EWM course outcome

For outsiders our course lessons often look just like some chill people hanging out around a fire. That may sometimes be true, but there is always something more happening actually. The teachings and learning experiences are more subtle and not as obvious as, say drawings and paintings in an art course or thick folders of…

Wilderness mentors welcome international guests at Schlaubemühle

From 25.04.-04.05.22 Potsdam´s Wildnismentors were having guests from Sweden and Romania. The visit formed the last part of an Erasmus Strategic Partnership Project. After getting to know the base of the German Wildnismentors by circling the island of Hermannswerder in canoes our guests received some input on the Coyote Mentoring approach. They also followed a…

Birdlanguage

As days are getting longer birds´ voices are becoming even more noticeable. It will be many more in some weeks time. The repetitive melorhythmic stanza of the wood pigeon, the clacking sounds of starlings who also imitate exotic birds they might have met while being away, the tawny owl calling more often now, woodpeckers competing…

Foxwalk, owl eyes, deer ears – Extended core routines of nature connection

Extend your `core routines`, combine them and awaken further senses by applying so called animal forms to your sitspot routine. Experience `foxwalk, `owl eyes` and `deer ears`. `Foxwalk` Did you ever get to see how a fox is sneaking up on its prey and jumping onto it? Foxes live mostly solitary and are on a…

Outdoor learning in Romania

In February wildnismentors of three countries got to know the Outward Bound experiential learning approach in a 10 day Erasmus+ funded mobility in Sovata/Romania. We enjoyed team building as well as energizing games, cooperatively climbing the Jakob´s ladder in the ropes course and an expedition to the Gurghiului mountains. Watch our video to get to…

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Tracking mammals

Just another rainy day. Perfect conditions for spotting animal footprints that got stuck in the ground. Watch the video to get an idea of the basics of tracking mammal footprints as well as walking patterns. Document your findings by taking photos or drawing pictures. That way keep records of single tracks and full cycles of…

EWM Pre-Christmas Camp

Before Christmas European Wilderness Mentors in their third and last year of training are following their own aspirations at our spot on Hermannswerder in Potsdam. This is what we are doing presently: Burning bowls, carving Christmas trees, making nettle string, throwing ancient hunting sticks, making fire with bow drills and pump drills, manufacturing foldable saws…