Coyote Trails exists to move the few who will help move the many. 

Upcoming Courses & Events

Sep 12, 2016 - Jun 2, 2017
Category: Day Classes
Location: Coyote Trails' Nature Center, Oregon

Sep 22, 2016 - Dec 15, 2016
Category: Day Classes
Location: Coyote Trails Campus, Oregon

Sep 26, 2016 - Dec 12, 2016
Category: Day Classes
Location: Coyote Trails' Nature Center, Oregon

Oct 3, 2016 - Oct 24, 2016
Category: Day Classes
Location: Coyote Trails' Nature Center, Oregon

Central Fire - Activity

I am once again so inspired and thankful for your comments here! Nowhere else in my world has such depth of joy and beauty been validated for me, nor have little children been so wisely listened to - it is here I am healing that crucial link to the ability to engage in self-love, the ability to feel safe, respected deeply and loved within my childlike self. So many of the skills i have been learning here in classes flow so naturally from my body when I allow myself to move with joy and connection, without shame or self-consciousness. The deer is beautiful and graceful and alert, and so too do I become for a moment when I am able to connect to her in my heart and through her track. I become beautiful and graceful as I become at one through a deep empathy, and as I make this relationship with life through my willingness to feel and to discern and to share honestly . . . what a rich, rich place I now inhabit! My internal landscape has changed, evolved and become verdant as much as my...

“To our indigenous ancestors, and to the many aboriginal peoples who still hold fast to their oral traditions, language is less a human possession than it is a property of the animate earth itself, an expressive, telluric power in which we, along with the coyotes and the crickets, all participate. Each creature enacts this expressive magic in its own manner, the honeybee with its waggle dance no less than a bellicose, harrumphing sea lion. Nor is this power restricted solely to animals. The whispered hush of the uncut grasses at dawn, the plaintive moan of trunks rubbing against one another in the deep woods, or the laughter of birch leaves as the wind gusts through their branches all bear a thicket of many-layered meanings for those who listen carefully. In the Pacific Northwest I met a man who had schooled himself in the speech of needled evergreens; on a breezy day you could drive him, blindfolded, to any patch of coastal forest and place him, still blind, beneath a particular...

The most powerful thing we can do is... share. If we don't it dies with us.

Amen. And prayers indeed for Tori.

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  • Thank you for sharing your skills on how to make ash cakes and pine needle tea. The ash cakes were delicious and the tea tasted citrusy.

    - Mrs. Packard's Class

  • If anybody were to ask what Coyote Trails was like I would run away for fear that I could not tell the greatness of the adventure. Thank you from every corner of my body, thank you.

    - Noah (Age 14)

  • Thank you for the gift of such a generous scholarship. Our son will treasure the memory of his three incredible weeks with you at camp for...

    - Sherrill (Mother)

  • Thanks for coming in and helping with Cooking with Gusto! I got a lot of positive response on the show, come back soon.

    - Julia (Radio Show Host)

  • I got to spend a week without time up in the woods with a lot of people who are interested in some of the same things as I am!

    - Kaya (Age 11)
    2008 Fox Trail

  • Aside from giving unmatched joy, tranquility, hope and peace of mind, my Coyote Trails experience has left me as enlightened as an ape in the fields of Africa...

    - Connor (Age 17)
    2008 Fox Trail & Fox Naturalist

  • Coyote Trails has brought to my life a relationship with nature that is truly meaningful. I look at the natural world now with a deeper understanding and humility towards all things. Learning the skills of our ancestors, and living the philosophy of the natural world, Coyote Trails has helped me to realize what truly matters in my life.

    - Johann (Age 14)
    2008 Fox Trail & Bear Trails

  • The important thing about Coyote Trails is that they are fun. I liked all the games.

    - Victoria (Age 11)

  • The best thing about Coyote Trails is it is free and open hearted, you have changed my life.

    - Rashelle (Age 10)

  • Coyote Trails helps you become free, to have determination, to never give up and to think good things. Fight until the world shatters.

    - Emily (Age 11)

  • I want to thank you again for I am a different person after this summer. Most kids my age only care about drugs and alcohol, I now have so much more to be happy about, thanks.

    - Darren (Age 24)

  • My relationship with my grandson has deepened...He is a lot more accessible to me. It was a wonderful bonding experience for us. He has really come to appreciate me a lot more, which is a great gift to me. He is also a lot more connected with the natural world.

    - Kaia (Grandmother)
    2008 Fox Trail

  • I remember the beautiful stories and the laughter and I know I want to come again.

    - Althea (Age 17)
    2008 Bear Skills

  • I am constantly busy practicing skills and activities from silent movement, to making natural cordage, to making primitive tools.

    - Ariana (Age 15)
    2008 Bear Skills

  • We have been coming to CTSN for 6 years. My boys are now 13 and 17 and the positive impact this program has had on them, I can truly say, has been life changing and one of the most important things I have ever done for them and for myself.

    - K. Daniels

  • I just plain loved being out in nature, learning and laughing 24-7.

    - Sarah (Age 14)

  • I had fun because we got to learn so many things and see footprints from animals.

    - Tori (Age 12)

  • The food was great! I want to eat like that all the time.

    - Alexa

  • I miss waking up and not knowing what time it is or what we are doing today.

    - Alexa

  • Thank you for the confident, funny, talkative, interested, and interesting young man you returned to me after 5 weeks at Coyote Trails.

    - Wendy (Mother)

  • There aren't many sites or programs that give thanks and appreciation for the Earth this openly. It makes me feel empowered to be my self always!

    - Maddee

  • One of my dreams is to travel to Africa, and to go with my Coyote Trails family would be incredible! Coyote Trails Belize was a life changing trip.

    - Ben Daniels

  • Our trip to Belize with Coyote Trails was truly UNBELIZABLE! It was a chance of a lifetime and a life changing experience.

    - Pam & Eric Fitch

  • The online mentoring did a lot for me. I was, and still am, so thankful to have a person with so much knowledge and experience guiding me along my journey.

    - Dave

  • I want to express to you how thankful I am for ALL you have done for my son. We were discussing Coyote Trails the other day as one of the primary influences on his life. He needed exactly what you and the program provided.

    - Kelley

  • I am so proud of my son that he is empowered to live in the wild without fear and the need to bring "things" with him.

    - Kelley

  • Recently our son toured on bicycle. Because he had your training and your personal example of integrity, I did not worry about him (mostly!). Thank you and please know how important your work is in this world of technological "sophistication."

    - Mother

  • This is Crazy FUN, I say Crazy Fun!

    - Sierra (Age 8)

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