2021 Calendar of Events
Strawberry Full Moon Paddle
June 22nd and 23rd from 6:30-8:30 PM
Join us for another Full Moon adventure on the Cache River. The Strawberry Moon (June’s full Moon and typically the last of spring or the first of summer) marks the ripening of strawberries that are ready to be gathered. The name has been used by Algonquin, Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples, among others.
$35.00 per Adult
$20.00 per Teen
$17.00 per Youth
Price includes life jackets, paddles, boats and guide!
March 28th, Sap Moon Paddle
We kicked off the year with a paddle in the Cache River Wetlands under the full moon. At this time of the year, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworms to become active, inviting the returning summer birds to feed—a true sign of spring. Roots also begin to stir and push their way up through the soil, as the Earth awakens from its winter slumber. The sap begins to run and time for harvest in southern Illinois.
The Ojibwa share this teaching.....
"Ziizaabaakwaadoke Giizis (Sugar Moon)
The third moon of Creation is Sugar Moon, is when the sap of Ninaatigoo Mitig (Maple Trees) starts to flow (ziigwang) as the maple sap begins to run, we learn of one of the main medicines given to the Anishinaabe which balances our blood and heals us.
During this time, we are encouraged to balance our lives as we would our blood sugar levels
Some also say; Aandekgo Giizis (Crow Moon).
Watch the skies as the Crows start to play, gather and sing as they group up and also partner up as they get twitterpated as most do in Spring / Ziigwang / In the Time of Flowing."
Barbara Wright (Ojibwa)
June 13th Earth Skills Paddle
Mark Denzer (primitive technologist ) led us on a paddle through the river and talked about traditional Native American uses of plants, trees, animals and other resources of the area. We learned how to make plant cordage from local sources, friction fire from local native woods, explored and gathered food plants and heard about how local Native Americans once lived from the land on the Cache river through stories passed down to Mark from local Native people. A display with locally made items was present for participants to ask questions about.
April 25th Pink Moon Paddle
The first super moon of the year. The Pink Moon symbolizes the sprouting of seed and the explosion of spring flowers particularly the wild ground phlox or pink moss phlox which is one of the first flowers to bloom with the arrival of the spring.
May 25th Flower Moon Paddle
This Flower Moon was the biggest and brightest super moon of the year! May marks the time when seeds should be started for the farming season ahead, birds begin to lay eggs, and flowers spring forth in abundance across North America. To celebrate we enjoyed the sound of frogs calling while we paddled in our local wetlands.
June 7th Outdoor Yoga and Kayak Outing at Horseshoe Lake
Healing Traditions and Cache Bayou Outfitters joined forces to bring you an outdoor adventure!
We began the morning with outdoor yoga, followed by a brief meditation.
Then had a light and healthy breakfast together, followed by a few hours of kayaking on beautiful horseshoe lake. Mark Denzer answered questions regarding the local ecology and wildlife.
This was a fantastic opportunity to have some outdoor fun with a great group!
June 20th Father's Day Sunset Paddle
The perfect Father’s Day activity, kayaking/canoeing on the swamp with family and friends! it was a great way to spend Father’s Day. We paddled out at sunset and then greeted a waxing moon on the Cache. We paddled for about 2hrs, stopping along beaver lodges, ancient cypress groves and hearing about the rivers historic past.