Teaching Drum Outdoor School
Three Lakes, Wisconsin, United States
- Last updated: February 4, 2017 (3 months ago)
- Listing created on: December 31, 1999
Native-Earth balanced lifeway
We are a community dedicated to preserving and sharing the skills and ways of our tribal ancestors, honoring the Old Ways of clan living in balance with our relations. We use the vital tools of truth-speaking, pattern-breaking, awareness and attunement exercises, threaded through with the basics like honor, respect. The talking circle is our forum. The wild herbs are our healers. The Earth is our Mother. All the creatures of the land are our guides.
Our primitive camp, Nishnajida–a cluster of bark-and-thatch wigwams–lies five miles from our office center. There, we guide the yearlong Wilderness Guide Program where students from all over the world come to make their clothing from skins; fish and forage for food; make craft items like bows, bowls, spoons, baskets; learn how to track, how to build, inhabit, and maintain lodges. Most of all, students learn about themselves and how to genuinely live as a clan. Everyone in our community is involved with the maintenance of this program, as well as with our own personal projects, passions, and growth.
A second primitive camp, Mashkodens, is our living-learning center where experienced staff members live and Wilderness Guide Program graduates come for extended internships in native lifeway. Mashkodens serves as a doorway where people from all over can come to experience the Old Way as it is actually lived in our contemporary context, for one to three months at a time.
Walking in the footsteps of the natives who were here before us, our programs are semi-nomadic, with winter and summer lodges at our primitive camps and temporary seasonal camps for activities such as fishing, wild ricing, and leek-gathering at various locations. Those at our support/office/administrative center join in these seasonal activities as well.
At the support center we live in wood-stove heated cabins, use electricity, computers, cars, and telephones, but our approach is to live as simply and closely to the Earth Mother as possible. Many of us do not use indoor toilets, and we have limited bathing facilities, but we do have running water in a couple of our homes. We purchase local organic food, scavenge and fish for our wild meat, and forage for some of our summer fruits and greens, and nuts.
Information about open positions, volunteer opportunities, internships, classes, and the Wilderness Guide Program are available from our website.
We are a pet-free, alcohol/tobacco/drug-free community.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1987
- Start Living Together: 1991
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.teachingdrum.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teachingdrum/?fref=ts
- Phone: 715-546-2944
- Community Address:
7124 Military Rd
Three Lakes, Wisconsin, 54562-9333
- Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Unspecified, or Other
- Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Wilderness Immersion Programs
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Informal leadership via elders and long term members
consensus via the talking circle
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
- Additional Comments:
Including group projects that benefit the entire circle, as well as individual pursuits that benefit the entire circle.
- Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
- Current food produced: Between 26-49%
- Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet, surrounding wilderness, office spaces, editing room
- Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
- Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), communal meals dairy and gluten free
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
- Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
- Additional Diet Comments:
We forage/harvest wild foods in substantial amounts and buy the rest locally and organically whenever possible.
We eat a simple diet consisting of wild and organic (local if at all possible) fruits and vegetables, eggs, wild game and fish, wild animal fat, and nuts. We avoid sugar and processed starch in communal meals, and have minimal complex carbohydrates (paleolithic diet principles).
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): please ask
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
- Additional Comments:
Feel free to call and ask anything, or arrange to come for a tour, a visit, volunteering, open positions…
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)
wilderness, outdoor school, intentional community, non-profit, wilderness skills, primitive skills