I have been fascinated with the idea of wilderness living and primitive living skills as far back as I can remember, I have always loved to be in the woods, in fact I feel more at home in the woods than I do at home.The draw is somewhat practical , and a bit esoteric. The practical aspect of my love of nature are simply that Nature will give us anything that we could ever possibly need as long as you know where to look. If it cannot be scavenged or created out of nature, we do not need it.The esoteric draw is a little more in depth. I feel a draw as if the woods are where god intends me to be. It is a feeling of ultimate familiarity, and an intimate understanding. This feeling has stirred my emotions and my curiosity since early childhood.
With all of these thought and feelings stirring in my head, I began my study of nature at a very early age, and have worked for many years to hone my craft.
Nearly ten years ago, I envisioned a way to bring people back to nature, to help them be comfortable and confident with the time that they spend in the outdoors. I began working on building up ways to teach and to share knowledge in easily understood by anyone who wanted to learn.
We have now run several programs, and I have learned so so much. I believe that I have learned more from the programs that we have run than our students have. That is not to say that the students aren’t learning, just that I have had some pretty amazing insight through what we teach. It is amazing how quickly kids pick up the skills of wilderness living. We have worked with a few groups of kids and they all come from a place of seeming innocence and genuine thirst for knowledge. We worked with a group of ten year olds this summer and the kids were picking up the fire making skills faster than I could explain to them how to perform the tasks.
Working with adults has the added challenge of the cup being full. That is to say that Many adults come into a new situation with a feeling of understanding or knowing, and when you think you understand something it makes it a little challenging to learn it. I have wanted to do this work my whole life, and now that I am doing, I have learned that it is a lott more rewarding than I ever could have imagined it would be. Every single student that I have worked with has given me something that has helped me grow as a person and as a teacher.
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