New Year, New Opportunities

snow manThe Gregorian calendar, much like our 24 hour clock are pretty arbitrary designations. In the grand scheme of what is actual real and natural they really don’t mean anything. Nature doesn’t know what November means and the sun is highest in the sky when it gets there, not when the clock says noon. You cannot say I am going to make maple syrup on March 25, and you can’t plan your wild ricing schedule a year in advance. These things are ready when weather patterns dictate that they are ready.

However, we live in a time and in a place that are highly dictated to by these ideological constructs. If we must live in a world where fake rules are imposed upon us, we might as well use them tour advantage. I have a 4-year-old daughter, I also have a wife, in-laws, a mother, a father, a brother, and a sister. All of us have different ideas about what is real and what is important. We hold family gatherings and various celebrations on various scheduled days throughout the year. ie. Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years day, etc…On these days I hold tight to my own beliefs, while doing my best to hold a positive and heartfelt space for my relatives. I tell my daughter the truth about the origins of these celebrations. (or, as close to the truth as I am able given her age, and my actual knowledge.) I also do my best to explain a multi cultural approach to each given day. Christians believe this, Muslims believe this, and pagans believe this, etc. you get my point.

This particular holiday, the end of the Gregorian calendar. It really doesn’t mean anything that I can find. I would put the end of the year at the solstice, but that’s just me. So I hold no reverence to this day, and after many years of working in bars and restaurants, I have actually come to loathe the day a bit. However, Why not put a positive spin on it, I will try at every step to put a positive spin on things and to try to pull others up, instead of pushing or holding them down.

I look at New years day as an opportunity to put the past behind me and move forward with a clean slate. I have forgiven myself for each misstep, and each transgression. I will learn from my mistakes and move froward in a positive and hopeful light. I left Future Necessities in October after nearly 10 years in business. Now North Winds Wilderness School will become everything that I have ever hoped for. I will be a role model for the world, and I will help bring people back to nature, and back to human nature. We are not reverting to caves, and mud huts. We are moving forward. Forward form a place of hate and destruction, to a place of love and cooperation. Humans do not own the earth, we belong to it. We are part of nature, and we are part of the food chain. In order to overcome the din of mental illness, and exploitation that is holding us right now, we need to come together as communities. Work toward nature, and toward wildness. We are born to live, to love, to learn, and to play.

So, let’s do that……..

Free Wildcrafted Tea Tasting and Rewilding Discussion

Free Wildcrafted Tea Tasting and Rewilding Discussion

36894278904_1abb814a32_z Join us for free Wild crafted tea tasting and Rewilding discussion. What is rewilding? How does it apply to my life? Can you do it from the city? We will discuss the Theory of rewilding and how we can encourage each other to evolve back toward nature. Our Natural life way has been neglected. We have strayed from the path that 7,000,000 years of evolution has laid out for us. We can get back on the right path, and we don’t have to give up our lives to do it. While we talk you will be offered the chance to sample several herbal teas that were harvested in the wilds of Minnesota. We will bring Stinging Nettle, White pine needle, Rose hip and more. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday February 15 6pm-8pm.

Location TBD

To Show our Appreciation

To show our appreciation over the holiday season we would like to extend a special offer to all of our clients, friends, follower, supporters, and family. We are offering, until Christmas only, Discounted gift cards. We will have a 100.00 for 75.00 option and a 50.00 for 40.00 option. When you order please write a note in pay pal Include: Who the gift card is for, Who the gift card is from, and Where you would like us to send it. Gift cards will be mailed out on the next business day, please allow for shipping time if you would like to receive it before Christmas. All of you and the support that you have continued to show us are the reason that we exist. You Give us the strength and courage to continue moving forward, to keep learning, and to keep trying new things. We have a lot of new and exciting things coming down the pipeline over the next year or so. Thank you.

Why North Winds Wilderness School

People are very busy these days, and slowing down or stopping in our tracks all together  sounds like a bad joke to many of us. However, People want to reconnect to nature, they want to possess a meaningful connection to the earth. We have developed a way for people to have both.

Many rewilding or primitive skills schools require long-term commitments or long travel times. We run our programs close to the Twin cities to give everyone equal access, and we run our programs either on weekends or evenings, so that you can fit these very personalized experiences into your time budget.

Our idea is very simple. People need to be reconnected to the earth. They want that sense of place and of belonging. 21st century America does not leave much room for ideas like that. Building your awareness and mindfulness will immediately offer you a different perspective. You will see that we are all connected and that we are all a part of the food chain.

A Sit spot can mean all the difference in the early stages of rewilding. it puts you in the world of the birds, and the deer, as an observer, unnoticed in the background. It teaches patience and lets you see first hand how nature works. Practicing meditation in any form can help you increase your mindfulness, and your presence in the present. This will increase your sense of awareness without having to do anything else. Tracking is an ancient art form that puts all of your senses and awareness to the test all at once, and forces you to live in the moment. Having basic survival skills will give you a sense of peace and confidence unknown to most modern people. Finally connecting to the skills and lifeways of our ancestors brings to the forefront of our attention how connected everything is meant to be, and what humans went through to get us to where we are now.

Rewilding does not have to be an all-encompassing life style. For some like me, it is a passion and a life style. Everyone must pick their own sense of wildness. If you have given up the modern world in light of a hunter gatherer life style you are a rewilder. If you work in down town 9-5 and live in a high-rise, but you want to reconnect to the Earth, so you spend your weekends camping and studying nature, then you too are a rewilder. This is not a club, and there are not rules. You just need a calling, or a sense of need to be a part of nature.

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