Our first season of Wolf Pack class 2020 will be focusing on primitive tool making and usage as a survival necessity in the Age of high tech.
Every reward deserves a good challenge. The challenge that lays before you: to integrate your ancestral roots with your living body. Simple, right?!
As we swim (or drown) in a world of high tech wizardry, as willing and unwitting guinea pigs, or high end users, it is easy to feel like a cork bobbing in an ocean of gizmos, images and black mirrors. Where is earth situated at this point? Where is your body for that matter, in what matrix does it lie?
Through the sympathetic magic of primal technology, your ancient hands (look at your hands, the original tools) will be guided to craft a primitive tool kit with stone, bone, antler, shell, wood, plants, and broken glass as your materials. Forsaken but not forgotten knowledge that you will re-member back into reality by fusing your native human know-how, however dilapidated, with a re-wilding pack of humans who are up to the challenge.
By the end of the year, if you’re still with us, we will venture together on a ‘surviving with the elements’ campout to hone the skills and tools you gathered throughout the 4 seasons to see how far we can arrive at our far-reaching challenge. The rewardS are suited to the challenge: the experience and knowledge gained, and fellowship formed. And your Wolf Pack tool kit of course.
(Your tool kit may or may not resemble these tool kits, consider these images mind seeds planted in your fertile consciousness…)
$25/class or $200 for the season (introductory prices)
E-transfers can be made to ElementalCollective2020@gmail.com Percentage of proceeds for enrolment will go to the Save the Shire Fund.
Please dress for weather in whatever gear you feel comfortable in. It is important to work with what suits you. Everyone is at a different level of wildness and knowledge, and we are here to learn from each other, not show off. Tea and fire will be an essential part of Wolf Pack, but bring a lunch and beverage to sustain you in the elements.
Re-Discovering and practicing the Art and Craft of the Human Animal:
Sundays Jan 19th-March 8th (8 Classes)
$25/class or $200 for the season
Join us for our Wolf Pack Sundays, our Youth and Adult Nature Program, where we will focus on the skills, knowledge and wisdom of rewilding ourselves through a wide variety of teachings. Elemental Guardians will mentor the Wolf Pack through primitive tool making, tracking, camouflage, hunting skills, archery, fire, warrior training, movement, food processing, and a variety of role-playing games, and missions designed to tap into your inner Wolf 🐺 A team of super-hero mentors will join us throughout the Seasons with the end goal will be a unified Wolf Pack with a shared survival skill set and wild-crafted tool kit. Drop-in costs are $25/class or $200 for the season. A good percentage of proceeds for enrolment will go to the Save the Shire Fund. Our class size will be limited to 12…contact Dante at ElementalCollective2020@gmail.com if you are interested. Classes for the Winter/Spring Season go from January 19th to March 8th.
In 2020 we will be launching our Elemental Collective Wild Calendar, featuring our Guardians in their primary element. Our calendar will be launched in the Spring, honouring the Natural cycles and rhythms of time at the start of the Vernal Equinox. Here are a few teaser shots from our photo shoots, the Wild Archetypes.
Images captured by one of our brilliant photographers, Belinda White, Apple Star Photo (Facebook Page)
Here is a sneak peek of our upcoming Winter/Spring Curriculum being offered by some of our Guardians. Our offerings take effect January 6th.
With Cob Oven Pizza Nights, Wild Food Fridays, Movies, Music Jams and more….
Elemental Spa (Monthly)
Digital Knowmad: a course in multimedia production: music, imaging, movies, presentations, websites, and more
Brothers of the Wolf Monthly Men’s Campout
Vision Quest/Sitting Spot Sponsorship
Nature’s Chef Academy – Wild Culinary Arts Program
Rewild your kitchen! This is a program to enrich more nature into your culinary arts. Through the powers of the wildfoods & sacred culinary techniques you will be on your way to be nature’s best allies. A series of 10 workshops over 4 months covers practises that go beyond your standard cooking class. From sustainable foraging to processing and preserving to taking it to the plate. You will have a better understanding of the relationship we once had with the land we inhabit. You are invited to ignite your inner Nature’s Chef!
If your a chef interested in bringing more foraged foods into the food you serve, or cooking in remote locations for eco-tourism or if you are a big nature loving foodie that loves to prepare food at home then this may be the course for you!
Guided by Chef Tom Kral and his featured co-facilitators, we bring you this series of workshops designed for you to become Nature’s Chef.
Day 1 Mar.1 – Cooking without a Kitchen – Food-safety
Day 2 Mar.8 – Food Chi Fermentation – Wildfood fermenting
Day 3 Mar.15 – Ales for what Ails you – Living beverages
In the beginning was Vision and Creator breathed Life into it and made it so.
