Seeking a deeper experience at Sugarloaf Cove

Seeking a deeper experience at Sugarloaf Cove

Take the audio tour at Sugarloaf Cove in Schroeder.

A new audio experience called “The Seeker” invites people to have a deeper experience along about a half-mile loop trail at Sugarloaf Cove.

Diver Van Avery, a Minneapolis-based artist, wrote it.

“I just find that I go there for healing. I go there at major life moments,” they said. “Whenever I’m up on the Shore, I always sort of intend to slow down, reconnect, reassess.”

The tour takes about 45 minutes. The audio can be downloaded onto your own device, or the Nature Center has mp3 players and headphones available.

“It is an audio tour that you’re going to do, but instead of pointing out things that you might be seeing, it’s going to be giving you a narrative,” Dominique Menard, a naturalist at Sugarloaf Cove, said. “There’s music that’s woven in, there’s almost guided meditation in parts of it, and it’s kind of like a spiritual experience.”

“It is so beautiful there that it is like the story just sort of deepens the beauty that’s already there,” Van Avery said.

They want people to walk away with the same sense of belonging they feel at Sugarloaf.

“I feel like I am all here. I am loved here. I belong here. And I was thinking so much about belonging when I wrote it,” they said.

The story deals with themes of grief and climate.

“All the logging that was done in the region came through that area. And when you learn about it, you know, it was only in the ’70s that it was clear cut. And you go there now, and it feels like sacred wilderness,” Van Avery said. “I feel like there are ways that the ecology of that place is a teacher and it inspires hope because it was not that long ago that it was completely altered.”

There are also two events coming up related to “The Seeker.” The first is a free community concert from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at Sugarloaf Cove. Artists Crystal Myslajek and Peter Morrow, who contributed to the soundtrack, will play the family-friendly show.

Van Avery will also host a free creative writing workshop from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18. They will lead a tour around Sugarloaf Cove and offer writing prompts along the way.