What a year this has been!

13th Oct 2010

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I believe that a large part of this year's success is a direct result of the venues which we have used. The owners of both Ravens Hill Woodland and the Elmley Castle Estate have been very supportive of the classes that we have run. The venues are abundant with wildlife which helps to make teaching nature studies a breeze. A couple of memorable moments include, seeing goshawks fly through camp at Ravens Hill and badgers and deer walking through the students' sit spots at Elmley Castle.

Camouflage, Native Scout, Vision Quest and Expanded Awareness were new to the schedule this year and they have surpassed our hopes. It was wonderful to see the way in which they enhanced the students' abilities in particular areas. They also generated a great sense of excitement in me as we have recognised just how we can develop other courses from them.

We are now half way through the first Earth Living Programme and it has been a great honour to work with the same group intimately for the last 6 months; this is especially due to the commitment which the students have shown, in relearning and preserving the skills of our ancestors. The dedication made by those who live in other areas of Europe to visit the UK so many times during the year must also be mentioned.

We are busy constructing next year's schedule which we hope to announce by the end of November. You will be pleased to know that we will be offering our core classes such as Native Skills 1 and 2, Native Scout etc but be prepared to see some surprises! For those interested in next year's Earth Living Programme, please contact the office as soon as possible so that we can begin to plan the programme in terms of dates and locations. At present we are not certain if we will run the programme annually or every other year. If the latter, Native Awareness will be able to commit the time to pursuing other projects in terms of its student offering. We do still have places open for the Bow Making class to be held in the November at Ravens Hill if any of you are interested.

Native Awareness is to spend this winter in the development of our online shop. The aim is to be able to provide a variety of goods such as flint knapping tools etc so that you can continue to practise the skills of our ancestors. We will of course let you all know when this is complete!

What to look for in the woods this month: