GENEVIEVE - FACILITATOR
I live and breathe my work. I am a Forest School Practitioner and my passion is Permaculture. I had the privilege to become a certified Permaculture Educator at the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children. I also have an ongoing journey of Deep Diving into Nature Connection with the Wilderness Awareness School. I am always learning from the children, life, the land and amazing mentors. I feel so blessed to have found this community!
For a long time, I found myself becoming emotional about what was wrong in the world. I would give so much of my energy to stopping bad things from happening — things that harmed the environment and harmed us as human beings — and yet, so often, I was left with a sense of frustration.
When my daughter was born, though, I felt a different kind of passion arise. It felt like all of that energy was being transformed and channeled into something greater, a more positive force. I naturally started pouring all of myself into showing my daughter the beautiful world around her, just one moment at a time.I felt that same outpouring of energy as I spent time with other children mindfully interacting with nature.
I have had an ongoing love affair with herbal medicine since I was a little girl. As a permaculture enthusiast and a lifelong wildlife lover I drew inspiration from a trip to the Green School in Bali to create Little Knapsack Club. The Green School rigorously pioneers “sustainability in education”.
With Little Knapsack, my devotion to help the world has found a joyful expression. Instead of focusing on what should be stopped, I find myself attending to what should be nurtured and cultivated. It feels like I am finally doing what I am meant to be doing. It comes very naturally and is definitely an evolution in progress!
I feel grounded, knowing that in each moment I have a clear purpose: to devote my love towards making the people around me… well, feel loved.
For every child we support within our very privileged system, I try and find a solution to support youth in marginalized communities. My hope is that one day we can offer a scholarship to any child wanting to adventure with us but unable to.
MINETTE - FACILITATOR
Welcome to “Little Knapsack Club”! I am truly passionate about the outdoors! My love for nature began as a young child growing up on a farm in South Africa. We were always playing outside! Growing up on a farm in the middle of no-where, we didn’t have garbage removal so we made sure that we generated very little waste. Any food products were composted or repurposed. We had beehives on our farm where we had the privilege of sampling raw honey whenever we wanted. Every day was a new adventure!
When I was 16, I moved to Toronto with my parents. Although I love my family, Toronto never felt like the perfect fit for me. I felt drawn to the mountains, the fresh air, the milder climate and the ocean. I now live in Port Coquitlam with my husband and my daughters. I am an avid composter and I maintain a small fruit and vegetable garden. I support local farmers wherever possible.
The quote that I live by is “Be the change you wish to see in this world” – Gandhi.
Our children are my hope for a better, greener and healthier future and any part that I can have in teaching them to love and appreciate nature is a true blessing.
I am a certified Early Childhood Educator and operated a successful home daycare with emphasis on outdoor play and exploration for 3 years. I have my Forest School Training Certificate with Fresh Air Learning and I’m First Aid and CPR certified. I’m also a Doula and Documentary Photographer with “Birth of Hope”.
JANE - FACILITATOR
I am most passionate about connecting children with nature, sustainable food systems and animal welfare.I have been Chair of the Colony Farm Park Association for four years and has been activity organizing children 's program at the Park.
I possesses a BA in Environmental Studies and I am graduated from the Ecosystems Management Program. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Education.
I work for the Provincial Health Services Authority and the PIPE UP Network. I volunteer with the Rivershed Society of BC and I am a graduate of their Sustainable Living Leadership program which involved paddling the 1400km length of the Fraser River. Most importantly, I am a mother to two young children :)
JAMIE - FACILITATOR
I am a warm and passionate person who gets excited about life. I am currently studying to become an Elementary School Teacher. I am born and raised from Belcarra BC where the Indian Arm was my playground. This unique upbringing shaped me into who I am today, a steward for the planet. Education is where I want and need to be to teach our future generations about sustainability.
My formal educational background is in Associate Degree in Global Stewardship where I learned how to become a change maker. I have a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts where I created a children’s book.
I will support your child with an open mind, big heart and smile. Now let's have fun and learn together!
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T'UY'T'TANAT - CEASE
My nickname is Cease; my traditional Name is T’uy’t'tanat. I am a student of life, and I have chosen/been chosen by, the plant medicine world, to learn and utilize medicines for healing and strengthening. I have grown up with the Skwxwu7mesh Uximixw. I am Skwxwu7mesh, Sto:Lo, Hawaiian, and Swiss.
I am an Ethnobotanist, Media Artist, Aboriginal Youth Worker and a dedicated food security activist. I work collaboratively through writing, producing, directing and mentoring communities and individuals. My work involves site-specific and culturally focused teaching with storytelling as means to sharing knowledge.
I have spent my teenage-hood to my adulthood researching and learning how to practice as much of my indigenous culture as I can. Reciprocity is invaluable to indigenous cultures. This is how I see my learning and teaching practice and discipline.
I love plants. I LOVE MAKING MEDICINES! I love nature and all that we are gifted through Grandmother Nature and Grandfather Rocks. I spend most of my outdoor time in gardens and forests. I attribute my gardening skills to my family. My father is a master gardener, as were my Nahanee family ancestors. I work as an eco-tourist guide in the spring/summer/fall months in the local forests and waterways surrounding Vancouver. I am a co-owner in a tea go pan called "Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co" with my daughter Senaqwila.
Mother Earth is so important, and how easy it is for us all to live better by taking care of our collective home and Mother while taking care of ourselves. I encourage everyone I talk to, to grow some food, barter for some food, make art, compost. Please Learn everything you can try help the bees and other pollinators.
My passion is in the service of others and helping people find holistic solutions to well being and wholeness.
I have been a herbal healing alchemist ever since I was old enough to play pretend I was a witch. I have worked in the health food industry for over 17 years. My interest in nutrition eventually evolved into the large scope of holistic medicine. I recently completed an Herbal and Sustainable agricultural internship with Chanchal Cabrera on Innisfree Farm. During that time I dedicated myself to learning more modalities of healing with herbs, wildcrafting and food gathering being my highlight.
I have a huge passion for organic gardening and sustainable agriculture. Sustainable living engenders consciousness in children that they are part of a life system that supports them. I believe that getting little ones re-connected to nature is crucial to the livelihood of generations to come. They are the future.
I finished a yoga teacher training at Karma Teachers and also finished a course geared at addictions and mental health, with Gabor Mate called Beyond Addictions, yogic path to recovery. I am grateful that Karma Teachers makes yoga accessible to those groups that might not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in yoga classes.
I am big on remaining curious and seeking as many adventures I can fit into this lifetime. Meeting new people and making the best of anywhere your're at is crucial to my happiness and wellbeing. I Love B.C. and all the hidden treasures it holds. I am interested in learning more to benefit others and to carry healing to the communities I serve. I see every person as an extension of my family.