Beginning:

At the God Head in Stanley Park, a mysterious and beautiful place that inspired me to start leading adventures in the local rainforests.

At the God Head in Stanley Park, a mysterious and beautiful place that inspired me to start leading adventures in the local rainforests.

My name is Kyle Pearce and I started Spirit Quest Adventures to share my passion for ecology, flow psychology and meditation. I developed my love for nature while growing up in the Canadian countryside and spending my days exploring with my dog in the local fields and forests.

As a child, I watched every episode of Canadian ecologist David Suzuki’s legendary CBC documentary series The Nature of Things and I sought to experience what he was talking about in my local environment.

In my early twenties, I was inspired by reading Suzuki’s book The Sacred Balance to build a life and career around exploring the world, observing ecological and sustainability practices to find creative ways to restore our connection to nature.

A group shot at Third Beach after one of our Tuesday evening Stanley Park quests in the summer.

A group shot at Third Beach after one of our Tuesday evening Stanley Park quests in the summer.

 

Why:

In the summer of 2011, inspired by my belief in self-education and experiential learning, I started a self-directed, passion-driven learning company called DIY Genius.

Following my philosophy of learning by doing, I started Spirit Quest Adventures as a side hustle to share my knowledge and experience exploring Stanley Park near my home. I lead my first nature tour and forest meditation workshop in the spring of 2015.

What began as a few tours for fun to share my love for the spectacular nature in my city’s famous park spread rapidly by word-of-mouth and I started doing weekly adventures throughout the summer.

 

Meditation Philosophy:

A group selfie at the top of Khao Ra, the highest mountain on the Thai island of Koh Phangan.

A group selfie at the top of Khao Ra, the highest mountain on the Thai island of Koh Phangan.

In the spring of 2017, I hosted my first retreat abroad on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand. I've spent a couple winters on this magical island and the Thai forest monk tradition has had a big influence on me.

On these immersive meditation adventures, I use experiential learning techniques to help participants develop deeper ecological awareness. We study how natural ecosystems thrive while also cultivating a calm and clear mind to enjoy things as they are. This way we can feel more immersed in our present moment experience.

I find it helpful to apply these 3 mindfulness principles to daily experience to think less and feel flow more:

  1. Non-judgement (acceptance of what is)
  2. Non-identification (we are not our thoughts)
  3. Non-resistance (feeling and embodiment)

I believe that nature is our best teacher. To solve our planetary ecological crisis, I believe we need to take education outside the classroom and into the forests and mountains. This way we can inspire the next generation of creative leaders and storytellers who want to create a sustainable and holistically balanced world.

When we spend time unplug and fully engaged with our sensory awareness in the forests and mountains, we can learn directly from the natural order of things. Meditation is a powerful way to calm our minds and feel more connected with the "felt presence" of our immediate sensory experience.

We have the power to transform the world and create a sustainable way of being and my mission is to inspire and empower people seeking knowledge and the study of nature.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.