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Twin Eagles Wilderness School
Hello from all of us here at Twin Eagles Wilderness School! Although it is still officially winter, the first signs of spring are already here with this year's unseasonably warm weather. American Robins, Red Winged Blackbirds, and Varied Thrush's are all back here at Cedar Springs, as the snow melts. Barred Owls are calling, the first grasses and plants are just barely turning green, mud season is here, and we've heard reports from neighbors that grizzly bears are already out and about. Before we know it, spring will be here in full swing... but its not quite yet. Take some time during this quiet time of year to just be still in nature, and listen for the mysteries it whispers to your heart.
eNewsletter - February 2016
February has been quite full here at Twin Eagles. We started the month with our annual Wooden Bow Making Workshop, as a new batch of bows and bowyers were "born". Our Depth Mentoring Apprenticeship continues, as participants focus in on both the theory and practice of the art of mentoring. Our Youth Programs continue to bring great fun, wisdom from the Earth, and nature connection to area children and families. Just last week our dear friend and mentor Tony Ten Fingers came by and delivered a special evening presentation. Tony is an Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and was one of Jeannine and my first mentors over 16 years ago. This past weekend Barry Moses (from the Spokane Tribe of Indians) and I facilitated our annual Sacred Space weekend retreat, which is one of the most meaningful and satisfying events I've led in quite some time. A dozen folks came together to travel deep into the heart within and the heart of the land to discover healing, wisdom, community, vision, and oneness. A true blessing. I am grateful to be living the dream.
Here is what we have in store for you in this months eNewsletter:
- Feature Article: Herbal Tea Benefits
- Summer Camps 2016
- Wilderness Immersion Program
- Adult Weekend Workshops
- Youth Programs
- Family Programs
Feature Article: Herbal Tea Benefits
Herbal tea benefits the body, mind, heart, and spirit whether it's hot or cold, iced or as punch, mixed with cream, milk, sugar, honey, syrup or lemon. People have enjoyed herbal tea for tens of thousands of years as an elixir of heath. Today it is used as coffee substitute, decoction, infusion, minitale, sun tea, tisane, iced tea or just plain room temperature. It's simple, easy to make and the health benefits are incredible. So step into the herbal apothecary with me where herbs are hanging up drying, plants are simmering on the stove and there's a cup of herbal tea steeping for you right now.
You receive herbal tea benefits with every kind of herbal tea you drink. Herbal teas benefit the digestive system, appetite, cramps, coughs, the common cold, nausea, heartburn, headaches and hay fever. Some herbal teas calm the nerves, promote sleep, lower blood pressure, fight infection, bring down a fever, cure insomnia, cleanse internal organs, strengthen memory, purify the blood or boost your immune system. And there are many herbal teas packed with vitamins and minerals, some carrying more nutrition than food.
Continue reading here!
Announcing Summer Camps 2016!
Twin Eagles Summer Camps 2016 include a great camp lineup of thirteen weeks of camp, including some great new camps alongside our favorite classics.
At Twin Eagles, we believe that connecting deeply with nature is critical to whole child development. The experiences we offer bring kids back to a simpler, more connected way of life where their senses are honed to once again hear the call of the wild, revel in the feeling of mud squishing between their toes, delight in the beauty of wildflowers, and listen to the music in mountain streams. Kids develop authentic resiliency through real world challenges and traditional earth based skills as they experience the deep peace of the natural world.
Our highly trained instructors draw out kids' passions through nature based activities like:
This coming summer we are offering thirteen full weeks of summer camp in Sandpoint, Spokane, and Priest River. They include:
- Making fire by friction
- Learning edible & medicinal plants
- Exploring natural mysteries
- Tracking wild animals
- Building natural shelters
- Discovering the language of the forest
- Training as the native scouts of old did
- Learning earth based crafts, stories, songs
- and much, much more!
This summer we are continuing our inspirational theme based day camps here at Twin Eagles! 2016 Day Camp themes include:
These theme based camps are only for our day camps for kids ages 6 - 13, and are very popular. That said, we especially encourage you to register for these soon!
- Nature Adventurers Day Camp - Mystery and adventure await all those who heed the call of the wild. Have you ever looked out onto a wild landscape, and imagined all the possible natural adventures, just waiting to be experienced?
- Wilderness Survival Day Camp - There is an ancient calling deep in the heart to experience the freedom and adventure of living wild and free, close to nature - to provide for one's own needs directly from the Earth...
- Nature Ninjas Day Camp - Nature ninjas are the eyes and ears of the tribe, protectors of the village. They are masters of stealth, camouflage, and invisibility, traveling unseen and unheard amongst the shadows...
- Jedi Training Day Camp - New for 2016!! - Do you feel a calling to learn the ways of the force? Do you yearn to craft and wield a light saber? Then travel with us to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. A place where good battles evil, where light clashes against dark. At Twin Eagles Jedi Training Camp, campers will start the week as Padawans embarking on exciting and daring trainings, adventures, trials, and missions as they work to become a Jedi Knight.
For full information on our summer camps, check out our Twin Eagles Summer Camp web page here.
Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program
Do you yearn to feel like a part of nature rather than an onlooker? Do you feel a responsibility to our Earth? Are you seeking your contribution to the world? Do you want to fully experience nature rather than just learn about it? Do you want to find a community of like minded people? Are you seeking truth, the truth of who you really are?
If you answered yes to even some of these questions, then consider the Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program. It is all about taking the essence of nature and weaving it into our modern experience. It is about feeling the kinship that comes only from roaming the wilderness together. It is about diving deep into the underground of human consciousness, and discovering the hidden gems that await. It is about deep mentoring that brings out the very best of who you are.
Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program is a transformational journeys that brings back to life the skills and wisdom of our earth based ancestors:
Wilderness Survival & Primitive Skills
Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants
Permaculture & Regenerative Design
Nature Based Mentoring & Cultural Restoration
Bird Language & Native Scout Teachings
Inner Tracking - Know Thyself
This program is a huge step forward on the path of deeply connecting with nature, community, and consciousness.
Enrollment is now open for the 2016-2017 year. Interested, or know someone who might be? Learn more about the nine month Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program here, and please spread the word about this amazing program!
Adult Weekend Workshops
Intro to the Art of Mentoring
Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho
Friday March 18 @ 10am - Sunday March 20 @ 5 pm
Learn Twin Eagles' extraordinary mentoring process that builds resilient connections amongst nature, community, family, and self. We'll explore both one on one mentoring techniques as well as cultural mentoring practices to inspire others to experience the joy of discovery, and ignite hope and responsibility for the Earth in the next generation. Click here to register for Intro to the Art of Mentoring!
Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants Workshop
Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho · For adults and motivated teens
Friday April 22 @ 7pm - Sunday April 24 @ 3 pm
Gather experience of time-honored plant use through herbal remedies and edible wild plants. We'll journey deep into ethical harvesting, processing, preservation, and preparation of wild plants. We'll work with herbal remedies including tinctures, salves, poultices and more, as well as an assortment of edible wild plants, from roots to fruits, and stalks to seeds. Experience personal empowerment through our plant allies. Click here to register for our Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants Workshop!
Bird Language Workshop
Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho · For adults and motivated teens
Friday May 13 @ 7pm - Sunday May 15 @ 3 pm
We'll learn the language of the forest that allowed our earth based ancestors to move as one with nature. Discover how the sounds and movement in the natural world all have great meaning, which unlocks the secrets of animal communication. This is a truly subtle and sublime set of teachings that intensely increases one's awareness, allowing more up close encounters with wildlife, and increased inner silence, instincts, and intuition. Click here to register for our Bird Language Workshop!
