Ways of the Earth Living Museum

Ways of the Earth Living Museum Ancient skills brought to life through a community living as our ancestors did... at the Tracker School. The Living Museum is a new endeavor in development.
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Vision: A community learning to live in harmony with the Earth and each other. Mission: Sharing a primitive lifestyle offering people opportunity to deepen their connection with the natural world. Core Values:
• Keeping the welfare of the Earth and the future generations at the heart of all decisions.
• Making community decisions from the heart using consensus and peaceful conflict resolution.

Mastering the physical and spiritual skills passed down by Stalking Wolf through Tom Brown Jr. and sharing them with others.
• Embodying a life of service.
• Respecting others and their journey in life and helping them as they choose.
• Living with peace, love, joy and purpose at our core.
• Caretaking the land we live on.
• Creating a safe and nurturing environment for children of all species. This non-profit organization is based on the primitive living skills and Earth philosophies passed down by Grandfather Stalking Wolf as taught by Tom Brown Jr. This will be a community where people can come and learn to live as our ancestors have done for countless generations. These ancient skills are a part of the human experience and need to be preserved into the future. This community will be for families, schools and groups to come and experience these skills as living- not something to be viewed through glass cases at a museum. Skills include everything from flintknapping and hide tanning to baskets, pottery, foraging, tracking and all the skills necessary to live. In addition to the day experience of the museum, people may also attend classes for a weekend, week or month to learn the skills themselves and experience this unique way of living. These skills are a doorway to living closer with the Earth and truly becoming caretakers of the natural world. We have secured land in Indiana and will begin building the village in the fall of 2014. Some programs will run over the fall and winter months and the museum will open in spring 2015.

Our volunteer shelter building week is coming up soon- June 10th-16th. Come join us in the beautiful NW and get some gre...
05/16/2023

Our volunteer shelter building week is coming up soon- June 10th-16th. Come join us in the beautiful NW and get some great hands on experience with different primitive building techniques, cordage, knots, harvesting and caretaking- and probably a few other skills thrown in as well! No experience necessary and families are welcome!

Volunteer Shelter Week! June 10-16, 2023 We’re finally building! Have you ever wanted to learn to build primitive shelters but don’t have the space to build your own? This volunteer week is a wonderful opportunity to not only help us get our land prepared for programs, but to get your hands on b...

http://waysoftheearth.org/skills-gathering/Bring your family and join us for our very first Gathering on the new land! T...
04/19/2023

http://waysoftheearth.org/skills-gathering/
Bring your family and join us for our very first Gathering on the new land! The Gathering will be from Friday, June 16- Sunday, June 18th. Or come a few days early to take part in the Shelter Volunteer week as well! Everyone is welcome and there is no fee to participate. Check out the website for more information and about how to register. Would love to welcome you to our land!

SKILLS GATHERING June 16- June 18, 2023 This is designed for Tracker students, or other like-minded people, and their families. There is no prerequisite to attend. Our time will be spent exploring nature, working skills, building community and having fun! The Gathering will run from Friday afternoon...

http://waysoftheearth.org/volunteer-shelter-week/Time to get building!! Join us for all or any portion of our volunteer ...
04/19/2023

http://waysoftheearth.org/volunteer-shelter-week/
Time to get building!! Join us for all or any portion of our volunteer week where we'll be building several primitive shelters! June 10-16, 2023. Everyone is welcome for this week of skills, community and fun!

The world is in a time of great transition and transformation. As individuals, we need to be as well. The Vision Quest i...
03/22/2022

The world is in a time of great transition and transformation. As individuals, we need to be as well. The Vision Quest is a profound experience that can support us as we navigate the chaos of the world by aligning us with our truest self and our deepest dreams, by creating an intense and grounding connection with nature, and by dedicating ourselves to our spiritual growth. The Quest is a place of challenges, of healing, of growth and enlightenment. If there is a part of you with a deep longing for more in your life, consider joining us for this transformative experience. The Vision Quest will be run May 28- June 4, 2022 in Addy, WA. If you've already done a Quest and want to be trained to provide the Quest, we will be offering the Protector Training program May 27- June 5, 2022. More information available on the website.
http://waysoftheearth.org/vision-quest/

Vision Quest May 28- June 4, 2022 In the chaos of life, we often feel a calling, a longing to just stop. To listen. To connect. To reach a deeper understanding. The Vision Quest is a practiced used by cultures from around the world to step away, and answer that call. We will be offering a 4 day/4 ni...

