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Fire TendingStaff training was great. As I write this, Wilderness Skills, is already in the woods on their first day. I’ll admit, I watch them go by and a wave of pride and happiness washes over me as they slowly disappear into the trees, with their packs donning handmade bow drills and laces of twirled Milkweed cordage. The land seems to breathe them in as invited company.ST on trail Our fearless leaders this Fall are ready. Most of them you may know, as they are already seasoned Great Hollow staff. This made for an incredibly rewarding and rich training, as everyone had plenty to share and many regulations had already been learned. 
Staff contemplationHere, we have (left to right) Greg, Broch, Ingmar and Joe, discussing various plants suitable for cordage, tinder, and the myriad uses for Artemisia Vulgaris; our locally abundant Mugwort. GRbee The bees hummed along. 
Ingmar harvest packWe toured the trails and blazed some new ones. Beaver bridgeWe stopped to learn about some of the important flora and fauna in the area, and how they affect their surroundings. Fearless leaders 1We practiced looking cool for the kids. Fearless leaders 2… and practiced looking closely; at mystery flowers, beautiful moths, and differentiated toxic plants versus safe plants. We planned games, brainstormed new projects, and taught each other skills.Sweet Everlasting

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Here they are! Clockwise starting at left: Greg & Broch, (Skills, Pioneers & JNats) Ingmar (Micros), Jen & Patrick (Scouts), Joe (fort security and inoculations of philosophy and play), and Emily(Challenge and Micros).

Patrick is new to Great Hollow, but comes to us with a wealth of experience as an Eagle Scout, certified lifeguard, skilled archer backpacker, and teacher, all at the accomplished young age of 16. In addition, Patrick has also been homeschooled throughout his life. Welcome Patrick!

Dave managed to escape from the Camera but he is ready for, well, a lot of challenge!  And Joe will be filling in during absences since the Explorers is not running. Thank you Joe! You always fill the Meadows and Woods with joy.

Welcome to Autumn!

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Greg Anderson 003Hi everyone!  My name is Greg Anderson and I will be co-teaching the Wilderness Skills, Pioneer and Jr. Naturalist classes here at Great Hollow.  I am very excited to bring my skills as a primitive technologist, craftsman, tracker, and wilderness survival expert to the children I will be working with.  It was my privilege to learn these skills from various books and mentors such as Errett Callahan, Tom Brown Jr., and many less famous but very dedicated friends.

I have been studying the vast scope of wilderness survival and all of its facets (like herbalism, naturalism, ethnobotany, etc.) for eight years now and I am still learning new things daily.  Currently my partner Dena and I work at a local farm, implementing our skills in organic gardening and living closer to our visions of permaculture. Nature itself is limitless in it’s aspects and variations, and it is my passion.  Everything in modern society can be accounted for in a wilderness setting, from basic needs to comfortable leisure, and I find that when living the in the ways that are closest to nature I come closer to understanding my own.

Looking forward to meeting all of you,

Greg

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Greg, Dena, and their baby Maple joined my kids and I for a hike and orientation at the Hollow last week. As you will see below, it didn’t take long for everyone to feel at home. Greg brings a refreshing combination of openness and knowledge to our staff that I feel will be in perfect alignment with our ways of learning and discovery. Greg, along with Broch (photo and intro hopefully up soon) will be co-teaching each of the courses formerly lead by Ethan. Broch has already been working at great Hollow for some time now, with Nature’s Chorus summer camp and has undergone full Great Hollow staff training. Together I am confident they will provide a wide range of adventure, mentorship, traditions, skills, and accomplishment.

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