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Twin Eagles Wilderness School
eNewsletter - April 2019

Greetings from Twin Eagles Wilderness School! The joy of spring is strong on the landscape, as all of life is growing and changing almost faster than we can keep up with. Songbird nests like robins, song sparrows, and chickadees are full of eggs, frogs and salamanders are laying eggs, wildflowers like trillium, spring beauty, violet, miner's lettuce, and skunk cabbage color the ground, and trees like larch, aspen, and cottonwood are starting to leaf out. Gourmet morel mushrooms are just starting to pop up, amidst bracken fern fiddleheads beginning to unfurl. What a miracle spring is!

The past month has been a full one here at Twin Eagles, with lots of adults and youth out connecting with the landscape. We completed our Spring Alive! Spring Break Camp, our annual Father Son Wilderness Program, as well as an epic teen weekend focused on harvesting and eating wild edible plants. We're busy preparing for this year's Girl's & Boy's Rites of Passage, as well as our 10 day adult Wilderness Skills Instructor Training Program. Summer Camp registrations are coming in very fast now. Some camps are now completely full with waiting lists, and we're already over half full! We're deeply grateful to do this work, and for the support you all give us as we work together to reconnect with the heart of the natural world.

Here is what we have in store for you in this months eNewsletter:
  • Summer Camps
  • Summer Internship Program
  • Girl's Rite of Passage 2019
  • Boy's Rite of Passage 2019
  • Wilderness Skills Instructor Training Program
  • Volunteer or Work at our Summer Camps!

Summer Camps 2019 Update

Outdoor Adventure Camp

On the whole, Twin Eagles Summer Camps 2019 are now approximately half full. Some camps are now completely full (with full waiting lists!), some have just a few spots left, and most camps are about half full. It is likely that several camps will fill up in the coming weeks, so we strongly encourage you to register now while there is still space!

Our nature based summer camps let kids be kids again, giving them the chance to be wild and free. In today's world, kids suffer from lives that have become over-structured, over-sterilized, and over-intellectualized. Children are engulfed in an increasingly disconnected, technological world that leads to the degeneration of health on all levels – physical, mental, emotion, and spiritual. Can you remember what it used to feel like to be a kid during the summer? I do. It was my ticket to freedom. Timeless moments of connecting with the wild places. Friendships deepening until we felt more like siblings. Running through our imagination and nature at the same time. Quiet moments alone just sitting by a creek, letting all the worries of life just drift away. Current research has now proven that these types of experiences lead to increased physical, mental & social health, a sense of peace, care for the Earth, increased concentration, greater creativity and resiliency. As a father and camp director, this is what I stand for, for my own children and for our community's children. Our summer camps maximize all of this, and indeed are good medicine for the challenges today's kids face in our post-modern world, bringing them back to their truest nature.

"I am so grateful and so touched by how all the amazing people at Twin Eagles lovingly walked our son through what has turned out to be, perhaps, the most significant and positive learning experience he has ever gone through away from home. I can't say enough about how lucky we were to find them and have him take part in the last week of their summer program, except to say to them and the universe: Thank you, thank you, thank you."

                  - Alison Barrows-Young

This coming summer we are offering twelve full weeks of summer camp in Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene, Spokane, and Priest River. They include:
This summer we are continuing our inspirational theme based day camps here at Twin Eagles! 2019 Day Camp themes include:
  • 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.

Summer Internship Program

Environmental Education Internships

We're very excited to announce our brand new internship program as a pathway to experience our transformational deep nature connection mentoring culture here at Twin Eagles Wilderness School! Summer Internships at Twin Eagles Wilderness School are an opportunity for an immersive experience in deep nature connection within a culture of conscious mentoring. Interns will experience a plethora of tools for connecting with the land, self, and others. Benefits include professional training as a deep nature connection mentor, transformational personal growth & self discovery, learning new wilderness skills, experiencing authentic nature based community, having tons of fun, and much more! Our summer internships last anywhere from two weeks to two months between mid-June and mid-August.

Click here to learn more about the Twin Eagles Internship Program!.

