Holistic Hunting Weekend
About This Event
“Animals are our food, they are our thoughts” -Claus Chee Sonny, Navajo
And so animals will be our thoughts as well throughout the weekend along with some field trip outing(s).
I cannot, in anyway related to “good-conscience” offer my thoughts and experience on hunting by only covering the mechanical or practical aspects of the matter. There is so much more that takes place, if one chooses to give attention to it. To leave out the spiritual aspects of this most significant act would be a disservice to the deer, to you, and to myself. So, I will give equal time to each to practical skills and the deeper aspects of killing to live.
“The greatest peril of life lies in the fact that human food consists entirely of souls”
-Ivaluardjuk, an Igluluk Eskimo
Course Fee is $100
(Includes two full days and an optional evening of instruction around a campfire)
Please bring your own meals (Kitchen provided)
Overnight accommodation is available at (contact info blocked) (camping, private or share rooms)
Basic Course Outline (4 Sessions):
Remembering who we are: Humans as hunter/gatherers for 99% of our existence
“I’m just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly losing its understanding of being human.” – John Trudell,
In this first session we will spend an hour discussing the role of hunting in human evolution and development and how it is revealed and expressed through the worldviews and practices of hunter/gatherer cultures. We’ll break for ten minutes and continue with practical skills including woodsmanship, hunting gear, personal fitness, and shooting confidence, among others.
Modern humans: Off the course of our own “true path”?
“In every civilized man was a pagan waiting to come out, who really believed in the gods of the mountains, and in appeasing the spirits of dead game”. -Tom Clancy
In this second session we’ll look at how hunting and gathering behaviors and attitudes continue with us in modern life, and how the lack of an authentic relationship with nature has changed us. We’ll continue with skills and practical knowledge related to habitat, hunting strategies, animal signs, how to move and conceal yourself, and related in-the-field practices.
Breaking trail: Clearing the way for a new way of being with the world
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society” – J. Krishnamurti
Here I want to look at some of the myths and behaviors that might keep us from establishing a new outlook and relationship with the other-than-human-persons with which we share this life, and this planet. Our practical and skill-oriented second hour will now progress on to the killing of an animal – including where to shoot, buck fever, the decision and “the moment”, tracking, field dressing, and transporting.
Making it personal: Coming to terms with killing, seeking a spiritual hunting ethic
“When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important.” – J. Krishnamurti
This is the heart of the matter. How do we, as modern humans, make our way to a deeply felt and genuine relationship with the things we eat. How can an act which our culture normally views as violent be transformed into an act of love? (Okay, I don’t claim to have cut and dry answers here, only a continuing desire to make my way towards such a place, and a few thoughts that might help you on your way). We’ll end the final day with practical subjects related to aging meat, skinning, butchering, a bit on hide tanning, some discussions on “sportsman” ethics, and animal and habitat conservation
Field trip/hands-on component:
1) We’ll go out and look for deer sign, find some blinds, learn to walk, rattle for bucks, talk about habitat, etc
2) If time allows, we can do a brief overview of a basic hide tanning session.
The retreat centre is warm, the rooms are lovely, the food and staff was great and the setting was soothing
Venue HighlightsThe Sentinel is proud to be located on the shores of Kootenay lake with views of the stunning and powerful Purcell mountains. 180 º views from our Maloca a timber frame roundhouse where all our retreats and gatherings are held. We have breakout rooms and bodywork services such as acupuncture, reiki and massage available on site. Onsite gardens serve up the goodness we serve all our guests and the cedar hot tub and sauna are the perfect way to end your day in solitude or with friends.
AccommodationsAll our kings and shared twin rooms have stunning views of the lake and mountains like this one! Weather you are in a private luxurious king room or a shared twin, all our accommodation is clean and modern. Your ensuite has heated floors, a rain shower and amenities for your comfort. Fluffy white towels and crisp linens are waiting for you as you check into your room so you can relax and refresh.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Hot Tub
- Yoga Studio
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineWe offer an array of colourful, nourishing and well-balanced meals lovingly made by professional chefs and consciously sourced from our organic, on-property garden.
FARM TO TABLE The Sentinel produces its own organic fruits and vegetables which are supplemented by local organic gardens.
The earth is our foundation for health – we know that the tomato on your plate was planted and nourished to its full potential by us.
LOCALLY SOURCED Meats are free range organic and prepared from our own suppliers, honey is from local bee keepers and vegetables are from our garden and local providers. Experience the connection while walking through our gardens.
MADE WITH LOVE Our most important ingredient is the love of those that have grown and prepared your meal – so your body can be nourished and be able do the work that is needed to be done on the planet.
A TASTE OF OUR MENU
BREAKFAST: Our signature “This is not oatmeal” combinations of nature’s wellness berries including chia and goji berries –sesame seeds and dried fruits. Gluten-free. Farm fresh eggs of the day, served with freshly picked greens and herbs
Organic yogurts and honey & Applesauce muffins & Freshly baked bread every day
LUNCH: Fresh mixed garden salad, Quinoa lasagna with marinara sauce with Russian garlic and truffle oil
DINNER: Chicken Ancho (a specialty from our friends in Mexico) with roasted root vegetables & mixed grain salad OR our signature vegan curry with Sentinel garden pumpkin
TREATS: Peach cobbler
DirectionsWhen you see this sign you have arrived!
We are 50 minutes from Nelson BC and 15 minutes from Ainsworth Hot Spring & 7 minutes from Kaslo.
You can drive here from Vancouver in 9 hours and from Calgary in 8, these drives are beautiful in the summer time and especially if you are coming with a friend! Alternatively we are just a short 1 hour flight from either of these major cities, the closest airport is the Castlegar airport, which is 1.5 hours from our door!