My vision springs out of a deeply rooted philosophy of engagement and play with original wild, creative forces swirling around and within us. Nature is Truth. I take a stand that refuses to be domesticated into an inert, passive, controlled subject at the whim of dis-eased and parasitic forces. We live in an Age that is at a crossroads: we can work, co-habitate and play within Nature through a benevolent exchange of Human Culture with the other-than-human Beings in the Earth, through honouring Natural Law (Logos) or we can continue the historic path of domination, addiction and enslavement that despoils our one and only Holy Home World. I resist and persist through healing integrity.
I am committed to this practice through my out-of-doors school offerings at ElementalAcademy, and overseeing a symphony of community gatherings, events and efforts in this direction. I see this as a real world and online sponsorship that can offer opportunities and membership, as well as acquiring assistance and donations for those people outside of the Co-operative who wish to assist us in our endeavours, and might not be able to directly support us.
I envision a movement of ‘Elemental Guardians’, through a co-mentoring of children, youth and adults that bring their unique gifts to bear, bringing magical, innate abilities to fruition. It is a tall order to protect, nourish and heal the Earth, and each other through education, land stewardship and rehabilitation, and a deepening integration of our lives in wild play with Creation.
The beautiful thing is…we have choice and the freedom to co-exist with Creation. I believe this can only come about through a deep recognition that we belong here, as children of Creator and Creation. We must defeat the neuroses and self-destructive illnesses of our terminal programming while simultaneously, heroically embracing our own Creative destinies.
I envision this land as a sacred place where people of all ages and walks of life come together to celebrate our human capacities, through a cohesive, working/playing, teaching/learning, holistic/healing community: ‘Elemental Collective’. “Elemental” because it is about getting back to the basics of our original human nature, a beautiful dance with the Nature as it flows and unfolds from within its own Essential Being. The 4 Sacred Elements are the alchemy of this dance, and the 5th Sacred being the Spiritual Quintessence which invisibly holds it all together.
Greenman Adventures Rises Again…
Dante’s Elemental Collective Curriculum for 2020
Walk on the Wild Side (Guided Local Walks, 🐐eventually with Goats)
Elemental Academy Cubs (Monday & Friday) with Seasonal Colouring Book, Calendar~Curriculum and a Yearly Certificate coming in 2020
Wolf Pack: 🐺Re-discovering and practicing the Art of the Human Animal 👣🐾, hunting, tracking, martial arts, wild play for adults (Alternating Saturday/Sunday, bi-monthly)
Deer Tracks 🦌: Walking softly through the land, gathering, gardening, Wild-crafting, (Alternating Saturday/Sunday, bi-monthly)
Speak Easy Friday Elixir Bar/Outdoor Lounge (bi-monthly) With Pizza, Movies, Music Jams and more….
Elemental Spa (Monthly)
Digital Knowmad: a course in multimedia production: music, imaging, movies, presentations, websites, and more
Brothers of the Wolf Monthly Men’s Campout
Vision Quest/Sitting Spot Sponsorship
Our Elemental Collective Calendar and Programs will be announced in early February
Earth is neither flat nor spherical. She is rotund perhaps. Pregnant with Life. Regardless of her shape and girth, the Earth is in fact, a body. A living being. Earth is in reality, our body. Our collective ground.
As an Earth Guardian, we Conscientiously inhabit the Earth and the land we dwell upon through deep care, connection and play. We acknowledge and stand for the Earth and all her creatures, seen and unseen in the interwoven webs that bind us all. We are in our very flesh, bones and salt, the Element of Earth. We celebrate and tend to the wilds of our own bodies and seek to restore and regenerate Lands that have been abused. We honour the ancient ways of all ancestors and our fellow Earthlings that live in harmony with Natural Law, and the cycles of Creation, Death and Renewal that are embedded within this Realm. We are hunters, gatherers, healers and growers. We are Children of the Earth.
As an Air Guardian, we inhale and exhale the Breath of Life, in an unseen exchange that flows over mountains, through the valley ways and forests of our inter-connective lungs. We are in-spired by living breath of plants, muses and clouds, sharing air, song and whispered prayers with the Invisible Ones. We seek to meditate through deep flow of breath and whistle the wind song of our soul’s pilgrimage, remembering that Air is the messenger of our Spirit’s longing. Through plants, and trees, we honour the interchange of the energies of Air, and we work to keep the integrity of our own spoken words as harbingers of good will and truth-telling.
