720 Bathurst St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R4
The p.i.n.e. project’s mission is to inspire healthy, lifelong connections between people and nature. To achieve this, we deliver programs focused on building relationships between self, others, and the environment. We use music, drama, storytelling, naturalist studies, stewardship, outdoor adventures, games and play, and intergenerational learning, and weave it all into a "culture of nature connection" empowering our mantra: be more, need less.
Stephanie, a long time wilderness traveler, educator, and nature enthusiast wrote this about her experience at the Art of Mentoring program hosted by p.i.n.e. each year:
“We’re deeply grateful for the most amazing and powerful week of learning, connecting, and play. Thank you all for your hard work and for helping to make the experience so incredible. I’m so grateful for the scholarship as well, that made it possible for the four of us to attend. Perhaps Christopher, who was exploring with the teens all week, summed it up best for all of us when he said “I feel new”. We all feel new, and super excited to continue working with all that we learned, on a daily basis and with our community. Christopher is one of many who struggle in school. I was so moved when the night we got home he decided to stay up late in bed and make a list of 20 birds of prey (his commitment) so that he can memorize them over the next two weeks. Suddenly, not only is he interested in learning about birds, but he’s taking initiative to learn about them himself! After experiencing the Art of Mentoring I’m not surprised, but it’s pretty incredible to see the difference between not caring about force-fed facts and being inspired and excited to discover and experience more. How can I possibly find proper words of gratitude for transformations such as this?
We look forward to seeing you next year and to being in touch through our ‘Granite Shield’ (Muskoka Art Of Mentoring) regional group.
With many thanks we wish you all the best,”
Stephanie Aykroyd, David, Christopher and Alexa