Alessandra Rung, Mother

"My son became interested in nature awareness and primitive technologies very early. We lived on the east coast for about ten years, and there we had a close-knit group of friends who would gather together at the beginning of every season to share primitive technology skills and trade raw materials. When we moved west, three years ago, we had to leave those friends behind, and find new ways to learn those skills. Someone from that group highly recommended Coyote Trails to us. Even though the headquarters are far from our home, and despite the fact that we spend a lot of money and time just driving back and forth from Sacramento to Ashland, it is all worth it. My son, now 16, has found an extended family in CT, a purpose in life, and a sense of belonging that keeps him engaged all year. He works with a tutor over the e-mail and spends a lot of his free time developing his awareness and other skills such as cordage, flute making, wood carving etc. Despite his commitment to these activities that seem so detached from modern life demands, he does surprisingly well in school. Our family life runs smoothly, and when we go out in Nature, I have a lot to learn from my son. We practice wide-angle vision, fox walk, weasel walk, plant identification, and many other things. Consequently, even though I have not personally attended a class at CT yet, I feel like I am part of the school too. I have learned to be more aware, more "in the moment", and more appreciative of all the things nature humbly offers us every day, including my own child. As for CT, I have not had anything but good experiences interacting with the staff, and when my son is there for the summer, I rest assured that he is safe, learning important social, leadership, survival and other skills, and working towards becoming his own man. I am a happy parent, thanks in part to CT! "

Sincerely,

Alessandra Rung