As a Fire Guardian we tend the Sacred Fire 🔥 as a harbinger of light, warmth and truth. We seek counsel with the visions within the dancing coals, and are inspired by tongues of flame, and the smouldering fire within our chests. We seek balance with the Element of Fire, in a world that is burning itself to ash. We honour the life-giving Sun, as the Eternal Fire that ignites within every living being, and are humbled by its brilliance. We send our prayers up with the rising smoke of Cedar, Sage and Sweetgrass, remembering that Fire is a Gift, not a curse of Humankind.
As a Water Guardian, we swim in the liquid medium, through rain, rivers and rapids, as it also courses through our very veins. It is the translucent fluid of life itself. Water is flow and cleansing nourishment. We are anointed and baptized within an amniotic ocean in the primordial Womb of Birth. We aim to drink deeply from the life-giving waters and seek to protect the sacred waterways from toxic effluents both within and without. As our thoughts and words become water, let our hearts pump from the deep well of gratitude and give blessings to the Element of Water that quenches our soul’s thirst!
4 Elementals/Directions Invocation
Guardian of the East, element of Air, the sacred breath; I invite you in. Come blow the debris away from my heart and mind, so I may soar with Eagle as the witness, learning and living the art of conscious communication. With each rising sun you bring continued lessons on new beginnings.
Guardian of the South, element of Fire, the sacred heart; I invite you in. Come burn through my illusions of separation, so I may run with Wolf at play, igniting the passions of creativity that burn deep inside my being. With your flickering flame you bring lessons that can purify me of the old ways, so I may transform anew.
Guardian of the West, element of Water, the sacred womb; I invite you in. Come wash over me with your sea of compassion. Giving me the strength of Salmon to wade through my ocean of emotions, so I may move from a place of grace and power. With your cascading waterfalls your bring lessons of living in abundance and harmony with all life.
Guardian of the North, element of Earth, the sacred body; I invite you in. Come ground my energy in your strong and stable roots. Teach me the wisdom of Bear, so I may walk with strength and integrity, and learn when to speak and when to listen. With your nurturing ways you bring powerful lessons in forgiveness and acceptance. May we learn from you to live as ONE.
Mama Gaia, Earth love, rising from below above. I call you come, entwine my roots with yours. With every breath I take our roots grow, down and out, spreading throughout the Earth and entangling with all roots, and mycelium, forming the flower of life within your body. Fill our roots with your transmutational flame of purification that we may vibrate into ecstatic evolution. In complete surrender of body, mind, and soul, I open to receive your mandala of creation.
Father Sky, I call you come; fill my longing heart with your golden nectar and sweet Ether, that I may once again know your loving embrace and receive the tools for integration. With every breath I take, I expand into love, returning home to your heavenly abode. In complete surrender of body, mind, and soul I open to receive the codes of light, overlaying the divine blueprint of my soul.
Mother Earth and Father Sky, I call you now to marry as ONE. Dance me awake into the new paradigm of your higher consciousness and balance my heart with your love, birthing me anew in the sacred union of divinity.
The Elemental Collective seeks to create a harmonious culture of humans living in attunement with the natural community of plants, animals and elemental powers. Our mission is to accomplish this by offering nature education, workshops, retreats, celebratory & culinary events, art, healing, and ceremony. Hence our mission statement tagline is summed up thus:
Taking a stand and restoring the Land for our past, present and future generations.
We strive to inspire further generations of land stewards and community co-operatives by sharing the knowledge needed to sustain and thrive as human beings. Honoring all life forces & fostering a deeper commitment with the Earth, we attend to the interwoven threads of personal, community and bioregional relationships.
By forming a Co-operative we are bringing together the diverse gifts, knowledge and experience of our team, the Elemental Guardians. Our first major goal is to purchase the land we are living on, in order to bring a much needed alternative project of ‘doing business differently’ than most of the current models that are in crisis. It is a visionary venture, and there are countless challenges to surmount, but the steadfast hearts of our fellowship are up to the task!
Our Fellowship’s 2020 Vision
Dante’s 20/20 Vision
My vision for this land took place over 20 years ago, when doing an art visioning board for a ‘Permaculture Paradise’ that had been lit up in my Heart.. I envision this land being embraced and restored through permaculture, wild plants, animal corridors and habitats, obstacle course, pathways, meditative gardens, event centre, outdoor shared kitchen/dining, play spaces, a store and a sacred sitting spot where stillness, connection and visions are nurtured. I have lived on this land, ‘Shire by the Sea’ for over 10 years and recognized it as the place in my original vision when I first stepped foot on it. Since then I have slowly been gathering in the elements and people to help manifest the image. Elemental Collective is an orchestral unity that will create this symphony of connection between community and the land.