Girls Rite of Passage

For 13 - 16 year old girls
Thursday May 9 - Sunday May 12
Cedar Springs, Sandpoint, Idaho

Girls Rite of Passage The journey from childhood to adolescence is a dramatic time of development. Just like the fledgling bird that leaves the nest, the Girls Rite of Passage is an opportunity for girls to expand their wings and begin to take flight. It's a crossing. A place where two roads meet. Those two roads are where your daughter was once a child and is now emerging into adolescence.

The Girl's Rite of Passage is a coming of age ritual that has been taking place since humans have been on the planet. These types of traditions are common throughout the world and across cultures. It's a unique blueprint that stands apart from every day ordinary life and at the same time, brings new depth, understanding and meaning to it.

Learn more about Twin Eagles Girls Rite of Passage here, and please help spread the word!

Boy's Rite of Passage

For 13 - 16 year old boys

How many men can look back to the moment they stopped being a boy? How many men can say that they were initiated into the mature masculine by caring, emotionally mature male mentors? How many men developed deep self confidence in their early teens to carry them through the tumultuous time of adolescence?

For the first time in the past eight years, we're offering the Twin Eagles Boy's Rite of Passage to our broader community. The Twin Eagles Boy's Rite of Passage is:
  • A conscious, authentic, formal initiation to mark the leaving behind of boyhood and the entrance into adolescence for boys ages 13-16
  • Rooted in real relationships, nature, ceremony, and nurturing the psyche.
  • A deep acknowledgement of who the boy is becoming.
  • A process to meet the growing developmental needs of his body, mind, heart, and soul.
  • Big support for him to develop emotional maturity.
  • Deepening long term relationships
Please reach out to Tim Corcoran directly if you're interested in the Twin Eagles Boy's Rite of Passage.

Twin Eagles Wilderness Skills Instructor Training Program

10 Days: Tuesday May 28 - Thursday June 6, 2019
Adults 18+. Motivated older teens considered on a case by case basis.
Camp Stidwell, Sandpoint, Idaho

Wilderness Skills Instructor Training Program

Do you yearn to feel at one with nature?

Do you wish to guide the younger generation?

Are you seeking a community of like minds & hearts?

Do you want to truly discover yourself?

Twin Eagles Wilderness Skills Instructor Training Program is a ten day intensive that provides adults a rich opportunity to immerse themselves in the teachings of the Earth and develop themselves as nature connection mentors. Wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, wild edible & medicinal plants, naturalist training, bird language, nature based mentoring, outdoor leadership, and inner tracking become pathways to a transformational journey of deep connection with nature, community, mentoring, & self.

This experience will give you the chance to slow down and embrace time-tested, ancient practices of connecting deeply with nature and earth based approaches to education that we've been successfully facilitating for nearly twenty 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, leadership, mentoring, and connection. It is an opportunity to build relationships with what is truly important in life.

The Twin Eagles Wilderness Skills Instructor Training Program is for adults with a passion for nature, community, mentoring, and self-discovery who are ready to transform from yearning for deep connection to nature and mentoring, to living a life of deep connection with nature and mentoring.

Learn more about the ten day Twin Eagles Wilderness Skills Instructor Training Program here, and please spread the word about this amazing opportunity!

Volunteer or Work at our Summer Camps!

Volunteer We are currently looking for Volunteer Assistant Instructors who are open to a transformational experience being professionally trained as a Deep Nature Connection Mentor. Volunteers will learn new wilderness skills, network with other nature based mentors, and develop a powerful sense of place, all while supporting a worthy cause. As you steep in our authentic nature based community, you'll develop passion, purpose, gratitude, confidence, and leadership. You'll have tons of fun experiencing a truly inspirational vision of hope as you are mentored to develop your fullest potential in service to the Earth and future generations!. Click here for more info on volunteering at Twin Eagles!

We are also looking to hire for the roles of:
  • Lead Instructor

  • Program Director

  • Assistant Cook

  • Lead Cook
We're offering paid positions based on experience, with accommodations & meals provided for overnight camps. Have a blast working in a powerful deep nature connection mentoring culture, and deepening your mentoring expertise while supporting a common Vision of restoring hope in today's youth. We're known for crafting a culture of authentic depth mentoring. Click here for more info on working at Twin Eagles this summer!

In Wildness,

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

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