The Way. A journey of personal transformation, empowerment, self-discovery, healing the land, and renewal.
The Way; is the wisdom the elders speak too. The wisdom, are the skills of survival and care-taking the land. The Way ensures the land is bountiful and healthy for all people and the future generations to come.
The Way is for adults who are looking for a powerful 6-day guided nature experience held in a beautiful, rugged, and primitive wilderness setting.
The Way, deepening our connection to nature.
Tuition: to be announced
- Location: 4 hours north of San Francisco Bay area, near Mt Shasta, California and a 5 to 6 hours drive south of Portland Oregon.
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Everyone needs a break
In this northern California wilderness adventure, you will discover the spirit of the old ways through the spirit that moves through all things. With stone, wood, plant, and fire, you will explore ancient and modern techniques that empower our inner being while deepening our awareness, connection, and relationship with the natural world.
Program ♦ The Way a Wilderness Journey
- wilderness philosophy
- relaxation techniques
- stillness and being
- focused attention
- quiet movement
- develop and increase sensory awareness
- shinrin-yoku (Forest breathing)
- primitive musical instruments
- crafting wood and stone 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. Also called Forest Medicine, and “taking in the forest atmosphere”, this technique 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 methodology designed specifically to bring the healing and rejuvenating properties of wilderness to you through specific exercises that bring out the rich and relaxing qualities of nature.
What does The Way have to do with survival skills?
For some perhaps, the thought of all this touchy and feely talk about nature from a professional survival school may seem outside their view of what real wilderness survival means. Like all courses we offer at our school, 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.
Having developed these powerful tools to function fully and comfortably in nature for short and extended periods of time. You will also develop the natural awareness to the ebb and flow rhythm of nature. Including the subtle nuances of all life that surround you. An important skill to pursue and master
Journey the inner and outer realms and possibilities of the human experience
Relax in an engaging energizing atmosphere and let Mark lead you through an adventure of personal empowerment, relaxation, and healing. The Way is highly recommended for everyone.
“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)