Bay Area, CA
Way of the Ranger Immersion 3-Weekends a Month, 9-months
9-month Immersion Take 3-weekends a month for 9 months to train the core studies of the Trackers Rangers Guild. Our expert instructors take you thorough immersive studies in Wilderness Survival and Primitive Skills, Wildlife Tracking and The Curriculum of Shadows.
Are you a Ranger?
The Rangers are hunters and protectors of the village. They are versed in the arts of wilderness survival, tracking and awareness. In their listening they find a silence, one that compels them to protect what is Wild. Flow is the Way of the Ranger. They follow the trail of the cougar, deer and other animals. With finely honed senses they become the eyes and ears of the village, living completely with the land and tending to it as if an invisible ghost.
The Remembering is here. There was a time you forgot who you were, how it feels to release an arrow, the music of the bowstring resonating, the route of your blood, the path of those who came before. You felt you were asleep for a long while. The world engined on. And then, one day, you woke up.
Immersion That Fits Your Life
3-weekends, 3-core Studies The Way of the Ranger Immersion Program is made up of 3-core studies over 3-weekends per month. You can either take the weekends alone or combine them all in one year (save nearly $700 in tuition). This is an immersion program that integrates into both your working and social life. Each weekend begins Friday evening and ends the Sunday afternoon. Most weekends take place within a one hour drive from Portland, Oregon and PDX Airport (an international terminal).
Wilderness Survival and Primitive Skills
Wilderness survival is an awareness that not only keeps you alive, it allows you thrive and find a deeper connection to the natural world. Primitive skills and traditional arts take it further, exploring an ancient and timeless relationship with the land. This program gives you thorough training in the fundamentals along with bridging into more advanced arts of wilderness living.
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We track to find the animal. The ancient art of tracking requires deep awareness and connection to the natural world. It is about seeing the wild as though it is family. This immersive course fully covers all aspects of the art and science of wildlife tracking: interpretation, ecological analysis and most importantly, the ability to actually trail the animal you are tracking over any terrain. Graduates of this course develop a set of critical tools rarely found in any wildlife sciences or tracking training program.
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The Curriculum of Shadows: Stealth and Nature Awareness
Please Note For 2011 The Curriculum of Shadows weekend only occurs at our Portland, Oregon branch. Weekends take place within a one hour drive from Portland, Oregon and PDX Airport (an international terminal).
A forest is place of light and shadows. Understanding this baseline camouflage not only helps you better see the secrets of the wild, it also takes you into an entirely new world of observation and awareness. This is where the Rangers Guild takes you down the rabbit hole and into a world of stealth, shadows and invisibility. Learn how the principles of flow applies to both primitive and modern living. From stalking silently through the woods to creating and executing a business plan for a sustainable livelihood, the Way of the Ranger is a silent and effective way of providing the protection that your village needs to thrive.
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Tuition Tuition includes meals and camping for program weekends. Plus, course reader materials. Our payment options include...
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9-month Payment Plan $1200 deposit with three other $1950 payments over 9-months. Please Contact Us
Scholarships or Our Outdoor & Environmental Educator Training Program We have scholarship or Our Outdoor & Environmental Educator Training Program awards available of up to 10%-50% or tuition. Due to limited funds of awards we recommend you apply early to increase your chances of acceptance. Submit a scholarship or Our Outdoor & Environmental Educator Training Program application
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People often ask how our immersion programs compare to other long-term wilderness training schools; especially programs that occur more than 3-weekends out of the month. First, we believe that independent time is valuable for integration of these skills into your life. Second, our 3-weekend per month program is far more cost effective. Third, due to Trackers teaching methodology and focus on adding real application to skills, we can honestly and confidently say you learn more quickly with our training. In order to prove this, we can put you in touch with students that have experienced both. Contact Us to learn more
Or you can look into our 7-day a week, full-time residential program
Wilderness Survival & Primitive Skills Weekend Immersion includes...
• Tracking from the perspective of trapping and hunting
• Various single person and group shelters, actually sleep in many of these shelter options
• Beginning and intermediate bow making
• Water gathering, purification and safety
• Primitive food prep and cooking
• Fire methods applicable to nearly all seasonal conditions
• Basket weaving
• Hide-tanning and leather working
• Stone and bone tools with beginning to advanced flintknapping instruction
• Harvest of wild edible and medicinal plants for sustenance
Wildlife Tracking Weekend Immersion includes...
• Tracking in varied and difficult substrates and soils
• Track Geography (often referred to as pressure releases and gait analysis)
• Interpret behavior from trail movement
• Track identification. Extrapolating presence and absence as a rudimentary exercise
• Extrapolating presence and absence through other relational pressures
• Focus on individual species and habitats: deer, bear, coyote, mice, rabbits, bobcat, raccoon, beaver, nutria, muskrat, otter, red fox and more
• Trapping of invasive wetland species (nutria). Students can option out of this exercise
• Following a track and trail to the animal that made it
• Tactical human tracking and trailing
• Intensive ecological mapping and extrapolation
• Prime Projection as a tracking tool: learn intensive journaling techniques, then learn to work faster without them
• The ability to teach yourself and personally develop new tracking skills and capabilities
• Functional knowledge of wildlife science applications for tracking
• The capacity to teach and help develop more trackers
• A fundamentally deeper awareness of the world around you
The Curriculum of Shadows: Stealth and Nature Awareness Weekend Immersion includes...
• Optimization of physical reaction time
• Silence and calm through real world crises
• Consistent stealth and awareness scenario training
• Foundational training in primitive & modern weapons and martial arts
• Bad ass awareness skills
• The Way of the Ranger: Flow in wild foraging, survival, tracking and everyday life.
• The art of invisibility: stealth, camouflage and silence
• Bird songs and calls as a tool to track movement in the forest and see more wildlife
• Hyper-adaptive learning
• How to move through both landscapes and systems virtually undetected
• Long term systems thinking; reviving and protecting the village now and 100 years into the future
• A fundamentally deeper awareness of the world around you