Twin Eagles Wilderness School
Greetings from Twin Eagles Wilderness School. As autumn gives way to the short days and long nights of winter here in Sandpoint, Idaho, the air we breathe is crisp and clear. Mountaintops are covered in snow, as the last of the birds migrate South. We're grateful to be living in this community, and to be able to share our vision of deep nature connection mentoring with you, and for all the support we continue to receive.
eNewsletter - November 2014
We're blessed to offer you a variety of deeply transformational nature connection programs, for both youth and adults. We hope you'll join us! Here's what is in store for you in this months newsletter:
- Feature Article: Flint and Steel Firemaking
- Adult Programs 2014-2015
- Wilderness Immersion Program
- Youth Programs 2014-2015
Feature Article: Flint and Steel Firemaking
Flint and Steel fire making. For many, it conjures up images of an old mountain man wrapped in a Hudson Bay wool jacket striking a rock against a piece of metal to make fire as he braved a blizzard. But how does it work? Heck, does it even work at all? And how can you learn it? Aren't matches more reliable anyway?
In this article we'll show you everything you need to know to become proficient in the traditional, reliable, quick, and easy to learn art of flint and steel fire making. Check it out here!
Adult Programs Fall & Winter 2014
Herbal Remedies Workshop
with Jeannine Tidwell
Saturday, December 6, 2014 · 10am - 4pm
Adults & older teens welcome
Wild Medicinal Plants are literally bursting with nutritious and healing powers that still beat anything you can find in a store. The research has been done. Hard science and native wisdom agree that some of the very best medicines are literally waiting at our feet for us to connect back with them.
In our herbal remedies workshop you will learn how to use a variety of local wild plants for medicine. The workshop covers plant id, harvesting, creating salves/tinctures/compresses/infusions, using fresh wild plants for first aid situations, creating an herbal first aid kit, and info on the most common medicinal plants in North America. Each participant will create herbal medicines to take home. Click here to learn more about our Herbal Remedies Workshop!
Sacred Space with Barry Moses
A weekend, nature based journey of inner transformation for adults
Fri Dec 12 (7 pm) - Sun Dec 14 (3 pm), 2014)
Scotia House Retreat Center, Newport, WA
We are deeply honored to be bringing back Barry Moses from the Spokane Tribe of Indians to facilitate this powerful weekend of nature based personal empowerment.
During this workshop, we will open up a very safe and sacred heart space, where participants will have the opportunity to connect deeply, share about themselves vulnerably, and have opportunities to experience powerful healing. We'll look at why we are the way we are, and have real opportunities to make authentic change in our own lives.
It is great for folks who want to explore their inner landscape, take personal responsibility, and step into a greater experience of personal power. Participants should be ready and willing to open their hearts, share vulnerably, and help hold that space for others. We've found that there is something powerful beyond words about connecting with the spiritual healing practices of the place where we live.
Click here to learn more about Sacred Space.
- Deepen your sense of personal power and freedom by experiencing nature based inner work
- Experience deep connection to place through local, indigenous inspired ceremony
- Deepen your experience of community as your journey through the weekend experience together
Wooden Bow Making Workshop NEW!!
with Tim Corcoran
Friday January 9 - Sunday January 11, 2015
Adults & motivated older teens welcome
Make your own wooden long bow at our bow making workshop!! Just imagine shooting bulls eyes with your very own handmade wooden long bow. Experience a deep connection to your indigenous ancestors as you discover this ancient art.
During this bow making workshop, participants will learn the skills to build a longbow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to make bow strings, and how to finish the wood. Shooting the bow will also be covered. By Sunday, your bow will be ready to shoot. You will be taught the "instinctive" shooting method (the same method used by people who relied on the bow in their daily lives). You will leave with a bow and the understanding to be able to build another bow on your own.
Click here to learn more about our Wooden Bow Making Workshop!
Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program
The journey continues at Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program, as this is the time of year when participants are really moving forward on their quest for deep connection. Participants deepen in skills like building and sleeping in wilderness survival shelters, weaving grass mats, stone tools & flintknapping, natural cordage, water harvesting, coal burning, and primitive cooking. Plus a wildlife tracking expedition following the trails of coyote, mule deer, porcupine, mink, river otter, raccoon, beaver, muskrat, and great blue heron, to name a few.
Deep nature connection experiences like this run deep. They speak to our soul. But we don't stop there.. Our culture here at Twin Eagles is one of depth mentoring and inner tracking. Each time we meet, our staff and I have the opportunity to see a little deeper into each participant, who at this point feel more like family. The gold is in those moments where they come up against their edges. Sometimes it is finding the inner resolve when sleeping out in 20 degree weather. Sometimes it is the patience to learn a new technicality of an ancestral skill like flintknapping. Sometimes it is being called to integrity when they are not showing up fully.
It is these deeper teachings that we hone in on, and give them a chance to look into. Through mentoring, and a culture of feedback, they have a chance to really see themselves, and the deeper patterns that make up their lives. From this place of authentic self awareness they have a chance to then make a new choice, one of consciousness and vision. Those are the moments that bring me hope, inspiration, and thankfulness.
But don't take my word for it. Take a look at our graduation from last year's Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program, and feel the passion of these amazing human beings:
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.
The Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program is a transformational, nine month journey 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.
Interested, or know someone who might be? Learn more about the Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program here.
Youth Programs 2014-2015
Winter Break Camps - NEW!!
For kids ages 6 - 13 · Spokane, Washington
Mon Dec 29, Tue Dec 30, & Wed Dec 31 · 9 am - 3 pm
Get your kids outside this winter with Twin Eagles Winter Break Camps! Winter here in the Inland Northwest is a magical time. The landscape is transformed by a blanket of snow, and there is a stillness upon the land. Rather than holing up, get outside this winter! Like all Twin Eagles Youth Programs, our winter break camps bring out the best in kids by connecting them deeply to the natural world, forging strong community, and developing genuine self-awareness. Our highly trained instructors draw out kids' passions through nature based activities like tracking wild animals, building snow shelters, learning primitive skills & crafts, storytelling & Songs around a warm campfire, and much more! Click here to learn more about our Winter Break Camps!
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 Now more 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.
Winter 2015 Session: Primitive Skills & Crafts
Spring 2015 Session: The Walkabout
Click here to learn more about Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous!
Thanks for reading, and may you enjoy these final autumn days!
co-Director & co-Founder
Twin Eagles Wilderness School
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