Twin Eagles Wilderness School
Greetings friends! As summer transitions to autumn, we are busy getting ready for the coming season. In this eNewsletter, we're pleased to offer you a great article on Edible Wild Mushrooms. As well, we're excited to announce our Youth Program lineup for 2012-2013, and give you updates on the Art of Mentoring and Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program. Enjoy!
eNewsletter - September 2012
Feature Article: Encounter Edible Wild Mushrooms!
Wild edible mushrooms are clandestine treasures giving you the incredible pleasure of finding something marvelous right upon the forest floor. These fascinating fungi give us the opportunity to discover beauty and experience the landscape in a new way. They summon us to open up our senses and be filled by the smell of rain, be drenched in the moisture of mossy forests and they beckon us to inevitably taste their rich flavors.
Their distinct form offers us the opportunity to experience symbiotic mystery for they help keep plants alive, exchange nutrients with them, and help break down wood in the forest. Lastly, it's just plain fun to go mushroom hunting! There's a precious bond that forms between you, the mushrooms, and nature as well as with you and the ones you're with when you're out harvesting.
Edible wild mushrooms contain a host of vitamins and minerals, which promote...continue reading here
Get your kids back to nature with Twin Eagles this year!
Registration is now open for all Twin Eagles Youth Programs for the 2012-2013 school year, which are beginning soon! Take a look at our expanded lineup of offerings below, and then get in touch with us with your questions and to register.
Monthly Preschool Nature Program
For kids ages 3 - 6 · Sandpoint, ID and Spokane, WA
One day per month · October - May
Now offered in both Sandpoint, ID and Spokane, WA, the Forest Children programs gently guide young children back to a deep relationship with the natural world. Children are encouraged to learn about the fundamental elements of life through 100% direct experience with nature. Activities may include foraging seasonal wild foods, crafting toys from objects found in nature, connecting with the lives of animals through games, creative movement and tracking, developing bonds with trees through learning safely about fire, sparking the imagination with storytelling, and much, much more! Click here to learn more about Forest Children!
Twin Eagles Monthly Youth Program - Spokane
For kids ages 6 - 13 · Spokane, WA
One day per month · October - May
We are pleased to be entering into our seventh year of bringing traditional ecological knowledge down to the Spokane area on a monthly basis! Spokane area youth have a rare opportunity to slow down to nature's pace and experience themselves in a community of passionate nature based learners through activities such as fire by friction, local species interrelations, songs, animal tracking, group challenges, wild edible & medicinal plants, natural shelter building, storytelling, sensory awareness and much, much more. Click here to learn more about Twin Eagles Monthly Youth Program - Spokane!
Weekly Homeschool Youth Nature Program
Twin Eagles Community School
For kids ages 6 - 13 · Sandpoint, Idaho
One day per week, Fridays 9 am - 3 pm
Autumn, Winter, & Spring Seasonal Blocks (~8 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 eighth 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
For teens ages 13 - 18 · Locations throughout the Inland Northwest
Weekends run Friday evening through Sunday Afternoon
Autumn, Winter, & Spring Sessions
Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous offers awesome experiences to teens throughout the Inland Northwest and beyond to sink deep roots to the earth through wilderness skills while soaring high through full-on group adventures. Teens learn leadership by working together as well as applying their sensitivities through ancient earth based skills and crafts. This is a powerful opportunity for teens to encounter the wild around them. As well, teens have a chance to touch their own inner wildness by giving unique voice to their inner selves amongst a community of peers and mentors. Click here to learn more about Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous!
Teen Mentor-In-Training Program
For teens ages 15 - 18 · Sandpoint, ID & Spokane, WA
Twin Eagles Mentor in Training (MIT) program is an incredible opportunity for teens to step forward into becoming authentic nature based mentors. Twin Eagles MITs receive guidance from Twin Eagles' seasoned adult staff to move into a mentoring role with Twin Eagles Youth Program students, thereby experiencing themselves as powerful role models and leaders. It is a rare opportunity to be mentored into their greater potential as they experience the joy of mentoring others into a deep relationship with the earth. The MIT Program runs alongside all of our Youth Programs, so teens are able to select which one(s) they wish to participate in. Click here to learn more about Twin Eagles Mentor in Training Program!
Art of Mentoring Update
Can you imagine what life would be like if we took the best from traditional nature based villages and brought it to our modern experience? The Art of Mentoring answers this question and more, as it is an inter-generational, nature based, annual gathering of renewal.
The Art of Mentoring is coming up in just one month, and we have had a tremendous response so far, with over 70 people currently registered! Registration is still open, but it is likely that we may hit our capacity for this very special event, so if you are considering joining, please get in touch with us soon.
More info is available online, including a recent recording of a free conference call with Art of Mentoring lead facilitators Jeannine Tidwell, Tim Corcoran, Mark Morey, and Jon Young.
Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program Update
Can you imagine the transformation that comes from deeply immersing in the wilderness? The Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program is a transformational nine month journey into deep nature connection via wilderness survival, wild edible & medicinal plants, wildlife tracking, naturalist training, bird language, native scout teachings, permaculture, nature based mentoring, and inner tracking.
Tim Corcoran and Jeannine Tidwell, lead designers and facilitators of the Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program, recently held a free conference call introducing the program. It was a great call, full of passion, stories, teachings, participant sharings, and more. You can find the recording of the free call here on our website (scroll down for the link). If you're considering the program, or just want to learn more, we invite you to take a moment and listen in.
The Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program starts on September 28th, and we still have spaces open for this year. Click here to learn more.
The Circle of Life
We are very sad to share with you the news that our good friend Becky Kemery recently passed away. Becky was a big part of the Twin Eagles Wilderness School community, helping to host our annual overnight summer camps at Medicine Circle Eco Retreat in Priest River. Becky authored the book, Yurts, Living in the Round, part of her significant work championing yurts as low impact shelter. Becky had a depth of experience with sustainable living, and was a community leader here in Sandpoint and beyond. She believed in the sacred relationship between people and their natural environment, and her life was a reflection of that belief. Her big heart will be dearly missed by us all. More information is available here.
Until next time,
co-Director & co-Founder
Twin Eagles Wilderness School
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