Join us for a 4-day experiential learning adventure in August where we will explore four of Canada's most beautiful places: Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Mount Robson National Parks.
Join us for unique nature immersion experience where you will learn about ancient history, immersive meditation and the unique ecology of the Canadian Rockies.
Come on the adventure of a lifetime that will awaken your senses and be a catalyst for developing a stronger connection with nature.
Along the way we will visit many of the most awe-inspiring places in the Canadian Rockies national park system.
On this 4-day experiential learning adventure, you will learn about the local ecology, practice sensory immersion meditation and learn about the ancient history of the Rocky Mountains that stretch from New Mexico to the Yukon.
We will unplug from the busyness of the modern world and immerse ourselves in the healing forests where we will forge a deeper connection with the more-than-human world and the "felt presence" of your immediate experience.
Meditation is not merely a practice or routine, it's a way of life spent living in presence and connection with the elements of nature that give us vitality: the earth, air, sun, and water.
We can healing ourselves and Planet Earth by expanding our ability to tune into the living spirit all around us so you can feel a deeper connection to the living, breathing Earth that gives us life.
On this experiential learning adventure in the Canadian Rockies, you'll discover a magical world of healing plants and medicinal mushrooms that grow in our midst.
Develop a fresh way of seeing the interconnectedness of nature and experience with deeper embodiment while tuning your feelings and senses into the beauty and wonder of nature.
As a bonus, you can leave your smartphone in your pocket as we'll be having this adventure filmed by a professional videographer so you will get lots of jaw-dropping photos and a adventure recap video from the adventure that you can share afterwards on social media.
Our first day together, we will explore the majesty of Banff National Park and make a pilgrimage to legendary spot known as Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
Here is what adventures will include on our first day exploring at this nature retreat experience in the forest:
We'll start by taking the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for the spectacular view and then taking the panoramic backside trail back down to the village while stopping at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site where the National Park was established.
For lunch we'll hike up from Lake Louise to the Lake Agnes Teahouse that is surrounded by fascination geological formations called the Beehives. This is a good spot to sit and relax for lunch while enjoying panoramic views of Lake Louise valley below.
A trip to Banff National Park would be incomplete without a pilgrimage to Moraine Lake, which is one of the most photographed places in the world. Rather than just experiencing it from the touristy spots, we'll climb up to the top of the Tower of Babel for a better view and learn about the mysterious ancient pictographs on the rocks.
From Moraine Lake we will spend a couple hours exploring the wild and wonderful Larch Valley with sweeping vistas of the Valley of the Ten Peaks and the surrounding peaks and glaciers of the Lake Louise area. We'll find a great spot to watch the sunset over the Continental Divide.
Crossing the continental divide that marks the border between Alberta and British Columbia we'll explore the emerald green lakes and towering waterfalls of Yoho National Park.
Here is what adventures will include on our second day exploring on this ecological learning adventure in the Canadian Rockies:
In the morning, we'll hike into spectacular Lake O'Hara and exploring the lookouts around the area. This is an excellent spot for a bears, moose, wolverines, and other large mammals.
Afterwards, we will stop for lunch and some canoeing at Emerald Lake and then venture to Takkakaw Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada.
Next we'll drive up the Icefields Parkway visting Peyto Lake and Bow Lake.
At the higher evelations of the Icefields Parkway we'll stop at the valley of the waterfalls to watch 30+ waterfalls pouring out of the glaciers in the sky above.
Heading north on the Icefields Parkway, we'll explore Jasper National Park and go looking for moose in the wetlands and meadows along Maligne Lake.
Here is what adventures will include on our third day exploring the awe-inspiring glaciers and lakes of the Canadian Rockies:
Learn how fungi mycelium, what's called the "Wood Wide Web" and how it enables the miracle of life by interconnecting the forest ecosystem. Discover an amazing world of healing plants and mushrooms that grow in the forests across Western Europe.
Discover the ancient philosophy that once underpinned Western Civilization and is encoded throughout the architecture of Europe. We will also look at the dark side of Enlightenment rationalism that has led us to the point of ecological collapse and alienation from nature.
