Cochrane Ideas – Apr 2018

A Very Long Walk

An evocation of the ancient Camino of Santiago
pilgrimage journey across Northern Spain
to Santiago de Compostella.

With Doug Bouey

7 pm., Friday, April 13th
At King Solomon Lodge, Centre Avenue, Cochrane

Please bring snacks if you can. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Context determines everything – dictates our drives, our successes and the limitations of everyday reality. It’s hard to see over the sides of the box we’re in – except when we jump over the sides and shake up our view of things.

Doug will put us into a radically different context – the mindspace and the physical reality of a very long walk as he takes us up and over 350 kms from Leon to the great Cathedral of Saint James in Santiago. Buen Camino!

Doug Bouey – Calgary presidential mentor and company change process leader – made a fluke choice more than 13 years ago to walk the Camino of Santiago – the venerated pilgrimage route that transits Northern Spain. Guided to the experience by spirit, Doug found it to be life altering. Every moment of that first trip is seared into memory. Since then two more Very Long Walks have had their way with him.

Working in the mid-market scale of companies – not too small, not too big – Doug has a track record of inducing significant changes in fortune for his clients. He is the author of Resolution – Getting out of Relationship Purgatory and Space and Grace – life experience for a new cadre of men of a certain age.

Doug writes and paints as well as continuing to walk – it’s a habit that’s hard to shake!

Cochrane Ideas – Mar 2018

Impressions of an Itinerant Doctor

With Dr. Jim Emmett

7 pm., Friday, March 9th
At King Solomon Lodge, Centre Avenue, Cochrane

Please bring snacks if you can. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

From 2007 to 2016, Dr. Jim Emmett worked in Nunavut as a “locum” doctor, filling in for shortages in their medical staff. Although much of his time was spent in the capital city of Iqaluit, at the Qikiqtani General Hospital, he was posted all over Baffin Island and the northern shores of Hudson’s Bay and the Arctic Ocean. He will describe his adventures in seeing these remote outposts, learning about their history, and dealing with the Inuit people on their own turf.

Dr. Jim Emmett did his medical training at the University of British Columbia, and McMaster University, during the 1960’s. After a few years of private practice in Vancouver, and also working with the indigenous communities in Haida Gwaii, he relocated to Morley as the Medical Director of the Stoney Health Centre for four years. After that, he practiced Family Medicine in Calgary for decades. He admitted patients to the Foothills Medical Centre, and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, as well as having a very busy private office. He had a special interest in serving patients with multiple medical problems. After retiring from his Family Practice, he has worked as a locum doctor in Nunavut from 2007 to the present. He has lived in Canmore for the last nine years.

FEBRUARY IDEAS: We are grateful to Dale Portman for the well prepared and well presented talk for our Feb 9th IDEAS evening. It was clear from the great turnout that this was a topic of great interest to a variety of IDEAS friends. Many thanks to Dale for sharing his experiences and giving us new perspectives and ideas to think about.

As follow up to Cochrane IDEAS September evening on Nakoda Stoney Perspectives on TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION with five members of the Nakoda Stoney Nation: please see this live, interactive webcast 6:30 pm Saturday, March 10th by Vancouver’s Theatre for Living. It is interactive because during the second performance, audience members will be invited to stop the drama and go on stage to resolve some critical Natrive/non-Native issue. Most of the cast are Natives from the west coast.
One participant: “Theatre for Living is one of the most prolific, life changing, humanity affirming and powerful theatre companies in the country. This is what theatre is to me.”
For more please see

Cochrane IDEAS – Feb 2018

Mind, Meditation & Mysticism


7 pm., Friday, February 9th
At King Solomon Lodge, Centre Avenue, Cochrane

Please bring snacks if you can. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

“Cosmic meditation is not an escape but recourse to a fountain of wisdom.  It results in a spiritual influx, the results of which the objective mind can translate into procedures, into useful ways of living.  What the mystic receives through such meditation must be passed on to humanity.  This is accomplished by transmuting such experiences into material realities, objective knowledge, in which others may indulge….”  Ralph M. Lewis

Mysticism and esoteric teachings have been practiced by scientific and theological luminaries for centuries.  They’ve harnessed their minds to solve problems and answer questions in their select field of study.  To accomplish this, meditation is used to access the highest levels of their consciousness.  Using the mind in this fashion is one of the most effective means of healing one’s self.  It is also the most versatile and useful tool we have at our disposal. Remember all three levels of being are interconnected; material, mental and cosmic.  Join Dale in better understanding the power of meditation for health purposes.

Dale Portman is a retired park warden who was a professional dog handler for twelve years while working in the field of mountain rescue.  He has written three books and co-written a fourth about his experiences working in the Canadian Rockies.  He has completed a manuscript titled “Through Adversity to the Stars” (a soul’s journey across the universe) and has published it on line.  He has another book that’s due out next year, a non-fiction account of his & Kathy’s many trips to China over the years and the changes witnessed.  He spent 17 years working in Jasper National Park and has spent 13 years working in Yoho, Lake Louise and Glacier/ Revelstoke National Park.  He was a member of the Jasper Park Masonic Lodge 143.  He has been a member of the modern Rosicrucian Order (AMORC) since 1991.  He is the president of the Park Warden Service Alumni Society and he and his wife Kathy Calvert live in Cochrane, Alberta.


Live, interactive theatre engendering potentially radical social change? Vancouver’s Theatre of Living, founded in 1981, is holding two plays at the MacEwan Hall Ballroom at UofC on 17 and 18th February, hosted by the Faculty of Social Work.  Focusing on Reconciliation and dealing with tough, current issues, they will be a very relevant followup to our September IDEAS evening with 5 Nakoda (Stoney) people as speakers.
For tickets and details please see

Cochrane IDEAS wishes to thank Fred Stenson, local and renowned author
for the wonderful presentation on February 12 which gave us a behind-the-scenes look at his life and writing. There was a big turnout and very positive feedback from audience members.

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