Safety back to top Seekers Wild never wants someone to get hurt, bottom line. We also understand that injuries can be sustained physically and mentally. We will always do everything in our power to prevent any injury to our participants.
With that said, we offer outdoorprograms; in the dirt, rocks, sticks, and brambles. Instructors and participants alike are going to sustain some minor scratches, bumps, and bruises. It's a part of working, playing, and living outside. At Seekers Wild, we believe that positive outside experiences increase the quality of life of the participants.
How many times have you had something go wrong on an outdoor trip? It storms and the tent blows away, a canoe tips over, you get lost for a while in woods, etc. Those are the trips that we all remember and cherish as long as they are all positive outdoor experiences because everyone returns home safe and happy.
Seekers Wild strives to toe the line between the gruff adult who tells you to "get up and dust yourself off" after you fall, and the over careful risk assessment insurance lawyer that believes something can kill you at all times. We'll analyze every risk and possible hazard and do everything in our power to mitigate them. However we understand that the natural world is rugged and we strive to live, work, and play within that natural world with as much harmony and balance as possible.
Teaching back to top Programs run by Seekers Wild will never be taught by experts because we don't believe in experts or masters. At least we don't consider ourselves as such and employ the concept of continued practice. Meaning we seek to, and need to, continue to learn and practice the skills and concepts we talk about.
Seekers Wild instructors take what they have learned, seen, experienced, read, etc. and pass that along through demonstration, story, and most importantly offering opportunities for hands on practice. This experiential learning offers the best teaching tool of all: failure and mistakes. Scott Berkun wrote a great essay on learning from mistakes if you are interested in more info on the subject.
When surrounded by positive friends and teachers we believe that failures offer amazing opportunities to grow and learn through acknowledging the mistake, identifying how to improve/learn from the mistake, and try try trying again and again and again. You get the idea.
Balance and Quality of Life back to top Quality of life has many definitions to different people. Happiness, contentedness, good health, you name it. Seekers Wild sees this topic as a matter of balancing our inner and outer selves and satisfying both of them. Our inner self wants to be "happy" and healthy. Our outer self wants to be comfortable and successful. Balancing the two is essential to achieve a high level of life quality for yourself. Doing so in turn makes it more likely that you can positively affect the quality of life of the people in your community and surrounding communities.
Ego and Positive Reinforcement back to top A main and very important thread throughout the camps, programs, and classes that Seekers Wild are involved in is humility. Seeking humility for ourselves and our participants offers two main things: safety and a positive learning environment. We understand that we all have egos and that it's not ego that hurts us, it is negative thought processes and we strive to limit these as much as possible.