I was born in 1988 in the land of black bears and sandy soils, a small town in northern Ontario called Sioux Lookout.
For almost ten years I’ve been collecting tools & techniques for helping modern humans rediscover razor sharp naturalist instincts, and my goal is to share them with you.
My Journey Into The Wilderness…
When I was 15 I had an experience of sudden lucid clarity while hiking in the woods.
I became aware of my senses in a way I had never before experienced. The trees seemed to shimmer as sounds of rushing water & bird song filled my ears. The air entering my lungs was electric. I realized that something about being in that environment had stimulated my mind into an altered state of consciousness where I could think more clearly.
Being normally a very scattered & rather ADD child, it was striking to notice how quiet and focused my mind was.
I began taking regular extended walks in nature as a way to stimulate insight.
I later discovered the books of Tom Brown Jr and became a dedicated student of his lessons about nature awareness and living closely to the earth.
Discovering The Wilderness Inside…
I believe that paying attention to nature is one of the secrets to activating the full potential of the human brain.
But I’ve also observed that most people in modern times are going about it in totally the wrong way.
Most people have lots of ideas… but very few skills. It’s the dreaded NATO syndrome. No Action Talk Only.
It means there are lots of people who like the idea of awakening their naturalist instincts, but never actually do anything to build skills with plants & birds of their local ecosystem.
That's Where My Focus Is Different.
My focus is and always has been 100% practical.
I recognized early on in my journey that connecting with nature has to start with one simple question…
What can you do?
Can you start fires by rubbing sticks together?
Can you locate wild animals by listening to bird alarms?
Can you track shifting patterns in plants, trees, insects, weather & landscape topography through all four seasons?
Can you follow the footprints of wildlife through the forest?
The more you can do... The more you can be. And the more you can be... The less you need.
What Was The Path To Where I Am Now?
After high school I attended the Wilderness Awareness school started by Tom Brown’s student, Jon Young.
While it was an amazingly profound and life-changing experience, it was hugely expensive and draining on my finances.
I wanted to create a way for others like me to go deep into nature awareness skills without needing to travel & spend all that money.
Of course, there’s no replacement for live experiences with a mentor, but I believe my online courses will help you get started on the right foot.
I can help you practice and train your outdoor skills without needing to uproot your life and travel thousands of miles in search of the right teacher.
"I used to think I would never understand bird language. Then, I started working with Brian. Brian is a skilled naturalist, and mentor, who can simplify the most complex bird interaction into their key components, so that novices like me can understand them.
Now, thanks to Brian, I feel confident in interpreting the interactions I see in my backyard.
I'm also an anthropologist who works on how hunter-gatherer children learn about the natural world, and I have no doubt that Brian's lessons will make invaluable contributions to my professional research."
- Sheina Lew-Levy, survivalist, PhD candidate, University of Cambridge
Nature Awareness For Personal Growth...
"Brian's experience is rich and diverse,and knows when to feed you that nugget of info to keep you stoked, or that question that throws you further down the rabbit hole.
He has helped me use birds as a mirror to my relationship dynamics, so that going into the natural world is richer in teachers who guide me to my truth, my strength."
- Steve Leckman, naturalist, tracker, sacred hunter and mentor
Maximize Your Naturalist Skills...
"You have an incredible ability to listen and ask really good questions!You also really put your time in, you speak from lots of experience.
You have filled in my gaps and asked me questions that I couldn't not go out and find the answers." - Michaela Macdonald, passionate naturalist, instructor and mentor of children
Learn About Nature With Brian...
I find that Brian has a very encouraging, humble, and accessible approach to wilderness awareness. His calm approach is a wonderful antidote to some of my tension to ‘know it all, now!’, and his conversational tone is easy to listen to. I have had the privilege of meeting Brian in person, and he is as genuine and tuned in as he seems.”