Spring Alive! Spring Break Camps
For kids ages 6 - 13 · 9 am - 3 pm daily
Spokane, Washington & Sandpoint, Idaho · Tue April 5 - Thu April 7
Spring in the Inland Northwest is an amazing time, full of inspiration. The snow has melted, and the landscape is coming back to life with all kinds of flowers blooming, frogs & salamanders crawling about, and young animals & birds being birthed into the world. Indeed, all of life is being renewed! Twin Eagles Spring Alive! spring break camps are the perfect way to help get your kids outside to enjoy this precious time of year. Like all Twin Eagles Youth Programs, our spring break camps bring out the best in kids by connecting them intimately to the natural world, forging resilient community ties, and developing authentic self-awareness. Click here to learn more about our Spring Alive! Spring Break Camps
Weekly Homeschool Youth Nature Program
Twin Eagles Community School
For kids ages 6 - 13 · Sandpoint, Idaho
One day per week, Tuesdays 9 am - 3 pm
Spring Seasonal Block 2016 (6 sessions each)
Come join our original weekly program for homeschool youth that explores deep nature connection and the wilderness arts through nature based mentoring. Students truly steep in a timeless experience of the natural world with teachings of the naturalist, the tracker, the wanderer, the herbalist, the ecologist, the survivalist and the scout. Now in its ninth year, Twin Eagles Community School is a tremendous opportunity for youth to experience knowledge of place and nature awareness all in a powerful atmosphere of cultural mentoring. Click here to learn more about Twin Eagles Community School!
Weekend Teen Wilderness Programs
Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous
Spring Session 2016 - Fri Apr 15 - Sun Apr 17
The Incredible Edible Journey!
For teens ages 13 - 18 · Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho
Friday evening through Sunday Afternoon
This weekend we'll take a journey of deep connection into the world of wild plants! Discover how the wilderness is literally overflowing with wild foods like roots, shoots, stalks, leaves, flowers, berries, grasses, bark, needles, twigs, mushrooms, insects, birds, mammals, fish, and much, much more!!
Click here to learn more about Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous!
- Wild Edibles! Identification, Harvesting, Preserving, Preparing, and Eating
- Wild Water! Locating, Collecting, Purification, and Drinking
- Making Primitive Containers for Gathering! Basketry, Pottery, etc.
- Aidless Navigation & Lostproofing
- Ecological Tracking
- Renewing Connections amongst teens throughout our bio-region
- Stories and Songs that celebrate and inspire
- Super Fun Spring Games
- Inner Teachings of the Spring Season
Father-Son Wilderness Program
For fathers and their 7 - 12 year old sons
Friday May 27 - Monday May 20, 2016 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Medicine Circle Eco-Retreat - Priest River, Idaho
When was the last time you stripped away all the distractions, and just connected with your son(s) and what is most important in life in the simplest way possible?
When was the last time you slowed down, really slowed down, and just connected with nature, on nature's terms?
Imagine taking four days with your son(s), and connecting deeply with nature and your boy(s) through ancestral wilderness survival skills, all within a small "tribe" of other fathers & sons that are like minded with similar values.
Since the dawn of time, fathers and sons have bonded deeply in and with the wilderness. Ancestral wilderness skills have an innate ability to deepen the Father-Son connection like nothing else. This May, we're running a very special Father-Son Wilderness Program at Twin Eagles. During this program, we'll make fire by friction, build and sleep in natural shelters, learn traditional hunting and gathering techniques, and track wild animals. Primitive wilderness survival isn't a "Man vs. Wild" scenario, it is an opportunity to build a deep relationship with the Earth. As you and your son do so, you'll find that your relationship with your son deepens in powerful ways.
We'll have facilitated, open heart Father-Son relationship deepening time, and of course opportunities to connect with the other fathers and sons present. Just as our earth based ancestors did, we'll utilize traditional earth based spiritual practices to help facilitate the connection, and have surprise elements too. We're looking for fathers and sons who are ready to open their bodies, minds, and hearts to a deeper connection, have epic fun, and take the time to connect with what matters most.
Interested, or know someone who might be? Learn more here.
Our very best to you and your family! As always, we encourage you to invest in what is most important in life - family, community, nature, and finding peace within. Live life to the fullest!
co-Director & co-Founder
Twin Eagles Wilderness School
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