Camo & Pearls

Better late than never! That is how I describe the day I finally registered for The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School. Occasionally, I think about choices I might have made differently had I graduated from this life-changing program decades earlier, but I heed the advice of Galway Kinnell in his poem, Wait: “Distrust everything if […]

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throwing cattails to the wind

Overcoming ‘Stuck’

“I had become stuck, and now that I’m taking part in The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School, so much gunk has been removed.” – Sam, a 2019 The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School Student We talk with many folks who turn to The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School for a big transformation in life. These […]

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Fire

Winter Break – Reflections From the Fall Quarter

It was time to gather our small, newly formed community for our final day of the Fall Quarter. We sat shoulder to shoulder in Malalo, one of our outdoor classrooms, as a fire burned high and bright in the center of our group. I was proud of that fire because I took part in creating […]

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stone tools in the making

Skills of our Ancient Ancestors

Here at The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School, we practice the skills of our ancient ancestors. We use these skills to better interact with the landscape and increase our ability to thrive in any scenario. Here is an example of some of the skills we learned this quarter at The Immersion. Stone Tools We spent […]

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snow shelter

Snow Shelters at The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School

One powerful part of The Immersion Outdoor School is the projects and adventures that each individual student chooses to engage and create for themselves. Due to the fact that we have only 3 scheduled class days a week, that potentially gives us 4 days where we are free to fill with whatever passions move us. Many take that […]

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Snowshoe John

Life After The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School

I’m John Gasparich, a graduate of the 2008-2009 The Immersion program, and an apprentice the following year. I met my wife, Khylynowey, during The Immersionprogram. After my apprenticeship, my wife and I moved to Canada, to the farm where she was raised. In the first year of living on the farm, I built Khy and […]

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Anake students in Eastern Washington

Naturalist Studies in Eastern Washington

It’s become quite a familiar job: packing up my backpack for an overnight trip with The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School. I no longer have the dilemma of trying to decide how many pairs of socks, wool pants, or extra sweaters to bring. Now it’s a quick job with fewer items that need to be […]

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Gap Year Students at The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School

My adventures with Wilderness Awareness School started as a volunteer with summer camps. I got so wrapped up in the world of summer camps that I once walked into my orthodontist’s office with a face completely covered in charcoal without realizing it. It wasn’t until I started volunteering at overnight camps that I began to […]

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Jon Young storytelling

Plant Medicine, Land Stewardship, and Jon Young

The Green People are such generous and forgiving relatives. This week at the The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School, we touched briefly on the delights and gifts that the plants offer us if we so choose to learn how to harvest and process them in the proper ways. We then were taught how this plays […]

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Fire

Deepening Relationship with Fire

I began this program with a relationship to fire similar to others who have grown up camping and enjoying the occasional winter night by the living room fire. I loved playing music with friends and family around a fire pit at the campsite. I loved making a fire in the fireplace on a chilly December […]

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