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Course Series Overview

Survival, to Grandfather and to me, is a philosophy unto itself. With years of living close to the earth, without the umbilical cord of society, I understand a certain "oneness" that only knowledge of suvival can bring. When I think of modern man entering the wilderness, I see a scenario much like an astronaut landing on the moon. So also when man enters the woods. He carries with him his backpack full of provisions, a sort of lifeline back to society. Both the man on the moon and the man in the woods are severely dependent on that lifeline; life without it would mean certain death. There is also a further insulation from the earth by heavy clothing and shoes, outer garments and tents; all to "protect" man from the spleindid forces of nature. And their fears of being separated from the lifeline, whether conscious or not, keeps them close to the burdens of life. Survival is more than just and insurance policy. With the practice of survival one begins to relax into the earth, to learn its rhythms, to blend in balance and harmony with all things.

-- The Vision

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SHELTER: Creating a Community Together

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Course Description

INSTRUCTOR: Matt (“Tofu”) Corradino

Course Outline

Last February Matt and a bunch of students had an awesome time learning and building shelters here in the Pines. But, as he tells it: “You can never learn enough about Number 1 on the sacred order - Shelter!”

So, Tom has asked Matt to run another shelter class, and in turn Matt wants to work with you to employ your hands, backs, heads, and hearts, as you gather, build, and live-in several of the shelter-types taught in the Standard class, such as:

·          Debris Hut

·          Wiki-up

·          Wigwam

·          Mandan

·          Lean-to

Together you will live as a community in that camp as it progresses from a pile of leaves to a mini, primitive village. 

This beauty and cohesion of this warm, communal, lifestyle is one of the things that Grandfather loved best during his travels throughout North and South America.  Having the opportunity to stay in a shelter that retains and exudes the very energy and warmth that you put into it as you build it - is one of the most rewarding feelings that you can get from using the tools that Tom Brown Jr learned from Grandfather, and now teaches us. 

As we know our “shelters” are absolutely essential for us as human beings, in order to feel safe in body, mind, and spirit.  After this exciting 4-day class with Matt, you will have the knowledge and ability to build a comfortable and inviting shelter wherever you go!