In Gratitude for our many teachers
Between us we have many teachers that we feel to acknowledge and send our thanks to – some we share in common and others only one of us have had the journey of learning with.
We all send our gratitude to Thomas Schorr-Kon who founded Trackways and has mentored all three of us in the teachings that Tom Brown Jr shared with him at the Tracker School. This lineage of teachings comes from Stalking Wolf. Thomas also introduced us each to Jon Young’s Seeing Through Native Eyes audio series (then in cassette form).
It was in Thomas’s box of inspiring books that Anna found Plant Spirit Medicine by Eliot Cowan who then went on to become her teacher for many years.
Many connections with other participants were made on Trackways courses. It was through a friend from Trackways that Anna met Gordon Hillman, retired professor of Archeobotany who inspired her deep love of plants and mentored her in offering foraging workshops.
After reading Grandfather by Tom Brown Jr. when Victoria was only 12 years old, her mother Jenny went out to the Tracker School and subsequently organised for Victoria and her brother to go for an experience with Coyote Tracks the following two summers. These immersive experiences in survival skills, nature awareness, wilderness philosophy and ancient scout were significant and formative for Victoria at this age. Many poignant memories were formed from the care and enthusiasm of the staff there and the other teenagers. Throughout her teens Victoria was fortunate enough to learn from George Larson and Vanessa Herbst on Scout Protector classes associated with the Tracker School and then as her gap year at 18 years old went to Wilderness Awareness School (WAS) for a 9 month immersion.
So much of what Victoria went on to seed in the UK in her 20s was through these rich experiences and enabled by the self-confidnece and knowledge of self that emerged from the time at WAS. “I send deep gratitude for the staff that guided me, the larger WAS community and my fellow classmates of 2006-2007.”
~ With thanks to all our friends, human and other than human, that we have all learned richly from along our journeys, and continue to do so.
Anna, Victoria and Daniel
What’s in a name?
All three of us were deeply inspired by a cassette series made by Jon Young called Seeing Through Native Eyes. Little did we know then that we would be working with Jon in the future in various capacities and events including Art of Mentorings.
Through his audio series, Jon brings the naturalist curriculum alive through personal stories, invitations to partake in various exercises and to really experience the world in a new way.
Although Jon gave his blessing for us to use this name, a playful, synchronistic moment from one of our participants on our first year course gave rise to our similar name: Seeing Through Nature’s Eyes.