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"Be. Breathe. Blossom." - Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
"Be the Change You Wish to See in the World..." - Gandhi
I returned in June 2014 from about a year and a half spent living abroad.
I had left in February 2013 to Central America to visit my family in Panama and to volunteer as an accompanying adult on an educational travel expedition/intercultural exchange in Costa Rica (Kepri Expeditions). I also lead an expedition to the Chirripó Grande (3820m), the country high point. Cerro Chirripó is ranked 37th worldwide for its prominence.
After, I went to Nepal and lead a mountaineering expedition in the Langtang Valley - I was missing the Himalayas... We made a summit attempt of the Tsergo Ri (4984m) by the north face (unchartered pathway, level difficult). But this expedition was only an appetizer for the ones I would be doing in India.
To get permission to access to high peaks in the national parks in India, you need to be a certified mountaineer. Therefore, I did in April/May 2013 my first mountaineering training on Indian soil at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) and in April/May of 2014, I completed the advance course, which is the requirement to do so.
In June 2013, I moved to an ashram in South India, where I have completed a 21-weeks Classical Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, under the guidance of a living master and yogi. I spent a total of 8 months at the ashram to volunteer and to participate to a range of programs and activities.
In June 2014, after having completed the advance mountaineering course, I got back to Montreal City, and rapidly started to organize Hatha Yoga workshops in Montreal and Toronto.
Before this long stay abroad, I was working for Rivers Foundation, an environmental group based in Montreal, first as a researcher/communication assistant, then as the manager/coordinator.
I also have many years of experience as a camera operator and DOP. I worked over a number of projects also in different positions.
I am a pragmatic. I love to meet new people and explore the unfamiliar.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have hangout with fellow Couch Surfers in Canada and abroad and like to receive friends over.
I have stayed with Couch Surfers in different North American and European cities.
I have also been a participant into a similar social network named Servas back in the end of the 1990s. Back then, I stayed in Russia and Poland with local hosts.
"Life, the Universe and Everything" (Douglas, A.)
Yoga & meditation / Mountaineering & outdoor sports / Visual arts (cinema, photography, etc.) / Philosophy / Ecology and wildlife / Cognitive science / Traditional medicine / etc.
- film making
- outdoor activities
- scuba diving
- rock climbing
- visual arts
Music, Movies, and Books
CINEMA: Wong Kar Wai, Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton, Ken Loach...
MUSIC: Jazz, electro, blues, funk, world beat...
LITERATURE: Rejean Ducharme, Daniel Pennac, Milan Kundera, Dostoyevsky, Albert Camus, XVIII century French Literature, Jon Krakauer, Jack Kerouac...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Staying 8 months in a South Indian ashram to learn Classical Hatha Yoga under the guidance of the yogi and mystic Sadhguru.
Living in the Himalayas and attending to his Holiness the Dalaï Lama teachings.
Living on a glacier for a week at 4,200 metres and climbing to 5,000 metres to enjoy the breathtaking view.
Snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean.
Teach, Learn, Share
I teach Classical Hatha Yoga / Wilderness First Aids / English as a Second or Foreign Language / & Filmmaking.
I like to learn on all subjects. I have this intellectual desire to know everything. I love spirituality, arts, the humanities and the natural sciences (especially biology and physical geography), medicine, and technical skills.
I am happy to share ideas. I am a very curious person. Try me.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Iceland, Italy, Nepal, Netherlands, Niger, Poland, Sri Lanka, United States, Virgin Islands, British
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Costa Rica, France, India, Nepal, Panama, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Thailand