Girl in Camouflage

Tim's thoughts on 2015 and 2016

Tim & Jackson

2016 is going to be a wonderful year at Headwaters Outdoor School. I feel it in my bones. I’m very excited and happy to create this coming year. I’m also excited to see how it creates me. This journey will be fully lived. I have much gratitude for the past year 2015, and I am looking forward with gratitude for what is to come. The joy of the mystery, the unknown is so wonderful to look forward to. Good, bad or ugly, it will be an adventure, and I love Adventure.

The Shasta Winter is Back

Bark Tepee in Winter

It's been snowing steadily since mid-December and the snow pack is building all over the Mt. Shasta region. With more than 8 feet of snow on Mt. Shasta, this year's Winter Class promises to be one to remember.

New Foraging Classes

Wild Edible Plant Class - Forage, Feast and Folklore

Taking two full days we will transform the bounty of the land into little known textures, flavors and culinary delights. Try your first taste of pilafs flavored with pine pollen and wild greens, or puddings thickened with cattail starch.

Foraging with Headwaters Outdoor School

wildflowers

A letter from JT on the inspiration for his new Wild Edible Plant classes at Headwaters.

Friends Along the Way

Image of Tim smiling at Jackson the dog

In my reflecting on my life after reaching 60 this year, I’ve thought a lot about the richness that all of my close animal friends have brought to my life. I truly owe them all my life, for all of the richness of my life.

Joe Dabil

Joe Dabil
This past year our friend and main Wilderness Skills and Bow and Arrow instructor passed away. Joe taught our classes for 20 years. He was an amazing craftsman. His primitive skills were amazing and his flint knapping skills were simply the best.
Joe was an artist of skills and an amazing and patient teacher. He was always there for his students. He was a kind and caring person and it showed through his love of nature.
Joe was a man of honor. In the 20 years we worked together he gave his best to the school and to me. His word was gold.

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Goodbye to Our Sacred Peacekeeper

riley

This year we lost Riley, our wolf dog. Riley was the definition of what Headwaters is. He was wild, but not too wild. He was loyal. He loved all dogs and people. He was a peacemaker. He was beautiful and mysterious. Riley brought true, raw spirit to our land and camp. He protected and cared for Julie, and lived with her after Bear died. He was a sacred friend.

Tim's thoughts on 2014

shelter building

Last year was an amazing year at our school. It’s become clear to me this year that Headwaters is so much more than a school. It’s become sacred space for a grouping of people, of all ages, that have over 23 years, been a part of our community. Our school and land holds space for our community. It has become a source of light in the darkness. It reminds me of the saying, “No amount of darkness can put out the light of one candle or star.”

JT

JT

It has been said there are no more frontiers to conquer, no more Wild West places for young men to test their strength and courage other than war or the military, no more exotic places to explore.

They are wrong!

I Live Here

Headwaters Land

I live here where the water runs clear and I can drink from the earth with no vessel between it and my lips.
I live here with the pack, and I am watched over.
I live here where I help grow and raise what I eat, where I physically participate in living my life.
I live here with the honey bees, and sacred gardens and the towering trees.
I live here where smell is welcomed and nothing is avoided through a mask.
I live here where the blue sky is really blue, and green has far more shades than I can count.

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