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The Healing Power of Nature


January 2023


The Healing Journey

Vancouver Island Museum of Nature is proud to partner with THE RED ROAD LODGE in creating a pioneer nature based healing project - learn more at 



January 30, 2022 

"Mother Earth's Wellness"  

Vancouver Island Museum of Nature and Society is proud to provide KFN Health Centre - K'ómoks First Nation with our pioneering nature base set of  "Mother Earth's Wellness" movies for use by the residential school survivors and their families as a therapeutic aid for mental distress and intergenerational trauma. 

About K’ómoks First Nation

The K’ómoks First Nation is located in the heart of the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Membership is currently just over 300 members within four clans: Sahtloot, Saseetla, Ieeksun and Puntledge. Two cultures are identified in our community: Coast Salish (Island-Comox speaking peoples) and Kwakwaka'wakw

(Kwak̓ wala speaking peoples). K’ómoks originally occupied sites in Kelsey Bay, Quinsum, Campbell River, Quadra Island, Kye Bay and along the Puntledge Estuary.


Kelsey Bay
by  M.J. Zaleski / The Archives of The Vancouver Island Museum of Nature

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June 15th, 2020


“Willow Place is delighted to announce a new partnership with photographic artist and cinematographer, Marek Zaleski. Zaleski is the founder of the Vancouver Island Museum of Nature in Courtenay, BC, and he was inspired by the novel coronavirus pandemic to share his healing videos with non-profit groups serving
vulnerable populations.

He understands that our shelter residents may not be able to readily access green spaces
due to personal safety issues, either related to family violence or also impacted by current health precautions with coronavirus. The hope
is for Willow Place to pilot a healing environment called an iEcotherapy Room in the months ahead.

To help Willow Place get started with iEcotherapy, Zaleski is donating a number of nature videos to use for staff wellness and client therapeutic support. Willow Place foresees that a dedicated iEcotherapy space could be used for groups, activities, expressive arts-based therapy, trauma-informed yoga, cultural programming, and staff wellness.”

- Pam Hadder -
Community Coordinator Willow Place, Inc. Woman & Children’s Family Violence Services

Learn more about Willow Place here:

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