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Nature as my mentor. Historical Summary

Laurie Clark, RECE/ Outdoor Educator/ Bereavement and RP Facilitator initiated her work with children in 1995 in Guelph, Ontario. She was introduced to restorative communication practices with Indigenous Elders and foster children in the Canadian Rocky backcountry (Banff) at a Rediscovery Cultural Outdoor Education Program (2003-2009): “The ‘Rediscovery’ model based on Aboriginal teachings bridges for participants new understandings of themselves, other cultures and the natural world”.

She travelled from Banff National Park to work with youth in Podocarpus National Park in Loja, Ecuador where she facilitated a Nature Walk Youth Program for teenage girls (2010-2011). She return to Canada to settle in the Ottawa Valley to deliver her Nature Immersion programs (youth/adult) in the Lanark Highlands where she presently resides with her family (2013-present).

With the intention of supporting community spirit, Laurie co-facilitates restorative communication practices for vulnerable community members in circles of connection within local non-profit associations: Lanark County Community Justice (2016) and Lanark County Home Support’s seven week bereavement programs (2018).

Since 2015, Laurie and her family (Louis and Leif) have been honoured with the unique experience of establishing an allyship with Anishinaabe Elders who practice cultural land-based ceremonies in the Lanark Highlands which is unceded Algonquin territory. Laurie and her family gratefully accept the responsible stewardship on the 101 acre property and are committed to joining people and nature in life affirming ways.

Article Links:

OSEE Article by Laurie Clark- Ontario Society for Environmental Education

Inside Ottawa Valley Article:

Inside Ottawa Valley Article: Forest Fridays led by Outdoor Educator - Laurie Lynn Clark at UCDSB school:

Inside Ottawa Valley Article: Planting for the Future/ UCDSB Article

Laurie’s blog:

Photo Journal

Blog- Outdoor Classroom Activity Summaries

Restorative Circle Practices 


Nature as a Mentor

“In this process of unlearning, in the process of feeling and hearing the plants again,
one comes to realize many things.”

-Stephen Harrod Buhner