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Step into Ecstasy this Spring

Step into Ecstasy this Spring

By Ciel Patenaude – It has been a lengthy, bizarre, and intense winter, rife with viruses that wouldn’t quit, overwhelming political and sociological events both south of the border and within our own boundaries, extreme and levelling blocks of frigid arctic air, and the snow that just kept coming. Hopefully by the time you’re reading […]

NATURAL HEALTH | The Art of Getting Sick: Becoming a Mindful & Empowered Patient

NATURAL HEALTH | The Art of Getting Sick: Becoming a Mindful & Empowered Patient

By Ciel Patenaude — It’ s not likely that many of us will escape the winter season without getting the cold and/or flu at some point. Maybe it hits us early (and hard, as it has been for some people locally already), or maybe we will make it almost to spring before getting knocked out, but it’s […]

ARTS & CULTURE | The Lifelong Learner

ARTS & CULTURE | The Lifelong Learner

By Ciel Patenaude — Along with the turning leaves and cooler days, September is synonymous with schooling for millions of children in the northern hemisphere. With that feeling we can all likely remember – a confusing combination of anticipation, excitement and dread – kids will be back in the classrooms this month, getting ready for learning […]

ENVIRONMENT | Oceans Day

ENVIRONMENT | Oceans Day

By Ciel Patenaude —   In the first week of May, I travelled to Mayne Island, one of the more southern Gulf Islands just off the coast of Vancouver, to visit my parents. Riding the ferry across (as I have done hundreds of times before) I was hit with the salty bite of the ocean […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Ciel Patenaude unveils “The Knowing”

ARTS & CULTURE | Ciel Patenaude unveils “The Knowing”

By Brent Morton — Williams Lake’s multi-talented Ciel Patenaude, whose brand new exhibit opens on April 2 at the Station House Gallery, took a moment to sit down to discuss her epic new collection. Ciel, imagine you’re in an elevator, on the ground floor, and in walks the curator of a famous gallery. You have 30 […]

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Encounters with the Unknown

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Encounters with the Unknown

  By Ciel Patenaude — A happy new year to you all! I hope that the holidays were a peaceful yet transformative time. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend this past December in the southern hemisphere, exploring the city and jungle wilds of Peru and Bolivia with a good friend. The trip […]

NATURAL HEALTH | Stepping Up or Numbing Out: The importance of self-discovery

NATURAL HEALTH | Stepping Up or Numbing Out: The importance of self-discovery

  By Ciel Patenaude– We human beings will do just about anything to avoid really looking at ourselves, at our true selves. We will go to no ends to avoid really seeing and understanding our emotional damages and how they shape our lives—and what we can do about them. We will shop, eat, drink, drug, […]

SPIRITUALITY | The Tools and Possibilities of Shamanic Practice

SPIRITUALITY | The Tools and Possibilities of Shamanic Practice

By Ciel Patenaude — Shamanism is the oldest known system of healing practice on Earth, and yet it offers great wisdom to our contemporary challenges. Deeply connected to and reflective of nature and the oneness of all things, this practice seeks to reconnect an individual with their spiritual path within the context of the whole. […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | National Wildlife Week: Seeking the Soul in Nature

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | National Wildlife Week: Seeking the Soul in Nature

By Ciel Patenaude —  What is often seen as the “childlike” tendency to attribute human qualities to animals and the rest of the nonhuman world has long been criticized as undeveloped thinking by many so-called sophisticated realists and philosophers. Viewed as a process of immature “psychological projection”—the process through which a person unconsciously rejects his […]