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Twin Eagles Wilderness School
eNewsletter - October 2015

Happy Autumn from Twin Eagles Wilderness School! Fall is in full force now, as the trees are giving their final dramatic display of colors before dying back for the year. Many birds are migrating, squirrels are gathering food for the winter ahead, and here at our home we've had a non stop process of canning and dehydrating foods. All of life seems to be preparing for the winter months ahead.

We had a tremendous Fall Harvest gathering a few weeks ago! Over 70 community members came together at our main location, Cedar Springs, and we celebrated the Fall season with several stations where everyone gathered to explore primitive cooking with wild foods. We had flat rock cooked venison, a primitive stir fry, clay baked apples, underground smoked kokanee, and salmon grilled on hand made cedar planks. Folks young and old exchanged smiles and more at our trade blanket, and we brought the day to a close with a ceremony of making earthen beeswax candles. Most of all, we relaxed into the joy of community, and the shared value of nature connection.

This autumn, remember that we are all worthy of love. The love of nature, the love of family, the love of community, and the love of self. We invite you to come join us for a program or two, as we kindle connections from the heart.

Here is what we have in store for you in this months eNewsletter:
  • Feature Article: Elderberry Recipes
  • Deep Nature Connection Weekend Series for adults!!
    Now open for individual registration!
  • Twin Eagles Youth Programs 2015-16
  • Wilderness Immersion Program

Feature Article: Elderberry Recipes

Elderberry Recipes

In the days of our earth based ancestors, elderberry recipes were a common part of life, as elderberry was revered. There were not just elderberry recipes for making medicines and creating lavish foods but one could also craft flutes & whistles, containers, perfumes, and other wellness & beauty products as well as make arrows, blowguns, and other hunting implements from the shrub as well. Spotting their generous-laden berries from a distance makes gathering an easy-going pursuit. Having made a comeback in recent decades, elderberry is once again revered today.

The medicinal qualities are so potent that it doesn't take many berries at all to make something that will revitalize you. I'm talking about food here, too. The flavor of elderberries is so complex and formidable that the taste itself just can't be put into words. Elderberry has colossal vitamin C content and is high in anti-oxidants and vitamins and minerals. It is used as a medicine for colds, coughs, flu, viral infections, weight loss, arthritis, improving vision, lowering cholesterol, and boosting the immune system. Because of its' powerful track record as a food and medicine that is so versatile we offer you a plethora of elderberry recipes for your everyday use.

The elderberry recipes here are what will make the bounty of your foraging a real prize. A recipe is what brings surprise to all you've gathered. There is much to learn from bringing your abundance into further form such as food or medicine. Here is a little secret for you...Continue reading here!

Twin Eagles Wilderness Immersion Program

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
Wildlife Tracking
Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants
Permaculture & Regenerative Design
Nature Based Mentoring & Cultural Restoration
Naturalist Training
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!

Deep Nature Connection Weekend Series for adults
Now open for individual registration!

Imagine the rich fulfillment that comes with a more deeply intimate relationship with the natural world.

Imagine the strong support of companions, mentors, and elders on a shared journey of discovery.

Imagine a renewed sense of vitality through clarity of passion and purpose.

Deep Nature Connection Weekend Series

Twin Eagles Deep Nature Connection Weekend Series for adults is a one weekend per month program running from October through June that provides adults a rich opportunity to immerse themselves in the teachings of the Earth. Wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, wild edible & medicinal plants, naturalist training, bird language, nature based mentoring, and inner tracking become pathways to a transformational journey of deep connection with nature, community, & self.

This experience will give you the chance to slow down and embrace time-tested, ancient practices of connecting deeply with nature that we've been successfully facilitating for over fifteen years. You'll steep in a culture of nature based mentoring with peers that will feel more like family by the end of the experience. You'll be guided by experienced, gifted, open-hearted mentors to discover your authentic self.

In a fast paced world that is increasingly fostering disconnection, this opportunity is designed from the ground up to holistically develop resiliency, a sense of place, confidence, vision, peace, meaning, and connection. It is an opportunity to build relationships with what is truly important in life.

