Upcoming Workshops

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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 alyssa@alyssalloydphotography.ca. 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: info@bushwoman.ca

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.

Cabins are fully loaded with bedding, plumbing, heat, hydro, you name it. They have a menu for breakfast and dinner, as well as daily a la carte options.

Anderson’s runs an excellent lodge, diner, and guiding service. Co-owner Jackie, is very excited to meet you all and partake in one or two of our outings! ( She’ll take my spot so no one has to give up valuable fishing time! )

At night we’ll search for northern lights, visit one another and experience the beauty of the Boreal forest in northern Ontario! (Bring a camera and I’ll show you how to capture the aurora borealis!)


Famous for 100-fish walleye days (hello shore lunch! Which is included) Lac Seul is also known for it’s world class Muskie fishery. There is a saying that the fish in Lac Seul are born at 40 inches. And from the fish I’ve witnessed, I believe it.

Lac Seul also has an incredible Northern Pike fishery, which if you haven’t caught before, are a MUST on this trip. You will have a riot catching these water wolves on the fly!

Smallmouth are abundant here, and HELLA fun on a fly rod.


10-12 wt fly rod, reel, and line

6-9 wt just for fun if you’d like to catch bass and the occasional walleye

Warm clothes and rain gear: muskie are a rain or shine fish!

Polarized sunglasses so you can see the mammoths follow your fly in!

Your lucky hat!

GROUP SIZE: 12 Women


ALL meals

Dinner the evening of arrival and breakfast the day of departure are also included.

There will be two anglers per-boat, each boat has their OWN guide!

IF you would like to update to their 21′ Bowrider boats (Which are awesome) it will cost an extra $900 CAD and $750 USD per angler. These boats are more money because they are much heavier duty, larger and with bigger engines using more gas.


A non-refundable deposit is required to hold this space as it is one of only three 4-day stretches the lodge has available for the entire season. They are already booked into September!

$350 CAD and $300.00 USD will hold your spot. American anglers, if you’d like to take advantage of the current exchange rates, you can pay in full ahead of time. If you can’t make it you will be refunded everything but your $300.00 deposit.

FULL PRICE (Deposit included):

$1849.00 CAD + Tax
$1541 USD + Tax


Folks willing to drive should know we are a long ways from anywhere, even if you’re already in Ontario.

Your best bet is to fly into Winnipeg Airport and make your way here. I may be able to pick you ladies up at the airport, or you can rent a car if you’d like more freedom!

Really hope to meet at least a handful of you on this trip! Lac Seul was a HUGE bucket list trip for me, so I’m excited to head back again and share it with more women!

 Feb. 9, 10, & 11- 2018 : Northern Lights and Bushcraft Workshop:

*This workshop is now full*

Fellow women! This one is for you.

Group Size: 4-9

Join photographer Alyssa Lloyd on a three day adventure focused on capturing the spectacular aurora borealis. Hosted at the exceptional Minaki Yurt Adventures in Minaki, Ontario, just outside of Kenora.

We’ll stay in the Mee-Nah-Kee yurt, the largest of Minaki Yurt Adventures dwellings. With full heat and hydro, we’re taking advantage of these cold winter days to treat ourselves to the creature comforts of home.

The real magic happens outside, as always.

Take in the sights and sounds of the boreal forest in the deep of winter. Barely any light pollution and long nights offer the most amazing dark skies photography opportunities. Learn how to take perfect photos of our night sky every time. We’ll wait patiently for the Northern Lights to arrive, and if by chance they don’t we’ll have a riot light painting and capturing the stars.

During the day we will be waking up slowly after our long nights, sipping our coffee by the large fireplace in our yurt, hiking, snow shoeing and skiing for those who choose to. Or, if you’d rather relax in the yurt or sauna, be your own guest!

Cameras will be out ALL the time! You will learn more than just long exposures, how to take breathtaking portraits, lifestyle shots and even documentary photography.

Delicious food, cozy lodgings and great company will make you wish this workshop lasted longer than three days.

As a special treat, we will have trapper, Katie Ball guide a hike while sharing some insight on the Canadian Fur Trade, explain why she thinks young women are the fastest growing demographic in trapping and how she came to be a trapper herself.

To wrap up the weekend, Alyssa will be doing one-on-one or group discussions with everyone who’d like their work from the weekend reviewed.