In this episode I reconnect with survivalist, wilderness guide, homesteader, instructor, and many more titles I don’t have time to name, Nikki van Schyndel. We talk about Nikki’s life, homesteading on a remote island in Echo Bay British Columbia, as well as how her story evolved from being a privileged city girl to roughing it while engaging in the world of wilderness living skills. We speak at length about her experience surviving with minimum modern tools on a wilderness island in B.C. with someone who was at first a complete stranger, but became a cherished friend. Nikki offers details about their experiences of starvation and plenty, failure and success, the changes that happen to the body and mind, and the life lessons on relationships, self-care, gratitude, and learning to work with the natural world instead of against it. We also talk about how her 1 ½ year survival journey prepared her for her time on the Alone Show and the overall themes of her Alone Show experience. We also delve into Nikki’s ability to communicate directly with beings in the natural world and her belief that all people have this ability to connect with the unseen world lying dormant within them. Nikki leaves us with a reflection on the importance of understanding how our thoughts and language shape our attitude and understanding of the world around us and how we attract things into our life.
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