Sticks & Stones Wilderness School
We provide one-day workshops, weekend workshops, and week-long workshops suitable for anyone, from the budding naturalist to the experienced tracker. Course topics are diverse, and include Shelter Building, Friction Fire, Animal Tracking, Nature Awareness, Traditional Bow making, Empowering Ancient Ways (a comprehensive introduction to fundamental wilderness living skills), Tree and Wildflower Identification, Bird Language, Natural Fibers, Traditional Hide-Tanning, and many more. Our student’s learn to trust themselves by learning to trust in the natural world and their own nature. We are also planning to run a long-term caretaker program, scheduled to begin fall 2010.
In addition, we do guest speaking, individually-catered workshops for specialized groups (such as hunting clubs and schools) college and university presentations, and private mentoring.
We provide ancient skills for a post modern world, and bridge gaps of culture with universally applicable skills that produce life-sustaining and empowering results worldwide. We teach skills of the Steward (natural caretaker) in a world that is degrading ecologically. The “old skills” are applied to ”new times.” We are living on the same earth we as a species have always lived and thrived on, an earth governed by universal natural phenomena which are eternally relevant. Sticks & Stones Wilderness School reintroduces people to their inherent relationship with the natural world, and provides the tools with which a person can enhance this relationship.
Skeet Sutherland, Founder and Director of Sticks & Stones, is a certified Managed Forest Tax Incentive Plan writer and approver, and he offers his services throughout and beyond our watershed, developing management plans with landowners who are interested in preserving the integrity of their properties.
I was in the may Standard Class last spring and was just listening to one of your lectures from that class while on a flight to New York. It was more of a meditation than a lecture. I go to it every now and again for a little centering. Anyway, I hope all is well and even though Arkansas is a good ways away, please keep sending the info on what you are doing.