The cost for each weekend is $275, with a 10% discount if you register for three or more.

The Twin Eagles Deep Nature Connection Weekend Series include nine weekends from October through June. Topics covered include the full range of what we offer at Twin Eagles:

Wildlife Tracking Expedition

Moses Lake Sand Dunes, Washington · For adults and motivated teens
Friday November 13 @ 7pm - Sunday November 15 @ 3 pm

Wildlife Tracking We'll journey to Moses Lake Sand Dunes to learn the science and art of wildlife tracking. You'll discover how tracking is the original, multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory way in which humans observe patterns. We'll dive into clear print identification, behavior & gait interpretation, track aging, and more. You'll discover how "the book of nature has no beginning, as it has no end", and feel deeply alive in body and senses. Click here to learn more about our Wildlife Tracking Expedition!

Wilderness Survival Workshop

Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho · For adults
Friday December 11 @ 7pm - Sunday December 13 @ 3 pm

Wilderness Survival Making fire by friction by rubbing sticks together, building and sleeping in warm and dry primitive shelters, harvesting and purifying clean water, and training in the fundamentals of hunting and gathering. Learning these primary skills of providing for one's self directly from the Earth imparts a deep sense of freedom, connection, and empowerment that is almost impossible to put into words. Click here to register for our Wilderness Survival Workshop!

Wooden Bow Making Workshop

Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho · For adults and motivated older teens
Friday January 8 @ 6pm - Sunday January 10 @ 5 pm

Bow Making Workshop 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!

Snow Cave Expedition

Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho · For adults
Friday January 29 @ 7pm - Sunday January 31 @ 3 pm

Snow Cave Expedition We'll climb high into the mountains of Idaho to touch the essence of winter and feel an all pervasive quiet inside and out. Outdoor leadership skills and nature based teamwork will come together as we build and sleep in an incredible snow cave that will keep us warm and toasty in the cold winter night. We'll get a taste of winter survival and how nature provides lavishly even in the darkest time of year. Click here to register for our Snow Cave Expedition!

Sacred Space with Barry Moses

A weekend, nature based journey of inner transformation for adults

Friday February 26 @ 7 pm - Sunday February 28 @ 3 pm
Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho

Sacred Space 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. Many have found that there is something powerful beyond words about connecting with the spiritual healing practices of the place where we live.
  • 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
Click here to learn more about Sacred Space.

Intro to the Art of Mentoring

Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho
Friday March 18 @ 10am - Sunday March 20 @ 5 pm

Intro to the Art of Mentoring 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

Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants 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

Bird Language Workshop 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!

Twin Eagles Youth Programs 2015-2016!

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

Teen Wilderness Programs
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.

Autumn Session: The Way of the Scout
Winter Session: Snow Cave Expedition
Spring Session: The Incredible Edible Journey

Click here to learn more about Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous!

Twin Eagles Monthly Youth Programs

For kids ages 6 - 13 · Sandpoint, ID & Spokane, WA
One Sunday per month · October - May

Monthly Youth Programs We are pleased to be bringing traditional ecological knowledge to the Spokane and Sandpoint communities on a monthly basis! Kids 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 Programs!

Winter Break Camps

For kids ages 6 - 13 · Sandpoint, ID & Spokane, WA
Tue Dec 29, Wed Dec 30, & Thu Dec 31 · 9 am - 3 pm

Winter Break Camps 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!

Weekly Homeschool Youth Nature Program

Twin Eagles Community School

For kids ages 6 - 13 · Sandpoint, Idaho
One day per week, Thursdays 9 am - 3 pm
Autumn, Winter, & Spring Seasonal Blocks (~9 sessions each)

Homeschool Nature Program 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!

Teen Mentor-In-Training Program

For teens ages 15 - 18 · Sandpoint, ID & Spokane, WA

Counselor in Training 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!

Thanks for reading, and may you enjoy these beautiful days of autumn!

Tim Corcoran
co-Director & co-Founder
Twin Eagles Wilderness School

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