Course Series Overview
"Grandfather never answered any of our questions the way most people would answer a question. He would either point us in the direction of the answer, or ask us a series of questions, all designed to make us think. A "coyote teacher" makes every learning experience exciting, something we desperately want to know. He planned each lesson like a chess game or jigsaw puzzle, where one teaching led to another. But he never forced any teaching on us; instead, he maneuvered the situation so we had to know, had to go on. "How do we build a shelter?" we would ask. He would answer "Ask the squirrels." We would ask "How does a bow-drill fire work?" and he would answer "Rub your hands together." Or we would ask "How can we track foxes better?" and he would reply "Track mice." He made each teaching special, exciting, and something we desperately needed to know. And as always, the lessons would go far deeper than just the superficial, reaching to all realms of our lives."
-- Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children
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Tom’s goal during this week is to offer each student a true understanding of how Grandfather lived in his daily life; to feel in the way that he felt, to see in the way that he saw. This class will follow the every day rituals of Grandfather, discuss his beliefs, expand on his philosophy toward physical skills, and recount some of the many stories and parables he passed on to Tom. This is a class for those who are not satisfied with seeing life through the eyes of the Fisherman and want to see the world through Grandfather’s eyes; to live a life of rapture everyday.