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Tinder for Fire

April 11, 2018

I loved being a part of Rowena's Nature Learning community Adult class!  Normally Rowena Conahan devotes her time teaching outdoor survival skills and facilitating nature connection in regular children's classes. 

 

Rowena has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and is a certified Montessori teacher and professional storyteller. She has attended Tom Brown’s Tracker School in New Jersey, Wilderness Awareness School’s Art of Mentoring course, and Kamana Naturalist Training program. She has taught nature connection and ancestral skills classes for youth and adults for many years, including helping groups of volunteers construct several hand-built shelters.

 

About twelve of us gathered together for three hour blocks on Wednesday afternoons for a four week period, regardless of rain, snow, and  unseasonably chill March winds. 

Our time began in the natural shelter Rowena built, made from branches lashed together and straw bales.  It's warm and snug, big enough to seat fifteen people around the wood burning stove.  

 

Some of the skills we learned in our short time included how to build a fire (sometimes using wet wood!)  with only a flint and tinder, archery, shelter construction, preparing and tanning animal skins, and making twine from natural fibers.  For those of you who feel that working with animal skins might not be your thing, don't worry.   Rowena was great about checking in with everyone about comfort levels and flexible in the choices offered for group activities.

I was so inspired by the  class that I built a shelter in my own backyard, and plan to become a master fire-starter!

 

Rowena is thinking of offering one monthly day-long class for adults starting this summer.   

If you're interested, contact her through  http://www.naturelearningcommunity.org/

 

 

 

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