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Creative Nature Retreat During a Creative Nature Retreat at The Hive, you will experience a relaxing soundscape meditation, enjoy forest bathing/shinrin-yoku, participate in a healthy eating interactive cooking session and produce an original artwork - a unique and meaningful experience designed to help you connect to nature and yourself. Join us! Walk in the Woods at The Hive Scientific studies point to significant health benefits related to Forest Bathing / Shinrin Yoku - also known as walking in the woods. Benefits may include a boosted immune system, improved mood, emotions, energy, focus, clarity and sleep. Walk with us at The Hive Centre. Nature Immersion Retreat For a full day, immerse yourself in nature at The Hive Centre. Enjoy a meditation in the forest, lunch by the creek and a nature inspired creative activity using natural materials. Eat, play and create with us! Gather a group of 6+ or contact me to add your name to a list of interested participants. Wild Walks & Tastings Take a walk and learn a little about the plants that grow wild at The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee. Feel the powerful effects of forest bathing and participate in an interactive cooking session and tasting. Click for information. Nature of Self Art Series Nature of Self Art Series is a program designed to help individuals and groups connect to themselves, nature and each other. A great personal growth and team building exercise - perfect for corporations, non-profit organizations, networking groups and youth. Learn more about the Nature of Self Art Series. True Nature Nature helps me connect to my true nature. More than ever, I have been connecting with the natural environment at The Hive. We want you to experience it too. Developments underway to expand our forest offerings... Seeing Signs Have you ever noticed the animals and creatures that cross your path? They may have a message or meaning to consider. A few weeks ago I was at a cottage with my family and I was literally hit in the head with an insect that I learned was a Katydid. When I returned home, the same insect flew into our kitchen. I have never seen it before. I learned that the Katydid is about transformation – shedding old ideas and making way for the new. A relevant message! Business Retreat It was an absolute pleasure to host the Clarington Board of Trade for a Business Retreat at The Hive Centre. The group set intentions, explored strengths and obstacles, enjoyed a vegan meal, experienced a Shinrin Yoku/Forest Bathing session, created beautiful nature art, and participated in a closing fireside ceremony. View photos and video of the CBOT Business Retreat. Spaces and Circles I met Jothi at Community Innovation Lab where we discovered that we share similar interests in creativity, nature and community. Last month she launched HERSpace a space for women to gather, connect, express and create. It was an honour to create a Mandala to celebrate the launch. Art with Heart For over a month, we honoured and remembered at The Hive. During a special day with Mayan Spiritual Guide, Nan Shuni Giron, guests created nature art to commemorate loved ones. The works were hung from a tree and later offered to the fire. View the video. Visioning 2020

I find that the best way to gain insight is to go inward.. and there is no better guide than nature. The process of going inwards helps me be the person I need to be – to go to the heart of a challenge no matter how difficult and to vision the next best steps for me. Read the Jan edition of Elsii E-News.

In Like a Lion

Every decade has an essence. The 1920s were about modernity, technology and consumerism. 100 yrs later, we are seeing the impacts of this movement. 2020 has come in like a lion — my hope is that we go out like a lamb in 2029 — let's make good choices and set the tone! Read the February Edition.

Toronto Bloggers at The Hive

A magical night and day with amazing writers/artists from Toronto Bloggers Collective. We played, explored, learned and, shared. Than you for a delicious vegan meal from Copper Branch Bowmanville and Twenty 1 Desserts. Big thanks Central Counties Tourism, York Durham Headwaters & Durham Tourism and everyone who made it happen! View the video.

The Power of Plants

Soon edible wild plants will be everywhere. It is the perfect time to take advantage of the power of plants to strengthen our immune systems with a high dosage of nutrients. Did you know that every part of the dandelion is edible and full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants? And there are many others plants that can help too... It's easy to make a tea, salad or pesto with wild food. Learn more about plants that heal:

Re-Setting Reality

It feels like the world is on pause... nature and our true nature is calling. We can live in fear and let this amplify our disconnection with each other or we can go inward, focus on the things that matter, get healthy and cultivate compassion. Read the March edition of Elsii E-News.

Delicious Dandelion

Did you know that every part of the dandelion is edible and full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants? Dried ground roots can be used as a substitute for coffee. Use leaves in a salad and flowers in your favourite cookie recipe. Learn more about plants that heal.

Maple Goodness

In March, I made it part of my routine to gather maple water from the trees and boil it throughout the day. I also drank the maple water frequently. Full of electrolytes, the fresh maple water kept me alert, hydrated and connected to the earth. The whole process lead to one pitcher of maple syrup!

Taste of the Wild

I am adding more nutrient dense wild plants to my diet. These are some of the foraged greens collected in my yard. I have been sautéing day lilies (smooth green stalks) with wild garlic mustard, stinging nettle and lemon balm. I also enjoy daily teas with chaga, mullein, cedar, olive leaves and other wild plants.

The Light Side of Dark

In our culture, we often avoid, repress, deny or minimize experiences and emotions that are perceived and judged as negative. Yet it is precisely when circumstances are beyond our control (such as now), that darkness and difficult emotions can come to the surface. Be kind to yourself and bring light to the dark - feel what is arising with curiosity, non-judgement, compassion and understanding. Read The Light Side of Dark.

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”. #ItsANewDawn #ItsANewDay

Queen Bee

The Hive is honoured to be featured in the latest edition of the Spark Centre's Business & Innovation Magazine. I love the layout, imaging and content... and we are in good company with many amazing community builders and innovators from our region. Read the Queen Bee article on pp. 38-39 to find out a little about how The Hive came to be. Big thanks to Central Counties Tourism for the photos on p. 39 via Barry Best Photography

Plant Perfection

I am always in awe of the natural environment, particularly in Spring when everything begins to bloom. Plants and trees amaze me for their ability to endure and grow despite challenges. Thankfully, I was able to forage for fiddle heads before they became ferns (avant le petite snowstorm). Blink and you miss them – you have to move quickly if you want to enjoy this delicacy (make sure to cook them thoroughly).

Calling Us Home

Like many of you, I am shifting – gently figuring out my place in this new world while attempting to stay healthy and support and sustain the needs of my family. If we let our instincts and interests guide us, I think we will forge new and innovative paths that are in alignment with ourselves, the earth and all beings. Read the newsletter.

3 months in 3 minutes

What are the moments that have made this time memorable?
My memorable moments - 3 months in 3 minutes.

Essential You

As we grow, we learn that we are constantly being judged and even persecuted because of our appearances or preferences. In essence, we learn that we are not valued for who we are. To get to our trueself can be the journey of a lifetime. Safe spaces can help - so can #nature. Read Essential You.

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 in Ultimate Ontario. Read Christopher's heart warming article - Finding a moment of reflection at The Hive Centre and Stay.

Wild Views

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

Rebirth 2020

I gave myself a little time everyday to take care of me - to hear the call of the water, to be in nature and be re-born. Watch the video.

Grow Where You’re Planted

It is very heartening to see so many people deepening their connection and appreciation for nature and the local community. I feel deeply that this trend will continue and that we will all grow where we're planted. Read the July edition of Elsii E-News.

Sole to Soul

Almost half a year has passed since COVID hit. I have found that even those who are living with others have been on a journey of solitude. It feels like this is THE TIME to clear out the cobwebs, ground and prepare ourselves to enter into our life purpose. Let nature be your guide and feel the healing energy of Mother Earth – Sole to Soul. Click to read the August newsletter.