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Creativity Development in Wilderness Places

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Birch Trees growing amidst limestone rocks at Wekusko Lake, MB  Photo: Linda C. Butler

Men of the High North
Can you remember your huskies all going,
 Barking with joy and their brushes in air;
 You in your parka, glad-eyed and glowing,
 Monarch, your subjects the wolf and the bear?
 Monarch, your kingdom unravisht and gleaming;
 Mountains your throne and a river your car;
 Crash of a bull moose to rouse you from dreaming;
 Forest your couch, and your candle a star.
  - Robert Service in Men of the High North

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I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.
Julia Cameron (1948-) American teacher, artist, author of The Artist's Way

Creativity, and the Wilderness Connection

The expression moose pasture is a Northern Canadian expression, meaning there is nothing there, as it is only moose pasture.  This site is about creativity and how wilderness is important in creating an environment where creativity has an opportunity to flow. 

The vastness, the muskeg and the rolling rock of the Precambrian shield country, is like the pause between action, the time when it seems that we do nothing, yet we arise to find solutions. 

Creativity can be enhanced by spending time in wilderness places, or in moose pastures where our minds can be still.   These places can help to empty our minds of everyday thoughts, and allow us to get into the creative flow.  Negative space, where there is nothing, is as important in our lives as it is on the artists canvas, because it allows the masterpiece, which is ourselves, to reach its fullest potential.

This site is about creativity - how to develop it, and how to think in new ways.   Creativity may come from our relationship to nature, and if we look for ideas in moose pastures, the out-of-the way places where our minds can be still, ideas may flow to us. We may also find that areas that seem barren, are actually rich landscapes. The dull is now colorful.

If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail. - Heraclitus, Philosopher

lichens on rocks
Lichens on the Rocky Shoreline of Wekusko Lake
Photo: Linda C. Butler

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