Nature heals and brings joy. Let's adventure & explore.

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. 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. 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:

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!

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).

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

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 by Barry Best Photography.

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

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 of the park that I had never visited before and enjoy the experience from a different perspective.

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.

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 as pleasing as possible. Stay tuned for the results of a recent project.

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.