Artist, Healer, and Surrogate Mama
BOHO MAMA, Shoeless Dave's better half, was born with an artist's eye and passion, and a spiritual thirst mere religion couldn't quench. She is a gifted healer who offers unique perspectives, encouraging words, and practical guidance and support.
From a young age it was clear Steph was destined to create. In high school, while fantasizing about becoming a folk singer, she made clothing for herself and her friends. Fashion and sewing would remain a lifelong passion - she still makes clothes, quilts and other necessities.
In college she was drawn to music, creative expression, and helping (and advocating for) teens and young adults - which she and Shoeless Dave have done ever since.
Since becoming life partners with Dave she has explored many traditional crafts and skills - knitting, canning, soap making, working with hides, and many other skills; as well as more modern arts like cake decorating and tattooing. Finally discovering her greatest joy and healing outlet - PAINTING.
In every community Steph has ever lived she has been known for her warm, loving heart, her hospitality (inspite of being an introvert), and contagious sense of humour.
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BOHO MAMA / STEPH
THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE LESS YOU NEED - THE LESS YOU NEED, THE MORE YOU CAN FOCUS ON WHAT TRULY MATTERS TO YOU.
Born into a desperate family situation Barefoot Dave retreated daily into the forest for refuge; it can be said that he was raised by a forest in the Creator's care.
His Back to the Land journey began while he was still a child, and became a lifetime commitment by grade three when an afterschool interaction with a crow showed him the path his life was to take; In the world but not of the world; exiled from the status quo to live like a nomad in harmony with nature - from his spirit.
Today, he has over 40 years of experience living and teaching primitive skills and technology, and traditional forest living. His teachings are enhanced by his knowledge of, and experience with, eco psychology and spirituality. As well as his extensive and intimate knowledge of nature and traditional culture.
Barefoot Dave (or Ojiig), is indigenous Aarjel Saemieh (South Saami) and Anishinaabe (Ojibway), and from a very young age his cultures and the natural world have remained central and foundational to his life. He is a recognized knowledge keeper, medicine keeper, and firekeeper.
Although it was predicted, when he was very young, that he would end up fighting addiction, in prison, or dead before he was twenty - a VERY POWERFUL teenage spiritual awakening transformed his entire life and Barefoot Dave began his journey to become an Indigenous Holistic Wellness Practitioner (this means he is a spiritual guide/coach and forest healer). He has over 30 years of experience doing this and is sought after to teach other practitioners.
A true spiritual altruist to his core, Ojiig has volunteered in some of North America's most remote, suicidal, violent, and financially challenged indigenous communities - always seeking an opportunity to help and support teenagers and young adults. He has taught for indigenous wellness centers, indigenous and public schools, community groups, etc. - and is currently a part-time knowledge keeper and Indigenous spiritual counsellor for Corrections Canada.
As an artist Barefoot Dave (Ojiig) specializes in traditional Indigenous crafts, and is often asked to teach these skills and crafts. Everything he makes comes from natural materials harvested by himself and are as culturally and historically authentic as possible.
When not sharing and growing his knowledge and skills, Ojiig can be found outdoors making art, helping others to heal, and sharing meaningful life with his family and friends.