Residential Programs

& Trainings


When I learned my wilderness, awareness and tracking skills, it was always in-person classes.   Whether it was a training in the Pine Barrens with Tom Brown, Jr, or a retreat in New Mexico with John Stokes, or a ceremony with Wallace Black Elk, it was all about being together, sharing skills, food and adventure.


In most cases, the very fastest way you can learn is by doing, and in a group.  


There's great benefit to getting your questions answered immediately.  It's important to be able to see how different instructors teach, and the stories they use, and how they help students in their practice.


Each course is designed to help you on a specific aspect of learning wilderness skills, or being an outstanding, transformational instructor who gets results.


All programs are taught by me, with assistance from my skills apprentices, Hawk Circle program staff, and occasionally from the legendary Barry Keegan.   Participants bring sleeping gear and stay in our camp cabins or in your own tent, and learn in a heated workshop room or the great outdoors.    Students bring their own food, and have breaks to prepare and eat in our camp kitchen or around the campfire.


Classes are intensive in nature, and go throughout the day and into some evenings, with an emphasis on hands on activities that will give you the experience you need to make magic happen and gain incredible tools for you and your family or business.



The Four Stages of
Earth Skills Instructor Training


All wilderness educators start somewhere, and there's no better place than at the beginning.  


In my experience creating and running Hawk Circle Wilderness Camp, we've trained people to be great instructors in very short periods of time.  


There are layers to this training, though, which begins with learning teaching skills (Level One), and building your First Instructor Tool Kits, (Level Two).   


However, to go further, you have to get experience in the woods, on an actual trek or in mastering the basics, so we've created Level Three, where you take your new skills and put them to the test in the woods, in the wilderness.  


Beyond this stage, your next step, Level Four, is to get experience.   You need real dirt time, teaching kids, teaching teens and working in the field, where you can learn the immense variety of ways of connecting with people, and how to handle things like weather changes, different age groups, staff team building and how to create transformational programs too.