".... If the 'end result' is empowered the journey there is empowered.... "

Grandfather - 1961

Survival Skills

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

There are over 64 Survival Courses taught at the Tracker School:

Classic Courses (Held Yearly):

Standard
Aug 20 - Aug 26, 2017 | New Jersey | $800

Learn to survive in any environment lavishly. You will learn how to build a primitive shelter, find water, make a bow drill fire and find food. Learn from folks for whom wilderness survival is not just a hobby but a way of life.

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Prerequisites: None

Advanced Standard
There are no courses currently scheduled.

Dive more deeply into the skills necessary to make any wilderness environment your home. Live in a debris hut, make your own wood-burned bowl and spoon, lean to make a bow and pressure flake arrowheads out of bottle bottoms. Rediscover these primitive skills in order to enrich your modern life.

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Prerequisites: Standard

Expanded Skills
There are no courses currently scheduled.

This is a new class with a focus on the skills and techniques that the Standard Class graduate already knows and understands...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Advanced Survival and Tracking Online
There are no courses currently scheduled.

It is my intent to go into advanced levels of Tracking, Awareness, and Survival...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Identify Vectors of Affliction
Aug 14 - Aug 18, 2017 | Online (Info) | $250

I consider the Afflictions classes some of the most powerful I will be teaching this year especially because we are seeing the emergence of afflictions now...

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Prerequisites: None

The Balance
Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2017 | Online (Info) | $250

The class that I call “The Balance” is just that, the balance between the physical skills of survival, tracking, stalking, camo, traps, hunting etc. and the spiritual elements that are often missing from the making and creating of these skills...

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Prerequisites: None

Hunting, Trapping and Baiting Live from the Primitive Camp
Nov 18 - Nov 18, 2017 | Online (Info) | $125

A few years ago I did an intensive class shot live from the Primitive Camp dealing with “The Hidden Secrets of Fire” and followed by “The Hidden Secrets of Tracking”...

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Prerequisites: None

Periodic Courses:

Advanced Skills
There are no courses currently scheduled.

The Advanced Skills Class is a class that is not very easy to describe and the title of the class in no way comes close to adequately defining its scope, depth, or magnitude of skills, teachings, or techniques that are found in the ...

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Prerequisites: Advanced Standard

Survival Philosophy
There are no courses currently scheduled.

Survival is more than a science, more than an art - to both Grandfather and Tom it is a philosophy, a religion, unto itself. The wilderness is a temple, a place of worship, and a place of teaching. As Tom says in the Standard class, ...

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Prerequisites: Advanced Standard

Survival Mind
There are no courses currently scheduled.

Based on one of Tom”s upcoming books, this class will go into the use of survival techniques in our modern world. It will teach you how the primitive survival techniques and philosophies you have been learning in your other ...

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Prerequisites: Advanced Standard

Winter 1
There are no courses currently scheduled.

The original 10 Day Winter Survival Skills class has been divided into two classes that can be taken together, or week one can stand alone. Winter I will focus on the advanced skills needed to survive in a cold weather environment, ...

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Prerequisites: Advanced Standard

Winter 2
There are no courses currently scheduled.

Winter II has been expanded to allow for a reemphasis on the survival aspects of the original 10-day Winter Survival Skills class. Tom has designed this class to push your limits as a survivalist and teach you how to adapt those ...

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Prerequisites: Winter 1

The Sacred Shelter
There are no courses currently scheduled.

I have always wanted to take the physical skills to a new level, however the time constraints have never allowed. In this class I will to explore material that brings the physical skills alive. The spiritual and mystical side of ...

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Prerequisites: None, Philosophy 1

Bowmaking Workshop
There are no courses currently scheduled.

Bow Making Workshop INSTRUCTOR: Bill Kaczor Course Outline From the 28 kinds of primitive bows that Grandfather taught, the one we’ll start this ...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Flint Knapping Workshop
There are no courses currently scheduled.

Flint Knapping Workshop INSTRUCTOR: Bill Kaczor Course Outline Stone, surprisingly useful and beautiful in its natural state, is one of the most essential ...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Primitive Cooking with Jorge
There are no courses currently scheduled.

INSTRUCTORS: Jorge Brana and Tom Brown Jr. Course Outline Tom’s Note: For months now the entire Tracker staff, many, many students, and I, have begged Jorge, no - we ...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Primitive Hunting Techniques 1
There are no courses currently scheduled.

