This experience is so full of awe-inspiring and touching moments. Moments where you know you and/or the other will never be the same again. That kind of fundamental shift is so exciting to me and brings me so much hope. Melanie Whitham’s biggest passion, next to teaching young people, is wilderness canoe camping. On a 16-day wilderness paddle through the Canadian forest at 21 years old, Melanie discovered that she was capable of much more than she had imagined – she discovered her inner strength. It is that place she would enjoy to help young people discover in themselves through challenge and community. She is an ORCA (Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association) level 2 certified canoe trip leader and has done her wilderness first aid training. From solo trips to leading groups of young people, Melanie has deeply enjoyed several hundred kilometers of paddling. Melanie is a certified teacher and holds a Masters in Arts degree with a concentration in Holistic Education from Goddard College. She has been learning, living and sharing NVC with others for over 4 years now. Wanting to empower children, their parents and their educators so that we can all transform judgement and pain into what makes our lives and the lives of those around us more wonderful, she offers trainings to teachers, parents and students anywhere they would like to have her. Play in the Wild is a precious gift for Melanie of sharing community, growth, contribution and play. To learn more about what Melanie does when she is not at a Wild!, visit www.speakyourheart.ca.