Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich. Joining me today is one of my favorite Planet Paddlers, Norm Hann. Norm and I have a wonderful conversation about his latest documentary called “Stand” brought to you by the QuickSilver Foundtion. This is the 2nd film and expedition through the Haida Gwaii off of British Columbia, a 220 mile paddle to raise awareness of what is at risk with a proposed oil tanker route.
We also talk about the importance of being connected with our environment, raising our youth to love and protect it, and getting back to simple, getting off the grid, and communicating with our voices.
Norm grew up in Ontario with parents and grandparents that helped him appreciate nature. In this podcast Norm recalls summers as a child with his parents taking him to his grandfather’s cabin to fish and explore the great outdoors. These experiences gave him such a great base for his passion for the planet.
It is our challenge to all to get connected to the environment, make sure our youth have the opportunity to be outdoors and experience all it has to offer. Norm is an outstanding person, a role model for all of the world.
You can help support the Great Bear Rainforest and in turn the planet. One person starts a wave, and as said by our mutual friend, Bob Purdy, “collectively we can send a Wave of Change to the World!”
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This show originally was posted December 4, 2012. Norm is bringing this film to World Paddle For The Planet in October here in Panama City Beach Florida! Join us!
Namaste. This is Leslie Kolovich and joining me today is Paul Zipes. He is the founder of a very innovative Yoga program for combat war veterans. Paul is a former Navy diver and when he finished his tour his wife dared him to try yoga which he did. Surprising to himself he found that it gave him a very good workout, challenging him like he didn’t think it would. In his mind Yoga was just a stretching exercise and for those who didn’t want to sweat. Well, Paul now has been doing Yoga for over 6 years.
He discovered Yoga could really help our military men and women in so many ways, particularly when they return home from war. He Founded Yoga for Vets 6 years ago and mainly as a welcome home gift, and to get them to try something he personally experienced as a life changer. As you might think there was some resistance to the idea among some veterans, so Paul offers 4 free classes to get them to try it. The program is nationwide with over 650 locations of studios and gyms offering the free classes for combat vets. Veterans are encouraged to search for a location near them www.yogaforvets.org Paul has seen some amazing success with this program, and is happy to say attitudes towards the practice of Yoga are changing with military people. It certainly is a good topic for discussion, and in fact, should be discussed more.
Paul owns a Yoga studio in Panama City Florida, called Yoga for You PC, and teaches all levels of Yoga. He just recently completed SUP Yoga Queen Julie Roach’s H2Yo course and is currently offering private SUP Yoga classes. Taking the course from Julie Roach he said was fantastic! The emphasis is on water safety, and using an anchoring system to keep the group together.
I’ve know Paul for a couple of years now, with our first meeting on Lake Powell here in Panama City Beach for a sunrise group paddle. He is very involved with the Panama City Beach Paddle Club and paddles as much as he can. Paul is just an all around good guy, honored to call him friend.
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Namaste. I’m Leslie Kolovich and joining me for 30 minutes of airtime today is my dear friend Anne Hornstein who happens to be very experienced with walking labyrinths, and in my opinion, an expert. She is in the process of writing a book called “A thousand ways to walk the labyrinth of life”. Saturday May 4th is World Labyrinth Day at 1:00 in the afternoon. It’s a global celebration for transformation and peace. A labyrinth is a single path or unicursal tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. Anne feels like this ancient walking ritual may have been used as a pilgrimage. There are pictograms of labyrinths dating back 4000 years.
Anne has built and maintained a sand labyrinth with treasures she finds here in Miramar Beach Florida. Each marker has meaning to her and symbolizes the path through life. The labyrinth experience of quieting the mind, setting an intention and walking slowly to the center one often finds a healing transformation of mind and spirit. For more information and to locate a labyrinth near you for World Labyrinth Day you can visit www.labyrinthsociety.org and visit Anne’s wonderful website with beautiful photographs and writings on her experiences at www.followyourheartadventures.com
Anne was the one who introduced me to walking a labyrinth, and I am forever grateful to her. It truly was life changing for me. I encourage you to find a labyrinth and experience all that it has to offer.
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Hey there! This is Leslie Kolovich and joining me from Fladbury England is David Train. David is the founder of Paddle For Life a philosophy which stems from the ancient Chinese sport of Dragon Boat racing. David tells us his story about being asked by his village Rector to build a few canoes to keep children out of trouble. At first his answer was, “no”, but the Rector said to him, “what about your duty to society?” David built the boats. This is where it all starts for him. A canoe club was formed for the children of the village, which has had a 100 competitive racers emerge, in fact Olympic champions in which he coached in 4 Olympics for England.
David tells us the connection of the Chinese Dragon Boats and the circumstances that put him into finding a way to get a message to America. It is the ancient story the Dragon Boats carry that gave him the idea to create a boat that everyone could paddle, and send a message to the world. His journey started 20 years ago, and the Bell boat was created. The Bell boat is similar to having 2 OC4 boats connected, making it easy for anyone to paddle. The theory, get more people on the water, it worked! David tells how he has been able to take his boats and paddles around the globe getting world leaders to sign paddles committing to help solve climate change problems. He hopes to voyage from Frankfurt, Germany to Bonn and the United Nations centre for Climate Change and sustainability. Having a huge Regatta of paddlers with flags of different countries and paddles for leaders to sign. David believes“we can change the world through our children”, and paddling together with the message, “Saving Our Home on Our Blue Planet- with a Paddle for Life”, can and will make a difference.
David has a long list of people he has gotten to sign including Tony Blair, William Hague, foreign secretary, Alex Salmond, first minister for Scotland and many other British leaders, together with people and children from Worcestershire. He has also been to Wisconsin, USA and 2 senators, and the Governor’s signatures on the paddle. He has challenged me to get President Obama’s signature, while he trys to get the Queen of England. It can happen. David is on the right path, and has made huge progress with world leaders. He talks about his experience in China which was very positive. He believes it’s because his Bell boat is made in honor of their Dragon Boat traditions. It was more than a pleasure speaking with David. I know you will be inspired to help get your local, and State leaders on board with Paddle For Life!
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