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Summer of 2018 there will be no day classes offered for students 17 & under. Watch for our wilderness immersion programs. Please click here for a link to our latest newsletter explaining our newly changing programs.

Caretaker Hybrid 2018

The Caretaker Hybrid 2018 program is an 8-month immersion program that will cover all 4 seasons or cycles of living within a given calendar year, yet it stretches beyond this concept. The hybrid will not waste time covering what you can read a good field guide on and learn yourself. There are so many great skills guides and videos that have been produced over the last century that with the proper passion, one can teach themselves how to make most any skill come alive.  

What this hybrid is all about is identifying and removing the blocks that keep a person from achieving the above. It focuses on what one cannot learn in a book or video. Once these blocks or walls are removed, a person is free to become lifelong learners, but more importantly, to become lifelong educators who drive away the ignorance of narrow-mindedness and the narrow, self-limiting blockages that keep one from expanding at limitless rates. This program facilitates how to thrive, as well as adopting the mentality of the caretaker; to inherently become stewards of the earth, community, and self.

This will be a challenging program. It begins in February. It will require a depth of passion. Yes, physical primitive skills will be taught, but that is not the primary focus. Again the primary focus is on what stands in your way to achieve success as you define it, then removing your own identity with any self-limiting definitions. All "Trails" will be visited over the course of the 8 moons. Building and living in a shelter is not required, you can live in whatever you like during this time. There will be an opportunity for a 15 day Wander Quest in the sanctity of Wilderness, depending on the passion and readiness of the group.

Joe Kreuzman (Director and Founder of Coyote Trails School of Nature) is the primary instructor for this program, with guest instructors joining throughout the program.

Application: Contact us at 541.772.1390 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application. Space is limited to 10 individuals. You may register online here, but this does not guarantee your acceptance into this program -- you must send in a completed Caretaker Application & be accepted to be a participant of this program.

Ages: 18+ (or 16+ if you have interned with us).

Dates: February 1st, 2018 through October 1st, 2018 (see Schedule below). Participants must commit to entire program.

Cost: $10,000 tuition (Deposit of $1,000 to complete registration)

Early Bird Discount: $8,000 tuition if you register, apply, and pay in full before October 2017

Location: Coyote Trails Wilderness Campus, in the mountains outside of Ashland, Oregon


  • Arrive at camp Feb 1, 2018 until June 1, 2018.

  • Spring break from June 1-8, 2018.

  • Resume in camp June 9th to begin preparations for our Summer season (Summer will be time to put to use what you have learned, in a teaching capacity, based upon experience).

  • Program will conclude with an opportunity to participate in a "Solo Rite of Passage Quest," (exact dates TBD).

  • Depart: October 1, 2018

Suggested gear list will be provided upon acceptance into the program.


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