Old growth trees in the Broken Group Islands
Silke Hockemeyer lead kayak Guide

My guiding ethos has been in evolution, but at its core I am a guide who serves. So, what is it that I am guiding, who do I serve? From the outside the answer may be obvious, I am a kayaking guide, a guide who facilitates the experience of being in raw nature. This is perhaps the most visible and superficial title. It’s all much deeper to me.

This is a role of offering. Ego is not useful here, humility is, compassion is, deep presence and honoring is. Witnessing and perhaps reflecting is a more accurate description of how I approach my guiding style and what it means for me to be a guide. I am facilitating a space to allow for self-exposure, reflection, growth, questioning and challenge for those who seek it.

My ethos is that a great guide is one that is so subtle and behind the scene that transformation in clients whether in the form of building skill, connecting, or dropping into presence is truly made from self, and it all seems effortless what unfolds. These moments of transformation in those who travel along is what fills my soul in my work.

I offer a minor role in this evolution and I honour and acknowledge this. Nature plays a large role, as do, most importantly the participants who join these trips and through their willingness to push themselves, to stand in awe, those who shed and who share undoubtedly grow, heal, exhale and/or transform.
We all seek growth, but sometimes it’s hard to know how and where to challenge ourselves, how and where to take this on. I promise you that the uncertainty of nature, the shifting movement in it, will made you look, will make you seek out answers. I treasure that I have the very humbling role to hold space, to let you drop in, to allow this to happen for yourself.

Wild Root Love

“Good leaders are those who people love and admire;
Poor leaders are those who people fear and despise;
Great leaders are those who people say – we did it ourselves”

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