Time & Location
Jul 17, 7:00 PM – Jul 21, 12:00 PM
Manitoulin Eco Park, 18777 ON-6, Tehkummah, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
About the Event
Sticks and Stones Wilderness School is coming to Manitoulin Eco Park & DarkSky this summer to present a program called Empowering Ancient Ways (EAW).
Here's a lovely video about the camp:
- Instruction and program materials for the week, onsite camping, dinners (Monday-Thursday)
- PLEASE NOTE - you must bring your own tent, sleeping and camping supplies. Detailed list will be sent to you with your enrollment confirmation.
- Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21st, 2023
- Arrival on Monday after 2pm to set up camp
- Dinner at 5pm
- Sessions will begin at 7pm.
- Mon. - Thu. sessions begin at 8am, ending at 9pm (meals and breaks in between)
- Fri. session from 8am - 11am and departure at noon.
A little about the philosophy behind the program:
Sticks and Stones Wilderness School:
We envision a world full of stewards: people deeply connected to the natural world, to one another and to themselves. Our mission is to enable people to restore their deep connection and learn to live within the carrying capacity of the land once again, through wilderness living skills.
Empowering Ancient Ways program:
This program provides the ingredients to enrich the life of anyone who lives on planet Earth, from the most seasoned wilderness guides to wildlife biologists, busy professionals who yearn for the sanctity of the wild, or anybody interested in being thoroughly introduced to wilderness living skills.
During this experience you will learn the following skills, amongst others:
Learn to live and thrive in any natural environment with an emphasis on a caretaking and the stewardship ethos, you will learn how to empower your ecological footprint through a deep connection to your place, all its inhabitants and yourself.
Nature Observation and Awareness Skills:
- Wildlife tracking
- Bird language, the baseline symphony of nature
- Natural Movement and Camouflage
- Foundational survival skills
- Tools: How to Harvest, Process and Preserve wood, plants, stone, bone, antler and hides to make clothing, cordage, utensils, digging sticks and hunting tools
- Shelter: how to build them out of vegetation debris, snow, rock, earth
- Water: Collecting, purifying and storing
- Fire: Friction Fire methods including the Hand and Bow Drills and fire tending skills
- Food: Harvesting, Cooking and Preserving Wild Plants and Animals for Food
- Hunting and Trapping methods - no hunting or trapping will be done at the course, but you will learn how to do so if you need to
- Plant Connection: Wild Edible, Medicinal and Utilitarian applications
- Preserving Hides and Animal Skins in various ways
- and More!
Program Fee $500+HST = $565
If this price is a barrier to some who wish to attend we have sliding scale bursaries, work trade options and full scholarships for those who need it.
TICKETS AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY MARCH 10th, 2023
If you have any questions please email: Reservations@ManitoulinEcoPark.com
This program is brought to you in collaboration and cooperation with:
Empowering Ancient Ways (EAW)
Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21st, 2023CA$500.00Tax: +CA$65.00 HST
Orientation to the DarkSky Preserve, Campground & Observation Field
The DarkSky Preserve has a no white light policy after sunset: no campfires; please have red filters for your flashlights, headlamps, and camping lamps; plan to arrive by sunset to drive a car in. The gate will be closed to cars after sunset.
The DarkSky Preserve or DSP includes an observation field plus campsites, the Stargazing Cabin, and Milky Way Bunkie for overnight guests. As a courtesy please keep voices low and cell phones on silent after sunset
No white light is allowed in the DSP including no campfires, cell phone screens, or vehicle headlights.
While we encourage event participants to walk without artificial light as much as possible, as a safety measure please be sure to bring your own flashlights and/or headlamps with AMBER or RED filters sufficient to colour and significantly dim the light shining through (you can attach cloth or cellophane paper with tape).
Astronomy guides will be at the front and back of the group with amber or red light sources.
On standard settings, cell phones should not be used as flashlights, or for taking pictures due to the white light of their screens and flashes. Alternatively, you can download an AMBER OR RED LIGHT app for your smartphone.
No laser pointers of any kind or strength (other than in use by our astronomy staff).
The DSP gate is closed to vehicles after sunset.
During all astronomy events, for safety all guests should stay with their guide and the group at all times. If you need to leave the event early for any reason, please be sure to notify one of the astronomy guides before you go.
All Event tickets are non-refundable. However, should DarkSky Preserve need to cancel an event, you will receive the option of either an opportunity to come to one of our future events, or a credit voucher in the amount of your purchase to be used at the Park during the same season, both pending availability.
All event tickets are non-refundable.
Events are held in all sky and weather conditions except those the Eco Park determines to be hazardous (eg. lightning, high winds).
Event tickets can be transferred to another date this season (pending availability) only if the Eco Park cancels the event. We will notify you by email in the event of a cancellation in advance.
To request change of date or for cancelations, visit: