Tao of Tracking

THE TAO IS OFTEN INTERPRETED AS “THE WAY.” LET’S BE CLEAR THAT THIS INTENSIVE 8-MONTH COURSE IS NOT PROMOTING “THE WAY” TO TRACK, BUT RATHER IT CREATES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR TRACKING TO PRESENT ITS OWN “WAY.” IN THIS WAY, TRACKING BECOMES SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED AS EACH WEEKEND SESSION PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRACKING TO REVEAL ITSELF WITHIN US.

THE MAIN FOCUS OF THIS APPRENTICESHIP IS to fully INTEGRATE TRACKING INTO OUR LIVES SO THAT IT BECOMES MORE THAN AN ACTIVITY TO DO. INSTEAD TRACKING BECOMES the foundations of ONE'S BASIC AWARENESS, AND AS NATURAL AS BREATHING.  THROUGHOUT THE 8 WEEKENDS WE'LL COVER ALL THE SKILLS INVOLVED IN LEARNING TO IDENTIFY species, INTERPRET behaviors, AND TRAIL ANIMALS. You will learn to read the stories that TRACKS AND SIGNS tell about the FASCINATING animals that live right outside our doors.

THIS APPRENTICESHIP TAKES A SESONAL APPROACH TO TRACKING AND MEETS FOR TWO WEEKENDS EACH SEASON.  WE START IN JANUARY AND END IN NOVEMBER, SO WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY SEE THE CHANGES IN ANIMAL ACTIVITY DURING THIS TIME AND SEE HOW THEIR BEHAVIORS CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

A TYPICAL WEEKEND WILL INCLUDE MEETING AT THE CLASSROOM SPACE in MARLBORO VERMONT and SPENDING THE DAY TRACKING AT LOCATIONS that I've been tracking in for over the past 20 years.  Before diner WILL HAVE SOME CLASSROOM TIME TO DISCUSS AND RESEARCH THE FINDINGS OF THE DAY, view presentations and examine my skull and plaster cast collection of tracks.  THE FOLLOWING DAY WE WILL MEET At a LOCATION THAT PROVIDES A DIFFERENT HABITAT TO EXPLORE, AND THEN WE WILL CONCLUDE THE DAY.

THROUGHOUT THE 8-MONTHS I'M GOING TO BE YOUR TRACKING MENTOR AND COACH.   THIS APPRENTICESHIP HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER BOTH BEGINNER AND ADVANCED STUDENTS, AND OUR ONE-ON-ONE WORK WILL BE AIMED at TAILORING A PROGRAM THAT MEETS YOUR NEEDS.

8 weekends (Sat. 9am - Sun. 4pm)
8 Participants
Cost: $1000

Location: Marlboro, Vermont