Adult Programs: North Pathway
Why are we here on this earth? To spend our days staring at screens, sitting in traffic, and paying bills? How different were the lives of our ancestors? How active were they in the creation of their own culture? Where are we now in this continuum of ancestry? Where are we going with this human experiment?
Inner Tracking is a dynamic philosophy built on connecting and healing people, communities and culture. An old growth tree is used as a symbol of that fruition. We know that a tree cannot reach full maturity on its own, it requires generations of support.
The roots of this Tree are:
- Connection to place
- Connection to ancestry
- Advocacy and solidarity with the Indigenous to place
- Connection to self
Through the use of deep ecological practices like animal tracking, navigation and sensory deprivation work, participants are guided into a deep connection to the bioregion they are in. Working with nature allows us to collaborate with the spirits of the earth. We come face to face with the sickness in the rivers and streams, as well as the strength in the trees, the joy in birdsong and the hope of regeneration.
Through research and collaboration participants are guided into a living connection with their own ancestry. It is important for each of us to know who we are and where we came from. It has been said that modern culture perceives wisdom to be in the future and traditional cultures perceive wisdom to be in the past. The universal reverence that Indigenous people have for elders as the holders and protectors of knowledge is a form of cultural conservation. Though the link may have been severed for most Americans, it is still quite possible to learn of our own Indigenous Ancestry.
Through stories and direct action participants are guided into the nuanced world of indigenous advocacy work. As the battle at Standing Rock continues we are reminded of the never ending battle for human rights. This struggle has been devastating for Indigenous People all over the world.
A revolution is occurring that has placed Indigenous People at the front of the environmentalist and human rights movements. How do we support these movements? How do we do this in a good way that honors and supports without appropriating? In this course we will directly address the cultural mythologies that have informed our minds with non-sustainable land ethics. We will learn from cultures that have sustainable land ethics and we will create a model for holistic cultural development.
And finally through ceremony, meditation and dialogue, participants are guided through a rigorous process of inquiry. We are all carrying a varying degrees of trauma just from living in this world. Our lives become charades of avoidance, coping and denial. How long can we keep this going? When will we stop and finally face the fear and pain that we are running from? For us to be effective at connecting to place, connecting to ancestry, or solidarity work, we must be fully committed to working on ourselves. We must find our trauma and commit to healing. Healing is possible, it is something that arises through the grace of intention. Inner Tracking guarantees a safe place to set those intentions.
Inner Tracking is a difficult Pathway. We will offer 3 progressive courses going deeper and more comprehensively into the content. Each course will be a greater time commitment. Additionally, as with all of the Pathway courses, students are encouraged to return.
This is intensive group work on grief, trauma, joy, love and connection. Please consider this before committing. We encourage you to call anytime to discuss your needs with us to see if we agree that the course is right for you.
Barry Moses was raised between worlds, in the cities of Spokane and Seattle, Washington, as well as the Spokane Indian Reservation. He is an educator with a keen interest in spirituality, indigenous cultures, dream work, and personal insight.