For many visitors who take part in a medicine walk or workshop with Mahikan Trails, the isolation of the surrounding nature offers a welcome respite from the grind of daily life. For Brenda Holder and her staff, their primary goal is for those visitors to leave Mahikan Trails with a deeper connection to the land around them.
"That's my hope for everybody, is that they leave different,” says Brenda. “And what that means to me is that when they really connect to the land, that they've understood that it's not just the land that they've connected to. That they've learned how to connect to themselves in a different way, and they walk away different because of that."
Brenda Holder is a Cree knowledge keeper of traditional medicine. She incorporates this knowledge into her nature walks and hands-on workshops for her guests, with programs ranging from soap-making to plant-based first aid to “make your own medicine.” While some teachings are sacred and can’t be shared with everyone, Brenda firmly believes that sharing this knowledge fosters collective understanding and respect for the people and land around you.