Laughing Crow is dedicated to teaching earth-based living and survival skills: ancient ways of connecting to the land through gathering, tracking and primitive technology. The goal is to pass on skills that create a sense of wonder and freedom in the woods, igniting the desire to take responsibility for its stewardship. Learning to find food and shelter, and to create fire and tools needed to survive, gives people the opportunity to connect to the land, understand how it operates, and discover how we fit into its ecosystems.
When I was canoeing through the beautiful Bowron lakes, I stumbled across a question that continues to change and shape my life:
What would happen if I lost my backpack?
This question has taken me from the swamps deep in the Pine Barrens in New Jersey to the Mountains in Washington, Idaho, California and BC learning how the skills and technology required to survive and live off the land in a way that is sustainable for the environment
I was a student and intern at Tom Brown’s Tracker School and an intern with Keeping track; a group that trains civilian tracking teams to gather data on animal activity in the area for the purpose of land conservation, and participated in the Stone Age Living Project, a five month program where the participants take four months and build all their own camping gear and gather food from the forest before spending last month is out in the mountains, living a stone age lifestyle.
I have been teaching workshops and ongoing programs in the GVRD since 2012.
A nod to the schools that have taught me, as well as the unnamed (by their own preference) teachers who have shared their knowledge and skills with me:
- Living Wild
- The Regenerative Design Institute
- Keeping Track
- Children of the Earth Foundation
- Four Elements Earth Education
- Tribal Edge
- Earth Voices
- Tracker school
My thanks to the teachers and the students who learn these ancient skills and continue to pass them forward, in the hope that we remember our human heritage, and the tools that brought us to where we are today.