If you’ve taken a Standard class, been out for a walk in the woods, and thought to yourself, “I have no idea where the nearest plants are that would make good cordage,” or stumbled upon a trail and thought, “This could possibly be a deer trail, but I suppose it could be anything,” then this is the class for you.
Ultimately, finding the necessities of Survival, whether they be the animals themselves, or the stone tools needed to carve a bow drill kit, come down to awareness, and a connection to the Earth. This class will focus on using the Art of Tracking to empower your journey towards becoming an effective Survivalist. The class itself will take place over the course of four weekends, with each weekend occurring in a different season.
By returning to the same area in each season, students will be given the opportunity to truly connect to the Baseline Symphony of that area, and observe its fluctuations and changes in rhythm. Although not a skills-based class, students can expect to work on some basic survival tools as they pick a shelter area and work on skills from materials gathered from one area of the landscape. From this area they will explore the surrounding landscape, tracking and trailing animals, observing the changes in activity the landscape imposes in each season, and surveying the area for the tools of survival that each season offers. Over the course of four weekends, we will move our camp more than once in order to determine which areas work best for which season. Our final class(summer) will take place in the Burlington area.
Overall, this class is about assisting students in their approach to both tracking and survival. It will bring them closer to the integration of these skills into their lives so that they cease to be separate modalities of study, and instead simply become a powerful way to approach wilderness. Tom Brown has often said that the tools of survival are the “doorway to the Earth.” This class will utilize the Art of Tracking as the key that opens the door.
September 28-30, 2012
January 25-27, 2013
April 12-14, 2013
July 26-28, 2013
NOTE: To register for this class, please email Bill directly at email@example.com stating your intention to commit to the class. You will then be sent a registration link, and asked for a class deposit. Although Bill is willing to work with anyone in order to reach a “creative” solution to any issues that come up, please check the dates to make sure you have the time available and be prepared to commit to the class at the time you send your email. Unfortunately, Bill cannot consider any “work-trade” deals at this time. However, Bill will be able to work with students on a “pay-as-you-go” plan if needed.
Hope to see you there!