Course Series Overview
"The spirit world knows no time or place, nor does the spirit world communicate to us in language. It speaks to us through dreams, visions, signs, symbols, and feelings. What you have done, through you cannot explain how, is to touch the world of spirit. Give up your need for thinking with your physical mind and you will understand the purity of the spirit mind, which needs no words or descriptions. What is new now to you is to understand through your spiritual mind. Remenber, man is a duality, at once living in flesh and in spirit. So too is everything else found in this duality. Two bodies, two minds, all in the same person. Whether you understand or not, you have been in contact with these spiritual worlds for a long time, but you do not understand their language. Those spiritual realities, those worlds outside the flesh have been trying to speak to you for a long time, you know their voices but you do not know when and how they speak."
-- The Journey
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There is no prerequisite for the standard course
As the prerequisite for all other Tracker classes, Standard provides for each student a common vocabulary and a consistent understanding of the foundation of all of Tom’s teachings. To thoroughly prepare students, this Standard course provides a comprehensive introduction to each of Tracker’s seven core tracks, which are: Philosophy, Teaching, Healing, Prophecy/Vision, Scout, Survival Skills, and Tracking.
Nature Observation: Participants will be shown how to observe nature more deeply, and learn the basic philosophy that Tom considers the most important part of the school and the basis for all of his beliefs. Through skills including stalking (the ability to move silently and unseen through the forest) and camouflage (the means of concealment that allows one to become part of one's surroundings), students will learn how to immerse themselves in the natural world.
- Tracking: Participants will learn the basics of tracking, including track identification and analysis, pressure releases, sign tracking, scat identification, and how to follow a trail.
- Survival: The following survival skills will be covered:
- Shelter: techniques for constructing the debris hut, wicki-up, mud hut, cave dwelling, thatched shelter, and pit dwelling.
- Water: collecting water using a solar still, sink hole, plants, and other methods; purifying, transporting and storing water.
- Fire: making fire from friction using primitive methods, including the bow drill and hand drill, as well as how to build a proper fire.
- Food: finding food from plants and animals found in North America, ranging from desert to mountain terrain. Harvesting, preparation, and cooking of food will be covered, though in the interest of conservation only a sampling of such food will be prepared.
- Trapping: trapping animals using primitive snares and deadfalls. No animals will be trapped during the course, but participants will understand how to do this, if necessary.
- Tools: making stone tools, cordage and bow drills, as well as techniques for creating digging sticks, cooking utensils and bowls from a variety of natural materials.
- Tanning: primitive methods of brain tanning and making rawhide, as well as many useful items that can be made with the hide.
- Native American Lifestyle and Philosophy: the oneness with nature that is the underlying philosophy behind the skills learned, and how it is essential to survival.
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