Ive been actively involved in learning bush craft since I was a young kid, knee high to a grass hooper.
Ive been teaching since I was 15 ehthusiastically turning friends n kindred strangers onto aspects of bushcraft
then some time later in 94 I started to teach professionally at schools
(primarily: plant identification, preparations n uses, be it edible, medicinal, utilitarian n shamanic uses;
various shelter building approaches, sensory attunement; re/learning the eilent n sounded languages of
nature; and assisting in teaching felting....
I toured about in the spring, summer n fall, also having natural health booths at various festivals,
gatherings, etc (such as: Reggea on the River; WOMAD, Oregon Country Fair; Okanagon n Tonasket Barter
Fair; Black foot and Nez Pierce indian gatherings, etc ) ,evenutally happily leaving the united slaves
permenently and heading into the wildernesses of South Amerca to learning bushcraft / indigenous living
skills experientially with Shuar n Hauroni ( n others) tribal friends who for various lengths of time I lived
I also was doing ethnobotanical research including shamanic experiential studies n practice,
permaculture observations n studies, guiding others in mountaineering, rock climbing, trekking n cycling,
I hesitantly left South America after a (near) death experience of my own dying due to stepicocus ( the
'flesh-eating' bacterial infection) from a fall, as I consider a certain n sacred part of Ecuador my true home,
especially in the Los Cedros Cloud Forest Reserva where I lived, researched, taught, loved life n worked.
Ive been in NZ 8 plus years now, far longer then I ever intended to be considering theres Borneo, Papa New
Guine, Africa, Thialand n more to explore their wildernesses indepth and the indigenous tribal peoples
manner in living in harmonious relationship with nature n their own nature.
For the moment Im still here but will eventually move to live in a country which is by far more respectful
overall of nature ( unlike the insane use of 1080 within NZ ) n the indigenous peoples of that country.
In the mean time Im happy to share what I know n to learn from others in mutually respectful relationships
to one another.
For me, Nature is my equal, guide n best friend.
Im also involved as a musician (multi instrumentalist) n create all my own music for many years now
professionally. Non commerical/non formula music!
Focusing on performing (from time to time) n distributing my music in the progressive music scene of
I write contemplative writings as well as social/political commentary n surrealistic / abstract humour;
long time direct action political activist n supporter, organic gardener / permaculture designer, medicinal
herbalist, massage therapist, counselor/psychologist, etc and enjoy Aikido/Tai Chi /Chi Gong n Yoga.
Have a positive n life inspiring day!
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