Humans and our ancestral lineage have been using stone tools and harnessing the transformative power of fire for over 3 million years! The use of stone tools and fire is deeply engrained in our brains, bodies, psyches, and souls. Come and learn the basics of stone-age technology and feel the joy of understanding and connecting with the fundamentals of human technology.
Come join us for a weekend of sneaking, hiding, scouting, and learning what the animals have to teach us about the art of invisibility. We will cover techniques of camouflage, both applied to the body and also working with the backdrop of the forest environment. We will practice silent and stealthy movement techniques and some of the subtler arts of merging with your surroundings. The weekend will culminate with a collaborative game scenario to challenge your new skills!
For most of human history the relationship of people to prey has been one of the most important aspects of life and culture. In our region, a local and subsistence diet relies heavily on the ability to procure meat for the people--thusly it is one of the most historically ceremonialized and revered elements of society. Over the past decade we have been studying the art of tracking and hunting and have come to our own deep and enlivened relationship to the hunt. It is a process of extensive observation, serious time getting to know one's landscape, and developing an ongoing conversation with both prey and all that share its territory.
Join us for a five day intensive in the art of bow making and traditional archery. How amazing is it that in our human history humans have devised countless brilliant methods of reducing a single piece of wood to such perfect form so as to send an arrow hundreds of feet per second, thousands of times over and over again! It is an opportunity to get to know one stick better than any other piece of wood you have yet to meet, and a gateway into a relationship to trees that goes much deeper than identification.