Just over a month before the Vision Quest. If you are considering questing, it would be good to make a decision soon. Th...
07/30/2021

Just over a month before the Vision Quest. If you are considering questing, it would be good to make a decision soon. There are preparations you can do to make it the best experience possible. For more information visit our website at www.waysoftheearth.org or contact us if you have questions.

06/26/2021

The Vision Quest has been a part of my life for 20 years. I can't imagine the person I'd be without it. The Quest is such a powerful and unique experience, where we step away from everything we know- our routines, our distractions and just be with Creation and Creator. It is incredibly healing, enlightening and provides a vehicle to really explore and understand our purpose in life. If it sounds like an experience you would like to have, consider joining us in September. For more information, visit www.waysoftheearth.org

We will be offering a Vision Quest as our first program on the new land! The Quest will run September 4-11. More informa...
06/22/2021

We will be offering a Vision Quest as our first program on the new land! The Quest will run September 4-11. More information is available on the website. We will also simultaneously run the Vision Quest Protector Program, September 3-12. Would love to have you with us for these transformational experiences.
http://waysoftheearth.org/vision-quest/

Vision Quest September 4-11, 2021 In the chaos of life, we often feel a calling, a longing to just stop. To listen. To connect. To reach a deeper understanding. The Vision Quest is a practiced used by cultures from around the world to step away, and answer that call. We will be offering a 4 day/4 ni...

An article about naturally dehydrating fruits and vegetables.
07/19/2020

An article about naturally dehydrating fruits and vegetables.

Summer is the time of abundance. There is more food to harvest than we can use. Dehydration is one of the best ways to preserve fruits and vegetable to keep their nutrition. Most information out there...

Tips for those new to learning wild edible and medicinal plants.
06/23/2020

Tips for those new to learning wild edible and medicinal plants.

Starting in early spring, the plant community is an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color and texture. If you want to learn new plants, it’s helpful to make a daily, or at least several times a week,...

This is a blog I wrote which focuses on things to help us feel more emotionally stable during this crisis. I hope it is ...
04/28/2020

This is a blog I wrote which focuses on things to help us feel more emotionally stable during this crisis. I hope it is helpful to those who are struggling.

Social distancing has taken people out of their normal routines, many are stuck alone while some are having a bit too much togetherness. Some are overworked and stressed about continually exposing...

03/31/2020

Well worth the time to watch. Kate and Sam, who are Trackers living in Australia, have a wonderful message about ways to not only deal with the emotional and psychological impacts of the Corona Virus, but also how to see the opportunities to learn, grow and change that the virus and other challenges we are facing with the Earth are providing. Very grounding and helpful information.

We're back! After closing the Living Museum in Indiana, we've been working toward opening a new site. Just this month we...
02/29/2020

We're back! After closing the Living Museum in Indiana, we've been working toward opening a new site. Just this month we purchased land in Washington state and will begin rebuidling! This year we'll be hosting volunteer weeks/week-ends for those interested in learning how to build primitive shelters. We'll post more soon!

I just wrote this for my book page, but it's about the shelter I built and lived in for Ways of the Earth. Just so you k...
12/17/2019

I just wrote this for my book page, but it's about the shelter I built and lived in for Ways of the Earth. Just so you know, we are in the process of looking for land to buy for the next incarnation of the project. Any prayers that we find the perfect home for Ways of the Earth are appreciated!

Lessons from my first Long-term Shelter When we began Ways of the Earth Living Museum in Indiana, we each planned to build our own long-term shelter, and each needed to be different so our guests would have a variety to experience. I had fallen in love with the spiral lodge of the Algonquin which wa...

This book is based on the primitive skills I practiced at Ways of the Earth. It's packed with great skills and has gotte...
10/29/2018

This book is based on the primitive skills I practiced at Ways of the Earth. It's packed with great skills and has gotten great reviews as an engaging story. It's free starting tomorrow for three days. Hope you'll check it out and enjoy it!

“Realistic fiction with great insight.” Author Tom Brown Jr. Hope can lie dormant in the tiniest of seeds. . .In the blink of an eye, Daniel’s world spirals out of control. He watches helplessly as the bodies of his father and friends are buried in stone. Those he loved would...

It's fall! time to think about shelter. Here's a little something I wrote for my book page. This is the shelter I built ...
10/22/2018

It's fall! time to think about shelter. Here's a little something I wrote for my book page. This is the shelter I built at Ways of the Earth. Hoping to building a new one next year at our new site in Washington State!

It's not too late to learn some wild plants this summer!
08/01/2018

It's not too late to learn some wild plants this summer!

