Forest and the Femme ↟ Photos & Videos on Instagram

@forestandthefemme  A non profit outdoor program for marginalized ♀women in Vancouver ▽Coast Salish Territories▽ #allmyfriendsarewild

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4 months ago

Here’s a snap of some volunteers prepping food for us to freeze and use through the season. We especially do this with meat dishes since they are so easy to heat & serve. Many of the women who come out with us ask for wild game because it’s something that they haven’t had access to since they were little. If anyone is making space in their freezer for this season’s harvest, think of us! We have a small freezer and would LOVE some venison to put in it. Tell your friends! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If all goes well we’ll be getting some cooking lessons from @wildnorthernway and learn how to make our meat dishes absolutely delish! 🤤 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We spend many hours every week on food prep. It’s basically its own full-time job that we have to squish into the day. Having things as ready as possible for the morning is crucial since it’s just one of the things we have to get organized for the day. Phew. Just thinking about those mornings makes our heads spin! 😰🤕🤪 at Commercial Drive

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4 months ago

We take picnics seriously. Food is SUCH a big deal with Forest and the Femme. You just can’t have fun adventures when you haven’t eaten well. You should see the size of the packs that we lug around on the trails. It’s because we have a buffet on our backs. 🤤😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Food makes us happy and healthy and wise! It makes a great holiday present to buy us some picnics too 🥗🥙🍔🥑🍒🥓🌯🍪🍖🥪🍓🥝🍉🍳🥩🥘🥩 Link in bio 👆 We want to send a big shout out to MEC who helped us provide the participants and volunteers with these great picnics. at Downtown Eastside

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4 months ago

#morninglight What an honour to sleep in the shadows of ancient peaks and glaciers. We don’t come to places like this often, but when we do it’s because someone worked really damned hard to get herself there. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This was a morning of magnificence. A quiet celebration of courage and determination. This is when mountains get to meet women who are strong enough to shake them. St'at'imc territory at Matier Glacier

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4 months ago

Forest and the Femme getting subterranean. And stuck sometimes. And maybe a bit scared. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Caves are absolutely captivating. They tickle the darkest parts of your imaginations and submerge you into a place where nothing is familiar. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Vancouver Island has at least 1000 known caves. These important #karst topographies support the Island’s rainforests and keep them lush and healthy and they are just SO MUCH FUN. Thanks karst! This trip was made possible by a donation from a supporter who lives on Vancouver Island. ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Visiting Euclataws on K’ómoks territory.

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4 months ago

#inherwords “My most proud of myself I’ve been is going up the sky and sky (🙊hehe) gondola ride. I’m afraid of heights and I really challenged myself and proved to myself that I could do it and it was the best reward up there. It’s the best place I’ve ever been. I didn’t even know such beauty existed so close.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We LOVE being able to go on the sea to sky gondola and when we do our year-end surveys it’s often this place that gets listed as a best memory or a proud moment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The view is overwhelmingly gorgeous, the pines up there smell amazing in the warm sun and there’s ice cream. And It’s friendly for all of the differently-abled bodies that are in our gang. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Many of us get to see this view often since we can just go for a rip up the chief or the other trails that take us above the Howe Sound. Our participants don’t have that as an option. They can only dream of sweeping mountain vistas like these. We like to make it happen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This gondola was built on unceded Skwxwú7mesh territory and we are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to visit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #notanad #soexpensive at Sea To Sky Gondola

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4 months ago

This waterfall is one of our most favourite places ever. It was one of the zillion amazing things about our trip to Juan De Fuca Park on Vancouver Island. We like to remember places based on how magical the mornings are and this one was a ⭐️ magical ⭐️ morning indeed. Thankful for the opportunity to sleep and dream and explore on sacred Pacheedaht territory. #natureheals #allmyfriendsarewild at Pacheedaht First Nation

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4 months ago

Our adventures come in all shapes and sizes. We focus on #microadventure trips that women with many barriers can accomplish but there are always participants working on dreamy goals and wishing big wishes. Some of our fave memories are from our trips to the islands around us. Vancouver Island has so much fun exploring to do and when we can afford the ferries we love to try and plan these bigger trips. Bowen Island is much closer and the ferry ride is gorgeous. We went there this fall with some adventure donations and had a fun day of exploring the seashores in the fall sunshine. #natureheals #allmyfriendsarewild Headed to Nexwlélexm in Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) territory. at Coast Salish Territory

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4 months ago

We find our power through the land. Our founder & coordinator @jaime_m_adams shares a story about her own bumpy journey towards leadership and how it has shaped programming for Forest and the Femme... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I remember having to do an activity when I was 8 years old where a pastor made a group of us kids decide whether we were leaders or followers and I remember that was the first time that I experienced performance anxiety. Before that activity I had no idea that I didn’t have it in me to be a leader. I didn’t know that those structures even existed and that I was supposed to fit myself in them because my mom and grandma and aunties always made me feel so valued. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That day changed the way that I saw myself and at 8 years old I was taught that I’m not good enough to be a leader and that my place is in in the shadows. For decades that identity was embedded into me and I could never even try to challenge that because of how disempowering that felt. It took almost 30 years to finally dismantle that narrative and it was being in the mountains that crushed that perspective. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Forest and the Femme exists despite the damage of that day’s lesson in patriarchy. That experience stays at the front of my mind when we get to know the participants and learn about their unique skills and strengths. Leadership emerges really naturally in nature and with us it’s not in the ways that society so often requires - anxiety inducing hierarchies and power imbalances. Those values don’t belong in this program. Strength and talent and skill is unique and is identified through relationship to each other and the land. It can be writing or teaching or cooking or photography or trip-leading. It can be so many things. Most importantly for us, it’s not competitive and it doesn’t perpetuate negative self-perceptions. Women are so powerful and nature helps us to locate that power. ❤️🏔 These gorgeous mountains are in St'at'imc territory. at Downtown Eastside

