School Of The Forest Podcast Episode Twenty-Three; “A Word Saturated In Values”. Talking About The Elusive Concept Of Friluftsliv, With Author, Outdoor Educator And Guide Bob Henderson (Pt.1 of 3)

Welcome to the school of the forest podcast. This week we’re joined by a really exciting guest, Bob Henderson. I was a little starstruck during this conversation, as Bob’s work was crucial in creating the Friluftsliv year long program, and remains a huge influence on my guiding style, philosophy about experiential education and approach toContinue reading “School Of The Forest Podcast Episode Twenty-Three; “A Word Saturated In Values”. Talking About The Elusive Concept Of Friluftsliv, With Author, Outdoor Educator And Guide Bob Henderson (Pt.1 of 3)”

School Of The Forest Podcast Episode Twenty-Two Is Live; A Conversation With Willa Moore On Community, Representation And Respect In The Outdoor Industry (Pt. 2)

Welcome back. This is the second half of my chat with Willa Moore. In the first half, we discussed how she got involved in a life lived outdoors and developed a passion for basket making and hide tanning.In this second episode, we have a really compelling conversation about some of the negative sides of theContinue reading “School Of The Forest Podcast Episode Twenty-Two Is Live; A Conversation With Willa Moore On Community, Representation And Respect In The Outdoor Industry (Pt. 2)”

Ravens And Noticing Patterns In Your Environment

This little lady has been visiting our compost pile all winter, and as with all my interactions with corvids has impressed me with how clever she’s been. My routine most mornings is to get home from milking at the dairy farm I’m working at for the winter, come inside make a fresh pot of coffeeContinue reading “Ravens And Noticing Patterns In Your Environment”

Ice Storms And Woodstoves

We had a big ice/rain storm yesterday and As the sun came out and lit everything up it looked as if everything was covered in a crystal casing. Great day for hot tea and a sauna. I don’t think there’s ever a day that shouldn’t be spent partially out of doors, but sometimes the valueContinue reading “Ice Storms And Woodstoves”

School Of The Forest Podcast Episode Twenty One Is Live; Conversation On Hide Tanning and Reverence For The Natural World With Willa Moore With Willa Moore (Pt 1.)

We’re joined this time by basket weaver hide tanner and all around badass craftsperson, Willa Moore. Willa and I jump right into the first half of this conversation talking about her shift from growing up in New York city, to now living in Maine and teaching things like basketry and hide tanning, and how thoseContinue reading “School Of The Forest Podcast Episode Twenty One Is Live; Conversation On Hide Tanning and Reverence For The Natural World With Willa Moore With Willa Moore (Pt 1.)”

School Of The Forest Podcast Episode 20; “Parts That Would Otherwise Go To Waste” Off-grid Living, Taxidermy, And Wolfdogs With Naked And Afraid Star Sarah Bartell

We’re joined today by taxidermist, artist, and off-grid homesteader Sarah Bartell. We chat about how we first crossed paths back in 2015 as part of the “vulture culture” movement online, their work with wolf/dog hybrids, time in Africa on Discovery’s “Naked and Afraid”, and their work as a taxidermy artist. We had a lot ofContinue reading “School Of The Forest Podcast Episode 20; “Parts That Would Otherwise Go To Waste” Off-grid Living, Taxidermy, And Wolfdogs With Naked And Afraid Star Sarah Bartell”

Revamped School Of The Forest Website Is Up And Running!

Our revamped website is live! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, and how easy it’s going to make it for people to stay up to date with what we’re doing. You can access all of our latest writing, podcasts and videos as well as quickly find information about our course offerings right onContinue reading “Revamped School Of The Forest Website Is Up And Running!”

Combining Separate Outdoor Living Skills Shows Students How Much They Actually Know

We live in a world that likes to chop things up into bite-size pieces and analyze each part in order to understand the bigger picture at play. This method of engaging with learning material works well for some but has one downfall that I find pretty severe. It’s easy to get bogged down in individualContinue reading “Combining Separate Outdoor Living Skills Shows Students How Much They Actually Know”

School Of The Forest Podcast Episode Nineteen Is Live; “An Apprentice To Language”: Chatting With Writer, Wilderness Fasting Guide And Craftsman Tom Hirons (Part Two)

In the second half of my conversation with Tom we get into the nitty-gritty of the natural world influencing art, the value of going out and being alone in the wilderness, and how that experience should be framed for greater results. This portion of the conversation references the first half fairly often, so if youContinue reading “School Of The Forest Podcast Episode Nineteen Is Live; “An Apprentice To Language”: Chatting With Writer, Wilderness Fasting Guide And Craftsman Tom Hirons (Part Two)”

Differentiating Our Long Term Residential And One Weekend A Month Bushcraft/ Wilderness Guide Immersion Programs

We’re getting closer to the middle of our second Friluftsliv Forest Program in southern Vermont. It’s been a great experience, and we’re already getting signups for next year’s session. This got me thinking about the differences between a long-term residential program like our nine-week guide training and bushcraft semesters at Jack Mountain and the once-a-monthContinue reading “Differentiating Our Long Term Residential And One Weekend A Month Bushcraft/ Wilderness Guide Immersion Programs”