I hope this is the right place for this...
While working with some 9-10 year olds at an outdoor day in Oklahoma, I recently recovered and rediscovered my love of learning and mentoring wilderness awareness skills and am seriously considering enrolling in the year-long program at Alderleaf in WA. I cannnot overstate how much I want to spend my life doing something I care so much about...and that also dovetails with the lifeway that our family is learning together. The certification that they offer would be helpful in getting/starting a life of doing what I love and making a (gasp!) living. For some background...my partner, child, and I are committed rewilders and are anticipating a move to the West Coast (I am from the mountains of Northern California) in the spring.
My first question: Does any person on here have any kind of experience with Alderleaf (or any other schools you may know)?
Second question: Does it seem redundant to learn things (like primitive skills, hunting, awareness, etc...if I already know them? I can't really express what I mean here...the school offers MUCH that I don't know. A 'school' setting would help me to set aside learning time, I feel...and to strengthen my fluency.
Third question: Does anyone have experience with Ancient Arts Center in Oregon? I know that your experience may not be the same as mine, but any information is helpful. We are considering an internship there...my partner is especially excited as she is a basketmaker.
Because the cost of the school represents a huge amount of money for our family (that's like 80 brain-tanned deer hides, aaggh!), I would most definitely have to get a loan from a family member and apply for scholarships.
Any and all words are welcome...it's a big decision for our family.