aerial view of island on lake of the woods

Better Yourself

Self-care is so crucial to your well-being and yet it’s often neglected. Perhaps you had good intentions with your New Year’s resolutions, but here are a few ways you can start taking better care of yourself.

The type of self-care I’m talking about isn’t enabling yourself to procrastinate watching Netflix or helping yourself to that extra piece of a chocolate bunny you bought long before Easter. (Yes, I’m speaking from experience)

Those simple spoils are necessary and often help, but I’m talking about self-care on a much larger scale. I’m talking about life experiences and overall day to day betterment. When was the last time you smashed a goal you’ve had, or done a trip of a lifetime you’ve been dreaming about?

When was the last time you even had a moment to sit down and set some goals for yourself?

I’m personally saving up for a fly-in trip this August I’ve put off for 10 years 

Have you gone for a walk outside to make yourself feel better? No phones, no “pics or it didn’t happen” just straight-up downtime.

Make real you time. Sit down and think of things you want to accomplish and start to make those things happen. Fulfillment is an excellent example of self-care on a larger scale. But it isn’t the only way you can accomplish giving yourself some much-needed attention.

Some more ways to treat yourself better every day:  

  • Encourage yourself to use your strengths
  • Know when to say no to tasks or responsibilities you aren’t obligated to do nor want to do
  • Schedule some downtime for yourself
  • Allow yourself some rewards (yes Netflix and chocolate count here)
  • Unplug, this may even help your sleep schedule
  • Use Mother Nature as much as you can. She can be cruel, but she’s also here to help
  • Offering and asking for help: It’ll make you feel great to help someone in need, but you need to also recognize asking for help isn’t bad either


Exploring untamed terrain is a great way to unplug on a more dramatic scale


Do what makes you happy, but don’t just settle for the little things all of the time. It’s time you do something truly special you’ve been putting off.

Consider this your gentle reminder to start treating yourself better on a larger scale than binge-watching or facial masks. So check yourself, and take care of yourself. ❤

WORKSHOP: Wilderness First Aid

bushwoman-workshops-first-aidMarch 22-24, 2019

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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Cost: $500 Per Person


WFA Course Instruction

WFA 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 are: 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

Evaluation: 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.

Prerequisites: 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.

May 20th Workshop Fast Approaching!


As the May long weekend approaches, folks in northwestern Ontario are becoming restless and motivated. Buds are opening on the popular and birch trees, fish are chomping at anything that gets in their way and bicyclists have taken over roadways. Spring has sprung!

Our extended winter has launched us straight into a dry season and a burn ban has been issued on all of northwestern Ontario, rightfully so. The good news, however, walleye opener is this weekend!

And being the May Long Weekend, we can always count on Mother Nature to rain! Much to cottager’s dismay, tomorrow’s forecast gives us a glimpse of hope that perhaps the rest of our summer won’t be so dry and those warm nights by the campfire are just around the corner.

Want to hear the even better news?

Our fishing, foraging and shed hunting workshop is THIS Sunday and we’re crossing our fingers and toes the weather forecast stays just the way it is for Kenora!

Although it’s cutting it quite close to the day of, there are still two spots available if you’d like to grab a friend and join us, be sure to contact Alyssa right away (

We’ll meet at Smith Camps at 9 am and depart at 9:30 onto the famous Lake of the Woods! Safety precautions for the day’s activity will be explained before we leave dry land and then we’ll set off for the day returning roughly around 4 pm.

First things first while the bite is hot, we’ll be wetting a line to catch our shore lunch for later in the day. After we’ve caught a sufficient amount of fish we’ll continue to explore islands for deer antlers, fiddleheads and so much more! Prepare to learn a lot on this trek ladies, our Captain for the day is a wealth of knowledge.

All you need to bring is a camera, long sleeve shirt, long pants, rain gear, and shoes that cover your feet. 

Hope to see you out there ladies!