March 2009

I've been trading emails with Taj Forer for a few months, and last weekend we finally got together.  Taj is a photographer and one of the founders of Daylight Magazine.  We discussed a project he's working on documenting traditional wilderness skills and made plans for him to join us for some of the spring bushcraft […] Read More

Categories: General, In The Media

I was recently interviewed by Iain Haywood at ooh.com.  You can read the piece here.  In addition to some nice photos of Ernie Davis and David Bosum, I'm quoted on educational philosophy: "At its best, teaching should be invisible; a person who learns from a mediocre instructor will realize how talented their instructor is. The […] Read More

Categories: Educational Philosophy, General, In The Media

We get a lot of requests for work-study options for our programs, so we're introducing one for summer, 2009. Duties include organic gardening, landscaping, cutting firewood and building an intimate relationship with the land. You'll live in your own tent or a shelter you build. You'll maintain an off-the-grid solar pv system, our composting system, […] Read More

Categories: General

On April 1st I'm giving a talk at the Goodwin Library in Farmington, NH, on preparedness, sustainability and using low-tech techniques to recession-proof your home and family. I'll be discussing how to live gracefully without modern conveniences such as septic, running water, or electricity in the New England during all seasons.  Topics will range from […] Read More

Categories: General

Part 2 (of 2) of our Philosophy Of Bushcraft Video. Jack Mountain Bushcraft Journal - Episode 20. For a higher resolution version that combines parts 1 and 2, check it out at blip.tv […] Read More

Categories: General, Videos

Philosophy Of Bushcraft - Part 1. Jack Mountain Bushcraft Journal Episode 19. For a higher resolution version that combines part 1 and 2, go to our blip.tv channel […] Read More

Categories: General, Videos

Yesterday I received a dvd copy of a television show shot a year ago called I'll Try Anything Once and featuring Touré and myself, with a guest appearance by Don Merchant.  I spent several days teaching Touré the skills of winter survival, culminating his 24-hour solo in the winter woods.  I hadn't seen any footage […] Read More

Categories: General, In The Media

I've been a fan of Bill Mason's films and books for several decades.  He was a proponent of wood canvas canoes, canvas tents, and traditional skills of the bush.  I picked out a great quotation from his film Waterwalker the other night: You see things differently when you travel the way the native peoples did. […] Read More

Categories: General, Quotations

Our semester course originally grew out of the desire to move past a skills-only paradigm to include the experience of living a simple outdoor life.  After ten years and 12 semester courses, I think we've been successful at introducing a new idea of outdoor education to the world that isn't limited to just hard or […] Read More

Categories: Educational Philosophy, General

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the National Film Board Of Canada's site.  They've put their archives online for free, so we're able to watch a bunch of great films right on the web. To put this in perspective, about 15 years ago I heard about the film Cree Hunters Of Mistassini.  I […] Read More

Categories: General

I had the opportunity to do some reading and enjoy some spirited discussions on our recent trip to northern Quebec. One of the topics that kept coming up was the lack of decent terminology in english for the simple, outdoor lifestyle based on skill, simple tools and a relationship with the land and it's resources. […] Read More

Categories: Educational Philosophy, General

Over the weekend I learned that the article about our 2005 canoe trip on the Big Black River that Tom Haines wrote appeared in the book The Best Travel Writing 2006; True Stories From Around The World.  It originally ran in the travel section of The Boston Globe on June 12, 2005. You can get […] Read More

Categories: General, In The Media