Romina Wendell

Author: Romina Wendell

Simple living and loving it, I steward a hand tended, bike powered piece of land on a remote west coast island. When my hands are not in the soil I make music, take pictures and blog about media and country-living on TLV.

Eating Sunlight Art & Dance Show

Eating Sunlight from Romina Jones on Vimeo.
Eating Sunlight Trio Eating Sunlight Trio: Jennifer, Joy and Hannu

Exhibition and prayerformance captured in this short video from the Eating Sunlight show September 2nd to the 6th 2016 at the The Old School House Gallery on Cortes Island. Joy Kerfoot: paintings and installation Jennifer Mcleish-Lewis: choreography Hannu Huuskonen: soundscape

LEAP Conversations

Leap Conversation Cafe Facilitators

LEAP Conversation Cafe Cortes

LEAP (Local Economic Action Plan) is an initiative of the Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association (CIBATA) with support of Island Coastal Economic Trust and the Strathcona Regional District. The LEAP goal is to foster community economic development through community engagement and planning.

The LEAP Conversation Cafe allowed community members an opportunity to think about economic issues on the island, and through tackling diverse questions together, they were able to help shape the LEAP process and make it relevant and valuable to the Cortes community.

More information about LEAP can be at

LEAP Forum poster

LEAP Forum

The LEAP Forum Feb 24th at the Klahoose Multipurpose Building shared results from the Cortes economic survey and the Official Community Plan’s strategic vision, and it proceeded to gather further input from forum participants towards building an island Economic Action Plan.

Despite a heavy snowfall the evening prior and a tree down on one of the access roads, weather-ready Cortes Islanders did turn out through out the day. Participants reviewed survey results and mapped out an island strengths and weaknesses. People shared video and stories from other successful communities as they listed economic potentials and steps needed to go forward.

Some believe Cortes is stuck in the 70s and many residents would like to preserve that. Yet there is a need for the same business sectors you find everywhere else. Colin Funk, President of Cortes Island Business and Tourism Association (CIBATA), talks about economic development while preserving Cortes’ core values.

Wolf Watch with Nat Geo

National Geographic’s YouTube Channel did a recent feature on coastal wolves. For me, a resident in west coast wolf territory, it feels a bit like a few locals getting some celebrity attention. The series follows wildlife documentarian Bertie Gregory through his three months into the wild meeting and filming numerous west coast creatures, from bald eagles to orca, as he seeks to capture footage of the elusive coastal wolf.