Raised on a farm in the Mennonite region of Southern Ontario, where wild foods, organic gardening and traditional farming and food preservation were part of her everyday life, Julie spent her childhood wandering the woods and fields, surrounded by horses, pigs, cows, ducks, dogs and cats on the family farm. She began riding ponies at the age of 4, and has had a dog for a constant companion since before she can even remember.
After college Julie traveled North America and Europe for 15 years while she pursued her career as an actor, singer and writer, and lived in major cities throughout Canada and the United States. In 2004 a serious car accident caused Julie to re-evaluate how she wanted to spend her time on this earth and in this life.
Julie spent some time recovering from her accident and regaining her balance (both literally and figuratively) in the deserts of Utah. Upon learning of Julie’s desire to be able to “Aragorn” a set of tracks they came upon, a friend suggested finding a place to go and learn this ancient skill, so Julie did. After reading a few books and doing a some research on the fledgling new technology known as “the internet”, she came across, and subsequently attended some classes at Tom Brown’s Tracker School.
What had begun as a way of overcoming the trauma from her accident quickly developed into a life-changing passion into which she jumped head-first and never looked back. Julie’s passion for learning, practicing and perfecting her new skills did not go unnoticed. She was offered an internship at Tracker, followed by full-time employment. After spending a year increasing efficiency, improving student relations, revamping Tracker’s office, administration, and School Store, Julie left Tracker behind and, together with Eddie Starnater, founded Practical Primitive in May 2007.