Experience is everything and sometimes experience is limited by time. It only takes a few cold nights in a debris hut to learn to make modifications that make it much more comfortable, but some skills, like plants, have built in time restraints. Most plants have a limited time, sometimes only a couple weeks, when a certain edible or medicinal quality is viable. If we don't learn it this year, we have to wait another whole year to try again. Or gardening. I've tried two summers for a forest garden and have learned a great deal but have yet to have a successful garden. When you start looking at how many years it could take to learn something, you begin to realize that all human life has a limited number of years. So it's best to start new skills now if we ever want them to be useful to us. You can build a debris hut any time, but spring shoots are gone in a blink of the eye. Visit our website for some great book on edible and medicinal plants!

Great memories and a perfect example for people reading Seeds of Hope!
05/11/2018

Great memories and a perfect example for people reading Seeds of Hope!

In the book, the families build and live in an Earth lodge. This is a photo of my friend James Allen Fulcher and the Earth Lodge he built and lived in at Ways of the Earth Living Museum. What you're seeing is only the entry way. Below ground is a ten foot circular room with four foot walls and a stunningly beautiful roof. Perhaps this summer your family can find a place and build a shelter, even if it's just a small one. There's so much to learn about them! And mistakes often mean wet and cold! So practice is helpful! A great book I recommend is Nobokov and Easton's book, Native American Archetecture. If you don't have anywhere you can build, try building models. It's a fun family project and you can test it out with artificial wind and rain!

The characters in Seeds of Hope would not have survived without wild edible plants. Spring is a great time of year to le...
04/02/2018

The characters in Seeds of Hope would not have survived without wild edible plants. Spring is a great time of year to learn new plants as many are at their most edible in early growth. You don't have to go far- things that grow in many yards; dandelions, plantain, cleavers, clover, cat's ear and many other "weeds" all are edible, medicinal and highly nutritious. A great way to learn is to try one new plant a week. (Don't gather where chemicals are used). For some great books on wild edibles and medicinals visit the website at www.seedsofhope.live Happy munching and remember to be grateful to the plants that sustain you.

The characters in Seeds of Hope would not have survived without wild edible plants. Spring is a great time of year to learn new plants as many are at their most edible in early growth. You don't have to go far- things that grow in many yards; dandelions, plantain, cleavers, clover, cat's ear and many other "weeds" all are edible, medicinal and highly nutritious. A great way to learn is to try one new plant a week. (Don't gather where chemicals are used). For some great books on wild edibles and medicinals visit the website at www.seedsofhope.live Happy munching and remember to be grateful to the plants that sustain you.

This new novel by Ways of the Earth founder, Debbie Tremel, is now Free on Amazon through Saturday, February 3rd. It inc...
01/31/2018

This new novel by Ways of the Earth founder, Debbie Tremel, is now Free on Amazon through Saturday, February 3rd. It includes lots of primitive living skills. Hopefully we'll have news later this year about the purchase of land for our new living museum endeavor in Washington state. Hope you enjoy the book!

Every day people around the world are dying by the thousands as storms, natural disasters, famines, diseases and violence escalate. It may be too late to save the world, but the prophecies say there may be a way to create a new one, a world of peace, love, and kindness. This tiny seed of hope is ...

10/28/2017
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closing of the Indiana Living Museum. It was a very difficult decision but ...
02/01/2016

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closing of the Indiana Living Museum. It was a very difficult decision but we came to a point when we had to accept that we did not have the resource; human or financial, to remain solvent until we could open later in the year. We were still working on strategies when some potential program opportunities fell through and we realized we had finally come to the end of our ideas and ability to cover even our monthly bills, let alone final opening expenses. The board met on January 16th to finalize the closing. Obviously we are all very saddened by this. We had such hopes, especially after the tremendous response we had from people who did come for programs, that this would become an inspiration for all those who love the natural world and a bridge for those who had lost their connection with the Earth.

For all those who have supported this endeavor as volunteers and donors we thank you. Although it will not live into the future, this place has already touched many lives. As Residents, we have also learned so much that we will carry on into our next endeavors. Your gifts of time and resource have made a difference and their concentric rings will be felt into the future.

The board will keep the non profit viable in case we are able, in the future, to begin a different incarnation of this project but we do not have plans to do so at this time.

Sad announcement About the Living Museum
02/01/2016

Sad announcement About the Living Museum

Our hearts are heavy as we make this announcement.

01/09/2016
Aren't animals smart! One if my cats burrowed into my debris wall- instant kitty debris hut. He's been there a lot...eve...
01/07/2016

Aren't animals smart! One if my cats burrowed into my debris wall- instant kitty debris hut. He's been there a lot...even on cold nights!

