Spirit Bear Island
A Great Place to Heal
Welcome to Spirit Bear Island!
Experience the forest with Cole Matthews, a former juvenile delinquent, Garvey, a Tlingit Indian and parole officer, and Peter Driscal, a former victim of anger. You can learn to soak in a beautiful, clear, cold, fresh pond, where you can clear your mind. Hike up a steep, tall hill carrying your ancestor rock to roll away your anger.
Cole Matthews, what does this island mean to you?
The island brought me healing. It's all true, I was a juvenile delinquent, but I changed because of the island. At first, I thought that living on the island for a year would be easy, but Garvey said for me to try lying to my hunger, or cheating in the cold, or try manipulating a storm (pg. 57). I had to cooperate with nature in order to live, so I changed my ways for the better.
Garvey, what does the island mean to you personally?
The island taught me and Cole about a lot. Cole learned about himself while in nature, and I taught him things about life that will stay with him forever. I was with a wise elder of the Tlingit tribe who is my friend, Edwin, and I learned a ton from him and he learned a ton from me. I taught Cole about life with the line lesson and I go to the pond as well with him sometimes (pg. 143-146). I hope he will remember these lessons.
Hill and Ancestor Rocks
Peter, you haven't been here on Spirit Bear island long, but I'm wondering what meaning, if any, does the island have for?
I h-haven't b-been here for a while, b-but I have made peace with Cole and have learned a lot a-about m-myself. I-I learned how to carve a totem, see the Spirit Bear, and to roll away my anger. C-Cole and I are still sort of working out our differences, but we are on the right track (pg. 215-240). I-I hope everyone who comes w-will learn s-something t-too.