Finding Bliss: It’s never too late to follow your passions

Caryn Colman left her career in advertising and a life in Toronto’s Forest Hill district to pursue a love of organic food and the environment. The 50-something Colman, with her husband and young daughter, found what she was looking for in a failing wilderness lodge and canoe-outfitting business in northeastern Ontario now known as Smoothwater of Temagami.


“It’s a very clean place. You can still feel in touch with nature here. We are blessed with an abundance of wild food. That’s bliss, I think.”


“One of my favourite activities with all of my guests is the silent sit (where they go off alone for a while in the ancient forest). They have to stop and turn off and just be. When you become still, you become part of the forest. I really appreciate being there in its beauty — what the forest is like without people. The animals start coming out; the birds come closer. You’ll notice an insect that you wouldn’t have. You notice the microcosm in the macrocosm.”


“I was always interested in organic food. This region is a famous area for food. I didn’t know that when I lived in Toronto. Food is the one choice we can make every day that’s good for the environment. If we pick up the connection food has to our region and to the global economy or the local economy, it can make a difference to the environment.”



“Cooking is like painting — your palette holds flavours and colour and texture. The way I work best is with spontaneity — seeing that this looks great today and we’ve got lots of this. What would go with this? Is it savoury or is it sweet?”


“I take care of my own wellness. I like to try to heal myself with food and herbs. A lot of the medicinals we buy are in our backyard.”


“I have my horse. What else do I need? I rode my horse in the hills the other day. The hay was long and there was purple vetch and yellow trefoil, and birds were flushing out of the grass. It was just so beautiful.”, 888-569-4539