Kamana Four completes the Kamana naturalist training journey. Awareness exercises include field inventories and mapping, more advanced sensory awareness exercises, learning one’s place as a native through mapping and geographic and geological research, enhanced intuitive research, advanced body language reading in nature, and learning to see through the eyes of the animals as a native scout would.
Research work includes using field guides to generate master and focus lists of species in your bio-region, advanced taxonomical study, and completing journaling in the six Resource Trail tracks.
This is where students “cross the line” to a greater level of commitment. Awareness and research routines and techniques are greatly expanded.
Pre-requisite: Kamana Three
See Kamana Three section for information on what you hand in and how Field Inventories work. Kamana Four has “6 Field Packs” plus a final assignment.
Nature Awareness Trail
Field Exercise Eight: Dynamic Awareness
First you’ll review all your previous exercises to fully tonify your skills before beginning to experience total dynamic awareness. Learn to use all of your senses at once to develop your internal radar of the forest surrounding you. Practicing these routines regularly in your naturalist training can lead to you having a more “tuned in” consciousness on a regular basis. Imagine having a conversation with someone while at the same time being aware of what’s going on in the woods 100 feet away based on your awareness skills and knowledge of place!
Field Exercise Nine: On Become Your Place
You have spent A LOT of time learning about your secret spot, which is an area about 200 paces in diameter. NOW expand that awareness to the bio-region around you. Learn your bio-region’s natural history, the watersheds, geological features and more. After gathering all of your information you will turn you knowledge into a poetic story that you will use to tell others about where you are REALLY from. So many of us usually say, “I’m from a town an hour outside of Seattle down Interstate 90,” rather than, “On the rolling foothills a mile as the crow flies from the Snoqualmie River Valley by the river called Tolt, which was an area covered by glaciers..”
Field Exercise Ten: Empowering Tracks and Trails
It’s time to gather all your awareness tools together to empower your instincts. Wilderness Awareness School’s Multiple Awareness Naturalist Training is only something that those who have experienced it can actually comprehend. We can only barely touch these concepts in a workshop, but after two years (some sooner, some later) of training, your are surely ready for us to bring all you have been practicing into to focus for you. Empowering Tracks isn’t about bringing a set of animal tracks alive, it’s about using all of your skills to bring natural instincts alive to answer the greater questions you have when out in the natural world.
Field Exercise Eleven: The Language of Nature
Remember all the cool stories you heard WAY back in Kamana One in Seeing Through Native Eyes: Understanding THE LANGUAGE OF NATURE? You may have thought, “Well, those kinds of things can only happen to Jon Young or Tom Brown.” By now you have realized how simple it is to have your own amazing experiences. Especially when you followed the blue print we have created for you. We all may not become the gifted virtuosos Jon and Tom are, but we all can personally discover that what we once thought as “supernatural” is actually “super” and “natural”. It’s time to begin to celebrate your own stories as a naturalist and possibly a current or future tracker.
Field Exercise Twelve: Medicine Bundles
Read about how heroes and trackers world wide traditionally acquired their “medicine”. Acquiring “medicine bundles” is essential to a naturalist or tracker. They are the “personal” and/or “spiritual aspects” of any organism or natural phenomenon that captures the essence of that part of nature. This essence is in everything, whether natural or man-made. Now that you are at the end of the Nature Awareness Trail, it’s time for you to learn to acquire your own Medicine Bundles.
24 more inventories to complete them (Read Kamana Two description for information on Field Inventories).
There are MANY more journals for you to make in Kamana Four, but the difference is that YOU CHOOSE what to journal. And you will be able to do this confidently because FIRST you will make Master Lists of all the species in your area from the Six Tracks based on the Family Lists you made in Kamana Three.
After making these lists, you will use our special technique to narrow down your lists to the remaining 30 plants, trees, birds and mammals you will journal. See Samples section for examples of this work.
Now you will fully understand Wilderness Awareness School’s uniquely branded method of learning about one’s place in and efficient and effective manner. It involves a combination of the mind’s eye approach to journaling and our methods of efficiently using resources and field guides.
You now possess the tools to learn the ecology of anywhere you travel or move to in the future. Besides handing in about 120 journals, you’ll also hand in your Master and Focus lists as well as some other background research.
THE FINAL ASSIGNMENT
Wrapping the Bundle: The End of a Beginning
One can only imagine the power of tying both the Resource and Nature Awareness Trails together after two to four years of Kamana naturalist training. That’s what this final assignment is about. Then you will realize that it is only the beginning! This assignment is sent to you after you complete Field Pack 4.6.
How long will this nature course take me?
Kamana Four will take you a minimum of eight months for the six Field Packs, but ideally not more than 16 months.
Kamana Four: $195
Includes a 2″ binder with Nature Awareness Trail, Resource Trail books as well as a pad of journal pages. (Note: Kamana Four Required resources purchased separately. See book list.) Check out Kamana.org for essential student services, connecting with other students and more!
All Kamana levels have a 30 day money back guarantee (from day of purchase) if they are unused and still in resalable condition.