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

(250) 797-4758

Nature education for the land and soul

Nature education for the land and soulNature education for the land and soul
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Update Regarding Covid-19

Dear friends of Fianna Wilderness School, due to safety concerns regarding Covid-19, we have temporarily suspended all programming. We miss you all very much and hope that you are well and safe during this time.

 

Should the restrictions shift in the coming months, we have scheduled summer camps and fall programming. Please check out our Youth Programs page for more information.

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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Edible/Medicinal Plants and Weaving

Join us as we wander the land, learning about the native plants that live in this ecosystem. We will investigate the characteristics and properties of these plants including which ones are edible and/or carry medicinal properties.


Date and Time: 10am to 3pm, May 17, 2020

Where: Spider Lake Provincial Park

Cost: $52

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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

Mondays

Fianna Farm

10am - 3pm

Black Creek

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Mondays

Fianna Farm

The Fianna Farm program is an offering to bring children onto the land, practicing our nature connection routines and following a seasonal c...

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10am - 3pm

Black Creek

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, track...

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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, track...

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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 dis...

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10am - 2pm

707 Community Park - Gabriola

"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