In May I will set off on an 11 day vision quest ceremony with 4 days of fasting and solitude in nature. To do this I will need support from community. My intention is to seek a vision that will support both me and my community, as well as inspire others down the path of healthy rites of passage.
At 21 I realized I had never spent more than a day alone in my entire life. I decided to venture into the Olympic National Forest for 10 days of solitude. By day two I was talking to myself out loud. Society told me that was abnormal behavior and I knew not know what to make of it. After 3 days of hiking I decided to climb a peak to see if I could view Mount Olympus. As I climbed the slope got steeper and steeper until eventually I was face to face with a rock wall. I turned around and realized my descent was just as steep. On the side of that mountain I finally felt fear. The fear that if I tumbled down the mountain and broke my leg no one would no where I was. Or even worse, what If I died out there? I was three days hike from my van. I decided to give up my 10 day solo and return home. (more…)
A wise friend recently shared these words that really struck a chord with me: “It feels like a radical expression of hope for a conscious person to choose to have a child in this time.”
The co-creation of the Wild Leaders Adult Immersion, my most ambitious offering to the world to date, is my radical expression of hope. A hope for a future where humans view themselves as one with nature rather than above it. A hope that the nature-connected leaders of tomorrow will have a positive impact. And a hope that we are handing future generations a viable planet.
This immersion is a 9 month journey into Deep Nature Connection, Culture Repair, and Authentic Leadership, all of which are near and dear to my heart. Once a week a small group of participants, along with Luke Cannon, Sara Callaway, NikiAnne Feinberg, Clint Corley, and myself, will come together to support each other on our quest to be fully alive and fully human.
I invite you to support this dream by checking out the website, spreading the word, joining us in this immersion, or supporting others to be on this journey.
I spent this past week in Portland participating in a five day skill share organized by TrackersNW called the Nature of the Village, The week was loosely structured but jam packed. It was organized using a model called Open Space that uses few rules but requires the participants to take ownership and responsibility for what they want to learn and what they want to share with others. Each day was decided and organized by those who were there to learn and share. It worked amazingly well and I saw energy, knowledge and creativity bursting out of people as the week progressed. In five days I learned about knot tying, knife sharpening, bird language, bow making, wilderness survival kits, making red cedar tincture, awareness games, bow-drill making, and coyote skinning, And that was just the workshops that I attended. I missed out on many more. I also shared with people my knowledge of making tin can wood/gas stoves and singing in three part harmony; both of which were well received and appreciated. The constant throughout the week was the building of a 25 foot Umiak, a traditional skin-on-frame whaling boat, that utilized energy from the entire group over the course of the week. By Friday the wooden frame was complete and ready for the skin. Friday night capped off the village week with a wild and local foods potluck, a talent show, and me leading folks through some square dances.
I have a few days to rest before the next jam packed social event, The Portland Old Time Music Gathering which, starts this week. It will be crazy, fun, and socially overwhelming as usual. And, of course, chock full of amazing music.
Next stop Louisiana. See you there?