Tom Brown Jrs Tracker School Comes to California

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This winter, Tom Brown brings his unique approach to wilderness survival to California offering a series of week-long classes in survival, tracking and nature awareness near Santa Cruz, CA.

This winter, Tom Brown brings his unique approach to wilderness survival to California offering a series of week-long classes in survival, tracking and nature awareness near Santa Cruz, CA.

People frequently travel from around the world to attend Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School classes in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Since his first book, The Tracker, was published in 1978 Tom has attracted thousands of people who come wanting to learn about the skills and philosophies about which Tom writes. His classes are not just about surviving in the wilderness, although the skills could certainly save your life, but about the relationship that has existed between indigenous cultures and the natural world for thousands of years. Tom describes most people’s experience in the outdoors as still removed from nature. He likens most peoples’ experience in nature to that of a scuba diver who needs equipment to stay alive. His books tell of a unique experience in which you can enter the wilderness knowing you can find or make anything you need from the land. The desire for this type of freedom is what draws many students to his school.

Tom learned his skills beginning at the age of 7 when he met his mentor, Stalking Wolf, a displaced Apache elder. From Stalking Wolf, Tom learned not only the many traditional skills of indigenous peoples from around the world, but also a philosophy of living closer with the Earth. He was mentored for over 10 years then spent the next 10 years perfecting his own skills. In 1978 when The Tracker was published, he opened his school in New Jersey. Since then Tom has written 15 more books and taught thousands of individuals.

Over the years Tom has offered periodic classes in California. He has been so excited about the passion for learning the skills and a desire to work to help the Earth demonstrated by those on the west coast that he is offering an expanded series of classes in December, January and February. Students can take his introductory Standard class which covers all the essential skills including learning to build shelters, make fire without matches, find and primitively cook wild edible plants, tan hides, make stone and bone tools, learn camouflage and movement skills, make primitive traps and learn Tom’s passion, tracking. For the first time the Advanced Standard class in which students move from subsistence survival to luxury survival will be offered in California as well as the Advanced Tracking and Awareness class. The art of tracking developed by the Apache scouts moves well beyond the idea of following clear footprints in the soil and students are introduced to this incredible means of reading the stories left by animals. As Tom says to his students, “you’ll never see the ground the same way again”. Interwoven into the teaching of all these physical skills is a philosophy that helps students better understand their connection with the Earth and introduces them to the spiritual skills passed on by Stalking Wolf. For students interested in delving in to the philosophies and spiritual skills, the Philosophy 1 and Philosophy 2 classes will also be offered.

The Tracker School provides a unique combination of skills and philosophies that help students develop a closer relationship to the Earth. It seems a week with Tom Brown might not just transform the way you see the ground, but the way you see the world.

For more information:
The Tracker School
info(at)trackerschool(dot)com
(609) 242-0350
http://www.trackerschool.com

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