Student Testimonials

Frank and Karen are such incredible wells of knowledge of hunting, gathering, primitive skills, and living close to the land. Yes they grew up in the WA outdoors and know the region so well, and yes they were head instructors at the Tracker School for almost 2 decades. But what makes their classes so special, is that they bring you into the fold like you’re part of their family. I felt so welcomed and supported by them, while also challenged by all the new information and learning. They share their stories and laughs, favorite hunting and fishing spots around the state, delicious home cooked meals with game meat, and bring in family friends who happen to also be experts in fishing, Elk habitat preservation, and more.

Frank is a straight shooter — he will give it to you clearly without any run around or games. And yet at the same time he is able to teach on different levels at the same time, bringing a flavor of Coyote teaching to class, so that the beginner and experienced student are both learning something new.

Altogether the Path of the Hunter program is a good value — beyond the high value of their teachings, they provide the housing and meals during the hunting and fishing trips, gifts of gear, and access to their library and home. And I feel that if I were to try to study all these topics on my own, reading books and seeking out old woodsmen to learn from, it would probably take me about 5 years of dedicated study to cover all the topics Frank does in these 9 months. I feel now that I have a very solid foundation in these skills, and that I can continue hunting and fishing all types of game, where ever I go, and do it in a safe, respectful, and honoring way.

- Matt

 

I started off the Path of the Hunter class with Frank with the idea to build quality time with my kids and to rekindle the old tradition of fathers passing knowledge to their sons (or daughters). To connect and spend quality time with my children and rebuild long lost understanding and intimacy with nature, and its rich abundance of life. Frank provides an excellent, all-rounded understanding of what it means to be a hunter, not a killer. To appreciate the providence of life around us, to respect it, to honor it. This is not a class about killing and shooting. It’s a class to honor how nature provides sustenance to us and to truly understand what it means to be a hunter.

Frank not only meets but exceeds all expectations. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 9 months of time and learning. I carry this with me now not only for myself, but for my kids and grandkids to come. Thank you Frank!

-Colin

 

Path of the Hunter was incredible experience. Frank combines the skills needed to learn to hunt many different types of game with the respect for the animal and the process itself. He shows you what it means to be a real hunter. Frank has walked the path over his entire life was the perfect mentor to start me on my path. Sharing this experience with the others in the class made the experience even better. Sitting around camp sharing stories of our hunts was as fun as the hunt itself. I was lucky enough to take this course with my son, which made it all the more special. Thanks, Frank

-Pat

 

Just last year, I finished high school and decided to take a year off before going to college. Frank’s Path of the Hunter course was one of my main motivations for doing so. And after a year of running around in the woods learning how to hunt and fish, I’m sure that I made the right decision. Frank has a way of tying together every fundamental skill of being a good sportsman into an engaging and exciting class that leaves the student with everything they need to become a safe, ethical and successful hunter. I also have to mention the meals: Karen’s an excellent cook, and you’ll get to eat to your heart’s content on every trip! Path of the Hunter is a can’t-miss opportunity for anybody looking to have fun and learn to be a respectful, conscientious outdoorsman.

-Alex

 

“Frank and Karen are enormously generous teachers, both with their time and with their energy. They hold no pretensions and are always willing to help and answer the myriad questions that come up in learning something new and exciting. Maybe more importantly, Frank and Karen carry between them over sixty years of teaching primitive skills. From those lifetimes of knowledge and skill, they have been able to develop in their students a remarkable confidence in learning to live with the Earth.”

-Eric
Primitive Living Skills ’09-’10

 

“Karen and Frank are truly masterful teachers. It is an honor and privilege to have been able to learn with and from them. Their program is an absolutely unique experience that not only imparts knowledge and skill, but also cultivates heartfelt integrity. If you are looking for an experience that will introduce you to some ways of living that can help you to embody a more sustainable and reciprocal relationship with this particular part of the world, which is at once challenging, supportive, respectful, and compelling, then look no further.”

