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Re: Family Wilderness Guide Program
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2012, 07:10:44 AM »
Dear Friends and Family,
We are contacting you as we are forming our "clan" of participants in Teaching
Drum Outdoor School's Family Yearlong program. Forty adults and children will be
gathering in Northern Wisconsin on May 1st to start an 11 month journey to learn
how to live in the wilderness as a multi-generational clan. Many of our families
and some singles are coming from overseas and the rest are from here in the
states. We will be living in a community supporting and learning from each
other what it truly means to be a human living in the circle of all our
relations. We will also gain practical skills in fire making, shelter building
and food gathering without modern equipment.

In an effort to support some of our clan members who need financial help a
webpage www.familyyearlong.com was created to express some of our comments,
vision and offer an opportunity to help even if it is in a small way. On this
website, we have a Paypal button and phone number for raising funds for those
families who may not have enough for the tuition. If it is possible for you to
give anything at this time, or if you could pass this email along to anyone else
you know who might be interested in giving, it would be greatly appreciated. Our
intention is to raise $11,000 to make it possible for all of those who feel
called to join our circle . Whatever you have to give will be appreciated as
this will assist our entire clan to come together this May.

If you love flowers one way to help us is to purchase your flowers through
Flower Power Fundraising. (delivered only to the continental United States)
All donations are tax deductible; to request a donation receipt follow the link
on the website.

In Gratitude,

The Clan of the Family Yearlong 2012

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Family Wilderness Guide Program
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2012, 07:09:09 AM »
Note: The 2012-13 course will be the Family Wilderness Guide Program. See description at bottom of page.

Experiential learning is the cornerstone of this 11-month wilderness immersion experience. Participants live day-to-day in a native-modeled encampment, learning and practicing the essential qualitative skills of communication and cooperation, along with all the skills needed to build, maintain, and live in a North Woods native camp. This includes first aid, weather forecasting, nutrition, personal hygiene, food procurement, and many other skills. You learn how to drink wild water, how to make your own shelters and skin clothing, and which plants to use for wounds and intestinal cramps. At times, you gather most of your food by foraging, trapping, snaring, and fishing. You'll be walking silently and seeing more than you ever knew existed. You learn first-hand the spiritual life of the native. You'll know, from their direct teaching, the ways of wolf and raven, of the elder trees and healing herbs. (And you'll be gaining evolved skills and deeper awarenesses that are not possible to describe here in this limited space.)

For nearly a year, hours and minutes, weeks and months, cease to exist, as do accustomed standards of measurement. Time is told by the moon and how long it takes to paddle across the lake, and length is determined by finger, hand, and arm. You greatly advance toward being earth-sufficient rather than self-sufficient, toward living rather than just surviving, toward dwelling in attuned immersion rather than merely observing and dreaming.

In this one-of-a-kind program, just as with a native group, the agenda is set by the needs of the camp and individuals involved rather than by a teacher. The teachers (known as guides) work one-on-one with participants to gear the experience specifically to individual needs and interests.

The location is Nishnajida, the school's 80 acre preserve adjacent to the Headwaters Wilderness in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and located 6 miles from Nadmadewining, our administrative center and support community. Participants hike or paddle to Nadmadewining every new moon for a day of research (there are no books at camp) and communicating with family and friends.

What draws someone to take part in such an experience? Imagine you are a Wolf and have lived in a cage all your life. You have yearned to learn the natural ways of your ancestors, of your wild and free kin. One day the cage door is opened and there to meet you is a guide who stays with you for the next turn of the seasons. He helps you get in touch with your deepest self and heal through the pain and numbness of your caged life. You learn how to walk honorably and respectfully on the Earth--how to re-attune your senses, forage, and find shelter. You regain your intuitive knowledge of how to find your way, forecast the weather, and readily adapt to a wide variety of climates. Awakening to your true self, you soon gain the confidence to share your gifts and talents with your campmates.

