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by Jessica Sheppard
One of the beautiful things about Muskoka, beyond its striking natural environment, is the array of opportunities it offers residents and guests to develop their talents and interests. The area is quaint and quiet enough to provide a serene escape from a busy lifestyle, but accessible enough not to seem isolated. On one hand, opportunities for community engagement, recreation and socialization are readily accessible; on the other, reflection, peacefulness and mindfulness can be found. In many ways, it is the Renaissance Person’s paradise.
The concept of the Renaissance Person is based upon the ideal of education as a means of civic engagement. Historically, Renaissance People were gifted intellectually, physically, and artistically; they were well-rounded in their talents. The root was the belief – in the words of Leon Battista Alberti – that “man can do all things if he will.” It was felt that allowing citizens the agency to explore and develop their interests and talents led to a richer, more moral, society.
Although the idea of the Renaissance Person has existed for centuries, it is still relevant today. Research suggests that well-rounded individuals tend to be more successful in school and the work force. They possess responsibility, resilience, and resourcefulness: characteristics that allow them to contribute meaningfully to society and live happy, fulfilling, lives.
It is difficult to experience Muskoka without being captivated by what it has to offer. Whether one is exploring the lakes and forests, learning about local history, enjoying the solitude of nature, or seeking an artistic or vocational muse, life’s richness somehow seems more evident in this place. Those fortunate enough to spend time in Muskoka have the opportunity to embrace their inner Renaissance People, thereby enriching their lives and their communities.
Jessica Sheppard hopes to inspire future generations of Renaissance People through her work as Co-Curricular Lead at Rosseau Lake College.
This entry was posted on November 22, 2016 by Jim and Iris
“Thank you for the memorable sales and closing experience of finding the cottage of our dreams. A perfect fit for our needs.”I & E – Lake Muskoka cottage buyers
“Jim and Iris Gardiner were both amazing to deal with. A truly professional team. They shared a great deal of knowledge with us and really shed important light regarding potential Island Cottage ownership – all the pros and cons. Not only did they sell our existing cottage in 24 hours for much higher than our asking price they helped us find our new slice of paradise on Lake Muskoka in a very tight market. We are thrilled with our new cottage and love being on Eilean Gowan Island! We would highly recommend either Jim or Iris for any of your Real Estate needs!”J & D – Sold on Echo Lake and bought on Lake Muskoka
Jim did me a favor 20 years ago and I wanted to return the favor – I approached him and Iris at the cottage show and, even though I already had a real estate agent, he recommended a cottage property that I purchased and enjoyed for those 20 years. I therefore, tracked him down and had him be our agent in selling that property. Our priority was to find new owners that would be friendly and fit in well with the neighbors and Jim and Iris found the perfect couple Jim and Iris made the entire sale most enjoyable. The experience was so smooth and enjoyable that the sellers, the buyers and the real estate agents all got together for supper the following summer at our old cottage!K & L – Lake Muskoka
It is with great pleasure and appreciation for me to recommend the services of Jim Gardiner and the entire Gardiner Team. Jim’s awareness of community by-laws and market related activities extracted incremental value for us when we were finalizing the purchasing agreement.JB – Mirror Lake
Just want to tell you that you did a fine job for me on the cottage sale on Lake Muskoka. The sale has removed a huge load from my shoulders. Iris, just a note to thank you again. Money is in the bank!!!!!!BJ – Lake Muskoka