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Elements of Primal Life


One of the things I’ve been reminded of since starting these Sunday Survival Tip videos is how much I really enjoy teaching and sharing some of my skills with others. I’ve taught several different classes over the years on topics like leadership, survival, mysticism, reflexology, and sensual massage to name a few, and I’ve found all of them to be very rewarding. But lately, with more of a focus being on survival type skills, particularly the primitive ones, I’ve been reminded of my passion for teaching people about the skills that previously were a part of every day life for all humans. Even still, for much of the world, these are skills many rely on daily.

So in pondering such things and coming up with a few options for workshop offerings at Rootwire this year, I’ve stumbled upon an idea of teaching a workshop I’m calling Elements of Primal Life. It would include teaching the basic survival skills like fire and shelter building, water purification, and hunting and trapping basics, but will cover several other topics that go hand in hand with the other skills.

As tempted as I am to briefly describe each one of these other topics, I’m going to hold off on that for now until I have the rest of the specifics worked out. I will, however, say that some of them include things like the importance of a positive mindset, how reconnecting with your primal nature, your roots, can be a deeply spiritual experience, and the ways these skills and experiences can help keep you grounded and connected to the earth and the natural world.

The other aspect that I feel is incredibly rewarding about taking the time to reconnect, or connect for the first time, with these skills is that it provides you with a new perspective on the life you live daily with all the modern conveniences. Camping does this to a degree, but once you’ve had to not only find the kindling and firewood to cook your meal (which did not come from the shelves of a grocery store), but you’ve had to start the fire with only naturally available items after spending the night inside a shelter built only from materials readily available in the surrounding area, it gives you a whole new appreciation for the comforts of modern life.

Having the perspective such experiences offer has a way of making many of life’s little irritations seem completely trivial and unimportant when you can wake up in a comfortable bed inside a warm heated house, walk into the kitchen turn a knob on the stove, cook food from the refrigerator, and fill the coffee pot with water straight out of the tap without having to worry about purifying it first.

But like I said, I’ll hold off on sharing all the details just yet and just kind of toss the idea out there and let you know about some of the things I’ve got going on in the old brain pan. There’s still a lot to figure out with regards to when and where, and what all I would be able to cover in a reasonable time frame. I’m thinking I will have to make it a couple different courses, a short overview that would last no more than an hour, a full day course, and a more extensive weekend type experience. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as things progress. For now though, I’m off to bed. Thanks for reading.