Have you have ever wanted to know what it might be like to relate to the Earth without the conveniences of our modern world?
If so, this may be just the wilderness survival course for you!
During the 7-day Walkabout, you will be able to explore this realm with safe and highly experienced instructors who are skilled at creating challenges that are just within your grasp! The week-long walkabout about serves as a stepping-stone for those wanting to expand their connection with nature and build their wilderness living skills.
This wilderness survival skills course is designed to allow you to experience nature directly, and feel the freedom of walking across a landscape and learning to trust the earth to provide for all of your needs.
We’ll learn and apply wilderness survival skills as the opportunity and need arise…finding shelter and wild edible plants, learning navigation techniques and fire-making; this wilderness survival course gives you the opportunity to experience nature in an ancient and meaningful way.
Course Registration Details
June 23 - 29, 2013
@ 3pm Sunday-3pm Saturday
Where? Eastern Washington
Who? Ages 18+ How much? $985
Duvall and Airport shuttle available. NOTE: Please read the "More information" section below thoroughly before you register for this course!
A few things that you need to know if you are interested in this wilderness survival skills course….
This course is very challenging, both physically and mentally. As a participant, you must be prepared to push yourself beyond perceived physical, emotional, and mental boundaries while amongst the elements of nature. Through your own internal process you will have the opportunity to learn how to better flow with natural processes as you learn to rely upon nature’s bounty for food, water, and shelter.
We will cover various ancient wilderness survival skills such as making fire by friction, constructing primitive shelters, locating food and water by identifying of indicator species, and much more! Perhaps most importantly, you will learn to relax more while increasing your level of comfort, and we hope that you will carry this forward into a feeling of connection with your environment in the future. This shift is possible whatever your experience level, and comes as a result of seeing beyond your personal challenges to the abundance of nature as you learn to travel through various environments with a minimum of gear.
We will carry some gear, most of which consists of the clothing that we will be wearing. You will receive a required gear list upon registering for this course, and there will be an opportunity to modify what we actually carry with us prior to heading into the field and depending on the weather and other factors.
Due to the intense physical requirements of this expedition and the remote location, we require that all participants undergo a complete physical examination and submit a signed Physicians Medical Examination Form (included with your registration confirmation packet) to Wilderness Awareness School no later than 30 days prior to the start of this expedition. Fulfillment of this requirement will require you to make an appointment with your physician. We have instituted this requirement for your health and safety and for the quality experience of the group, and we appreciate your understanding.
We will spend a large portion of our time hiking over varied terrain, being aware of our surroundings and staying on the lookout for potential food, water and shelter resources. We will spend some time in camps along the way where skills will be taught and practiced. However, the emphasis of this course is on moving through our natural landscape. We will cover large distances over uneven ground, and will go without food and with limited water for extended periods of time.
If you have any concerns or questions about whether this wilderness survival course is a good one for you, or if you have any special needs that you would like to discuss prior to registering for this course, please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to talk with you. 425-788-1301.
Meet Your Instructors
Lindsay Huettman loves being a part of the Wilderness Awareness School team as an Anake Outdoor School Instructor. Her primary passion is connecting humans to wilderness through the use of primitive skills as a vehicle to inner awareness and enlightenment. This inspired her to complete a degree at WWU in Ethnobotany Stewardship Education. Lindsay love native plants of the Pacific Northwest. She can show you how to eat Hemlock cambium while discussing its nutritional benefits; as well as teach you how to make baskets out of Cedar roots and dye them with lichens! Other passions include leading wilderness survival, whitewater expeditions; writing and playing music, wilderness medicine, rites of passage and initiation work. She has a background in organic farming, landscaping, horse packing & training. Lindsay is pursuing a MA in psychology in the spring of 2013 to combine her experience as a wilderness guide with transformational practices to support self realization and growth.
Richie was born and raised in Yelm, WA. Spending his summers camping in Weyerhauser with his dad he developed a deep love for the forest. Working with youth at Camp Cispus during high school and college he realized his passion for working with kids. He has dedicated his life to reconnecting with nature, community and self. He is also deeply committed to helping both kids and adults to find their passions by sharing his with them.
Since coming to the school in 2007 he has completed the Residential Program, the Apprenticeship Program, the Tracking Intensive, and a number of other programs. He has instructed at the summer camps for 6 years, and is excited to be starting his 2nd year as year round staff.
Things that keep Richie active are going out trailing animals, learning more about bird language, making his own sour dough, deer bone broth, kombucha, yogurt, and other kitchen projects, making moccasins, spending time with friends, family, and his new beautiful wife Natalie.