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Wild Sounds of the Northwoods
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We are home to the Wilderness Guide, Guardian Training, and Wild Moon Immersion Programs, the only wilderness living experiences of their kind. They were created because the modern way of life has isolated us from the Earth, each other, and our intrinsic selves. This has left many of us with a profound emptiness--confused and frustrated by our deep unmet yearnings for self-knowing and relevant relationship. Our mission is to facilitate the connection to self, and to the Earth. Learning bush crafts and hunting-foraging skills is an important part of the process, yet it is not enough... (Read more)

Guardian At-Home Training 2016
February 1st – April 16th, 2016
The emphasis of this training is to improve awareness, balance, and sensory awareness. In addition, we'll learn how to break free from long-established patterns that limit our abilities and color our perceptions of self, others, and the greater community. Through a series of daily exercises that fit seamlessly into our regular routines, we’ll be challenged to embrace our fears and learn to sidestep our egos. We will then be able to function from our deeper mind and reconnect with what it is to be fully human. Requirements: Daily internet access Read More

Northwoods Wolf Tracking Intensive 2016
February 13th – 20th, 2016
Teaching Drum Outdoor School is teaming up with the Brother Wolf Foundation to offer the Northwoods Wolf Tracking Intensive! Join us as we spend a full week in the heart of wolf territory located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Participants will learn how to track a wolf pack, read rendezvous and kill sites, and learn the personality of a wolf by the tracks and signs left behind. For more information visit the Brother Wolf Foundation website or contact Odemakwa@teachingdrum.org.

Winter Wilderness Skills in Wolf Country
February 20 - 28th 2016
Join Abel Bean on an 8-day winter camping adventure in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, deep in the heart of wolf country. Whether you are a seasoned summer camper, or you've never experienced outdoor living before, all are invited to participate in this winter skills immersion where you will learn the necessary skills to live outside safely and comfortably during the white season. Winter is no reason to stay indoors. Application deadline is February 6th 2016.

Family Wilderness Guide Program 2016
May 1st, 2016 - March 31st, 2017
The theme of the 2016-17 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.Click here for a full description of the program, or go to the Family Yearlong Blog to see what was going on at our last Family Wilderness Guide Program in 2012-2013.

Guardian Training 2016
May 1st, 2016 - March 31st, 2017
Intertwined with the Family Wilderness Guide Program there will be a a traditional Guardian camp a short distance from the main hearth. From there, Trainees will engage in an intense training program of exercises, scouting, and performing missions in the service of the family clan. Read More. To read about past Guardian Trainings check out the Guardian Chronicles.

3-Day Braintanning Intensive
May 21st - 23rd, 2016 Professional hide-tanner Adjul Gardner welcomes a small group into the unpredictable realm of hide-tanning. Each participant will leave with a deer hide they soften themselves, and along the way learn the ins and outs of traditional hidetanning. We will use a combination of modern and primitive techniques, which participants can to tan hides using with what's available in their everyday life. See the course description.

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Guardian-Warrior Training Guardian-Warrior Training

Training to serve the circle of life requires developing all of our facets, finding what challenges us, and questioning our limits. The training itself is multi-faceted; it includes a wilderness immersion component as well as an on-line course, which integrates guardian awareness into everyday life.

Wild Moon Immersion Wild Moon Immersion

Be an honored guest at an old way encampment, similar to the scouting camps of our ancestors. Learn by observation and imitation, living with graduates of the Wilderness Guide Program, with excursions, craftwork, and hunting-foraging constantly going on.

Wilderness Guide Program Wilderness Guide Program

Experiential learning is the cornerstone of this 11-month wilderness immersion experience. 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.

Nadmadewining Community Nadmadewining Community

Our multi-faceted administrative campus and intentional healing community is called Nadmadewining, Ojibwe for Support Camp. School staff integrate the skills, customs, and awarenesses of native lifeway in our hybrid life that incorporates modern communication technology. Home to our budding children's culture.