At Earthwalk, students learn a variety of ancestral living skills such as bow and arrow making, weaving, flintknapping, wild food foraging, fire making and shelter building. Anyone who has studied ancestral living skills knows that there are a vast number to be learned – and hopefully, some to be mastered. With so many skills to learn, it can be overwhelming.
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Start easy – maybe one skill per week. Make it manageable so you don’t get bogged down. Be patient, including with yourself. As you practice over time, your confidence and skills will increase.
Tips on Practicing Your Skills
- Pick one at a time.
- Start easy (crawl first, then walk, then run).
- Go slow. Take your time. Don’t rush.
- If you rush, you are more likely to make mistakes.
- Speed will come with experience.
- There is no magic pill!
- The more you get into the skills, the deeper the connection you will feel to the earth.
- Be well-rounded with your skills.
- You will specialize in some skills, but should practice and enjoy them all.
- As you practice the skills, let them become a meditation.
- Go over your notes.
- Get some good quality tools (cheap ones break).
- At the end of the day, ask yourself:
- What went well?
- What could be improved?
- If you could do it again, what would you change?
- Don’t forget to have a life.
- Don’t neglect your family while practicing! Try to include them.
- Share the skills with friends and family members who are open to them.
- Enjoy the experience!
– Frank Sherwood