-Chad
Primitive Living Skills ’09-’10

 

“The first program I took at Earthwalk was titled “Primitive Living Skills”. When I thought of the skills needed to survive and actually thrive in a primitive or natural setting, I imagined making tools of stone, wood, leather, and bone, starting cook fires by hand, foraging my meals, improvising shelters and honing heightened senses. And all those things I learned. But what I also learned were the more subtle and necessary depths of primitive living skills, which I didn’t realize I was learning at first.
Now, looking back, I can see that the subtle lessons on accountability, cooperation, respect, responsibility, humility, open-mindedness, hard work, self-determination, attitude, and relationship were every bit as important as the more material life skills, and they truly are lessons not often taught or learned in the modern world. At all those levels of learning, Earthwalk is an environment where students really and truly get back what they put in. The harder you work, the more Frank and Karen will share, and the results can be amazing.”

-Tim
Primitive Living Skills ’08-’09

 

“I started Earthwalk Northwest as a novice in Primitive skills. During the training, I was taught the foundation of the skills, which grew throughout the program into an ethical understanding of the balanced aspects of the Hunter/Gatherer. I now walk lighter with more awareness and love for the natural world and have confidence in myself, my skills, and know that Nature will provide what I need.”

-Ron
Primitive Living Skills ’05-’06

 

“Frank and Karen are the Best! I was hoping to find teachers to help me build upon the basic foundation I had in Primitive Skills. I found them and have learned much more than survival in the woods, I’ve learned how to make these skills come alive and use them in my day to day life.”

-Carleigh
Primitive Living Skills ’05-’06

 

“The apprenticeship program offered by Frank and Karen Sherwood at Earthwalk Northwest was a fascinating experience, encompassing skills and teachings from which I am still extracting meaningful impressions. I have been engrossed with the study of ancient history for most of my life, and
the primitive techniques which Frank and Karen patiently explain and deftly demonstrate over the course of the apprenticeship have helped me bridge the gap between book-learning and actual, hands-on creation of the tools of our primitive ancestors. Whether I was flaking obsidian or reverse-wrapping dogbane into cordage suitable for a dip net, the panoply of skills and proficiencies
that Frank and Karen tender is amazingly broad. The only limit on learning at Earthwalk Northwest is in the time and energy the student puts into the experience”.

-Alex
Primitive Living Skills ’04-’05

 

“There is no doubt that Frank and Karen have been two of the most important and influential people that I have known. Frank and Karen’s hands-on teaching style, executed with an incredible amount of knowledge and experience in all the subjects that they teach, give students an invaluable learning experience. Through the guidance of Frank and Karen, the Earthwalk Northwest Apprenticeship Program opened my eyes to a whole new world that I thought had long since been lost in the confusion and chaos of modern times, and it gave me the skills and confidence to live life more in-balance with the Earth, no matter where I am. The priceless, tried-and-true teaching that come with any of Earthwalk’s courses are valuable to anyone from any walk of life.”

-Scott
Primitive Living Skills ’04-’05

 

“I have studied primitive living skills with a variety of different people. The philosophy and approach Frank and Karen have is unique and has been some of the most valuable teachings and experiences. The breadth and depth of their knowledge is rare to find.”

-Greg
Primitive Living Skills ’03-’04

 

“Frank and Karen have really boiled down what’s important if you want to learn these skills, and it really cut the learning curve for me. They’ve been practicing the skills themselves for over twenty years, and have learned from the thousands of students they taught at the Tracker School, how to teach the skills most efficiently and effectively. It was really valuable for me to actually DO the skills, whether gathering and cooking wild edibles or making my own bow and actually hunting with it, while having an experienced mentor guiding me. I’m thankful that I was able to do the program, because it increased my confidence with the skills and my ability to teach myself, and I’ll have that
for the rest of my life.”

-Ryan
Primitive Living Skills ’03-’04

 

“This apprenticeship program has taught me so much. I feel so blessed to have had such passionate and knowledgeable teachers dedicated to passing down these ancient skills. I have been truly learning to see with new eyes.”

-Cedar
Primitive Living Skills ’03-’04