Anake Outdoor School

Connect with Nature

Transform your life

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

—Mary Oliver

Are you someone who longs to:

  • Connect deeply with nature?
  • Learn the survivial skills of your ancestors?
  • Find your people and learn in community?
  • Discover your unique gifts in life?

At the Anake Outdoor School we will guide you toward a deeper connection with yourself, your community, and the natural world.

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Our Approach

  • Knowledge

  • Connection

  • Growth

At a Glance

Location

Duvall, WA

45 minutes east of Seattle

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Duration

Sept-June

3 days/week
9a-3p + expeditions

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Accreditation

  • College Credit
  • VA Benefits
  • PDC Certificate
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Community

38 students, apprentices, staff, elders, alumni

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Program Highlights

Oregon Dunes Trip Weeklong Survival Trip Permaculture Design Certificate Fire Making Pushing Edges BushCraft Ethnobotany Self Discovery

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Choosing to join Anake can be a big step for some. A choice that requires careful thought and consideration, best done a step at a time. We encourage you to take a step forward by choosing one of the options below. Each option has supported prospective students feel into whether Anake is where they belong right now, and we think they'll support you too. Which next step is the right one for you?

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Your Instructors

With 35 years of combined experience at Wilderness Awareness School, our core instructional team's collective field time and facilitation translates into a rich learning experience. The three core instructors of the Anake Outdoor School facilitate the overall progression of the program and serve as your primary mentors. They teach the core competencies of the programs, and work with the renowned adjunct and guest faculty to provide mastery-level instruction. They each bring their own areas of speciality and enthusiasm. A large part of the magic of Anake is the diverse and complementary interaction of these vital teachers.

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Curriculum: Eight Areas of Study

The Anake Outdoor School provides a holistic approach to understanding the natural world, which is facilitated through eight core areas of study. While we distinguish between these areas, the true power of Anake lies in the integration of these subjects in an immersive experience. These eight areas build on each other throughout the year, resulting in a strong set of fundamental skills as well as a profound sense of belonging. Students will finish this training with an end-of-year Rite-of-Passage resulting in a greater understanding of their purpose and a clearer awareness of their passions and vision for their lives.

Naturalist Studies

Cultivating Deep Nature Connection

  • Learn about the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest
  • Develop authentic relationship rooted in gratitude and appreciation for the natural world

Self-Discovery

Personal Awareness and Expression

  • Track themes and patterns in your life
  • Develop your passions, skills, and understanding of their values
  • Develop corageous and authentic self-expression while one-on-one and in groups

The Art and Science of Wildlife Tracking

Interpreting Patterns of Life

  • Learn accurate track identification
  • Interpret animal gaits and track patterns
  • Learn to follow animal trails

Permaculture and Land Stewardship

Designing and Tending Regenerative Landscapes

  • Sustainable and regenerative design and productivity
  • Human uses of plants and trees for food, tools, and medicine

Community Leadership

Mentoring and Peacemaking

  • Grow capacity to give and receive reflection and feedback
  • Work with conflict as a gateway to deeper connection
  • Initiation and Rites of Passage as cultural tools

Natural and Cultural Heritage

Exploring Lineage and Ancestry

  • Explore aspects of your personal ancestry
  • Explore perspectives on how cultures have deeply connected to place
  • Gain an understanding of the role of ceremony withing place-based culture

Wilderness Survival and Bushcraft

Skills for Living with the Land

  • How to build an emergency shelter
  • How to locate and procure safe drinking water
  • Make fire in challenging situations, including fire by friction
  • Guidelines for harvesting plant and animal food from the land

Bird Language and Intuitive Awareness

Sharpening Sensory Perception

  • Learn to perceive animal disturbance patterns through Bird Language
  • Learn to move quietly and safely through the forest
  • Develop routines that cultivate and hone intuition
  • Practice concealment and natural camouflage

Why Choose Anake?

Imagine waking up in the morning excited to go to class. Excited about the skills and knowledge you're gaining by more deeply connecting with the natural world and the ways it's shaping you into a new kind of human.

Imagine being an important part of a nature-connected community made up of your classmates, program apprentices and instructors, other staff, elders, the local community of graduates and families, as well as the international community of 20 years' worth of graduates. A community committed to supporting your growth.

Imagine yourself after 9 months of connecting with the natural world on a physical, intellectual, emotional and possibly even spiritual level. Having expanded the size of your comfort zone, leaving you capable of so much more than you've ever imagined.

Imagine experiencing life as an empowered human being fulfilling your higest potential in the world.

The Anake Outdoor School is a transformative, holistic learning experience. Get started on the journey by scheduling a call and begin the conversation.

I knew for years I needed to do this. I'm so glad I finally made the leap.

Paul 12

My year in Anake was filled with powerful teachings in a joyful atmosphere.

Kim 09

Coming here helped me to find wonder, amazement, and joy again.

Kaye 15

An incredible, life-changing experience.

Justin 13

The most valuable gift I have ever taken from Anake is a deep and powerful sense of my own belonging, connection, and worth in this world.

Brett 04

I came here to learn survival skills and then go off into the woods on my own. Now I've come to realize that having community is the strongest survival skill of all.

Denny 10

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Choosing to join Anake can be a big step for some. A choice that requires careful thought and consideration, best done a step at a time. We encourage you to take a step forward by choosing one of the options below. Each option has supported prospective students feel into whether Anake is where they belong right now, and we think they'll support you too. Which next step is the right one for you?

Request a Program Brochure

Visit a Class Day

Schedule a Call

Apply Now

Have Questions? Contact us