The past 9 months have been quite a plethora of new experiences, adventures, crafting, external and internal explorations and the creating and fortifying our connections with the earth, the natural world around us, ourselves and each other.
There has been so much talk about getting prepared for the Gauntlet that the final week did not seem like it was on the radar. However, this was not the case, this week may have been my favorite week of the entire year.
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...
This past week I had the opportunity to join a small group of my classmates on a voluntary, 3-day "walkabout". A walkabout, in this context, is meant to practice for a survival situation in which the group is traveling, hopefully towards rescue...
Convincing 5 of my classmates that the best place to spend the night was in a pile of leaves and grass. We created a massive bed with theses two items and every night were successful at improving our design. It went from being chilly the first night and no one sleeping, to the third night we had one participant climb out of our nest and sleep on the ground because she was too hot.
For land based cultures throughout the world, brain tanning was a practice done whenever an animal gave its life to feed the people. To honor the spirit and sacred giveaway of these animals, all parts of the animal were harvested and process for various uses: clothing, shelter, food, tools and instruments. It was such an honor to spend three days to remember this ancient practice that today is done in huge factories with very toxic chemicals to make leathers and sued.
I grab my fist sized bundle of tinder, made of scraped cedar bark. I tap the coal into the bundle of cedar, and begin to give it air. It glows brighter as I blow. I feed more of the cedar fibers close so it has plenty to eat and grow strong. I continue this process until the the second magical moment of Fire’s visit occurs… flame bursts forth
One vital part of Anake is the projects and adventures that each individual student chooses to engage and create for themselves. ...We followed the creek, walked through majestic cedars, firs and yews and found a breathtaking spot overlooking the Tye River and Deception Creek merging.
I will never forget this 11 day trip and how it brought me closer to my tribe, and how it has molded me. I was rather anxious about spending so much time cooped up with a lot of people, but in the end it helped me move past some things that have kept me from being closer to people. The main them of the trip was permaculture, but we received so much more!
In late winter, the Anake Outdoor School ventures into Guild Week - a choice-based week where students are able to pick from several options: leather shoe-making, the sacred hunt, rawhide crafts, and soul tracking. Blog author and current student Jared Archbold chose "The Way of the Scout". He details his experience in this week's blog.
I have studied at universities before, and always looked forward to the winter break. I was surprised at how much emotions flowed from me and my classmates, about having three weeks of not seeing one another daily. As I looked around, I could see that thick bonds of friendship had grown quickly in the last few months. This flavor, depth, richness and color of these bonds is not something I've experienced in any of my other schools I've attended. It was truly a thing of beauty to see.
At Anake, two core areas of study are wildlife tracking and wilderness survival/bushcraft. In this blog article, learn about a couple different class days where we focused on trailing animals and the art of cooking over an open fire!
These three days combined, helped shape the story and greater vision of the school. To create a diverse and healthy eco-system where children and adults can come connect, explore, play and be wild again!
Here at Anake Outdoor 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 Anake.
What a week full of fun! We gathered with our class this week for our first of three Village Weeks we will have throughout the year. We all headed into the week with a sense of mystery and unknown...
As the name implies, the Medicine Wheel is a circle going around and around, deeper and deeper. I’ve been on this journey since 2011 and am constantly learning more and more about the complexities of each of the 8 shields.