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Twin Eagles Wilderness School
Happy Spring!! Today is an absolutely gorgeous day, and spring is here! Pacific Tree Frogs are singing, stinging nettle and skunk cabbage are sprouting, pacific wrens and varied thrush's are signing their songs, snowshoe hare and short tailed weasels are changing colors, cottonwood and larch trees are budding out, as all of life is being renewed. The spirit of inspiration is in the air, and it is good to be alive!
eNewsletter - March 2016
March has been an amazing month here at Twin Eagles. Kids at our Youth Programs have been dancing in the rain and more excited than ever to discover the treasures that spring brings. Jeannine and Tim having been working hard preparing for this year's Girl's & Boy's Rites of Passage, doing formative work with families. Our Adult Programs have focused on the Art of Mentoring this month, as participants and apprentices alike really take the time to dive into the question of "How does authentic, community based learning happen in the context of nature & culture?". As well, our office is bustling as registrations are pouring in for summer camps. We're grateful to do this work, and serve our community as we help reconnect people with the natural world.
Here is what we have in store for you in this months eNewsletter:
- Feature Article: Mullein Tea
- Summer Camps 2016!!
- Volunteer or Work with Twin Eagles this summer!
- Wilderness Immersion Program
- Adult Weekend Workshops
- Youth Programs
- Family Programs
Feature Article: Mullein Tea
Mullein Tea is an old friend. At times during the winter and early spring, I find myself with a bunch of softly felted sage green leaves that I'm rubbing in my hands. Then down they go, into a cup of boiling hot water where they'll steep for a while. In 20 - 30 minutes (sometimes longer) I'll pull them out and be ready to drink a steaming hot cup of this delicious, nutritious, and medicinal tea.
This is one of my favorite herbal teas. Mullein has been my lifesaver for curing some of the toughest coughs that hold on like a dog to a bone. If I were to give my praise for one plant and one plant alone for helping alleviate respiratory ailments it would be that wild and wooly mullein. It's also a great tonic for the vascular system. Let's look at the benefits so you know the value you're getting when you make this amazing tea.
Continue reading here!
Summer Camps 2016!!
Twin Eagles Summer Camps 2016 include a great camp lineup of thirteen weeks of camp, including some outrageously fun new camps alongside our favorite, timeless classics. Registration for our summer camps has been happening at a record pace, so we strongly encourage you to register now, while there is still space. We anticipate that our camps will fill to capacity this year, and that we'll have many families on waiting lists.
Our nature based summer camps let kids be kids again, giving them the chance to be wild and free. In today's world, kids suffer from lives that have become over-structured, over-sterilized, and over-intellectualized. Children are engulfed in an increasingly disconnected, technological world that leads to the degeneration of health on all levels – physical, mental, emotion, and spiritual. Can you remember what it used to feel like to be a kid during the summer? I do. It was my ticket to freedom. Timeless moments of connecting with the wild places. Friendships deepening until we felt more like siblings. Running through our imagination and nature at the same time. Quiet moments alone just sitting by a creek, letting all the worries of life just drift away. Current research has now proven that these types of experiences lead to increased physical, mental & social health, a sense of peace, care for the Earth, increased concentration, greater creativity and resiliency. As a father and camp director, this is what I stand for, for my own children and for our community's children. Our summer camps maximize all of this, and indeed are good medicine for the challenges today's kids face in our post-modern world, bringing them back to their truest nature.
"I am so grateful and so touched by how all the amazing people at Twin Eagles lovingly walked our son through what has turned out to be, perhaps, the most significant and positive learning experience he has ever gone through away from home. I can't say enough about how lucky we were to find them and have him take part in the last week of their summer program, except to say to them and the universe: Thank you, thank you, thank you."
- Alison Barrows-Young
This coming summer we are offering thirteen full weeks of summer camp in Sandpoint, Spokane, and Priest River. They include:
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.
Volunteer or Work with Twin Eagles this summer!
We are currently looking for volunteer assistant instructors who wish to deepen their experience of authentic nature based mentoring in a powerful culture of deep nature connection. Make a difference in the world by helping to restore hope in today's youth by connecting them deeply to nature, community, and self. Have a blast connecting with other nature based mentors and a whole community with shared values. Accommodations & meals provided at overnight camps. Click here for more info on volunteering at Twin Eagles.
We are also looking to hire staff for the roles of Lead Instructor, Lead Cook, and Assistant Cook. We're offering paid positions based on experience, with accommodations & meals provided for overnight camps. Have a blast working in a powerful deep nature connection mentoring culture, and deepening your mentoring expertise while supporting a common Vision of restoring hope in today's youth. We're known for crafting a culture of authentic depth mentoring. Click here for more info on working with Twin Eagles.
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
Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants Workshop
Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho · For adults and motivated teens
Friday April 15 @ 6pm - Sunday April 17 @ 5pm
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 for more info about 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!
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 (4 sessions)
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
Mother-Daughter Wilderness Program
For mothers and their 7 - 12 year old daughters
Friday April 22 - Sunday April 24, 2016
Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho
Motherhood - a monumental journey. A journey of seeing our daughters grow and change, and a journey of being a refuge and sanctuary for their greatest unfolding.
Through the mother daughter bond our daughters learn about trust and connection. It's that trust and connection that will take you over the hurdles of life with her. What greater place to foster and strengthen that connection than in the safety, timelessness and healing balm of nature?
What a greater time than now.
Imagine having a weekend where you and your daughter can come to the retreat of nature to nurture your relationship with one another. Imagine being nestled in a community and the common bond of other mothers and their daughters in the sanctuary of nature. Accompanying you on this adventure are female guides who can hold you and your relationship with your daughters as sacred and support the growth of your relationship when and where it counts. It's a time to really be present to your journey as a mother and to that very special gift in front of you - your daughter.
For hundreds of thousands of years mothers and their daughters have gathered together to experience the simple gifts of daily life: foraging and gathering, savoring the taste of delicious wild foods, singing together, dancing together, giving thanks together, building and creating together, laughing together and even crying together. In our Mother Daughter Wilderness Program we'll return to that beautiful way of living as a way of nourishing something special in ourselves and in our relationship with our daughters. We'll build natural shelters to sleep in, cook wild foods, bring forth the elements of fire and water, and in the process, magically deepen our bonds with our daughters, too.
Interested, or know someone who might be? Learn more here.
Blessings to you and your family! We hope to see you here at Twin Eagles this spring, taking in the gifts of the season!
co-Director & co-Founder
Twin Eagles Wilderness School
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