Have you ever wondered how our ancestors lived before modern technology
existed? Have you ever asked simple questions like, what would happen
if my car broke down out of cell phone range on a desert or mountain
road? Or what would I do if I got lost on a day hike and had to
stay overnight in the wilderness? Would you know what to do if an
unexpected snowstorm left you stranded on a weekend camping trip?
Unfortunately many people would not be able
to survive through these situations. There are countless stories
of people who have disappeared
or died, simply because they didn't have basic outdoor survival
skills. This is very unfortunate and disconcerting because the skills
of survival were once common sense to all people. Cars, houses,
heaters, computers, cell phones and so many other essential commodities
in our lives are very recent additions when considering humankind’s
history. Somehow for thousands of years, humans were able to get
by quite well with out these conveniences. But in our modern life
one rarely sees any sign of the people or skills that represent
this old way of living. In fact, most people believe that it isn't’
even possible for them to survive off a wild landscape, using only
what nature provides.
As hard as it is to believe, at one
point in history all of our ancestors contently lived off of the
land with only ancient knowledge of how to make tools and utilize
the earth's resources. With this knowledge, I believe that anyone
who has the desire to learn can ultimately live, thrive and flourish
off most landscapes without the aid of modern tools or technology.
This knowledge represents the ancient wisdom of all of our ancestors
and the universal art of survival.
I have spent over ten years practicing and
honing my survival skills. My practice has taken me to wild areas
around the country and has even flourished at home in my backyard.
After spending time learning and teaching with mentors, friends and
students I have concluded that the best way to learn these skills
is through teaching in a small, customized and hands on learning
environment. Every one learns in different ways and at different
paces. It is my intent run primitive survival skill experiences
that accommodate the needs of all students. These programs are adaptable
to most abilities locations and time frames. It is my goal to understand
your learning process and form an experience that is a challenging,
empowering and successful adventure.
In every program, I share these authentic skills
with thanksgiving and respect for all of the people over the ages
who have dedicated their lives to the preservation of this ancient
wisdom and for the earth and all of gifts and resources upon which
we depend, no matter how we live.
For More Information about Wilderness Survival Skills, Please Continue
to the Programs and the Activity
Guide. Also, feel free to peruse the gallery, which contains
pictures of past programs, crafts and activities.