A Night in the Garden offers the chance to enjoy an on-site experience combining micro-adventure and reflections on the concept of dwelling. You have the choice of simply attending the lecture (paid activity) or entering the contest and being eligible to win the complete experience, consisting of the lecture and a night under the stars followed by “forest bathing” at dawn.
On Friday, in the early evening, in the very heart of nature at the Jardin botanique you’ll be welcomed by Dominique Rankin and Marie-Josée Tardif, two elders in the Anicinape (Algonquin) tradition. Together they’ll invite you to reflect on the way in which we dwell in nature and on what we consider essential or superfluous. They’ll discuss with you what for them constitutes an existence closer to nature, a font of great wealth and a crucial source of energy for our physical and psychological health.
By registering, you confirm that you are 18 or older, that you agree to be photographed, filmed or recorded, and to the pictures being published following the event.
T8aminik Rankin was born in the forests of the northern Abitibi region, to a family that preserved the nomadic way of life of their Anicinapek (Algonquin) forebears. At a very young age T8aminik was put on a long road of apprenticeships and initiations not just with the elders of his community but with different recognized guides in the country. In 2006, Grandfather T8aminik became an elder fully recognized by his peers.
With Marie-Josée Tardif, his partner, in 2013 he founded the organization Kina8at, whose mission consists in First Nations healing and cultural reconnection, in addition to promoting reconciliation and the sharing of aboriginal cultures with everyone. A common goal that led them to act both nationally and internationally.
In 2016, Grandfather T8aminik was invested as a Knight of the National Order of Québec. He is also the recipient of the Quebec National Assembly and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medals.
Serving as Senator for the National Association of Friendship Centres for more than 30 years, he is also honorary president of Religions for Peace and the Montreal Circle of Peace, two organizations connected to the United Nations. He also sits on an advisory board of the Fondation ImpactIA in Switzerland, whose aim is to reflect on the issues entailed by the arrival of artificial intelligence in the world.
Under his real name, Kapiteotak (Whose crying is heard from afar), Dominique Rankin, hereditary chief and elder, these days devotes himself to the role of the teacher and spiritual leader he was destined to be.
After working for over 15 years in the media world on major television and radio networks like Radio-Canada, RDI, LCN and Radio Rock-Détente, Marie-Josée Tardif felt the need to discover new horizons and she steered her career more in the direction of journalism and questions relating to human potential. She interviewed major figures like the Dalai Lama, Albert Jaquart, Eckhart Tolle, Pierre Rabhi, Matthieu Ricard and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, to name just these few. She is interested in a more constructive and more human communication, a conscious communication, based on principles of self-presence.
In 2007, invited by elders of the Algonquin nation, Marie-Josée undertook a long process of leaning the language, philosophy and traditional medicine of that ancient people. With T8aminik Rankin, her partner, in 2013 she founded the organization KINA8AT, whose mission includes the fostering of reconciliation and the sharing of aboriginal cultures with everyone. She is chair of its board of directors.
Honorary president of Montréal’s Cercle de Paix, Marie-Josée takes part regularly in major events for world peace, the environment and reconciliation among peoples. She sits on an advisory board of the Fondation ImpactIA in Switzerland, whose aim is to reflect on the issues entailed by the arrival of artificial intelligence in the world.
Marie-Josée is co-author, with T8aminik Rankin, of the bestseller On nous appelait les Sauvages (Éditions Le Jour, 2011) and author of La Leçon de Sitar ou l’Art de vibrer de toutes ses cordes (Éditions du Roseau, 2007).
Would you rather enjoy the whole experience? Enter the Night in the Garden contest and be eligible to win the opportunity to do just that:
Bernadette Rey heard about this practice, recognized for its benefits by different medical orders, during one of her trips to Japan. Professionally employed for 35 years as a teacher in a different area, she was totally won over. In 2015 she was certified as a Shinrin Yoku guide by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, and in that capacity she invites us to accompany her on a slow and silent walk to the heart of the Jardin botanique arboretum.
For Sylvie Brossard it was in totally pristine and wild landscapes, not far from Alaska and where she did the hard work of fishing, that a love for the open air and nature took shape. Then, an initiation into shinrin-yoku persuaded her to take the therapeutic-forest guide training given by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT).
Select a photo or a video that clearly illustrates how nature dwells in you.
Submit your “Nature dwells in me because…” story.
Post all of it on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #HumainNature
The Night in the Garden activity consists of the walk on marked trails along with periods of prolonged silence.
Are you okay to bring a foam mat and a sleeping bag for the night?
To be on your feet and active for close to two hours for the forest bathing?
To take a break from your cellphone?
Do you agree to being photographed, filmed or recorded and to the pictures being published following the event?
You are at least 18?
Then this experience is for you.
By registering, you confirm that you are 18 or older, that you agree to be photographed,
filmed or recorded, and to the pictures being published following the event.
Invite your friends to share and to vote for you by July 27.
The more votes you get, the more chances your name will have of being picked during the draw.