The Tracker School was founded in 1978 by Tom Brown Jr, Americas most renowned Tracker, and Wilderness Survival expert. Based on the teachings of Stalking Wolf, the Apache elder from whom Tom learned his skills when he was just seven years old, he began teaching. The school has expanded to include over 75 classes, divided into eight course tracks.
At the Tracker School we offer over 100 different classes, most a week long, some a long weekend, and some live on line. Even though the number of classes seem staggering they hardly scrape the surface of all that Grandfather taught. The primitive skills courses are the foundation of what we teach in the Tracker classes today and the spiritual knowledge is the foundation of our Philosophy workshops. Each class stands on its own and moves the student further along in their education and mastery.
Stalking Wolf was raised free of the reservations in the mountains of northern Mexico. Born in the 1870's during a time of great warfare and violence, he was part of a band of Lipan Apache that never surrendered. He was taught the traditional ways of his people and became a shaman and a scout. When he was twenty a vision sent him away from his people, and for the next sixty-three years he wandered, seeking teachers and learning the old ways of many native peoples, and others who lived close to the earth.
Tom Brown, Jr is America's most acclaimed outdoorsman, and a renowned tracker, teacher, and author. When Tom was only seven, Stalking Wolf (Grandfather), an Apache elder, shaman and scout, began coyote teaching Tom in the skills of tracking, wilderness survival, and awareness. After Stalking Wolf's final walk, Tom spent the next ten years wandering the wilderness throughout the America's with no manufactured tools-in most cases not even a knife-perfecting these Grandfathers skills and teachings.
Grandfather left his clan around the age of 20 to follow two great visions that led him throughout North and South America for nearly 63 years. The first was to master and preserve as many primitive skills as possible and the second was to seek out the essence of every religion and philosophy. These skills would have been lost today were it not for his dedication to his vision. All of this was entrusted to me and subsequently I pass this to my students so that the old ways will never be lost.
Every few years my wife Celeste and I run a class outside the United States. In the past we have visited and learned in Nicaragua, Belize, Costa Rica, Germany, and Japan, just to name a few. Please understand that these classes are not just an Eco tour but an education that uses the environment as a backdrop and proving ground to teach skills that are used in these special areas. The classes are very intense and filled with a vast array of teaching both physically and philosophically.