INSTRUCTOR: Tom Brown III One-Day Class: Outline "By hunting, we force ourselves to work on many essential skills. Only when ...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Primitive Fishing Techniques 1
There are no courses currently scheduled.

INSTRUCTOR: Tom Brown III Two-day Class: Outline "Water is essential for survival. However, more than simply satisfy ...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Mini Standard
There are no courses currently scheduled.

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Prerequisites: None

Survival Mind
There are no courses currently scheduled.

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Bone Tools
There are no courses currently scheduled.

Cost: $450 Prerequisite: Standard Class Limit: 20 To truly be at home in a primitive living situation, one must have the ability to craft tools out of ...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Instinctive Archery 1
There are no courses currently scheduled.

Cost $450 Prerequisite: Standard Class Limit: 20 In order to truly make a primitive or traditional bow an extension of your self you must first understand ...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Shelter Workshop
There are no courses currently scheduled.

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Prerequisites: Standard

Wandering Workshop
There are no courses currently scheduled.

Cost: $450 Prerequisite: Standard Class Limit: 12 This workshop will get you into Grandfathers world through the art of wandering. We will be using ...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Gathering
There are no courses currently scheduled.

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Fire Making Workshop
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Basket Workshop
There are no courses currently scheduled.

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Prerequisites: Standard

Primitive Shelter Commitment Class
There are no courses currently scheduled.

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Prerequisites: Standard

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants Workshop
There are no courses currently scheduled.

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Prerequisites: Standard

Stone Tools Workshop
There are no courses currently scheduled.

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Prerequisites: Standard

10 Day Winter Survival and Skills
There are no courses currently scheduled.

Certainly the winter months are the most difficult to enter a full survival situation and it subsequently takes years of experience to do so.In essence for that very reason the original Ten Day Winter Survival class was born, ...

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Prerequisites: Advanced Standard

Living With The Earth
There are no courses currently scheduled.

I have not run this class is 30 years and I’m so excited that it was finally voted back on the schedule, by the Elders and the Coyote Thunder Medicine Society that I am beside myself with anticipation...

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Prerequisites: Standard, Philosophy 1

Hidden Secrets of the Physical Skills
There are no courses currently scheduled.

So many have called or written to me about teaching more of the physical skills on line and it is my plan to do so in several different ways...

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Prerequisites: Standard, Philosophy 1

Teaching and Inspiring Children
There are no courses currently scheduled.

One thing is for certain, and that is, it is getting more and more difficult to reach and teach children...

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Prerequisites: None

Preparing Children Family and Friends
There are no courses currently scheduled.

The class is exactly as it says and so much more; preparing your children, family, and closest friends...

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The Winter Kill 2015
There are no courses currently scheduled.

One thing seems to be on everyone’s mind and that is what lies ahead for us in the year Grandfather called “Winter Kill”...

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Combat Awareness
There are no courses currently scheduled.

The Combat Awareness class is not about the Critical Edge, Sensing Presence, the Felt Sense, or even remotely similar to Advanced Scout Awareness...

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The Gathering Storms of Affliction
There are no courses currently scheduled.

As Grandfather warned in his Prophecy, we will see diseases that were once easily treated, suddenly mutate into rapid killers of not only humans but also the crops and livestock of humankind...

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Hidden Shelter, Invisible Sanctuary
There are no courses currently scheduled.

Imagine a post collapse setting where you are forced to run, hide, and remain invisible to the many enemies that lay in wait for you or are searching for you and your family...

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Prerequisites: None

Hidden Shelter, Safe Sanctuary
There are no courses currently scheduled.

All of you remember when I told you that if you stayed with the Tracker School to the Expert Level of Survival, you would learn from me the 232 primitive animal traps that Grandfather taught me...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Experimental Class
There are no courses currently scheduled.

This class is exactly that.I want to run the entire list of skills found at the Tracker School from the primitive skills of fire, shelters, water, hunting, trapping, tracking, invisibility, movement in general, cooking, pottery, baskets, fishing, bows, arrows, and the list goes on and on...

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Prerequisites: Standard

Beyond World Wide Safe Places
There are no courses currently scheduled.

With all that has taken place and continues to take place on a daily basis, it is so obvious to all of us the rapid decline and ultimate collapse we are all facing....

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Prerequisites: Standard, Philosophy 1

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