399 King Rd, Gabriola, BC, V0R 1X1 - Traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw

(250) 797-4758

Nature education for the land and soul

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“As the crickets soft autumn hum is to us,

as are we to the trees,

as are they to the rocks, and the hills.”

- Gary Snyder

About Us

Dedicated Mentors Serving Vancouver Island

Stephanie and Kester combine many years of experience in nature school and wilderness settings across Western Canada. Their passion is to offer mentoring that supports the inherent gifts in each individual. As the founders of Fianna Wilderness School, they are excited to offer programs in Nanaimo, Cumberland, and Gabriola. Grounded in a relationship of reciprocity with the land and our communities, we honour a commitment to mentoring as a way of life:  closer to the land, closer to each other.


Where we work:

As settlers, we gratefully acknowledge the unceded traditional territories of the Snuneymuxw, E’iksan, Puntledge and K’omoks First Nations where we live and work, seeking to uphold their example of stewardship for all future generations. We hold reconciliation as a deep value in our hearts and honour the traditions and cultures that have been imbedded in this land since time immemorial. 

Adult Programs

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Fire Skills: The Art of Fire Making in the Wilderness

Can you reliably start a fire without paper, a match, or a lighter and do this in the rain? In this workshop you will learn several different techniques for starting a fire under any condition in the wilderness.


Date and Time: 10am to 3pm, Dec 8, 2019

Where: Descanso Bay Campground, Gabriola Island

Cost: $55

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Mythology Club

This is a monthly gathering to share our ancestral stories and to look into the layers of understanding and teachings that they offer. Each month, you will receive a myth to read prior to our gathering and you are also invited to bring your own myths over the course of the series. 


Details: Sundays 2-5pm

Dates: Nov 17, Dec 22, Feb 2, Mar 8 

Where: 399 King Rd, Gabriola

Cost: simply bring a myth and snacks to share

Youth Programs

Wednesdays

Wayfinders - Cumberland

10am - 3pm

Japanese Historic Park - Cumberland

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Wednesdays

Wayfinders - Cumberland

Kids will gain knowledge in earth-based technologies (ie. Bows and arrows, Traps, etc), carving, edible and medicinal plants, mammals, tracking, and birds. Read more...

10am - 3pm

Japanese Historic Park - Cumberland

Thursdays

Wayfinders - Gabriola

10am - 3pm

707 Community Park - Gabriola

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Thursdays

Wayfinders - Gabriola

Kids will gain knowledge in earth-based technologies (ie. Bows and arrows, Traps, etc), carving, edible and medicinal plants, mammals, tracking, and birds. Read more...

10am - 3pm

707 Community Park - Gabriola

Fridays

Seedlings - Gabriola

10am - 2pm

707 Community Park - Gabriola

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Fridays

Seedlings - Gabriola

An exciting nature connection program that emphasizes wonder, play, and experiential learning. We spend our days on the land, making new discoveries, learning through storytelling and games, engaging in imaginative play, and appreciating the gifts of one another. Read more...

10am - 2pm

707 Community Park - Gabriola

Monthly Program

Wild Frontiers

Weekends

Various locations in Southern BC

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Monthly Program

Wild Frontiers

Wild Frontiers is a monthly offering for kids aged 8-14. This program is designed for kids who have previous experience in nature-based skills and long to go deeper. Read more...

Weekends

Various locations in Southern BC

"Stephanie’s nature-based programs have opened my son’s eyes to so many subtle elements present in the natural world.  He has developed confidence in identifying native plants, building fires, carving and making shelters.  Her story telling has captured his imagination and enriched his access to myths that originate in the West Coast landscape.  She weaves parents into the journey seamlessly, by providing detailed weekly summaries of their child's activities. Having this knowledge has lead to wonderful parent/child conversations for us at home.  Stephanie is a gifted teacher with a unique ability to meet the child where he/she is at.  My son always looks forward to her sessions with joy and enthusiasm.  We are so grateful for her amazing offerings…" 

~Zoe Lamb, Gabriola Isl.


"Kes Reid brings an inviting, magical style informed by many years of experience fostering deep relationships between people and the land. His influence has had a profound impact on how we design our programs, both for participants and for our staff team. Kes will always be welcome to bring his inspiring stories, deep game play and beautiful energy into the forest with us and our participants."

~Erin Nicolardi, Rivers to Ridges, Whitehorse YT