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I was lucky enough to join the woodland walk with Ray, David and James last Sunday (June 2). I wanted to express my deepest gratitude to the team for creating an amazing experience that has had a profound impact. I consider myself an 'outdoor' person, walking for at least 3 hours each day with my dogs, and choosing to holiday annually in Northern Saskatchewan in February volunteering at mid distance dog sledding races. My own ancestry is farming stock, and I feel pretty rooted in the outside world. It was only after walking and learning from Ray and the team at the weekend that I realised just how 'disconnected' I had become from the outdoors in reality. Constrained by technology and busy working conditions it was a joy to reawaken what I had forgotten about. Ok, it took me the longest to light the fire (cack-handed is me at best!) and I didn't quite navigate correctly but my spirit was restored and I have reflected, and continue to reflect on 'reconnecting'. So... fire lighting stick, compass, tree ID book all ordered, mobile phone turned off, and a flicker of excitement returns! I have much to re-learn and to learn, but how exciting, and how unexpected. I am sure Ray is far too busy to read all these emails, but please do pass my sincere and deepest thanks on if you have a chance. I wish you and the team every success in sharing such important human messages with as many people as possible. I am an advocate, and will continue to learn, discuss and share the stories.