bird forages on winter berries

Welcome to Winter

I hated Winter. Growing up in Minnesota, where they scoff at snow days and the windchill freezes the inside of your nostrils, I couldn’t wait to move to a warmer climate. At the age of 20, I left my mittens behind and headed for Southern California, spending a few years amongst the palm trees. But […]

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urban cemetery sit spot

An Urban Story of Sitting

I love my neighborhood. It is so full of life—eclectic, eccentric, seedy, edgy, quirky, resilient, creative, beautiful life. Until two years ago, I would have said that all this abundance was predominantly of the human variety. Now, of course, I know differently, as I am greeted by display after stunning display of the bounty that […]

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The Very Favorite Field Pack

“If my house was burning down, I would grab my Kamana binders.” This came matter-of-factly from a Kamana graduate I met at Wilderness Awareness School. I was in the midst of Kamana Three at the time, slogging through piles of plant taxonomy. The going was tough, and I wasn’t moving as quickly as I would […]

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trees in winter

Connecting with Trees in Winter

I love exploring the woods behind my house in the wintertime. I love the way the wall of green that protects certain areas in the summer lets its guard down for those who are willing to brave the winter cold. I tend to venture into new areas, exploring the hidden hollows and dark thickets that […]

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Sit Spot At Pond

Sit Spot for Busy-Bodies

If you are like me, sitting still can be a real challenge. At this time of year everything in nature is bursting with energy, changing and moving about. So much so, that many creatures aren’t even paying much attention to others as they go about their mating ritual, territorial fight or nesting duties. What opportunities […]

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man sitting at sit spot

Sit Spot FAQ’s

The topic that I receive the most questions about is the Sit Spot. It makes sense because it is a new concept to most people, as well as one of the first things introduced in Kamana. I’ve compiled some of these questions and answered them below: My sit spot doesn’t have _______ (insert noun or […]

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the sit spot pond

Sit Spot Murmurs

Two years ago in the late summer, I started seeing bear scat along a field edge on the way to my sit spot. An inch and a half tube full of raspberry seeds is hard to miss or misidentify here in northern Vermont. Then a bit later the chokecherry bushes in the south end of […]

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Winter wanderings

Kamana in Winter

The crow’s wings flap intensely. The arc of its vertebrae steepens and then flattens out. Its target, a red-taild hawk, shifts its weight to avoid being mobbed. The crows partner cackles and then takes its turn. The three birds fly to the south to find another location for their game. It’s winter and the views […]

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massing the senses

Massaging with the Senses

The Awareness Trail Exercise is one that has confused many a Kamana 3 student. Chris Laliberte, creator of Community School at Wilderness Awareness School, has rewritten and re-formatted this exercise for your benefit. Hopefully this rewrite will give you more clarity about what it is that you are actually doing as you continue to deepen […]

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Nature is Everywhere

I was in Dresden, a city in the southeast of Germany which has a population of half a million people. My wife had a meeting in the middle of the city and I was supposed to wait for a couple of hours. I sat on a bench and looked out at a busy place, where […]

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Wilderness Awareness School