Hello all! I know it has been a while since I have written a newsletter so being that it is spring I think the time has come.
Spring is a time when the earth wakes up from its winter slumber, a time of rebirth. Being out of doors these days you can feel the energy surging through all the beings we share our surroundings with. You don’t need to go far from your door, even in the city to see the magnificent changes that are happening all around us. Birds are nesting, snakes are coming out of their long winters sleep, and countless insects are hatching to name just a few. All these creatures are participating in a cycle that has been going on for eons.
For us humans it is a time of movement. In the spring our ancestors would emerge from long days spent in the shelter having spent the winter crafting and repairing tools, making new clothing and preparing for the flurry of activity that accompanies the warmer times of the year. There were shelters to be mended, things to be collected, and crops to be planted. It was also a time of great thanksgiving for having made it through the winter and excitement for the warmer months to come.
Spring makes me think of the power of the East, one of the four sacred directions. Here is the prayer as passed down from grandfather stalking wolf,
“Power of the East, power of the rising sun that drives away the ignorance of darkness. Teach us the power of the wingeds, to fly high above ourselves and look down, seeing how insignificant our personal problems are as compared to those of the earth”.
One of the things this prayer teaches us is that it is the season of the caretaker. A time when we attempt to watch our actions and make sure that whatever we do has a positive impact on our surroundings. Whether it’s collecting a sapling to craft into a bow or helping to build community in your neighborhood, we want each step we take to lead us forward in a positive direction. I truly believe that on of our many purposes on this planet is to leave any thing we come into contact with better then when we found it. This holds true for people, places and things.
Speaking of caretakers, I want to take this time to honor the passing of a fellow warrior of the light.
On March 31st My dear friend Bradford Bacon was killed in a tragic accident in Riverdale, Maryland. It has been a week since his passing and those of us who knew him are still in shock. Brad was truly one of a kind. I met Brad in the spring of 2001 shortly after we both moved to the Washington D.C. I was coming out of a very dark time in my life and it is amazing how just when you need something or someone positive in your life the universe gives you just what you need. Brad was it. He was truly a free sprit and had a light radiating from within him that was overwhelming at times. Brad showed me so many amazing places and introduced me to so many people who to this day I call dear friends. In fact I can tell you that if not for Brad the last 10 years of my life would have been completely different.
His passing has been hard on all of us, especially his parents Charlie and Anna, his sister Jess, his son Emery and his girlfriend Deborah. We all take some solace in the fact that he is now omnipresent, watching and guiding all of us.
Fare thee well, my brother, I love you.
Moving forward I want to talk a little about my spring/summer schedule. I am currently still booking dates through the fall so you will see more classes pop up from a week-to-week basis.
There will be a ton of day classes in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area as well as classes in South Dakota, California, Oregon, Washington, and Arkansas to name just a few.
My next two classes will take place in the Boulder, Colorado area from April 25th till- May 1st. First up will be “Primitive Hunting Techniques” followed by “The Sacred order”. I will also be giving a 2-hour talk on applying Primitive living principles to modern life on the 25th from 7-9pm. For more info on all of these events click here…
On May 19th-22nd I will be teaching at the 10th annual Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering, also known as the MAPS meet. MAPS is an amazing primitive skills gathering in Maryland that attracts some of the finest practitioners and teachers of the primitive arts in the country. I will once again be teaching the Throwing Arts and Stalking, Movement, and camo.
For more info on MAPS click here…
To read an article on last years MAPS meet click here…
Memorial day weekend I will be doing Primitive Arts demonstrations and workshops all weekend at Summer camp 2011. Summer camp is a large music festival held yearly in Illinois. Should be a great time so come on out!!!
May you all have a wonderful spring!! Any questions please feel free to ask!!!
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Tom Brown III