Mary Ruth spent the first quarter of her life, assuming she lives to be 110, in the heart of southern Ontario’s agricultural mecca of Essex and Kent counties. Known as one of the most competitive media markets in all of North America—the seed of writing and journalism had taken root. After a year exploring Europe, back on Canadian soil she landed in Victoria, BC — a few days later informing her family she would be living in British Columbia for the rest of her life. 29 years and counting — the first 18 in Victoria, the next 8 in the Comox Valley, the last 3 in Campbell River and now Sayward — Mary Ruth embraces every opportunity to share stories of adventure, discovery and experience.
Nestled among the trees on Cortes Island is Hollyhock, gently nurturing the ancient lands of the Klahoose, Tla’amin, and Homalco Nations. Here you’ll find a retreat centre world-renowned for its […]
Words by Mary Ruth SnyderPhotos courtesy of Hollyhock Retreat Centre