Wisdom of the Solo Canoe – Rob Perkins announces a new conversation series live on Saturday March 27 and Saturday April 3, 1:00 pm MST.

Rob Perkins has had a long association with QLF beginning in the 1980’s when we sponsored a research project of his in Northern Labrador.  Later, linking to our own focus on river conservation and stewardship, Rob carried QLF’s message during a solo paddle from the headwaters of the Connecticut River, 400 miles south to Long Island Sound.

Rob is a consummate storyteller and adventurer.  He has a number of books and films to his credit.

Although we have no formal association for this program, we are pleased to be able to share the news of his upcoming talk, The Wisdom of the Solo Canoe. A welcome respite from many months of being locked down.


*Please note Rob is charging a modest fee for this program to support his work.

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Quoting from Rob Perkins’ introduction:

Thank you for your question about the Wisdom of the Solo Canoe. Both days are about different aspects of the same river….. the Great Fish River. On the map it’s called the Back River. It’s the only northern river flowing only through tundra to the arctic ocean. It’s 560 miles long. There are no towns, and few people travel there. Most canoeists paddle a different river each season, but I chose to focus on one. I made that choiceIn 1971.  As the poet Rilke says in Letters to a Young Poet, if you fear somethings go toward your fear, make it your friend. Initially, traveling alone was scary….all that water, those miles, and no one around. There were bears, rapids, my own possible mistakes….but over the years, as I canoed the river multiple times, and traveled its tributaries, I fell in love with the watershed and solo travel. It’s never been the same river twice.

As I find the river endlessly interesting, I hope to make it  come alive for you. The two films viewed before the conversations provide context for many who do not know me. The films raise their own questions, especially Talking to Angels…. my favorite. During the question and answer period we can go as deep as you like …. technically, or poetically. If life is what happens between the facts, there is a lot to talk about.