Along the world-famous Icefields Parkway we'll explore the best most beautiful and interesting lakes, waterfalls, and trails.
We will visit the spectacular Maligne Lake and look and visit Medicine Lake and Spirit Island. We'll spend some time relaxing in the meadows and wetlands, which is one of the best places in the national parks to encounter the Rocky Mountain Moose.
On our last day, we will make a spiritual pilgrimage to the cleansing turquoise waters of Mount Robson's Berg Lake.
Here is what adventures will include on our last day exploring the wonders of the Canadian Rockies:
In the morning, we'll head to explore Mount Robson National Park. What’s remarkable about this mountain is how incredibly high it rises above the valley floor. The vertical rise is almost 3 km from the base to the summit. It is the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
We'll spend the day following the Robson River along the world famous Berg Lake Trail.
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Rocky Mountain chain.
In the evening, we will return to Calgary on the Icefields Parkways seeing the amazing scenery in reverse.
Friday, August 16th - Monday, August 19th, 2019
Exploring the Canadian Rockies through 4 National Parks: Banff, Yoho, Jasper and Mount Robson.
Early bird pricing available until July 15th. Includes food and camping.
Kyle Pearce is from Vancouver, British Columbia has been designing and leading experiential learning adventures, nature immersion retreats, and forest meditation workshops through Animist Ecology since 2015.
He has spent the last decade traveling the world in the winters studying ancient history, religious traditions, and meditation practices with teachers from around the world. He also runs a self-directed learning website called DIY Genius helping students develop their focus, creativity, and self-motivation.
We will be camping for this 4-day adventure and enjoying bonfires under the stars. Your food and the camp sites are covered for you but you should bring your own tent and sleeping bag.
We will be doing some challenging hikes on this adventure so you will need to be in good condition and wear a pair of hiking boots.
If you have any questions about this Rocky Mountain Spirit Quest, you can contact us here.
Learn about the interconnected ecology of the Rocky Mountains: lakes, rivers, glaciers, bears, moose, wild flowers, mushrooms and trees.
Immerse yourself in a fascinating world of awe and wonder as we explore healing plants, medicinal mushrooms and our special relationship with the other living beings in the web of life.
Explore with a small group of ecological-oriented changemakers that want to reconnect with nature and learn how to create a regenerative culture by studying and being inspired by nature.
Rather than learning through textbooks and lectures, our focus on all of our ecological adventures is experiential learning.
We will explore the forest of Banff National Park learning about the plants, trees, mushrooms, and abundant wildlife.
You will learn immersive meditation practices to quiet the incessant chatter of the analytical mind and feel a deeper sense of embodiment in your present moment experience.
Along the way, you'll also discover the unique biodiversity of the Canadian Rockies and why this area is so important to protect for future generations.
Participate in this experiential learning adventure exploring 4 spectacular national parks in the Canadian Rockies.
"My experience was a great introduction into a vast new world of connections. The workshop was ideal for every level, as Kyle catered to the unique interests of all individuals that day. Kyle has a depth of knowledge that spans beyond pure mushroom ecology which creates a very dynamic experience. We were able to find many different species of mushrooms and identify them with Kyle's expertise. Kyle also provided a dense list of references and review from the session so there was no pressure to take notes and tons of resources to consult after the session! The forest meditation was an awesome experience and one that I have added to my meditation practices and can practice on my own. Kyle did a fantastic job making a connection with everyone and ensuring all questions were answered. He is so knowledgable on so many topics that he is able to add context to the geographic location, the ecology of the forest and even some anthropologic history. All around a fantastic experience that I would recommend to everyone regardless of their level of mushroom knowledge/interest."
"I enjoyed the retreat immensely and the knowledge gained/processed in a short time was enlightening and encouraging. There is much to learn about the amazing world we live in and our connection at the core to nature. We are nature! I mostly enjoyed the "gnosis" that happened while experiencing my learning together with all the other participants. Kyle was awesome at keeping the learning experiential and engaging and allowing everyone to contribute to the learning based on their journey of animism and personal connections with nature. I highly recommend this retreat to further your awareness of the forgotten knowledge of trees and mushrooms and leave feeling inspired that collectively we can form a deeper relationship with nature and others."