Terence Buie lives with his partner near Nelson, close to the forest.  For 13 years, he hosted a community sweat lodge on his land.  He is the Executive Director of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (KATI), a school that trains art therapists and offers community art programs.  Terence has travelled extensively in India and South America and led groups to Peru for seven years with two friends, where they helped start Kusi Kawsay - a school that combines the Waldorf approach with indigenous teachings (www.kusikawsay.org).  For twelve years Terence worked in the investment business in Toronto.  He practices yoga, tai chi and meditation, and has deep gratitude for his teachers' generosity, love and wisdom.

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Mark Tinholt is an outdoorsman by nature, an environmental engineer by trade, and a family man by heart, Mark has been drawn to working with youth for several years now. This has included leading wooden bow-making and rites of passage programs, and most recently volunteering as a mentor at LVR Aboriginal Education, REACH and Freedom Quest Project Connect. Mark brings a fascination in the sharing of traditional knowledge, and a curiosity in all the things we are here to learn from nature and each other.

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David Stegman is passionate about creating courageous leaders of positive change. He co-founded Vulnerability Club in Nelson, which helps people explore all their emotional zones in a healthy way. He has run a number of retreats and workshops focusing on courage and stepping into vulnerability. He continues to facilitate men's retreats and men's circles across western Canada with the ManKind Project. He loves to travel the world, scuba dive, sail, and play with his young son Noah.

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Randy Shaak is a long-time Kootenay resident, father, uncle and god-father to many.  He is a storyteller, a Native American flute player and aspiring flute maker.  He has a passion for food and feeding people with the most beautiful food.  He will be serving as head cook for the Young Men’s Mentorship and Rites of Passage Program.  He also serves heart-ful doses of crazy wisdom.


Gabriel Keczan is a Child and Youth Counsellor and Art Therapist with a passion for repairing both nature and culture using arts, creativity, myth, village-building and coyote mentoring.  He is a musician, yoga teacher, a Capoeirista, a Father and Step-father.  Part of his mission is to tend the soul of the world by reconnecting men and boys with the wisdom of the living, dreaming earth.  His journey has brought him in touch with the ways of life of the Indigenous people of Turtle Island.  He completed a 4-year commitment to dancing and vision questing in the Lakota Sundance tradition.  Originally from Southern Ontario he has called the West Kootenays his home for 17 years and lives in Nelson with his family.