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​"Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education. " David Polis


Wild Wisdom is for those who want to connect more deeply to nature as well as build skills and practices to share in their own teaching programs. This nine-month class weaves together nature-based skills and crafts, community building, mentorship, song, games, engagement of the senses, personal reflection, solo time, ecotherapy practices, and ceremony. With an invitation toward a greater sense of wholeness and belonging, the Wild Wisdom program calls forth an exploration of our human potential, teaches life-sustaining practices that honor our interdependence with all life, and fosters social and ecological responsibility. The program works within an anti-oppressive and decolonial framework. The program will be guided and facilitated by Daniella Roze along with guest instructors.
Themes Include: 

- Weaving with Plants
- Edible and Medicinal Plants
- Fire make (including bow drill)

- Crafting
- Animal Tracking and Birds
- Land Restoration and Projects
- Overnight Solo
- Explorations of Decolonization and Reconciliation

These themes offer a guideline for the program and are flexible. Themes may change based on the group interests, program logistics and unforeseen circumstances.

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Dates for 2023-2024: TBD

Time: 9:00-4:00

​Locations: Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, Mt Seymour, North Vancouver 

Campout Location: Langley

Cost: TBD


We believe that by building ongoing community and deepening our connection to both our inner and outer nature, we can foster the resilience needed to live well in these times and contribute to a life-sustaining world. Returning students will have the opportunity to expand their skills, deepen their connection to nature, and receive further mentoring. Join fellow alumni and new students in this transformative 9 month program.

Students can register for this option in two ways:

1. Explore further into nature connection practices that enliven an interrelationship with all life and connect us to our innate wholeness. Strengthen your wilderness skills such as: shelter building, friction fire, tracking, natural fibre, edible and medicinal plants, and more. With advanced coaching from the instructors you will develop your own project with a goal of completion by the end of the 9 month mentorship program.

2. Deepen your skills in mentorship and facilitation. With this second option, as a returning Wild Wisdom student you will have the opportunity to step up and co-facilitate portions of the monthly gatherings. You will receive one on one coaching and skills from the facilitators that enable you to dive deeper into your role as an educator and learn new ways of sharing regenerative and transformative nature education.

Alumni Program Fee: $1200

If finances are a barrier in attending, please contact us about our Equity Fund. Email:

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Daniella Roze des Ordons PhD(c)
Educator and Ecopsychology Practitioner

Daniella Roze des Ordons (she/her) draws on over 15 years of experience as an educator, facilitator, and ecopsychology practitioner, guiding nature-based educational and therapeutic programs for both youth and adults. Daniella is the founder of Thriving Roots Wilderness School and has served as an instructor and researcher at several post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.


Daniella is a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University with a focus on ecopsychology-informed nature-based education within a social and ecological justice framework. She holds a Master of Contemplative Education and a diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling. She has undergone training with Wilderness Awareness School’s year-long Immersion program, School of Lost Borders, Animas Valley Institute, and The Haven Centre for Transformative Learning.


Daniella identifies as a White settler of French, Polish, and Scottish decent. Her love for nature began in childhood growing up on the unceded territory of the Sylix Nation (Okanagan Valley), and since then, the land has become an important teacher and friend. With a passion for deepening connections to land and place, Daniella lived for five years off-grid while generating her own power, heating, and water systems, while building several cabins by hand. Daniella also took part in the Living Wild Project, where she made her own deer skin clothing and tools in preparation for a month-long initiatory experience spent traveling in the Sawtooth Wilderness while subsisting on wild foods.


Daniella supports others on the courageous journey of wholehearted living while working toward building sustainable and just communities. She is committed to an ongoing process of decolonization and co-liberation in her life and practice.

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