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Walking the trails of the Pacific Rim
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Watching for Right Whales in Clayoquot Sound
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Walk the Big Tree Trail on magical Meares Island
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Visit locations that inspired Emily Carr
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Savour exceptional amenities and handcrafted cuisine at our lodge

Tofino, B.C.: In Our Nature

May 09-15, 2021

7 days | Canada | Cultural Explorations

Social, political, economic and environmental changes have necessitated that we rethink our relationship with nature – to see it afresh and to learn to tell new stories about how we fit in the natural world and how the natural world fits in us.

In May 2021, come explore the unique and dynamic beauty of the west coast of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. We will focus our attention on the land, the water, the skies and the trees – providing us with an opportunity to encounter, to explore and to re-envision the elements. Join philosopher, nature observer and art lover, Wendy O’Brien as we hike through old growth rainforest, walk along the Pacific coastline, go whale watching in Clayoquot Sound, star gazes far away from city lights and takes an unforgettable trip to the wondrous Meare’s Island.

Incorporating works of writers and artists from British Columbia and beyond, through shared enquiry and personal reflection, we will take up the challenge of rethinking and rewriting the stories we tell ourselves – individually and collectively – about our place in nature and nature’s place in us.
Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$3595 + 15% HST
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Accommodations at the Long Beach Lodge or similar, transportation for daily activities; most meals; experienced guides for walks and excursions; two water-based excursions; all sightseeing and entrance fees; gratuities; daily discussions hosted by Wendy O’Brien

"There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough to pay attention to the story" - Linda Hogan

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Tofino: Orientation
2Rainforest Discovery: The Land
3Whale Watching: Of Water
4Hiking the Coast: On Trees
5Story Tellers: Emily Carr and First Nations Carvers
6Meares Island: New Narratives
7Depart Tofino
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Your Tour Leader

Dr. Wendy O'Brien is a celebrated philosopher, teacher and interviewer. With over 30 years experience teaching in post-secondary education, she's given talks and led seminars on creativity, beauty and wonder at Humber College, Oxford University, Harvard, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Women's Art Association, Classical Pursuits and The International Festival of Authors.

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Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$3595 + 15% HST
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Accommodations at the Long Beach Lodge or similar, transportation for daily activities; most meals; experienced guides for walks and excursions; two water-based excursions; all sightseeing and entrance fees; gratuities; daily discussions hosted by Wendy O’Brien

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