"Does a tree grow in the wrong direction?

Does a river flow erroneously?

Is the movement of clouds off course?

In nature, there is no such thing as a mistake."


      - janelle schmidt

Awaken the Wildness Within

Awaken the Wildness Within, a beautiful collection of poetry, prose and photography that speaks to the wildness within every soul. Available at select Indigo stores and online at janelleschmidt.com.


The Awaken the Wildness Within official book launch will be this fall!  Stay tuned for more information.

"At a time when the bond between humanity and nature appears to be fraying, Janelle Schmidt’s Awaken the Wildness Within acts a precious mediator. Through poetry, prose, and raw photography, Janelle chronicles her journey to be at home in the world, in the wilderness, and in herself. During a period of anxiety and grief following trials, transition, and trauma, Janelle began to express herself. A flood of words and images—rich with insights and intuitions, sensuality and soulfulness—welled up on trail runs and nature walks. Sorrow gave way to spiritual transformation."         - Kristin van Vloten, Owner, Salvo Communications




If we open our eyes to the magic that is the potential of every moment - it may be a song, a sunset, a walk in the forest, a reunion with an old friend - we begin to see it everywhere. Whether experiencing a moment of marvel or a daily dose of gratitude, whether immersing in the beauty of nature or connecting with a fellow soul traveller, this project is about what moves me into a state of deep appreciation and what inspires me to live the life I was meant to live. It is my vision that by sharing what I see and awakening to the reverence and wonderment that is life itself, somehow I have carved a space for joy, harmony, gratitude, and love to flow in and all around. May you see the beauty, live your purpose, and awaken the wildness within.