Kaigani Canoe Voyaging Society presents...

2022 San Juan Islands Community Programs


2022 Season Calendar


-Spring Canoe Blessing Mid March TBA


-Club Sails/Paddles (sunset, biolumin/swimming/snorkeling, etc) 1 day per week

(Summer dues include Club insurance, Hat, Paddle Jersey)

TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS 6PM- RSVP to FACEBOOK PAGE @Kaiganicanoevoyagingsociety

--Gathering of the Eagles Canoe Encampment & Potlatch

May 23-25th Inter-tribal Canoe Journey

2022 Updates:

We have made decision to mostly take the summer off to play, spend time with family, and re-dream a direction for our community canoe programs. We are working on various options that may take canoes off of San Juan Island and bring them to our neighboring Islands as well as programs in the Canadian Gulf Islands. In the meantime, we will host 2x per week community Paddle Nights!







Adult Workshops 2022


Wayfinding Towards Holistic Health


In collaboration with On Sacred Ground Land Trust and Wayfinder Wellness




Dates: September/October 2022

Limited Space: 10 (Co-ed)

Cost: $450



Time: DAY TBD, 3 hour session

Location: Wayfinder Wellness, remote sites TBD

Program Description:  Tracking and Polynesian Wayfinding tradition share a same spirit. Our Uncle and mentor shares with us that Tracking and Wayfinding are systems of awareness/skills that allow one to follow something (the track of an animal, a person, a memory, a concept, process of picking Islands out of vast Oceans, etc) with all of your senses as far as you can. It is a process of bonding your energy with the energy of something or someone that you are following. We believe in the deep power of reconnecting to the natural world and integrating the spirit of the teachings of the canoe and Tracking to help us overcome our hurdles as humans. Addictions, emotional trauma, loss, poor diet and health issues, and stress.


This in-depth workshop will feature many skilled professional practitioners in the community and our group centered around our sacred canoes to Wayfind towards more sustainable approaches to our well being.


Skills surveyed: PROJECT WAYFINDER TOOLKIT, Polynesian canoe paddling/sailing, ocean safety, advanced paddle technique, navigation, expedition planning, nutrition for optimal health, exercise/movement, Gratitude/Thanksgiving, music, foraging & wildcrafting, medicinal herbs/detox, journey work/ceremony, permaculture, Tai Chi/Qi Gong, traditional living skills, peacemaking.








In partnership with Stanford Universities famous Hasso Platner dSchool, we are one of founding pilot partners to deliver the PROJECT WAYFINDER tool kit to engage Middle/High School students; integrating the dynamic experiential toolkit and practical application on our voyaging canoe, Kaigani.

Project Wayfinder is a collaboration between Stanford University and the Polynesian Voyaging Society.


“There is a mental health crisis brewing amongst our youth. Nearly one in three adolescents (31.9%) will meet criteria for an anxiety disorder by the age of 18 . While school is in session, high school students are the single most stressed out population in the US. Youth depression and anxiety are rising at alarming rates. In 2016 an estimated 3.1 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. However, based on Dr. Bill Damon’s research, we believe this is not simply because youth have too much to do it is also  because they do not know why they are doing it. Without this deeper sense of “why” or internal compass, our youth will continue to suffer at epidemic rates.”


Our vision is that all people have access to tools to create lives of meaning and purpose.



Our toolkit is our contribution towards re-imagining adolescent education. Within it are the tools for our next generation to develop skills and wisdom to meaningfully contribute to our world. Our toolkit draws upon purpose development research, brain science, interviews with “purpose exemplars,” and practices from native wayfinding traditions. Together these pieces make for a yearlong meaning-making journey that unleashes purpose in our students and enriches the lives of our educators.



If you are a school and/or school group looking to book a custom Project Wayfinder facilitated workshop and integrating our voyaging canoes into experience, please inquire.