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Greetings from Twin Eagles Wilderness School! It's a great day to be alive. Today has been absolutely gorgeous. The sun came out this morning and shined down on the 6" of fresh snow that just came down last night. The beauty of the landscape is simply stunning. This has been a great month for us at Twin Eagles. We've been busy playing outside in the snow, studying winter ecology, working on our fire making skills to stay warm, singing, dancing, storytelling, making knives, and gathering as community to keep spirits bright. There is so much to be thankful for!
eNewsletter - February 2017
Spring will be here soon, and we've got lots of opportunities for you to connect with nature, family, community, and self in the coming months. Take a look at our program offerings below, including our very popular summer camps, and we hope to see you out there with us soon!
Here is what we have in store for you in this months eNewsletter:
- Summer Camps 2017!
- Adult Spring Programs
- Youth Spring Programs
- Family Spring Programs
Announcing Summer Camps 2017!
Twin Eagles Summer Camps 2017 include an amazing 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, Priest River, and for the first time, Coeur d'Alene. 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! 2017 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...
For full information on our summer camps, check out our Twin Eagles Summer Camp web page here.
Twin Eagles Youth, Adult, & Family Spring Programs
Wooden Bow Making Workshop
Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho · For adults and motivated older teens
Friday March 3 - Sunday March 5, 2017
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!
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
Spring Session: The Walkabout - April 14-16, 2017
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!
Spring Alive! Spring Break Camps
For kids ages 6 - 13 · Spokane, WA
Tue Apr 4, Wed Apr 5, & Thu Apr 6 · 9 am - 3 pm
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, 9 am - 3 pm
Autumn, Winter, & Spring Seasonal Blocks
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 twelfth 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!
Mother-Daughter Wilderness Program
For mothers and their 7 - 12 year old daughters
Friday March 31 - Sunday April 2, 2017
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.
Father-Son Wilderness Program
For fathers and their 7 - 12 year old sons
Friday April 28 - Monday May 1, 2017
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 Spring, 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.
Blessings to you and your family this winter season,
co-Director & co-Founder
Twin Eagles Wilderness School
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