|Lucas Rebrovic grew up in rural Southwest Ohio, playing in the woods everyday. From a young age Lucas developed a passion for skills that enabled him to be outside with as little man-made “stuff” as possible. As a teenager this passion led him to begin experimenting with bow building, which quickly snowballed into a full-fledged desire to learn every primitive skill he could imagine. Lucas graduated the Wilderness Awareness School Residential Program and then earned his degree in Environmental Biology. He now resides in Carnation, Washington, where he continues to enjoy and learn from bow making, flint knapping, hide tanning, wild food harvesting, blacksmithing, and a multitude of other exciting outdoor living skills. We have been grateful to have Lucas as our lead instructor since 2013, teaching throughout the year and during the summer.
|Jessenia Eisenman grew up on a Permaculture farm in the desert of southern California, learning land stewardship, animal husbandry, natural building, community living and how to walk in the wild. She is a graduate of the 2015 Anake Outdoor Program of Wilderness Awareness School and currently apprenticing in their Anake Leadership Program. She is passionate about being connected to her food through farming and wild-tending/harvesting, singing and playing music, crafting as much as possible, genuine human connection and being a good auntie to the children in her life. Senia joined Tracks & Tales in 2016 and teaches our Weekly Class throughout the year.|
|Natalia Robinson was sneaking off to the woods, creating plant medicine concoctions, singing with the birds, and attempting any folk art she could get her hands on since she was a young child. As an adult, she swore to never lose her connection with her inner child and discovered the secret that all life is an opportunity to play. She brings 20 years of experience in working with children as the creator of Kale Forest Farm Camp, the Sunfield Farm and School Aftercare Program, Fibershed Farm Camp, and was a guest instructor at WildWise, Swan School, the YWCA, Forest School, Sunfield Farm and School, and many other educational programs. Through an unusual education from the Evergreen State College she studied organic agriculture, plant medicine, and fiber arts in the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, and Guatemala. She makes her living teaching and creating delightful fiber art with her business Feral Felt. We are delighted to have Natalia return for Summer Camps again this year.
|Kaan Oral has been studying primitive survival skills since 2002. A student of Tom Brown’s Tracker School, Kaan learned that survival depends not on fighting nature, but on surrendering to it, bringing awareness to what is around and inside you. He spent a year living in the woods in a shelter he built, eating almost entirely food he gathered and harvested, using supplies found and made from the land. He is adept at shelters, bow drill fires, weaving baskets, spinning fibers, tanning hides, and weaving on a backstrap loom. He is also a nationally registered EMT-Basic and Wilderness First Responder. He believes experience is the best teacher. Kaan joins us during the summer to instruct.
|Jakob Ledbetter recently received his Master of Arts in Transpersonal Ecopsychology from Naropa University. The field of Ecopsychology seeks to develop and understand ways of expanding the psycho-spiritual-emotional connection between humans and the natural world, thereby assisting individuals with developing nature-connected lifestyles. During his final year of the program, Jakob volunteered with two nature-connection programs assisting the coyote mentors. This experience working with young people fostering their connection with the natural world has put Jakob on the path to attending the 2017-2018 Anake Outdoor Program. His ultimate vision is to create a rites of passage organization working with young adults coming of age, assisting them in their transitions to adulthood as empowered individuals who are provided the opportunity to realize their full human potential. We are pleased to have Jakob joining us this year to spearhead our Rites of Passage program.
|Maya Wallach, parent, volunteer, and registrar, helped found Tracks & Tales Nature School in 2008 after seeing how students of all ages blossom in the amazing outdoor programs at the Wilderness Awareness School. Maya spent much of her childhood on the Pacific’s rocky beaches, and splashing in the clear blue lakes of the high Sierras. After several careers in New York (social work, arts administrator), Paris (dance writer & photographer) and Bangalore (computer programmer), living on a creek in the forest feels like coming home at last. Maya is currently enrolled in a 4 year healing program based on Native American practices. She is passionate about fostering community.|