Honouring Seasons

The process of creating is very simple, and often unexpected, for me now. I like to set an intention, get out in nature, collect beautiful objects, and express creatively. This mandala moment honours the changing seasons and nature.

Projects and Purpose

I always have a project on the go that helps me feel productive and purposeful. Maintaining and evolving The Hive involves continuous attention. We have been cleaning debris and clearing a portion of the forest that belongs to our property for years and years. As well, the buildings are always being updated with features that help make the guest experience … Read More

Birch Polypore

Some interesting mushrooms are popping up at The Hive. Birch Polypore is not considered a delicacy but it is a powerful medicinal mushroom that is anti-viral, anti-parastic and anti-bacterial. Makes a good tea!

Mandala Moment

#MandalaMoment – For all of those who bring immeasurable gifts to the #corporeal realm. Remembering with gratitude, my friend Gail.

Lakeside Love

For the first time in over 20 years, our family returned to Balsam Lake. It was our Provincial Park de choix when we were younger. So many memories and good times! A couple of weeks later we went back to Balsam Lake for a 2-night camping trip. It was chilly but a lot of fun! I was able to explore parts … Read More

Plant Power at The Hive

My friends, companions, healers… wild, edible, medicinal. Click to view the short video. In order of appearance: Echinacea, Colts Foot, Dandelion, Violet, Creeping Charlie, Blackberry, Oxeye Daisy, Evening Primrose, Queen Anne’s Lace, Daylily, St. John’s Wort, Tigerlily, Mullein, Self-Heal, Marshmallow, Lamb’s Quarters, Chicory, Purslane, Staghorn Sumac, Wood Sorrel

Searching for Signs

Sharon Mendelaoui, Founder and Creative Director of Daily Dream 360, writes about her profound experience at The Hive.“I had no idea that during this visit to the Hive Centre and by participating in a few spiritual ceremonies, crafts and nature walks, I’d receive so much enlightenment.” Click here to read Winter Spiritual Retreat at the Hive Centre in Durham. *Photo … Read More

Wild Views

Coming Soon! Exploring All Things Barefoot, Wild + Free. Hosted by Shayne Traviss + Elsii Faria

Ultimate Ontario Article

In February 2020, 11 incredible individuals from the Toronto Bloggers Collective stayed at The Hive as part of a Durham Tour thanks to Central Counties Tourism. It feels like the retreat was a gift for all of us – especially in light of what has happened since. Much appreciation to Christopher James Mitchell and Kevin Wagar for featuring The Hive … Read More

A Hearty Laugh

A hearty laugh before the “Let’s Chat” video call lead by Your Vivid Life’s Shayne Traviss. So grateful to share thoughts about sustainability via The Hive Centre and 1COMMUNITY1. It was a full zoom room with interesting perspectives and insights on how people are navigating this unchartered territory. What a great ending with Jeremiah Hill’s beautiful version of “Feeling Good”. … Read More