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We are so excited to welcome not one, but two inspiring keynotes to our virtual stage this year!  

Amy Quarberg

Opening Keynote

Saturday, Feb. 20 @ 11am 

Practical Tips to Decrease Stress and Increase Joy 

Stress is inevitable—especially during a pandemic… how you handle it is a choice and a skill. In this experiential talk, you will learn practical tips to take back your internal power to relax, restore and respond to life’s stressors with grace, ease and some fun sprinkled in. As an integrative nurse and speaker, Amy shares stories of the physiological dance between our mind, body and spirit. You will walk away with ideas you can start using today on how to lighten the load when life feels heavy and shine your inner light in the world with more joy.

Dave Freeman 

Closing Keynote

Saturday, Feb. 27 @ 1pm

Get Outside, Less is More, and Don't Ration Your Passion: Lessons from a Year in the Wilderness

On the fall equinox Dave and Amy Freeman waved goodbye to friends and family and paddled their canoe into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They wouldn't cross a road, enter a building, or leave the Wilderness for a whole year. Immersed in every season, their pace slowed as their senses heightened. They watched the loons leave in the fall only to return 5 months later, listened to a pack of wolves as they ran through their campsite, smelled wild rice as it ripened on the stalk, and huddled in the rain as a fierce storm toppled trees around them. Forever changed after a year in the Wilderness, Dave will share images and stories from their journey and some of the lessons they learned along the way.​

Keynotes are FREE to attend

Keynote Bios

Amy Quarberg - MA, RN, HNB-BC, CCAP, CTC

Amy Quarberg is passionate about motivating others to incorporate practical tools to live a life that is authentic, healthy, and fun. As a holistic nurse, wellness consultant, and transformational coach, Amy has a wealth of knowledge about the mind/body/spirit connection and the effects our choices have on our wellbeing and our life.  Her educational background includes a a BA in Nursing, Master’s Degree in Human Development and certifications in Holistic Nursing, Clinical Aromatherapy, and Therapeutic Coaching. You can see her work as an integrative nurse and clinical aromatherapist featured in the first episode of the Netflix Documentary series entitled, “UNWELL” that was released August 2020.

Dave Freeman - Adventurer; Founder & Executive Director of the Wilderness Classroom

Dave Freeman has traveled over 40,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. National Geographic named Dave, and his wife Amy, Adventurers of the Year in 2014 and their images, videos, and articles been published by a wide range of media sources from the CBC, NBC, and FOX to the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, Outside, Backpacker, Canoe and Kayak, and Minnesota Public Radio. When the Freemans aren’t on expeditions or speaking tours, they guide canoeing and dogsled adventures near their home on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota.