7 Months Nature Immersion, previously: The Year course
Do you want to feel at home anywhere on the Earth, locate your life purpose, find your inner power, connect with the oneness of nature and lead others back to nature?... Then you are in the right place.
With the fast pace of modern life and the unprecedented rate of global change, the choice to live with purpose and connection does not seem easily attainable. We find ourselves caught up in an unsustainable socioeconomic system that seems to be failing us. We can feel and see the effects of this urging us to act, to make a difference, to become the agents of change and renewal.
Through time in nature we can heal the dissociation and disconnection felt by so many, bringing renewal for ourselves, our communities and returning nature back in to balance in the process.
When we look to our education system and the next generations do we see young people struggling in so many ways to reconcile the demands of a modern life or young people filled with inspiration purpose and connection?
Through the Trackways 7 month intensive course we can develop our own connection and the leadership and mentoring skills to usher in this next generation.
We will explore our inner and outer dimensions, developing connection and oneness with nature. Through simple steps we will remember that we are all children of the Earth. We will ground ourselves in Earth living skills and expand our understanding so our spirit can soar.
Anyone can join the course who feels a calling to be immersed in nature, following an exceptional curriculum, with inspiring and experienced teachers. So join us for the Trackways7 month Nature immersion. Please email your application and any questions you may have about the Trackways year course to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call us on: 07801492482 to talk through the application process.
Who is the course for:
Those seeking personal or professional development, environmental educators wanting to deepen their connection to nature, peaceful activists, bushcraft enthusiasts, earth stewards, permaculturists, forest school leaders graduates seeking an immersive experience to ground their academic learning, those turning away from the normal routes of further education and adults seeking to live with purpose and connection. We have trained many educators and mentors now working in the U.K. and Europe.
The course combines the skills of survival and nature connection, this course gently reintegrates us in to nature. It is akin to a rite of passage, a journey in to the heart of nature and an awakening of the nature of our heart.
The skills of survival ground us making us feel at home on the earth. They build self-confidence, invigorate creativity, inspire curiosity, expanding our naturalist knowledge and ultimately free us of the constraints of society.
Where disconnection has become an endemic way of life, Nature connection blazes a trail back to a state of oneness. It reunites the wisdom of the ancients with modern scientific understanding. Powerfully realign our capacity to remember how to live in harmony with the earth, spirit and ourselves. Whilst also developing our experience of mentoring.
We will also work with the attitude of the warrior/peacemaker, while invigorating and integrating the qualities of the child.
Deepen the exploration of many of the subjects touched upon in the Wild Craft Survival skills course. Whilst introducing a wide range of new material. The purpose of the course is to integrate the skills in to our everyday life. This demands practice and application on as well as outside the course structures all the skills take much time to master.
Thomas Schorr-kon will be leading the majority of the course.
Having trained with Tom Brown Jr, Jon Young, Sal Glencarelle and many other mentors and native teachers.
With over 25 years of teaching experience. The first practitioner to teach the shamanic skills of Tom Brown's wilderness philosophy in the U.K. and also one of the first trainers of Jon Young's Nature connection skills in the U.K. His long awaited book is now published, called: True Nature. He has also just released his second book: From B to A, Hacking the flow state in Love, Life, Work and Parenting. He has also helped to establish the first of several regenerative farms in Sussex.
The 7 month intensive is the start of a journey back to a place of lasting connection with the earth. The course helps us to feel confident on our own in nature, a return to our authentic natural self. The emphasis lies with the development of the necessary knowledge and skill base to live with the land and a sense of interconnection with the earth that we are a part of.
The personal development and support that is experienced through being part of the group is as valuable as the skills learned.
We cover a comprehensive range of advanced survival skills while also developing our inner resources to overcome the challenges we encounter.
This helps us to become more independent on all levels.
The skills are taught through principles which mean that they can be applied to many different situations and environments allowing the students a great deal of adaptability.
Facing the challenge of the Survival Quest builds a deep sense of self trust, knowing we can rely on our own skills. This is a rich experience that both directs us towards living in harmony with the land and facilitates the necessary experience to share the skills. It is also a rite of passage.
