Course Series Overview
Survival, to Grandfather and to me, is a philosophy unto itself. With years of living close to the earth, without the umbilical cord of society, I understand a certain "oneness" that only knowledge of suvival can bring. When I think of modern man entering the wilderness, I see a scenario much like an astronaut landing on the moon. So also when man enters the woods. He carries with him his backpack full of provisions, a sort of lifeline back to society. Both the man on the moon and the man in the woods are severely dependent on that lifeline; life without it would mean certain death. There is also a further insulation from the earth by heavy clothing and shoes, outer garments and tents; all to "protect" man from the spleindid forces of nature. And their fears of being separated from the lifeline, whether conscious or not, keeps them close to the burdens of life. Survival is more than just and insurance policy. With the practice of survival one begins to relax into the earth, to learn its rhythms, to blend in balance and harmony with all things.
-- The Vision
Primitive Cooking with Jorge
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INSTRUCTORS: Jorge Brana and Tom Brown Jr.
Tom’s Note: For months now the entire Tracker staff, many, many students, and I, have begged Jorge, no - we “hounded” Jorge to please design and run a Primitive Cooking Class. Finally, he has given in.
At first I was inclined to call this a “workshop,” but I had a small problem. As you know the workshops, like bow making and flint knapping, are run exclusively by the instructors, while, on the other hand, the “intensives” are my domain. That was the “problem” – I very much want to be a small part of this exciting class, coming in for a few hours on the first day, and then again for a few hours before you head home. My part in this will be to piggyback on Jorge’s amazing talent by sharing with you what Grandfather taught me about the spiritual aspects of food preparation and cooking. Therefore, I’ve decided to call this class an “Intensive-Workshop”. This is more than just a class, it will be a cooking adventure that will forever change your mind about the Art & Science of Primitive Cooking. I know it will be inspiring!
Jorge’s Thoughts: I am both excited and honored that Tom wanted me to design this class for you. I must tell you that this will not be your “average cooking class”. Yes, I will teach many creative and exciting ways to prepare and cook wild and domestic game, and we will explore how to best find and prepare various wild spices and plants; but this class will also be about learning to understand the wonderful bounty of each of the four seasons, and living well with the natural rhythms of the Earth. I want the work that we do to provide a healthy template for you to follow for the rest of your lives.
Come ready to share and learn, and please, though the weather will be cold - bring a swimsuit and towel. I look forward to seeing you here.
Dates: November 17-19, 2007
Class Size: Max 20 students