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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to John Rathwell & Tracy Guenard about their project, Searching For Sero. Obviously we ask the questions that everyone wants to know…What is sero and how do you manage to live in a van? But we do get deeper when we discuss what really ignited the fire for John and Tracy to hop in a Westfalia and tour Canada and the US. They both lost loved ones which inspired this project with the ultimate goal of funding suicide prevention and helping others find passion and excitement in green exercise. Searching for Sero is a unique approach, looking for people who are happy in the outdoors and who are encouraging others to find their passion and create more sero.

John Rathwell is an internationally published and acclaimed action sports photographer. He has been commissioned by such clients as Red Bull, Outside Magazine, The Enthusiast Network over the last several years, just to name a few. John’s motivation for this project came after his father passed away in 2014 from suicide. His father focused his life on working long hours, overtime and any shift he could take. John watched his father’s lifestyle as he grew up and could see that life needed to be more balanced. Throughout the project, John is hoping to motivate people to put a little more focus on outdoor adventure and hobbies that bring happiness to their lives by sharing the stories and photographs of how others live theirs.

Tracy Guenard is a traditional 9 to 5 worker. She has years of experience working in the fields of criminology and youth intervention as well as business organizational analysis. People’s life choices and behaviours have always intrigued her. Tracy’s interest in Searching for Sero comes from the desire to dig in and understand the human-being in the choices they make. She hopes to grasp these people’s relationship to happiness and how they can play an active role in their mental wellness. What is worth living for? Life! Life is worth living for and Tracy wants to find out the inspiring stories of these people and their passions and share them with you so you also feel that amazement still exists.


In this episode we discuss:

  • The project
  • Green exercise
  • Serotonin  
  • Outdoor sports
  • Planning
  • Feeling like yourself again
  • Wanting to spread mental wellness not illness
  • Understanding the idea of taking care of mental wellness
  • Getting feedback, giving hope
  • How to be a Sero story variety
  • Westfalia
  • Minimalism
  • Funding the project
  • The spectrum of mental health and wellness


Links to things we mentioned:

New recipe book: Easy Recipes For Busy Parents 

Searching For Sero: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 

John Rathwell Photography

John Rathwell on Instagram

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Millie Pearson

Stu Dolnick

Mary Lou Fusi

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