Mother Nature knows what we’re doing, and she’s not happy. As readers of this blog will know, this summer I’ve taken classes covering everything from learning wilderness survival skills to investigating my spirituality to understanding the principles of permaculture. All of these classes have a common goal: they teach those of us who live in… Continue reading We need to stop pissing off Mother Nature
We just finished our second Hunter-Gatherer weekend class taught by Sam Coffman of The Human Path. This time our class was primarily devoted to primitive fishing techniques. Having survived the previous weekend on nothing to eat for a day and a half other than grasshoppers and roasted prickly pear cactus, the group of 10 hunter-gatherers… Continue reading Fish heads, fish heads…
I like not coming in last. As a kid, I was one of the slowest in my class, and generally big and clumsy. Whenever we had to choose teams, I was invariably the last one picked. Then there were the dreaded Presidential Fitness tests, in which I always scored way below the average percentile for… Continue reading Pushing limits
After hours spent working on the necessities of shelter, fire, food and water (we made water purification systems with plastic bottles, grass, gravel, sand, and charcoal), it was time to break for the night. Several of us took this opportunity to strip off some of the layers of dirty, sweaty clothing we had worn all… Continue reading A dirty tale of a dirty weekend, part two
I really hate prickly pears. I used to just dislike them. But after last weekend, I can safely say I hate them. The weekend started innocently enough. As I documented in my previous post, I got to learn about wild plants, hang out with a baby fawn, and milk a goat. Saturday and Sunday were… Continue reading A dirty tale of a dirty weekend, part one
Goat’s milk. A three-day-old fawn. And lots of edible and medicinal plants. These are the things you missed if you weren’t at The Human Path’s class on Foraging Wild Foods and Medicinals, held on private land in Leander. As we toured around the property, our teacher, Sam Coffman, identified and described the uses for a… Continue reading Herbs and goats and deer, oh my!
Fun classes. Native plant identification. Bug-out bags. Archery and bow making. Skills competitions with prizes. BBQ. Swimming. And it’s all free! Come out to The Human Path’s free “Skills Day” in the Austin area on July 2nd from 11am-5pm.This is a chance to meet and talk with the instructors at The Human Path and learn… Continue reading THP Skills Fair & BBQ on July 2nd