When it is time for your path and your guide's to separate, you are ready to rejoin your pack and walk in balance with your plant and animal relations. You no longer dwell in your ego, but in your heart-of-hearts: that place of inner balance where senses, intuition, intellect, and feelings meet. Carrying the flame of the Old Way within you, you feel empowered to go and ignite the fire in others.

No prior outdoor experience is required. In fact, previous training could get in the way, as you would likely have to unlearn much of it in order to learn native ways as they are actually lived. The only admission requirement is to come honorably, with hunger (what we call an empty bowl) and an open heart.


If you are serious about doing the WGP we ask that you come during the current program and visit for a week to get a real feel for what you will be doing at Nishnajida. We require prospective Seekers to do this so your decisions are based on experience; we encourage folks to come early in the decision making process. We don't allow visitors during the months of May and March, the first and last months of the program.

    Begins May 1st, 2012. Ends March 31st, 2013.

    Tuition: $7,200. Allow up to $1500 for incidental expenses such as craft supplies and canoe rental.

For more on the Wilderness Guide Program, we invite you to browse our photo gallery and general information on the Teaching Drum and read the testimonials of our graduates. Read the ongoing Wilderness Guide Program updates at the Wilderness Guide Chronicles

The 2012-13 Wilderness Guide Program - It's a Family Affair

What does it take to raise a child well? Someone from our society might say "a good school." A person from a traditional agrarian culture could reply "It takes a village." An Aboriginal person might respond "They need a children’s culture," which means living full-time with other children and having the freedom to explore and create their life. And what is needed for sound parenting? "A good partner," or even "a responsible, well-established individual," would likely be the modern person's reply. The agrarian could say "the help of grandparents," and the aboriginal person would probably state "It takes a clan."

For nearly all of our existence as a species, children have been raised in a clan environment. They were in constant contact with other children of varying ages. A number of adults parented together to provide a variety of role models, along with elders to offer guidance rooted in generations of experience.

The theme of the 2012-13 Wilderness Guide Program is family. Parents with children, along with childless couples and single people who want to learn the clan living and parenting skills of hunter-gatherers are invited to attend. You will live as a clan, experiencing firsthand how untold generations of children were raised—and still are being raised in a few isolated areas.

You will learn how to empower children to find their own answers, and how to work with other adults in providing a culturally rich environment for children. You and your children will learn cooperative and awareness-raising games, conflict resolution skills, how to spontaneously express thoughts and feelings, and how to work through dysfunctional behavioral patterns. You will be able to work on healing your own inner child, who may be undermining your adult life because of patterns resulting from an unfulfilled or abusive childhood.

MORE INFO:  http://teachingdrum.org/wildernessguideprogram.html

Additionally, children and adults will develop fire making, shelter building, foraging, and trapping skills, along with many others related to wilderness clan living. We'll be having a good time as well, with plenty of opportunity to swim, canoe, explore, listen to campfire stories, and more. And above all, the experience will be woven together by the solid guidance and broad perspective that comes from many hearts beating together in rhythm with Earth and Sky and all the plant and animal relations. This is the clan way--the way of our ancestors.

In order to lay the cultural background for this course, we will be incorporating extensive written materials on how to apply traditional childrearing wisdom to contemporary living situations. We will invite several of the local Ojibwe people to come and share their stories of parenting and growing up Native.

Will this experience assure that your children will be self-contained individuals who know their direction in life, who are capable of making sound decisions and serving their people, and who, above all, are happy? Will you find yourself and become a supportive and understanding parent through this experience? A year could start making a difference, and still it can only be a first step. We have a saying here: "The year-long is the beginning of the life-long." After the year is over, the experience will continue with an internet support group and forum that all participants and guides will be part of. We will help you organize discussion groups for like-minded parents in your area, then we will assist you in incorporating clan-based parenting techniques into your lifestyles.

If you have an interest and want to be kept posted on developments, please send an email with your name and phone number to familyyearlong@teachingdrum.org. We will contact you when the course is open to applications. Everyone participating will receive preliminary materials and suggested readings, and will be invited to join a forum so we can begin coming together as clan several moons before the experience begins.

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