Adventurer, Excursionist, and Storyteller
Being born and raised in New Zealand, having owned, operated and lived on a 31ft sailboat and now residing on an island in the northern regions of Vancouver Island, it seems Hayley has spent her entire life surrounded by the sea. Her profession as a teacher extended gradually into the wilderness and as a guide and naturalist, Hayley has lead people of all ages into the world’s richest natural environments on wilderness expeditions and nature tours.She spends her winters in the far south on the frozen coastal edge of the Antarctic continent; her summers include exploring the Northwest Passage, Baffin Island and various other islands and regions of the Canadian High Arctic as well as piloting vessels in the remote, northern inlets of the Pacific Northwest. Here she guides people on excursions in grizzly and black bear habitat, and leads marine tours in the waterways where killer whales and humpback whales are frequently sighted. In Hayley’s earlier guiding career she lead 7-10 day kayaking expeditions in the coastal paradise of Baja in Mexico, and the inside passage of British Columbia, Canada.While guiding and gallivanting around Islands by kayak, Hayley enjoys capturing the true essence and spontaneous splendour of nature through photography and writing. Her images and adventure articles have been published in various magazines; she has travelled the globe with entertaining slide shows and recently had published her very first children’s book entitled Leave Only Footprints. Furthermore Hayley delights in travelling alone to culturally rich countries such as Africa, Middle East, Nepal and Bolivia where she is drawn towards schools in remote villages and there she is often invited to teach.
Hayley Shephard’s slide shows and presentations take you on an extraordinary journey into the wonders of our natural world encompassing the epic adventures she often performs by sea kayak and frequently alone. From regions as remote and dramatic as Antarctica to the coastal waters of Canada, Hayley will take you there eloquently and tastefully, using stunning images, inspirational story telling and music.A solo sea kayak expedition on exposed coasts has become Hayley’s specialty. With meticulous planning, attention to detail, and her willingness to take calculated risks, Hayley has been successful with two epic journeys alone by kayak along the wild, west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Her curiosity with different cultures and landscapes and her desire to become intermit with these elements, enticed her to spend 6 weeks peddling (not paddling) through the mountainous regions of Bolivia and Peru, by bicycle, alone. Adventures of all kinds have challenges and triumphs - comfort levels are pushed, skills and abilities tested and often you are forced to confront your worst fears. Your attitude and response towards these times is what makes or breaks a situation. Hayley’s presentations embrace both the physical and emotional aspects of solo adventuring.Hayley captivates audiences of all ages with her humorous, heartfelt, and passionate approach. Her admiration and care for wildlife and the natural environment is reflected in all of her images and story telling. She will motivate you to seek your own adventures, inspire you to pursue your own dreams and entice you to appreciate and admire the wonders of our awe inspiring world.