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A big thanks to everyone for the great response and generous comments as Kim and I expand our weekly Wolf Journey classes into the heart of Seattle. I'll send an email on Tuesday morning to those who RSVP by Monday night with some additional information on the class. In the meantime here are some quick answers to comments and questions before I go out and follow the incredible number of birds in winter feeding flock mode who are outside our house this morning. I'm not sure why there are so many: it's either a relatively warm day (compared to that December we had), or they are excited for us to have received such great energy from Seattle nature lovers, or Cliff Mass has predicted an incoming storm for tonight on his weather blog, which I'm sure the birds follow as intently as I do:)
Janine: Thanks for the endorsement! Regarding your questions, it's fine for people to join for individual sessions, although I may need to start limiting space / requiring pre-paid commitment in the future due to venue availability, availability of assistant instructors, etc. When sign-ups merit renting space, we'll move from Cafe on the Ave, but these weekly Wolf Journey classes will remain on Tuesdays in the U District. And when Daylight Savings Time starts, the class will include at least one hour outside toward the Montlake Fill. As for other field trips, I'll be posting monthly workshops that will be taking place down near Tacoma, although those are already sketched at http://www.wolfcamp.c...
Kat: If you live in South King or Pierce County, we will be starting a weekly class at our house in Puyallup on Thursday, so feel free to come to whichever class you prefer.
Tuesday's (01/05/10) class will include the following itinerary:
7:00 Overview of Earth Skills
7:15 Naturalist Self-Assessment Activity
7:30 Making Cordage Using Raffia (plus a demo on making cedar rope, which you can try as well)
7:45 Discussion on the Naturalist Lifestyle in Winter (especially sustainable, ancestral, use of evening time)
8:00 Wolf Journey Field Exercise 1A: Finding A Study Site in the City (while you continue making cordage)
8:15 Input from Students on Topics for January (tracking, bird language, emergency order of survival, wild edibles, herbalism, etc. as you will set next week's topic, although over time, those who completed a field exercise during the week will decide together the topic for the subsequent weeks)
8:30 Student's Choice: Either walk onto the UW Campus to look at trees, plants, possible owls, etc. or stay at the Cafe to learn advanced cordage techniques while asking Chris questions about Wolf Journey, the history of earth skills, or ask about your favorite earth skills topic, discuss permaculture, or we can focus on one topic such as the most critical plants for survival, etc.
8:45 Getting to know one another better: Thinking about your goals out in nature, announcing upcoming events in nature (one per person please), listing upcoming Wolf Camp events, and a word of encouragement from Chris.
Thanks again Seattle!
PS: If any of you have children, we're ready to start a 4-6 p.m. youth class on Tuesdays as well, so please let me know and when we get 4 kids signed up, we'll start!