TAKAYA 

Forest Therapy

A sensory journey to connect

with yourself, Nature and the living.

 Takaya Forest Therapy has the project to bring people for a walk in the woods, city parks, mountains and wishing that each participant finds its way to build up its relationship with Nature, in its wholeness.

Takaya's origins

In 2012, a young wolf was seen trotting through Victoria, capital city of British Columbia in Canada, and then decided to swim across the ocean to get to a group of small islands, two kilometers away from the main land.

There, he found a home, proving great adaptation skills to his new environment, changing completely his food diet to what was locally available, such as seals, sea otters, wild bird's eggs, and fish.

Often times his deep howling was heard all the way across the strait into town. Perhaps was he hoping that one day, a female who join him and could finally procreate. Perhaps was he expressing his happiness, or loneliness. Local native american people Songhees made sure that this unique wolf would be left in peace, and protected him. They named him TAKAYA, meaning « wolf » in their native language.

Throughout eight years, Takaya lived a healthy life. Then, one day, he was seen walking in Victoria’s streets in January 2020. Was he done with his lonesome lifestyle? He was intercepted, then tranquilized, to be in the end transferred fifty kilometers away into the wilderness, in order to offer him as many survival chances as possible. Everything became new again for Takaya, and again, he had to adapt fast.

Two months later, a trophy hunter ended suddenly Takaya’s exciting life. A bullet for a fur on a wall… A life for a selfish pleasure. Poor Takaya.

Nature, we are mourning for you. How many wild animals live the same fate as Takaya? How men could reach that point, cut off from any empathy towards all kinds of life forms? Why administrations still deliver permits allowing trophy hunting? Where is this need coming from to destroy everything that is beautiful, wild, moreover that does not represent any kind of threats towards us? Ignorance and old myth beliefs are probably two answers.

 

Takaya’s death has touched me deeply, and this is how was borned my project: Takaya Forest Therapy.

I have spent several months along with native American communities in the Canadian West. Being sensitive and respectful towards the fragile balance that native people thrive on within their ecosystem. Deep down inside me rises the need to guide people into this environment with which we have lost an intimate connection., into the wilderness, the pure matter of Nature itself.

Let’s not forget, let’s remember that if we love Nature, Nature loves us back. To me, Nature holds every resources to our well-being.

​I dare to dream throughout this approach. May Takaya’s spirit remains alive and guide participants to feel their place within Nature, like Takaya could show us during his fantastic way of life.

Together, let’s rewild our nature.

Lucas