Naturalist Studies, Tracking, Survival Skills, Native Awareness, Mentor Training
ANCIENT ART OF AWARENESS
JOURNEY OF EMPOWERMENT
THE ART OF FIRE (basic)
This class will focus on materials selection (tinder, kindling, fuel), location, safety and proper fire construction.
Having the skill to create a coal with primitive methods means little if you can’t build and maintain an adequate fire.
We will also discuss the philosophy of fire by friction and knife safety.
Students will carve their own bow drill kit and learn how to use it effectively.
THE ART OF FIRE (advanced)
This class will focus on several other methods of fire by friction including the hand drill, mouth drill, pump drill,
fire piston, fire plow, fire saw, fire thong and advanced concepts in making fire under the most adverse conditions.
Basic fire making class is required as a prerequisite or previous experience in primitive fire making methods.
TRACKING AND AWARENESS
Here we will cover the basics of animal tracking but we will also be tracking people, automobiles, bicycles,
ourselves and even our thoughts. We will start with basic track patterns, compression shapes, sign tracking and gaits.
Students will be asked to journal their observations in progressively greater detail.
In this class we will build several short term and long term shelters including debris hut, wikiup, hogan and scout pit.
Also, conditions permitting we will build snow caves, trenches and block shelters. We will also dig into the philosophy of
shelter and how these concepts apply to our everyday lives.
PRIMITIVE TOOLS AND COOKING
The students will learn to make everything they need for long term survival including bowls and spoons,
primitive cooking, rock boiling, purifying water and survival food and teas
EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL PLANTS
Wilderness survival would be daunting without a firm knowledge of plants.
They provide everything from the basic 4 elements of survival (shelter/water/fire/food) to medicines, tools and crafts.
Class will begin with a study in plant ID and classification, uses and preparation and move into sustainable harvesting
with the heart of the caretaker. We will take a 1-2 hour plant walk, harvesting along the way, examine what we’ve
gathered and share a meal of wild edibles afterwards.
The ancient scouts were masters of survival, tracking and invisibility.
They were the eyes and the ears of the tribe and failure in their responsibilities could bring great hardship to their people.
This class will focus on some of these skills including camouflage, stalking and movement, advanced tracking concepts,
shelters and martial arts. But the most important arrow in the scout’s quiver is his or her awareness –
all other skills being much less effective without it.
This is an immersion class. The students will use the arena of nature to study, map, research and
journal every aspect that nature presents – plants, animals, hydrology, geology, weather, etc.
BIRD LANGUAGE AND ADVANCED NATURE OBSERVATION
Songbirds are a delicacy on many a predator’s menu so they have made a tremendous
evolutionary investment in their ways of communication to alert each other of danger, food sources and many other purposes.
Barely an insect can move in the forest without the birds attesting to it. When we begin to understand their language,
we can begin to see the world through their eyes. Like a Rosetta Stone, this simple yet profound concept opens up an
entire realm of awareness that few in the modern world have chosen to listen to. We will sit quietly at dawn and dusk,
and then share our observations through mapping and journaling. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned naturalist,
this class will definitely hone your observation skills.
Few things feel better to hold than a well-crafted, world class hunting or archery bow made with your own hands.
We will begin with a comprehensive study of trees, ethics stave preparation and move quickly on to tools (both modern and primitive),
the philosophy of the hunt and instinctive shooting. Be prepared to work steadily for an entire 8-hour day, perhaps more.
If you are determined to complete your bow until it casts its first arrow, we will work with you until it shoots.
You can do the cosmetics and final finishing at home.
You’ve carved a beautiful handmade bow. Are you intending to shoot aluminum arrows?
If the answer to this is ‘not likely’ then get ready for yet another art form. In this class we will make 4 arrows, and then….
won’t you want a quiver to hold them?
This class is a full-on immersion into the very nature of native teaching and learning philosophies.
Mentoring is, in part, about cultivating a relationship with the students and a long-term commitment to their learning journey.
Our ancestors taught in this way for countless generations and these practices are still used today among indigenous people
around the world. We will focus on ‘whole-brain’ learning, teaching styles and empowering the unique gifts that each of us possesses.
THE WISDOM OF THE ANCIENT AMERICANS NATIVE PHILOSOPHY
This class is an introduction to the teachings of Stalking Wolf, Apache teacher, healer and scout.
Grandfather’s vision was to learn and preserve the fundamental truths underlying all philosophies and belief systems,
simplifying them and to pass this wisdom on to the future generations. Emphasis will be placed on the ‘Sacred Silence’.
A journey to our unassailable center, where the doorway to expanded awareness resides.
This class will build upon the foundations learned in the introductory class and
we’ll move deeper into the heart and the spirit. Concepts that will be covered include:
healing, the visionary process, discovering our life’s purpose, personal medicine, prophecy and so much more.
Other Classes: Orienterring, Camp Skills, Cordage Making, Basketry, Flint Knaping, Storytelling, and more.
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