John Waller’s Natural Sanctuaries


Chuck Norris likely forest bathes in a place similar to where John Waller’s best self exists, a remote 22 square mile natural sanctuary at the end of 65 miles of dirt road and twenty miles of trail. It’s here where he’s able to heal, reflect and connect with nature and forest bathe.

From TEDx: “He will be speaking on the idea of “Sanctuary Streams” that are both refuges for wild salmonids and healthy fisheries, but that also value the healing and therapeutic activity of fly fishing, particularly for veterans who struggle with PTSD. His presentation will focus on the North Umpqua Watershed, including Steamboat Creek, Frank Moore’s personal experience with PTSD and fly fishing following WWII, and Frank and Jeanne’s contribution to conservation in that watershed. John grew up in Dixonville and spent much of his childhood roaming the creeks and hills of Douglas County, oftentimes with a fishing pole. After exploring careers of wild land firefighting, raft guiding and as a high school science teacher, John started Uncage the Soul Productions in 2004, producing commercial and documentary videos. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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