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4 months ago

Since we started our program 7 years ago we’ve taken over 100 women on more than 400 trips. Over those years we have met some of the most inspiring, beautiful, powerful and talented women that you could ever dream of being lucky enough to spend time with. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And each season our program is better and better because of all of the things that we have learned from them. Did you know that we pay them for teaching us? The world can be a mean place and it takes and takes from marginalized women. We’d rather not be a part of that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Their gifts are valuable to us and to all of the future women who come out with us and we want them to know that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you are looking for a cause to support with your holiday gifts, consider supporting our paid leadership programming. Link in bio 👆🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PC 📷 @wakefieldpro from the video that they made for us 🎥❤️ at Coast Salish Territory

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5 months ago

#inherwords “The leadership activities... Forest and the Femme helps me feel safe to do these things. It helps me feel important to Forest and the Femme. It’s not easy but the rules are easy. I was able to just be myself and still do a good job. I was never put into a situation that I couldn’t do.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👋 See those warm layers and packs? MEC gave us those. They’ve been supporting our programming for years and help keep us going strong. ❤️🏆

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5 months ago

When you think of leadership in an outdoor program this is a scene that comes to mind. And sometimes this is exactly what leadership looks like with us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When that can happen we feel so proud to be a part of that journey. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But most often it is much, much more. Leadership is discovered through the recognition and celebration of a woman’s strength. Our leadership does not require a specific physical ability or level of skill. It does not go to the most physically capable women in our program. It’s about relationship, recognition of all that she has overcome and how, listening to where her pride sits and honouring that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ They are matriarchs, survivors, stronger and more resilient than you could ever imagine. They teach us. We learn from them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Accomplishing big goals on St’át’imc territory.

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5 months ago

This was the stunning backdrop that we had for a lesson in cedar weaving. We felt very lucky and honoured to be able to learn about the cedar, the tree of life, and for the work that went into the careful harvest of it. Our teacher Candice Stevenson of @wildhoneybeadworks taught us about this technique, wild berry jam making and so much more this summer. Candice is an artist from the Stl’atl’imx Nation who is passionate about environmental issues and Indigenous rights. She also introduced us to this amazing location. 💙🏔💙🏔🌲🏔💚 . . . Visiting the unceded homelands of Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) & Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

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5 months ago

Have you ever seen such a gigantic nettle leaf? We certainly wouldn’t want to stumble into that one by accident. Nettles are one of the plants that we learned about this year: everything from how to use it to nourish and soothe our bodies to thigh-spinning it into strands for weaving. And cooking with it too! But more on that later. . . The learning that we can do around the land is literally endless and SO MUCH FUN!! We have learned so much about plants and the land. Many of us, from all of our various cultures, have lost a lot of knowledge that our families once had about working with our plant friends. @earthandgleaners has taught us so much this year, and in years past, about new and fun ways to appreciate what grows all around us - even in the city. Weaving and spinning and tanning and dyeing. Thanks to all of the women at EartHand for all our your teachings 💚💚💚 . . #natureheals #allmyfriendsarewild

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5 months ago

We are incredibly lucky to learn from so many inspiring women. This photo is from a multi-part series on land-based pigments and dye techniques that were led by Jewel Hill. Jewel is Iroquois Mohawk and mother of 2 from Six Nations and she is passionate about supporting women to heal through the land and learning. With her we learned how to begin considering the many ways that we can create art in relationship with the land around us using both traditional materials and introduced invasive plants. We had so much fun experimenting and learning together this summer! #natureheals #allmyfriendsarewild at Coast Salish Territory

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5 months ago

Herbal first aid classes show us ways that we can take care of woopsies when they happen. We learned all about this valuable style of first aid with Mara Cur from Crow’s Nest Wildcraft this summer. Frog leaf, also known as plantain, is a big time helper for us all through the season. There’s no better relief for mosquito bites and other itchies. We’ve learned how to use it as a smushed rub or poultice and and how to collect and infuse it into oil for our own special bug bite recipe. There is literally nothing better to stop itchy bites.

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5 months ago

These lands heal. Do you see those big leafy plants growing alongside the trail? That’s devil’s club. If you like to do any moving around off trail you likely have nightmares about these thorny forest dwellers. They bite. We learned a lot from our teachers about this plant this year and the strong medicine that it has provided the coastal nations for thousands of years. We learned how they can help us care for our bodies in many ways. These plants are powerful helpers and deserve much care and respect. They are also slow growers and can easily be overharvested. St'at'imc territory

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You would not believe how fun it is to wrap foliage and paper or fabric around rusty things and steam them for a bit. This is the most stress-free art since every pot is an exciting experiment. 😍😎 We had lots of fun learning about this process and can’t wait to get more into it next year!

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5 months ago

We woke up here. We sipped our morning coffee in this place and we watched as the sun slowly broke through the morning mist and transformed the world around us into the brightest of blues and greens. The quiet was so dramatic. No waves, no wind, no other humans. Just us, morning birdsong and fish flicking at the surface. In the DTES there is no silence - the sirens are endless, the noise of neighbours is constant and chaotic. Imagine that contrast. Imagine how important that silence is. #natureheals Visiting St'at'imc territory. at Downtown Eastside

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