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. 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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In March of 2011 he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes as you can imagine for a pastry chef not an easy pill to swallow. In April 2011 his friends introduced him to the sport of SUPing, and as many say, he was hooked. However, the sport played more of a role than recreation for him. It helped change his life forever. Marty truly is an inspiration to many!
This show originally ran July 2011
This is Leslie Kolovich. Joining me today is Janet Moreland an avid outdoor enthusiast who plans to paddle her kayak from the headwaters of the Missouri River in Montana to St. Louis Missouri. Speaking with Janet I instantly felt her passion for the outdoors and for life. She is fearless, she is happy, she is living her dreams. She has been canoeing and kayaking since the early 1990s, and when she discovered the Missouri River ran just outside of her town she immediately was drawn to it.
Her goal with this 3.5 month adventure on the river is to bring awareness to children and to the communities that live along it’s banks of the importance of keeping it clean. She works closely with The Missouri River Relief Program which education, and awareness are key efforts. Janet tells us how she decided to take on such a large dream, by meeting a key person, (Dave Miller, the author of the book the Complete Paddler) in a local diner, who planted a seed of confidence, and then 7 years later it was watered by another key person, (Norm Miller from Montana) who helped her make the decision, that grew her desire, and the details started to just get figured out. She is now ready to go to Montana on April 14th to attempt to be the first woman to paddle solo this stretch of the Missouri River. She is going to make it!
She was a non traditional student at the age of 56, and just last December graduated from the University of Missouri. She hopes to be a middle school teacher in the fall. With student teaching this past year the kids have been able to follow along with her preparations for this expedition. She wants the kids to know that their dreams can come true. She also is using the trip as a social science lab. Boy will she ever have great stories, and firsthand knowledge of the historical, ecological importance of this river, which by the way is the 4th largest river in the world!
Janet will be keeping a blog you can visit, loveyourbigmuddy.com
Her Motto: Life is a journey. Live fast. Paddle slow. We have some fun talking about this topic!
Janet, it was such an honor to talk with you today. I know all those who hear this will be inspire! ~Leslie
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700 Days! 700 Days of paddling every day to “Change the Way we live on
the Planet”! 700 Days! 700 Canadian Days of paddling every day all
over B.C.! 700 Days! 700 Days all season long, Summer, Winter, Fall,
Spring! 700 Days! In all kinds of weather, snow, rain, sun, wind,
waves, cold, hot! 700 Days! Bob Purdy is an amazing, strong, passionate human being! I’m honored to call him friend!
On Day 700 Bob will paddle at Cedar Ave Park, 6:30 a.m. in Kelowna
before he goes to work. He will also celebrate Day 700 with a paddle on
Day 701, Saturday, December 1, 2012, 12 noon at Rotary Beach in
Kelowna! 700 Days! Wahoo!…
In his own words:
I am very grateful for all the coverage you have given to “Paddle for
the Planet” during the last 700 days! People tell me all the time they
think I am a bit weird for paddling every day, I tell them I can’t
imagine not paddling every day! Besides there is work to be done to
“Change the Way we live on the Planet”!…
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