People inquire if spending a month in secluded wilderness was frightening.
Was the duration of the trip a challenge?
Did I crave the comforts of civilized life?
In fact, quite the opposite.
I hadn’t applied for the project.
The invitation to join renown artists on expedition of the boreal forest was a complete surprise.
I had 24 hours to make a decision.
24 hours to decide to spend a month with 5 complete strangers
…in remote northern wilderness.
We would travel by canoe,live in tents,
and have no communication to the outside world.
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We would carry all provisions for 30 days on our backs.
I needed to budget for the adventure, re- organize projects & plans.
The expedition was to begin in 6 weeks.
The experience was professionally and personally, transforming.
I discovered a new rhythm of life in the wild.
I found new friends in talented artists who I would call my ‘boreal family’.
I rediscovered a relationship with the wilderness I had known as a child.
Brilliant sunsets with shorelines ablaze lit fire in every brushstroke I painted.
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I became a resident of the boreal.
No longer a visitor, everything changes.
The cravings only began when I returned to civilization.
I craved how the paddle felt in my hands rippling in the clear lakes we traversed. I craved its melody.
I ached for fresh air and open spaces.
I craved the forest, it’s scent, life & colour, it’s welcoming spirit.
I yearned to hear the night voices of the wilderness, the call of a loon and slap of the beavers tail, the whisper of the wind in the pine.
The expedition would be one of my most profound experiences.