I’ve always loved being in the outdoors. When I became a certified raft guide in 2002, I managed to avoid winters for many years by working summer seasons in both New Zealand and British Columbia. It’s been a privilege and honour to be able to travel through some of the most breathtaking areas in the world and share this passion with others. The Yukon initially cast a spell on me when I worked in Dawson City as a can-can dancer and fell in love with the midnight sun, its people and landscape. Since then, each time I visit the North it has involved paddling either the Yukon River or guiding the Tatshenshini. I’ve had the pleasure of leading hatha yoga practice with guests and fellow guides on the riverbanks as well. Some of my fondest memories involve sharing delicious meals by the campfire with others, awakened in spirit, appreciating the sheer beauty of the moment.
A childhood dream this Fall has become a reality by visiting Nepal and the Himalayas. Trekking the Annapurna Circuit, breathing in the air above 5,000 metres in altitude is blowing my mind! Another magical experience I’ll treasure and hold close to my heart.
Time spent on the Nahanni River this past season was another unforgettable Northern experience with incredible people. Now the Autumn Fall colours and record rain fall in Vancouver has inspired a more regular yoga practice indoors. Outdoors, I continue to hike and explore the North Shore mountains, and work as a grip (crew member) on CBC’s “When Calls the Heart”.
In the colder months I return to Vancouver to work behind and in front of the camera in the film industry – every weekend escaping to the mountains and coutryside as much as possible. I’ll be heading to Glovers Reef, Belize once again in March to join Island Expeditions as a yoga instructor and pro hammock surfer. Always looking forward to running rivers again this summer!!
I’ve recently landed a background acting job as a regular on the CBC series Arctic Air. Set in Yellowknife, this fictional show follows the adventurous work and lives of bush pilots who fly to remote areas in the North. You may catch a quick glimpse of me as one of the staff members, dressed in coveralls, packing cargo, pretending to be a mechanic, often drinking coffee!
I’m so grateful to have shared such an incredible time on the Tatshenshini with such amazing and inspiring people. Alsek Lake is by far one of the most incredible places I’ve ever visited. At home in southern BC, I’ve been dedicating much of my time helping out at a local organic farm, leading a community hatha yoga practice, as well as organizing music festivals and music tours.