In this northern California wilderness adventure, you will discover the spirit of the old ways. Using stone, wood, plant, and fire, you explore ancient and modern techniques that allow you to deepen your awareness, connection, and relationship to nature.
- Location: 4 hours north of San Francisco, near Mt Shasta, California and a 5 to 6 hours drive south of Portland, Oregon.
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Everyone needs a break
Program ♦ The Way
- wilderness philosophy
- relaxation techniques
- focused attention
- quiet movement
- develop and increase sensory awareness
- shinrin-yoku (Forest breathing)
- primitive musical instruments
- crafting wood implements
The Modern city and suburban life are full of distraction with little or no time to relax and walk in the solitude of nature. Recent studies suggest that on an average Americans spend up to eight (8) hours a day looking at some type of electric screen.
Nicolas Carr, author of – The Shallows, suggests that our brain learns differently from the internet increasing stress and crankiness.
The Nature Principle by Richard Louv expounds on the many benefits of the nature experience especially for our children and has brought forward the concept of Nature Deficit Disorder that affects adults and children alike.
Alan C. Logan N.D., author of Your Brain on Nature is quoted in the Outsideonline article by Florence Williams, as “The Japanese work is essential, a Rosetta stone”.
The concept Shinrin-yoku, a recent nature phenomenon in japan, translates into Japanese as Forest breathing. Forest Medicine or “taking in the forest atmosphere”. promotes healing, calming, and relaxation to the practitioner.
Research by the Japanese on the effects of Shinrin-yoku show the lowering of blood pressure and a deep relaxation resulting from this type of nature-based activity.
The Way; is a wilderness methodology designed to apply the healing and rejuvenating properties of wilderness to you. We use specific simple exercises that bring out the rich and relaxing qualities of nature.
What does The Way have to do with survival skills?
Like all courses, I believe connecting deeply with nature is one of the strongest skills you can learn. By developing a deep connection to nature you will increase your survival and awareness skills a hundred fold.
Through our adult training you to can developed these powerful tools to function fully and comfortably in nature.
Relax, engage, wander
“A day spent with Mark is comparative to a childhood memory of summer with your best friend. When the long days were filled with wonder and magic. Never-ending discoveries of the natural world were always present and life had a beautiful quality that could almost be tasted. An authentic person, Mark is dedicated to connecting people with nature. An intimate connection that many may not even know they have forgotten.”
~ Bethany Staffieri
More ♦ Camp Info
- Eligible Students: adults minimum age 18 – enrollment unlimited – highly recommended for couples and groups
- Requirements: none
- Duration: 6 days 5 nights
- Schedule: open
- Location: 4 hours north of San Francisco Bay area, in the northern California mountains near Mt Shasta and about 6 hours drive south from Portland Oregon.
- Accommodations: primitive outdoor camping
- Meals: included
- Equipment:a registration packet will be supplied after enrollment; tent and sleeping pad rentals are available for $30
- Transport: Shuttle service from Medford, Oregon airport $100; Dunsmuir, CA train station $75; and, Weed, CA Greyhound bus station free.
- Instructors and Staff: Mark Wienert owner – founder and head instructor; Staff – Lifesong volunteer students and possible guest instructor(s)