How It Began:
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.
Why I Started Spirit Quest Adventures:
In the summer of 2011, inspired by my belief that self-education and experiential learning is a more effective way for many to learn than standardized education, 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.
ecological leadership adventures:
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 ecological leadership retreats, I use experiential learning techniques to help participants develop deeper ecological awareness by studying how natural ecosystems thrive while also cultivating a calm and clear mind to enjoy things as they are, feel more immersed in present moment experience and apply these 3 mindfulness principles to daily experience:
- Non-judgement (acceptance of what is)
- Non-identification (you are not our thoughts)
- Non-resistance (deeper feeling and embodiment)
I believe that nature is our best teacher. If we are to solve our planetary ecological crisis, we need to take education outside the classroom and into the forests and mountains to inspire a new generation of leaders and storytellers who have the ecological awareness, compassion and creativity to create a sustainable and balanced world.
By spending time unplugged and fully engaged with your sensory awareness in the forests and mountains, we can learn directly from the natural order of things. When we also combine this with meditation by intentionally calming our minds and becoming more connected with the "felt presence" of our immediate sensory experience, we can also develop the self-knowledge and focus to live a more creative life illuminated by passion and purpose.
We have the power to transform the world and create a sustainable world that will thrive for generations and generations. It's our responsibility to use this power wisely and build the changes we want to see in the world.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.