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Twin Eagles Wilderness School
Happy Autumn from Twin Eagles Wilderness School! Or should we say Happy Winter? We've had unseasonably cold weather here in the Inland Northwest, including early snow at the beginning of this month. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we are feeling especially grateful for the many gifts of nature and life. We're blessed to live in such an abundant community. Nature continues to provide for all our needs, over and over, continually following its original instructions. And what a gift to live amongst such a rich community of humans, as we collectively work towards this vision of a regenerative future. Indeed, there is much to be thankful for.
eNewsletter - November 2017
The past month has been full of special moments here at Twin Eagles that we're grateful for, from tracking coyotes, elk, and marmots, to the joy of preparing wild foods via primitive cooking, to quiet moments of deep connection to the Earth, to bringing our collective voices together in song. Our relationships with nature, community, family and self continue to thrive!
Remember what is good in life. We encourage you to adopt the practice of thanksgiving not just once a year, but as a daily routine, as a way of life.
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." -Melodie Beattie
Here is what we have in store for you in this months eNewsletter:
- Fall Harvest 2017 Report
- Herbal Holiday Gifts Workshop
- School Year Youth Programs 2017-2018
- Wooden Bow Making Workshop
Fall Harvest 2017 Report
Just a few weeks ago we hosted our 13th annual Fall Harvest community celebration! We had a great turn out from community members in Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint and beyond, as we celebrated the harvest time together with primitive cooking and wild foods. Kids young and old feasted on pumpkin soup cooked in the pumpkin itself with hot rocks, clay baked cutthroat trout, bread-on-a-stick cooked over the fire & dipped in wild berry slurry, dandelion coffee harvested right from the land, and flat rock seared venison steaks - what a feast! It all happened right here on the land using primitive cooking methods that our earth based ancestors have used for tens of thousands of years.
We sang songs of gratitude, played wild games, had timeless wanders on the land, discovered tracking mysteries, discovered personal insight through the peace of wild places, and wrapped the bundle of the day with a rich storytelling session for all that renewed our collective sense of peace rooted to the land. It never ceases to amaze me how simple and powerful these old practices are, and what good medicine they offer to us in this modern day and age.
Twin Eagles Programs 2017-2018
Herbal Holiday Gifts Workshop
Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho · For adults and youth ages 8 & up
Saturday December 9, 2017 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Holiday gift giving can be filled with a maze of temptations, often times leading us to spend too much and not feel connected with the gift you are giving. Even after purchasing that expensive gift, you still may wonder if they will actually like it or use it. Our Herbal Holiday Gifts Workshop is an opportunity to make rich and diverse herbal gifts for the holidays, or other occasions, feel connected with the gift giving process, and nourish another person by crafting something special for them from the Earth.
Just imagine making herbal holiday gifts like:
Click here to learn more about our Herbal Holiday Gifts Workshop!
- Herbal Bath Salts
- Aromatherapy Spritzers
- Body Scrubs
- Medicinal Teas
- Medicinal Syrups
- Botanical Perfumes
- Herbal Candless
- Herbal Vinegars
Winter Break Camp
For kids ages 6 - 13 · Spokane, WA
Tue Jan 2, Wed Jan 3, & Thu Jan 4 · 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
2018 Winter & Spring Sessions Available
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 Session: Snow Cave Expedition
Spring Session: TBA
Click here to learn more about Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous!
Wooden Bow Making Workshop
Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho · For adults and motivated older teens
Friday February 16 - Sunday February 18, 2018
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!
Spring Alive! Spring Break Camps
For kids ages 6 - 13 · Spokane, WA
Tue Apr 3, Wed Apr 4, & Thu Apr 5 · 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
Father-Son Wilderness Program
For fathers and their 7 - 12 year old sons
Friday May 4 - Monday May 7, 2018
Medicine Circle Eco-Retreat - Priest River, Idaho
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.
From the heart,
co-Director & co-Founder
Twin Eagles Wilderness School
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