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VFF Anderson Wells Farm
2542 Quaker St.
Lincoln, VT 05443

Sponsoring Organization

Vermont Family Forests

Re-Storying the Earth Through Wildlife Tracking

Cost: $25/person. Includes a post-workshop lunch of flatbread pizzas (with toppings from the Wells Farm garden) cooked in our earth oven and Wells Farm apple cider. Maximum number of participants:16 adults. Because of the nature of this workshop experience, we are limiting enrollment to adults. (Mike offers a monthly tracking outing for families at the Birds of Vermont Museum.) Details: Course will be held rain or shine. (In either case, there will be indoor as well as outdoor instruction, so if it rains, you won't be outside all morning!) Come dressed for the weather. Bring water and anything else you need for self-care and comfort. The workshop will involve easy hiking. Please let us know if you have any movement restrictions.  Description: In this half-day introductory workshop, you'll explore and rediscover our natural human capacity to engage the Earth and become a part of the stories that are written upon her each day. Renowned tracker Mike Kessler will share techniques for optimizing our five senses, which you will then practice to glean an astounding amount of detail from the creatures on the landscape. Mysteries will begin to unfold and stories will be fashioned using both intuitive deductive reasoning and down-in-the-dirt details and logic. Mike will introduce and share wildlife tracking as the expansive art and science that it is, with participants encouraged to explore the natural world in the manner in which they are most naturally inclined, while keeping an open mind and open heart to the variety of ways in which the Earth speaks to us. Through this introductory workshop, we'll be gauging interest in an in-depth, multi-day tracking workshop with Mike Kessler this winter. You can get a great sense of the experience of learning tracking with Mike Kessler from this video produced by the UVM Extension. Watch the video > About the Instructor: Mike Kessler has designed and instructed wildlife tracking courses for The Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont for over a decade. Tracking has been his passion and life work. He has certified and trained law enforcement in forensic tracking and works with K-12 educators to incorporate wildlife tracking into their unit and lesson plans to meet the Next Generation Science Standards. Tracking also became the touchstone of his spiritual journey and he has facilitated tracking-based workshops and retreats for the Sisters of Mercy. Recently retired, his mission continues to be the re-kindling of awareness, appreciation, and joy that flows from our relationship with the earth and to mentor others in the lineage of tracking he has worked to preserve.