Do you know the number one priority for any survival situation? It's our psychological state. Mindset impacts our choices and actions, which in turn are reflected in our quality of life. Nature can be the greatest teacher of the importance of this lesson. Dr. Nicole Apelian speaks from her passion, experience, and expertise as a wilderness living instructor and shares stories from her own personal survival experiences, including tales from her time on the History Channel reality series “Alone” where ten people enter the unforgiving and harsh terrain of the Vancouver Island wilderness carrying only what they can fit in a small backpack with the mission to stay alive as long as they can. During her time on 'Alone', Nicole had to rely on her wilderness living experience to hunt, build shelter, fend off predators, and endure extreme isolation and psychological distress. It was the ultimate test of human will. In this engaging talk, Nicole will share how wilderness living skills differ from survival skills in that the first is a knowledge-based way of living in ongoing harmony with the natural world. Survival is inherently an acute, short-term perspective; it is a strategy best applied for when you get lost or hurt and need to find a way to survive through difficulty until you can get rescued. Wilderness living takes practice - it is how we as humans have lived and thrived for eons in a sustainable way, the way that many indigenous cultures still live today. It is a natural way of living as a part of nature. Shelter, fire, water, food and hygiene are the classic five priorities to staying alive and well in both a survival situation and in wilderness living. Delve into the number one priority for any survival situation: our psychological state. Attitude and mindset affects our choices and actions, which in turn are reflected in our quality of life. Nature can be the greatest teacher of the importance of this lesson.