The Mindful Trackers Video

The philosophy of the Mindful Tracker school is rooted in the ground of openness. Tracking, awareness, observation, and mindfulness are all titles used to describe what seem like different activities, but essentially they all lead back to an undescribable quality of all encompassing openness. 

Last Fall, Paul Rezendes and I got together to film a discussion about tracking, observation, awareness, and openness. We produced 11 videos that contain over 4 hrs of footage describing what tracking means to us, but more importantly we aimed to communicate about the limitations of the "self" while pointing to the limitless true "Self".

For those of you who don't know Paul, he spent nearly 40 years of his life dedicated to teaching tracking and produced one of the finest field guides on the subject; Tracking and the Art of Seeing. However, he was moved to communicate about something else besides learning to identify tracks and signs. He was interested in communicating about the realization of our true nature, and he describes his own process with this in his book The Wild Within


For the past 15 years, Paul and I have been exploring the inner and outer landscapes together, and what started out as a typical student/teacher relationship, which was based on learning the skill of animal tracking, has turned into a relationship of friendship, love, openness, and a desire to communicate about who we really are.

The Mindful Trackers videos offer an opportunity to listen in on our conversations and see what comes up for you. We're interested starting the conversation, and we hope to hear what you have to add. For now, I'll leave you with two trailers.  The first trailer introduces the 9 main videos with short excerpts from each video, and the second trailer is centered around some of the themes you will find in videos.  

In the following weeks I will be writing a post to introduce each individual video while offering some comments about the content.



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Tracking Thoughts to Mindful Tracking

“IN THE END… We only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”
― Lewis Carroll

What Happened to the Tracking Thoughts blog?  It's been nearly a year since my last post!  Well, during that time I've been nurturing a plan that needed some time to slowly manifest, and the Tracking Thoughts blog was not the place to present a half-baked idea.  I wanted to check in and track those thoughts to make sure I was on the right track and confident in the decision to start a Tracking School: The Mindful Tracker.

The decision to start a tracking school was like following a bear trial through difficult terrain.  Could I do it? I can't say I didn't have my doubts, but whenever I encountered a trail I always took the chance, and regardless of how successful the attempt was I never regretted following the trail.

The quote at the top of the post summarizes much of what my process has been like over the past year in deciding to start a tracking school.  Will I take the chance? Am I afraid of the relationships I'll make? Am I waiting to long to decide?  I pondered those and many more questions like them.  As I reflect back on the past year, I find that the real question I was dealing with had to do more with the "IN THE END" part of the quote than all the minor questions it provoked.

"IN THE END" seems to represent some far of place of the future, but maybe that's not the case. Maybe, THE END IS NOW! I don't mean that in a prophetic type of way.  There's no need to run out and stock your basement with cans of soup and bottles of water.  Oh, and don't forget the rolls of toilet paper if you do! No, instead, regret for not taking a chance,  making a decision, developing a relationship, or starting a tracking school etc. etc. are not at the end, those situations are arising in the present moment right here and now.

Carrol's quote emphasizes the end, but ultimately it points to an appreciation of living life in the present moment, and that's exactly what inspired me to share my passion for tracking by developing a tracking school that presents opportunities to connect to the now!

The Mindful Tracker is a tracking school that has built it's foundation on being in the present moment and sharing in that together.  Learning the skill of tracking is instrumental in providing opportunities to connect with our surroundings and each other in a natural setting. I'm looking forward to the chances we'll have to track together.

Please check out my new website, and I'll be providing some more posts in the future to let you know more about what the school is up to.

Happy Trails,


P.S. This site will now contain all my new blog posts. Tracking Thoughts has become a thought of the past.