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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northeast shield

North East Shield – Imagination

Take a moment to stop reading and listen…. You hear that? That is the sound of the North East We are now entering into the end of our series, and as our name implies, the Medicine Wheel is a circle. The North East represents the mystery between where things end and new things begin. This […]

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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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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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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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song sparrow

Bird Behavior: Bird Language Basics

Listening to birds and watching bird behavior allows us to become aware of animal activity, to sneak up on wildlife or unsuspecting friends, and to enhance our senses. In my year at Wilderness Awareness School’s The Immersion at Wilderness Awareness School, in Duvall, Washington, I explored the school’s teachings about birds, bird watching, and awareness. […]

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Brain Tanning a Deer Hide

by Mireille Evans The Immersion Student 2015-2016 This week we had the honor to be blessed by deer. It was the week where we got to dive into the magical transformational process of working with the hide of deer to make buckskin. The deer were purchased from a woman who has a relationship with hunters in her area. The hunters […]

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A Journey from Figurine Frogs to Belonging

Figurine frogs. They lined my shelves in my tiny New York City apartment. Those plastic and ceramic friends were my heart’s delight. Nature finds a way to flourish in the human heart, especially in the imaginations of five-year-old urbanites. It’s no surprise that as a young mother of three, I would eventually find myself on […]

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Alumni In Action: The Power of the Heart

I didn’t want to come to Wilderness Awareness School. Rain. Grey. A survival trip that required me to find my own food for a week. I was happy living in sunny California and originally told my partner he could go without me and just tell me all about it on weekly phone calls. Now, here […]

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