Fall Wilderness Bushcraft Semester, Our 60th Long Term Program, Has Concluded

small cook fire next to the rips

The parking lot is empty. The people are on their way to Austria, England, Thailand, California, Colorado, Illinois, etc., A day to clean up camp a bit before I hit the road for Texas to see my family. We had a great finish to the fall, 2023 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester with three new Journeyman certificate holders, some working right up until the deadline to get everything done.

I’ll be back in a week for our final scheduled field school program of 2023, the Autumn Woodsman course. After that, it’s a few months to decompress, reflect, and plan for the future before winter programs begin.

This was our 60th long-term program, and we’re wrapping up our 24th year of continuous operation as a full-time outfit.

It has been a long season, as we hit the ground running at the end of April and have been pushing hard since then. As a result I’m tired, but the good kind that comes from accomplishment.

The off season isn’t really “off”, it’s just fewer programs and more planning, office work and marketing. It’s less grueling, but also less rewarding. I’m looking forward to it at this point, but after some downtime I’ll start to get excited about getting after it again. Then the maps come out and the scheming begins. But for now, it’s a scramble to catch up on all those things and relationships that have been pushed to the backburner while I’ve been busy taking care of business. Thanks for reading.


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