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BushWoman Workshops was brought to life by photographer Alyssa Lloyd.
Having grown up in the wilds of Algonquin Park, Alyssa is no stranger to the outdoors and it’s wonders. Fortunate enough to have lived in an area where the more you were outside, the better, she’s no stranger to learning the hard way, getting dirty and exploring new terrain.
As a self taught fly-angler and a wild-eyed wanderer with a taste of all things fresh air, Alyssa turned her passion for the outdoors into a career with photojournalism.


Noticing a distinct barrier between women entering the world of the wild and those who were already a part of it, Alyssa thought she could combine her skills of photography and bushcraft to include more women in the outdoors.
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These workshops were created with every woman in mind. Whether you are an experienced bush crafter, or someone who would like more guidance in the outdoors, these workshops are here for you. You will build confidence and trust within yourself, and friendships with others.


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Upcoming Workshops

Visit this page for regular updates on all upcoming workshops!

Each workshop is tailored with a photographic theme. Some themes include: the northern lights, dark skies, composition, landscapes, portraits, life style, and documentary photography.
However, each photographic theme will also be paired or grouped with an outdoors theme such as; paddling, fishing, trapping, trekking, snow shoeing, skiing, dog sledding, and more.

March 22-24, 2019: Wilderness First Aid Course

Location: Minaki Yurt Adventures

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate, everyone is there to learn!

Join BushWoman Workshops, Superior Edge Rescue and a handful of other keen women for a weekend of wild fun and education!

Holly Kondreska of Superior Edge Rescue is our instructor for the weekend. Holly is a First Aid Instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates, The Red Cross and Mental Health First Aid.

Wilderness First Aid courses are based on real-life scenarios even including full makeup to add to the urgency and precautions you’d need to take in the outdoors. The majority of the course will be spent hands-on learning with a little homework and reading assignments.

A Wilderness First Aid course will benefit you whether you love the outdoors, work in remote areas, travel often, plan expeditions, go on solo trips, go camping, boaingt, hunting, fishing, or just wish to learn more.

*Once successfully completed, participants will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid, as well as Adult CPR*

On Friday and Saturday night, those brave enough to endure the cold can join Workshop coordinator, Alyssa Lloyd, armed with hot cocoa, searching for northern lights!

The Wilderness First Aid is a great course to have under any adventurer’s belt, while also adding to your qualifications on a resume or in the workplace.

Read more about the course and workshop costs below!

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Price: $500 Per Person


WFA Course
Course Material
Accommodations at Minaki Yurts*Not Included:

Food, except for dinner on Saturday evening

Minimum course participants: 9
Maximum course participants: 12

Minimum age for participation: 16

Expectations: Dress warm, prepare to be outdoors, have clothing available that you don’t mind getting dirty (we use trauma moulage makeup/fake blood), bring a paper and pen and expect to have LOTS OF FUN!

Course topics: Patient Assessment System; CPR; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stable Injuries; Splints 1-Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Near Drowning; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine

Customization: Patient assessment drills and simulations will be specific to the group, the environment, and the context of operations or the activities performed in the field.

Given the short duration of this course, emphasis is placed on hands-on activities, including PAS (patient assessment system) drills as a major learning tool as opposed to long lectures.

Certifications: This course is traditionally scheduled for two days or 16 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive Certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR.

Included Materials

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:
· Wilderness First Aid Guide
· SOAP Notebook;
· The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook


Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam.


Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.


Check-In March 22: Anytime after 6pm
Check-Out March 24: TBD
Course ends (subject to change): Latest 7pm on March 24th

Due to the use of moulage/fake blood makeup, we will be taking extra care to clean up after ourselves, inside and out of doors.

Past Workshops:

bushwomanworkshops.jpgMay 20, 2018- Foraging & Fishing Day Workshop


Location: Kenora, Ontario

Time: 9am-4pm – subject to change due to weather

Difficulty: Easy! We’ll go at your pace

Summary: A daytime workshop focused on foraging islands on Lake of the Woods. We’ll be searching for fiddleheads, chagga and deer antler sheds mostly. In between foraging we will be touring Lake of the Woods on a large and safe boat while we try a few spots for walleye and to gather enough for shore lunch that is included.

This workshop will focus on the ethics of foraging to prepare you for the opportunities you can carry out on your own in the future.

It’s also a great way to meet new like-minded people!


Join us for an excursion on Lake of the Woods, in Kenora, Ontario!

We’ll venture out searching islands and shorelines for foraging opportunities such as fiddleheads, chagga and white gold, otherwise known as, deer antlers!

As we weave our way through Lake of the Woods’ many archipelagos, we’ll give ourselves time to breathe and view the rugged scenery between our mini treks on islands.

A deer antler rests on a coffee table. Photo: Alyssa Lloyd

During the morning, we’ll catch our lunch for the afternoon when we want to rest by the small fire on the shore.

Our guide will operate the boat so there will be a stress-free environment to take in the sights and sounds of Lake of the Woods. Be sure to pack a camera, as our founder and award winning photographer, Alyssa Lloyd will be on board willing to instruct us that day.

Bring a backpack for collecting foraged goods, rain gear and appropriate footwear for trekking through brush and mud. Any questions, please contact This is a simple workshop where gear aside from clothing is all included, however a “to pack” list will be sent to those who send deposits to be sure you’re well prepared!


  • Boat
  • Gas
  • Guide
  • Life Jackets
  • Shore lunch
  • Water
  • Fishing gear
  • Foraging instructions

Not included:

Fishing Licenses which can be purchased at most Canadian Tire locations across Ontario, online or ServiceOntario offices.

Price: $300

Deposit required: $150.00

Email to book now:

Aug 27- Sept 1, 2018: Fly Fishing for Muskie

Don’t be frightened by the specifics of this workshop, it is open to beginners and gear anglers alike! Read below for more info:

Held at Anderson’s Lodge on the famous LAC SEUL.

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