There will be structured aides for studying many aspects of nature, tracking, birds, plants and animals, developing an intimate knowledge and connection with the environment. This fosters an exciting exploration of many fields of study in to the natural world that will continue for your life time.
The 7 month intensive is designed to address some of the questions people encounter after taking their first class. How to put these ways into practice? How to find time to make the skills workable?
The course consists of six meetings; two weekends, three five days sessions and a week long quest experience. Each five day module will include a weekend. As it is an ongoing group friendships form and a sense of community builds with skills being shared and a culture of mutual support flourishing.
The Trackways year course/ 7 month intensive has been running since 2000 and is the most established course of this type in the country. Many graduates of the course have gone on to develop their own successful schools and others are working in the field of environmental education and survival training including the Trackways team. The Trackways instructors are all well trained and experienced teachers.
In an age where nature deficit disorder has become a recognized syndrome this course aims to encourage the participants to readdress the balance for themselves and develop the skills to lead and mentor others. This course is an invitation to bring some adventure in to our lives, learning how to spend time in wild environments to find a sense of perspective and contentment that comes from feeling at home in the great outdoors.
Some food will be provided including the evening meal on the first day and various wild food treats over the year. Other than this the courses are largely self-catering so please bring food for the duration and a stove. We encourage a cooperative approach to this and will assist in making this aspect work well for everyone. Cooking will be encouraged in and around the fire and ways of using the fire for cooking will be explored over the course. Tea and coffee and a kettle will always be available.
(Certain modules may be open to advanced students where appropriate)
It is possible to spread the payment over the year though a deposit of £500 must be sent with the application. The total cost for the year course starting in 2022 is £2800.
Trackways also offers a program of teaching experience including mentoring and guidance for those wishing to become teachers.
Listed below are the modules which may run in a slightly different order depending on the start date of the year course.
Itinerary for Year course:
First session; Session:
This first session allows us to get to know each other and build group coherence. We will start with learning the basic skills of survival and nature awareness. This itinerary is similar to the Wildcraft course.
Second Session; 5 Days: Advanced Survival skills. Establishing a survival camp moving towards survival living. Skills covered: group shelter, advanced fire making, Traps, Awareness routines, Cooking in the fire, more cordage, plant I.D. including edible and medicinal plants. Tracking, Hide tanning, Flint knapping, Bow making and Arrow Fletching, Bark work, Raw hide use.
Third session: 5 Days: Nature Awareness& Connection: Bird language, silent and invisible movement, camouflage, concentric ring study, blind fold work, balance work, tracking at speed, silent communication.
Fourth session; Weekend: Earth Healing & the Way of the Caretaker. Learning to heal the earth and return it to balance. Tracking principles and practice, Animal I.D. Awareness skills, Plant profiles, Tree I.D. and uses, Caretaking methods and practice.
Fifth Session; 5 Days: Additional skills & Quest Preparation: We will make sure every one's skill level is up to the challenge of the quest as only a maximum of 3 items can be taken and we will try to help you make them all. (Bowl, Blanket, Knife)
Sixth session 7 Days: Survival Quest putting your skills to the test living wild for four days.
Year course cost £2800
Some of the skills covered over the year course:
Flint knapping, making arrow heads, wild food preparation, shelter building and living
Advanced fire methods, bow drill fire with natural cordage, axe, saw and knife use and safety, survival bow making, arrow making, fletching, tools made by fire, water purification methods, fire cooking methods, hide tanning, raw hide work, bark basket making including water carrying baskets, bone work, the use of different bones for specific purposes, making tools from bones, use of sinew, native hunting methods, trapping, primitive pottery, Flint knapping making hand axes, knife blades & Celts, primitive food preparation including making jerky, hand drill fire method, bow making principles, snap bow, father and son bow, bow in an hour, working with pine pitch, the art of invisibility, many diverse stalking steps, expert camouflage, concentric rings in nature, the study of bird language, the routine of invisibility, scout psychology and awareness, body control, group dynamics, the scout shelter, nature awareness, plant and tree identification, natural soaps tooth brush etc, detailed study of medicinal plant use, herbal first aid, tracking techniques, track ageing, the tracking stick, night tracking, pattern classification, pressure release studies, single track analysis, natural navigation.