Re-Wilding culture through wild food-medicine and nature inspired dining experiences. Reconnecting our ancestral roots to build empowered resilient coastal people in return to help protect the natural forces. Tom would like to offer a wild culinary arts program for chefs and foodies as well as foraging workshops throughout the year. He will run the food and beverage of Elemental Collective, nourishing the events that take place. A vision of collaborating with facilitators from around the globe, exchanging sacred knowledge, holding space to run retreats that can be up to a week long . He see’s a sort of glamping experience where you would learn these vital skills and be inspired to take that home. His dream is to have the outdoor kitchen complete with a connected gathering space all built with sustainable materials like cob.
Calla’s role as part of the Elemental Collective is varied. She is a mama to three wild cubs, she is delving deeper every day into learning & sharing about herbal medicine & all the many plant allies we have to work with on this land & in our bio-region.
Calla is also a doula, a space holder, specifically for prenatal, birth, post partum…but really it goes beyond that.
Jenn’s vision of this land came through meditation years before stepping onto this actual land. You could say it initiated the courage to step into a life guided by Mystery. The vision was nurturing respect, wisdom, embodiment, and curiosity of all life within the land community. A place anchored around self development, soul work and contributions from all, as we all have a unique gift to bring to this world. Encouraging and supporting our journeys on this land to discover our selves on a deeper level, embrace our unique soul gifts and rise with them in offering to our community, taking a necessary step to this evolutionary shift we desperately need.
Tucked nicely away in a nook around the corner, is a beautiful plot of land. This land is home, it is sacred, and it is powerful. Many have come here and found silence, calm, community, grounding, inspiration, and a sense of belonging. Gathered here for music and dance that touches your soul so deep it carves out long lasting memories. This land will grab you, and hold you close; teach you lessons of patience, love and understanding. The vision is that it will continue to be here for generations to come, if we protect and honour it. The land cries out for all those not able to be present and see its rekindled glory when we return from getting lost in the metal and concrete jungles we have created. This place is home for few, and sanctuary for countless others.
‘Shire by the Sea’ is one of the pet names we have bestowed upon this land we are dwelling. Evocative of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, this magical place seems cloaked between an elusive Elvin mist of the Undying Lands, and a forgotten Hobbiton nook beyond the South Farthing. If this sounds strange to your ears or you’re not familiar with Lord of the Rings lore, take heed, you will feel the magic stir the moment you step foot on the land, as a long forgotten memory seems to shimmer in the mind’s eye…
The 3 Sisters is a gigantic Ent triplet Sitka Spruce that is the tallest tree on the land, overseeing the greatest 360 of the surrounding vistas. Juan de Fuca spreads out towards the South and the old John Muir Barn hails to the East. The 3 Sisters has swings, including a surfboard and tire swing, climbing platforms and will gradually have up to 7 levels reaching towards the Sky.
Nootka Roseis a prolific companion on the land, providing lots of food for the local bees 🐝 and delicious medicines in the forms of teas, meads, and marmalades.
The tipi is a sacred space devoted to ceremony, celebrations and sleep by the cozy fire 🔥 We had a bear tear into it this year, and although we patched it up, it looks like we’ll be getting a new canvas in the coming year, with the old canvas being up-cycled for our sweat hut.
Nature is our playground and school~Elemental Academy
‘Elemental Guardians’ seek to protect and nourish kinship with Nature through the Elementals, the 4 traditional Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and the Quintessential 5th, Aether.
By honouring the Elementals, we are embracing the core powers of all inter-related beings, our own body-soul-mind-spirit exchange and the sacred balance that is our responsibility and birth right.
As Elemental Guardians, through a co-mentoring of children, youth and adults that bring their unique gifts to bear, we invite our magical, innate abilities to fruition in order to protect, nourish and heal the Earth, and each other through education, land stewardship and rehabilitation, and a deepening integration of our lives in wild play with Creation.
We have chosen this land, Shire by the Sea, to make our stand, creating a Co-operative that will reach out for community building, land stewardship, education, celebration, work and funding in honour of these core values and our necessary evolution towards greater harmony with the Earth, Heavens and Elementals. Creator bestowed the Gift of Creation, and we work to be in alignment with both Creator and Creation as Earthlings in this corner of Cascadia, in the ancestral home of the T’Souke Nation, at Shire by the Sea.
If this message speaks to you, consider becoming a patron of the Elemental Guardians. Come join us for our events, workshops, and classes, or peruse this sprouting website to connect with the budding fellowship on this honoured land. Every contribution helps in our first major milestone of saving our Shire by the Sea.
There will be call outs for continued assistance and contributions and we will publish ongoing newsletters and updates as we progress through our multi-pronged goals.
Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether…to all of these Elementals, within and without, above and below, we send our prayers and blessings. Aho~