Wienert is a self-taught naturalist and outdoor educator. Mark began Lifesong Wilderness Adventures in 1994. Specializing in wilderness survival and nature awareness. Wienert teaches from his own experience and the wisdom of a lifetime time spent outdoors.
The Power of Experience
Wienert is a full time professional and teaches the art and science, of survival.
What does it mean to be a professional?
1. It takes years of study and training to be a qualified professional.
2. Having real field experience. This means the power of experience in outdoor adventure and teaching.
3. A professional instructor makes a living, full time, from working as a professional.
4. Integrity and trust is the backbone of any professional. Teaching or running a business, integrity means; i do my very best.
I started Lifesong Wilderness Adventures in 1994 after operating a Logging business for 20 years in California. During that time I lived near Yosemite National Park where I worked and played and raised our two children. This was an exciting time as I developed my skills in rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, and snow camping.
The outdoor activities I spent a lifetime doing became qualifiers of experience. The mental, psychological, the real life training that can only be accomplished through real experience.
When I decided to teach survival as a profession. I realized I had accumulated thousands of hours of real experience in the field. My own life experiences in the outdoors built my foundation as a professional.
Working in the woods
Sometimes I get teased for having worked as a logger before beginning my life as a survival instructor. It can be difficult for some to grasp my love for nature and my life working in the woods.
I not only ran a logging business, I was the business. The hard physical work I did myself. Operating the heavy equipment, felling the trees, and loading log trucks and more.
Experience is the education you receive working and playing in the woods. Work and play have almost ended my life more than once. Risk is part of being human of course but we reduce this by learning both what and what not to do.
My Dad taught me how to survive working in the woods. And he taught me a lot about spending time outdoors.
I also learned to be very good at situational awareness. You have to be in the present and focused all the time. It keeps you alive. Ask any Vet who who made it home from war. You must have a deep understanding of the world around you and its potential for cause and effect.
In the fall of 1990, I found myself enrolled at Tom Brown’s Tracker School in New Jersey. I spent the next nine years studying with Tom Brown attending his school sometimes several weeks a year.
That was a long way to go to train and a big commitment on my part. Tom recognized that in me and rewarded me with a free class now and again.
Teaching and learning
During this time I was also learning how to teach. After a time, Brown gave the nod to help instruct with the Tracker School. I did so as a volunteer. Much to my chagrin, I was terrible at it. But, I got better. And over time people began to acknowledge I was a good instructor and knew my stuff.
As my training with Tom increased I expanded my studies with other experts including Dr. Julia Parker, a Kashia Pomo and Miwok basket weaver and her daughter, Lucy Parker, an expert in traditional Paiute weaving.
My professional work as a consultant includes consulting for several outdoor television productions including Phil Keoghan’s Adventure Crazy in the late 1990’s and Man Vs Wild and the Born Survivor series with Bear Grylls in 2006. Bear Grylls Desert Island
The power of experience
“Learn to carry your box of matches in your mind and muscle.”
“Our people used traditional knowledge from the forest, to help themselves…Learn to carry your box of matches in your mind and muscle” ~Vaasilli Moelagi Jackson. Savaii, Western Samoa.
Mark Wienert Professional Survival Instructor
Truly, there is nothing fun about being in a true survival situation. But learning how to survive is great fun. Survival training is challenging. And because of the challenges there are great benefits to discover.
The skills of survival allow all of us to experience nature in a real way. Survival skills are a network of connections that lead us to other important skills like nature awareness. And eventually to a profound understanding of how we can use these skills to survive.
In this often crazy modern world we live in, living a life closer to nature we can come to understand that we don’t really need so much stuff to live. Living simply, and a life of adventure, for me, is a good trail to follow.