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Rediscovering wonder and wellness on the edge of the Arctic

Sunset at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Jad Davenport photo.
Sunset at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Jad Davenport photo.

by George Williams

The healing powers of nature have been well known for thousands of years, but for many they have been hiding in plain sight. Not at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.

Nature is King here. Polar bears, black bears, wolves and wild things roam freely. Wellness is intimately close. Churchill Wild co-owner Mike Reimer felt it the first time he ever set foot on the pristine lands that surround Nanuk, as did guests, and that made it a perfect fit for our Wildlife and Wellness Safari.

Polar bear wellness at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ruth Elwell-Steck photo
Polar bear wellness at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ruth Elwell-Steck photo.

Churchill Wild is proud to be partnering with Nature, and with Wellness Coach Corrina Anne-Poss of Limitless Motion, for this extraordinary wellness adventure in the Canadian wilderness. Nature needs no introduction. Corrina comes highly recommended.

Corrina believes strongly in the mind-body-soul connection, and her warm personality combined with formal training in Iyengar Yoga, Stott Pilates, Fletcher Pilates, reflexology, qigong, massage and myofascial therapy, among other healing modalities, has allowed her to build a successful healing practice based primarily on testimonials and word-of-mouth referrals.

“Most of the time people seek me out when they want to correct postural and movement issues,” said Corrina. “But as we start working together, it becomes clearer to them that — as the quote says – the body really is the battlefield for the wars we wage in our minds. From there it becomes more of a spiritual process.”

Another world at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ann Fulcher photo.
Another world at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ann Fulcher photo.

The ancient windswept landscapes of Nanuk have a spiritual sense of their own that make them a natural fit for our Wildlife and Wellness Safari. “It’s a supernatural coast,” said National Geographic photographer and author Jad Davenport in From Polar Bear Dens to the Garden of Eden and back. “When you’re traveling along it you feel like you’re on a mystical landscape that has legends attached to it.”

Indeed, there are places at Nanuk that have never felt human footsteps, where you can stand and look out over Hudson Bay and imagine seeing the first explorers to Canada sailing by in their ships 400 years ago. There will be times when you actually feel like you’re on another planet, alone, but not lonely. At peace with yourself.

Corrina will be at Nanuk to assist guests in finding optimal movements based on their physical and emotional characteristics, but she’ll also be helping you find your heart and soul again, that primitive sense of childlike wonder you once felt with nature. That special something you can take home with you, for use when you most need it.

“We’ll start out with meditation and movements in the morning that will enhance physical awareness and help guests feel balanced, centered and more grounded, so that they can connect clearly and spiritually to Nanuk,” said Corrina. “We’ll also be teaching some restorative breathing techniques.”

There may not be a better place on earth for the latter. The crisp, clean air at Nanuk is often noticed immediately by guests.

Black bear peeking through the long grass at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.
Black bear peeking through the long grass at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.

“It’s a different world,” said Natasha George, a 51-year-old fundraising consultant who was at Nanuk in 2017. “It’s like a bubble, but a lovely bubble. The main thing that struck me about Nanuk was the cleanliness of the air and the beautiful views. I almost enjoyed the scenery and the birds and the sky as much or more than the animals. It was such a unique experience to be in that landscape and breathe that clean air.”

Restorative breathing is a natural extension of Pilates, yoga and qigong, all of which Corrina will be teaching and assisting guests with.

“We all have a primal life force energy that runs through our bodies,” said Corrina. “It’s what gets us up in the morning and keeps us going. My goal with guests at Nanuk will be to recharge and re-balance that energy and allow it to grow.”

Four blissful days communing with nature, observing wildlife, stargazing, northern lights watching, soul searching and rejuvenating, will be accompanied by tundra-inspired gourmet comfort food, beautiful Canadian wines, warm company and the purest, cleanest air you may ever breathe.

Food is a critical component of your wellness journey and a healthy lifestyle, and during your stay Churchill Wild CEO Toni Morberg will provide you with a preview of the ph360 lifestyle program along with a basic assessment based on epigenetics, that will help you discover your ideal food, fitness and lifestyle choices.

The northern lights at Nanuk can provide some memorable and mesmerizing moments. Ian Johnson photo.
The northern lights at Nanuk can provide some memorable and mesmerizing moments. Ian Johnson photo.

Corrina will also be helping guests find that special moment at Nanuk that is so distinct, personal and memorable that it brings you an overwhelming amount of joy, peace and stillness. And these moments do exist at Nanuk.

“Sometimes, when we’re working together and a person gets to a place where they can’t do anymore, I try to help them remember those special moments,” said Corrina. “We go back there, and let their energy restore. If we can change the dynamics of what is going on in the mind, it is much easier for them to keep going. Sometimes it takes something extraordinary to create those memories, like seeing a polar bear in the wild. It’s like taking a natural energy pill.”

Viewing polar bears at ground level can be a very emotional experience at Nanuk.
Viewing polar bears at ground level can be a very emotional experience at Nanuk. Ian Johnson photo.

Memorable moments are needed more and more in today’s hyper-connected world.

“Basically, people get so bombarded with the structure and expectations of everyday life that they feel like they’re in a pressure cooker,” said Corrina. “They don’t understand why their patience is gone or their energy is sapped, but they’re starting to recognize the negatives in their lives as part of the reason and they’re looking for solutions. They’re searching for that youthful lightheartedness they once had, that childlike wonder that naturally lessens stress and increases longevity. Finding extraordinary moments is a very spiritual process that can have both a positive and a ripple effect. When a person is able to quiet their energy, it can be sensed, felt and transferred to others.”

While there is limited Internet at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, most guests find they prefer to use it sparingly, if at all. Rather than the term unplugging however, Corrina prefers to think of it as plugging into a new and more vibrant source of energy.

Big, strong, healthy moose at Nanuk. Nature has much to give here. Jad Davenport photo.
Big, strong, healthy moose at Nanuk. Nature has much to give here. Jad Davenport photo.

“Unplugging implies a thoughtless process,” said Corrina. “This is more like a reset. A transfer of energy from nature. An orchestrated natural re-balancing. There is a big difference between soaking in a hot tub and thick air and feeling external effects, and soaking up fresh, clean air and sunshine in a wild place, which has much deeper internal effects that result in positive physiological changes in all aspects of the mind and body.”

The ability to recall your special moment on the edge of the Arctic at Nanuk will make you feel content and grateful. Anxiety, loneliness and fear will fade, and you’ll get back to where you know you belong.

At one with nature.

Imagine being able to take that feeling home with you.

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