained in Great Britain. Martin Shaw presents Mythteller at Hollyhock May 22 – 27, 2015.

Foundational Stones Towards Mythtelling

1. The Wild Crucible of the Psyche

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7 Years of Patience

Photo courtesy of woodleywonderworks, Flickr Creative Images

There is a big story in Vancouver that is garnering little public attention but it is a great story. It is a story of commitment, of patience, of passion and of fortitude. Trevor Bowden, Jacob Malthouse, and Anastasia O’Rourke founded Big Room in 2007, here in Vancouver, with an aim to coordinate the community’s application for the .eco top level domain.

Back in 2007 Vancouver hadn’t hosted the Winter Olympics. William and Kate hadn’t married. The iPhone 4 hadn’t been released, let alone the 5 or the 6. The economic meltdown hadn’t happened. While 2007 seems a long time ago, it was the year that this dynamic team gave birth to the idea that the release of the .eco domain would be best served in the hands of a community body, not a private sector organization. With patience, passion and creativity these people have lived this dream for 7 years, taking on board supporters at every step of the way. There was no guarantee of a win, particularly as only one other community application had ever won a domain before them (.hotel).

Several weeks ago ICAAN (the body that monitors the global Domain Name System) announced Big Room as the winners of the bid.  For seven years, the Big Room team has patiently followed it’s dream, shifting fluidly from goal post to goal post as the ICAAN released ever-changing requirements.  In our fast-paced world, where we demand results immediately, this kind of determination and patience is dwindling and unheralded. It is simply fantastic that Big Room has beaten it’s competitors, that it’s investors have stayed behind the dream and with the team every step of the way, and that the future of the .eco domain is in the hands of Global Community Leaders.


Photo courtesy of davidpball.com Google Images

Congratulations to Trevor, Jacob and all of your ‘crew’ that have made this happen.

One planet, one internet, one domain.

#doteco @doteco

A fine pairing!

Photo Credit: Luis Vidal, Flikr Creative Commons

Cheese and Wine, Hollyhock and Cortes, Oysters and Hot Sauce, Bread and Jam are all examples of great pairings in life.  This summer Hollyhock brings together two talented and experienced individuals, in a unique pairing, to offer an in-depth study of the stunning nature of Cortes Island.


Suzanne Northcott is a returning presenter, world renowned for her interdisciplinary art work.  Suzanne is based in British Columbia, and knows well the bounty of nature available to aspiring artists on the Pacific shores.

Hollyhock naturalist and presenter, Bill Ophoff.
Hollyhock naturalist and presenter, Bill Ophoff.

Bill Ophoff is Hollyhock’s resident naturalist of over 15 years, and is known to all visiting guests of Hollyhock as the Oyster Barbeque Chef.  If you visit Hollyhock during the Oyster season, you will see Bill and his band of volunteer oyster-shuckers hard at work preparing the oysters for the guests.  As well, Bill leads programs and weekly nature hikes around the island, to teach us about our surroundings in BC’s West Coast eco-system.

Over 5 days, you can build your own Naturalist Notebook, filled with information and watercolours, inspired by the teachings of Bill and Suzanne.  Join them for The Naturalist’s Notebook from August 29 to September 3.

10 Reasons Why Adventure Travel Is Good for You

Please note, this article first appeared in Olaf’s CornerThe Official Blog of Natural Habitat Expeditions. We have reposted here because it seems like good advice.

By Candice Gaukel Andrews

For the past two-and-a-half years, I have been writing about adventure topics for The Adventure Corner travel blog, on everything from the merits of bumpy roads to tracking devices on narwhals. From my own thoughts on adventure to the latest scientific research, we’ve covered a lot of ground together.

Looking over all of these articles since my first appeared here on February 9, 2010, I realize that one theme keeps showing up: Adventure travel is simply good for you. So I’ve compiled a Top Ten list of the reasons why.

While there are several physical health benefits to adventure travel (see Nos. 1, 2, and 3, below), the advantages for your mental wellness are just as impressive (Nos. 4, 5, and 6). Too, adventure travel can enlighten your soul (Nos. 7 and 8 ) and even help save the world (Nos. 9 and 10).
Can you think of anything else that can do all that? Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Adventure Travel Is Good for You

The Turtle Makes a Comeback

By Brooke Spencer

Original Article by Lindsey Little Via Ecorazzi 

Ecorazzi, Green Sea Turtle

Florida’s coastline is slowly starting to show more and more sea turtle nests due to their conservation efforts over the last twenty years. Sea turtles were added to the endangered species list in 1978.

According to Archie Carr, an ecologist at the University of Florida, at their lowest number, there were only thirty to forty turtle nests on Florida’s coastline. However, now that number has since doubled within the state.

University zoologist, Llewellyn Ehrhart has said that is one of America’s greatest wildlife conservation stories. The turtles were “decimated so badly” and finally the numbers are starting to grow again.

The South Eastern United States took action in their coastal communities in order to reestablish the population of sea turtles. One method they used included reducing the street and building light intensity. The bright lights as well as other disturbances  can often deter nesting turtles; they prefer quiet dark places to lay their eggs.

Artificial lighting  near nests can also confuse baby turtles and encourage them to wander away from the sea toward dangers like  buildings and storm drains. Turtles can end up dehydrated, enter traffic or fall prey to raccoons, ghost crabs or even fire ants.

There have also been new restrictions imposed on certain development lands in order to preserve nesting places.

During the seventies, as a member of the endangered species, turtle eggs were banned from being harvested and turtles meat was no longer allowed to be eaten or sold. Stopping people from eating turtles has also had a big impact on the returning  population.

This conservation feat  has been a successful community effort. The public has taken great interest in recovery efforts as well as the turtle serving measures, like dimmer lightening near the sea.

People also try to save nests that may well have been destroyed by rescuing them from construction sites or in places where waves can wash them away at high tide.

This positive team effort has paid off in great strides.

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