Note: Please see below for Covid best practices
2021 Schedule May to October
Every Friday and Saturday 11:00 am -12:30pm
Minimum: 6 Guests Maximum: 20 Guests (per guide)
GROUP BOOKING INQUIRIES of 10 or MORE email email@example.com
NOTE: If you book as an individual and no one else has booked, we will notify you 48 hours in advance. You can select another date, a future booking credit or request a refund.
TALAYSAY TALKING TREES TOUR with Saopalaz from Lil'wat Nation – Whistler, BC (Squamish Lil’wat Culture Centre)
Tour Description: Each plant, each tree has its own special story. Explore Whistler’s Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre plant trail with respected Lil’wat Elder and Plant Specialist Lucille Joseph who will share with you in depth the medicine and food uses of the local trees and plants unique to the region. This tour is educational, enjoyable and focused on Indigenous wellness methods and technology that has been used by our peoples’ for thousands of years.
Options for all fitness levels. Talking Trees Walking Tour is approximately 1.0 km and we walk at a leisurely pace with frequent stops to explore and discuss.
What to wear/bring: good walking shoes. Wear layers with the changing seasons. Sunglasses, sunscreen and hats in the warm weather are recommended. Umbrellas if raining. Warm rain resistent coats, toques/hats and gloves in the winter season.
Who we are: Talaysay Tours, owned by Candace and Larry Campo, Shíshálh (Sechelt) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nation, offer you an enriched cultural outdoor experience.
What to expect on your Tour: We respect the schedules of all of our guests attending our cultural experiences and tours. All of our tours begin promptly. If you miss your tour, there will be no reimbursement. Reviewing the meeting location well in advance is recommended.
When you book, you will receive a confirmation email and a receipt of payment from our office manager Christine with the itinerary details for your tour which will include digital maps links of our meeting location and a photo of the Gazebo.
Your guide will be waiting at the Gazebo 15 minutes prior to every tour. When booking, for customer service needs, we ask you to provide the first names of all guests. All questions are welcome. We like all of our guests to enjoy themselves and have fun. This tour is recommended for children 12 and older. Parental discretion: If your child is younger and you think that this tour suitable for them, we will be happy to have your child attend.
Cancellation: 48 hours prior to tour 20% administration fee
Cancellation: Within 48 hours is 100% Non-Refundable
Group Cancellation: Up to 10 days prior to tour 20% administration fee
Group Cancellation: Within 10 days prior to tour 100% non refundable
Covid Safety Practices: We invite guests to wear a mask. We follow the 2 meter distance safety practice and ask for your support in maintaining this safety guideline. We ask guests to use hand sanitizer before and after all tours. At present we are not shaking hands and will happily share how we say thank you the Coast Salish hand gesture. We will not be sharing our traditional drink during this period of managing the covid curve. Covid Best Practices: https://www.worksafenb.ca/media/61124/embracing-the-new-normal-poster.pdf
If you have any allergies or medical conditions you think we should know, please give us a call or send us an email. If you are sick or have a fever, we ask you to stay home and we will reschedule you within our scheduled operational season.
Biography: Saopalaz One Who Utilizes T. Lucille Joseph
Saopalaz studied under Morgan Well’s. In the classroom and in the forest and after the program was finished she would ask for advice about her own health and wellbeing. He would direct her to what she knew already and to go out and find what she needed.
Her learning taught her that its not about knowing every plant it’s about knowing what your body needs and utilizing it. She learned about her bodies needs and the plants around her.
Knowing the Science and Latin words of the plant was the classroom. Seeking out the plant on the land and how it heals the body is her experience and strength. Saopalaz has clients from all over North America and some overseas. She has helped people who were immobile from arthritis to people with cancer live beyond what doctors said they would.
She believes in the medicine the land has for us.
When she walks out onto the land she eats as she walks. She may see a plant she knows about and knows that it is rare to see it. She may eat from it herself but won’t take more than that. She also shares that the plants in your yard may just be the plants you need to heal you.
Saopalaz will only share about the plants that she has used herself.
More that 20 years of practicing and living her knowledge have healed her from chronic pain, poor circulation and improved her eyesight.