The first step in your Kamana journey takes about a month to complete. You move through two weeks of awareness exercises and eight areas of ecological study using a field guide and audio narrated by Jon Young. It will help you see if the entire Kamana program is for you, and also help you begin to see the world through “native eyes.” The program is organized into a series of exercises, which are summarized below:
- Hazards and Naturalist Routines
- Mammals and Tracking
- Plants and Wandering
- Ecology and Community
- Trees and Survival
- Birds and Awareness
There are 2 main parts of Kamana:
Nature Awareness Trail
The program begins with 12 days of awareness-expanding exercises. Students read the daily instructions in the morning, practice the exercise all day, and reflect on it in the evening. Each exercise in Kamana One builds on the previous day's experience in an expansive way. These daily journeys are loosely based on the 12 Field Exercises students practice monthly in Kamana Two, Three, and Four. This section culminates with students finding a secret spot, or an area they visit on a regular basis, where they practice exercises that expand their awareness of nature and knowledge of place. Kamana One includes a very basic secret spot exercise that leads into “Field Exercise One: Finding a Secret Spot” in Kamana Two.
The Resource Trail
Using Jon Young's Seeing Through Native Eyes CD series, the Reader's Digest: North American Wildlife and the Kamana One workbook, you will explore the Eight Tracks or Shields of Wilderness Awareness School. Each chapter in the eight areas culminates with a journal page using the field guide. This is designed to help students become acquainted with this naturalist fieldwork practice. In Kamana Two through Four, students will use these skills to make 40 to 50 journals in each of the Eight Resource Tracks (or Shields) as well as research all species in their areas and how all taxonomical family groups interrelate.
Kamana One will end with the Tourist Test. The purpose of the test is for students to self-profile and realize where they can improve in their naturalist training.