School Of The Forest Podcast Episode Twenty-Six; “Giving Death Well”: Talking about Spiritual, Thoughtful And Ethical Hunting Practices With Murphy Robinson Of Mountain Song Expeditions (Pt 1 Of 2)

Welcome, In this episode, I’m joined by Murphy Robinson, who runs Mountainsong Expeditions here in Vermont. Murphy and I talk about how they first got involved in working as a guide, what drew them to start Mountainsong, and how that’s developed since.We also touch on the culture of hunting as it exists in modern NorthContinue reading “School Of The Forest Podcast Episode Twenty-Six; “Giving Death Well”: Talking about Spiritual, Thoughtful And Ethical Hunting Practices With Murphy Robinson Of Mountain Song Expeditions (Pt 1 Of 2)”

Start Preparing For Canoe Season. Spring Is Here, And Open Water Will be Right Behind It.

In the last week we’ve been seeing all the signs of spring. The Robins showed up early last week, the broadwing hawks (A migratory species that forms large flocks or “Kettles” when they travel) arrived around the same time, and we were lucky enough to see a large group of them, and yesterday most ofContinue reading “Start Preparing For Canoe Season. Spring Is Here, And Open Water Will be Right Behind It.”

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”

Learning About Hot Tents and Woodstoves On The Winter Season Of The Friluftsliv Program In Vermont

The first of our three winter sessions for the Friluftsliv program in Vermont was this weekend. Students got to work on crafts in a warm canvas tent, learn a lot about the basics of living outdoors in The Northeast during the winter, get their first taste of the systems we use for backcountry travel in the wintertimeContinue reading “Learning About Hot Tents and Woodstoves On The Winter Season Of The Friluftsliv Program In Vermont”

Musings On Story Telling And The Poetry Of Old Objects

The New Twenty Footer And My Eighteen Foot “River Witch” for scale Today I picked up a twenty-foot E.M. White Guide Canoe from our friend Don Merchant at Pole And Paddle. She’s an old boat, likely from the ’30s or ’40s. That statement on its own contains all the “necessary” information when paired with pictures. ButContinue reading “Musings On Story Telling And The Poetry Of Old Objects”