Finished water jug : )
01/03/2016

Finished water jug : )

Hello Friends and Family,We are reaching the end of the year 2015 and we would like to give a big heart-felt thanks to e...
12/30/2015

Hello Friends and Family,

We are reaching the end of the year 2015 and we would like to give a big heart-felt thanks to everyone who has offered their help in any way toward our mission! We are excited to head into 2016 continuing to strengthen our foundations to make this organization a solid experiential education center in the Midwest. With your support so far we have been able to accomplish educational outreach goals without even being officially "open" this past year. From primitive immersion weeks, workshops, tours, home-school groups, environmental education to those working in the field and forest, community skill shares, and now beginning our relationship with the Boy Scouts, we really feel blessed to stand behind something that has every potential to ripple out and have such a positive effect on our future. We would like to offer you the opportunity to support our works financially or join us with your hands, hearts, and ideas. It truly "takes a village" and in a society so shaken we can stand together to bring a better future through providing families and future generations with the tools needed to bring about positive change and the increasingly important connections to shelter, water, fire, food, and love. We spend so much time and resources putting band-aids on major problems and it is time we look to the roots. We are committed to a life of service to bring about a better future for generations to come and it is our mission to share this way so it may ripple out as far as possible. Please take a moment to consider how you can help and become a valuable part of this mission.

In Gratitude,
Ways of the Earth Residents

Fall Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ways of the Earth Living Museum and Healing Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Bloomingdale, Indiana on roughly 250 acres of beautiful deciduous forest. The Living Museum includes a living primitive village, nestled within and along the outskirts...

Project this afternoon. I'm making a gourd water jug. Used sandstone to remove outer organic matter, and the fungus it w...
12/28/2015

Project this afternoon. I'm making a gourd water jug. Used sandstone to remove outer organic matter, and the fungus it was growing. Then sawed off the top with a stone blade for the hard outer layer and bone saw for the soft inner layer. The top, which us packed with seeds right now will become a ladle. Once the gourd finishes drying I'll clean the rest from the inside, using the bone, make a wood "cork" and cordage carrier. Fun afternoon!

Here's a long over due update of the progress of the hut cathedral as I will call it..rainy day was good for picture tak...
12/23/2015

Here's a long over due update of the progress of the hut cathedral as I will call it..rainy day was good for picture taken :)..the roof still is in progress so I covered with a tarp but I am ready to go up with the frame to the center and start covering..the fire wall has a little more work to go but works great and the extra entrance stuffing in the hut is working amazing! Every hut I build seems to get a little warmer, cant get away from building debris huts, too cozy :)

12/16/2015
What Would You Like to See in 2016?

Your ideas are important!

As a new organization, we have ideas of what types of programs and activities we'd like to offer. As we work on our 2016 schedule, we'd love to hear what types of programs or activities would excite you...whether you live close enough to attend or not! We have a unique opportunity here, being a livi…

A few final preparations for winter...and a rainy day atl atl project!
12/16/2015

A few final preparations for winter...and a rainy day atl atl project!

12/14/2015
Join us for our last Community Skill Share of the year this Saturday, Dec. 19th from noon to 4:00. Optional potluck at n...
12/14/2015

Join us for our last Community Skill Share of the year this Saturday, Dec. 19th from noon to 4:00. Optional potluck at noon and then a focus on Fire for the rest of the afternoon! This event is free, donations are appreciated. Please RSVP to [email protected]! Hope to see you Saturday!

Believe in what we're doing? Your support is most appreciated!
12/09/2015

Believe in what we're doing? Your support is most appreciated!

Fall Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ways of the Earth Living Museum and Healing Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in Bloomingdale, Indiana on roughly 250 acres of beautiful deciduous forest. The Living Museum includes a living primitive village, nestled within and along the outskirts...

So true...
12/08/2015

So true...

Let's help the children build a relationship with Mother Earth. Show them how to use her plant medicine, and how to care for the creatures here. Introduce them to her rhythms, and her magic. Create safe space for them to run free, and hear the heartbeat of this beautiful planet.
Let's help the children fall in love with their Earth Mother before we ask them to help us save her.

-Brooke Hampton

Sacred Earth 🙏

So true. Why wait?
12/06/2015

So true. Why wait?

Each new season brings something special!
12/04/2015

Each new season brings something special!

Or it may already have arrived! See what's happening at Ways of the Earth!

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Addy, WA
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After moving to Bloomington Indiana from New Jersey I was elated to hear of the living museum in my neighborhood. While I did not have the free time to visit I felt better knowing that similar minds were nearby. Good luck on your new journeys and always walk softly on the earth and in spirit.
Big thanks to you all for helping us get it car fixed!
Looks like things are moving along beautifully! So proud of you all!
Any chance you'll be open for field trips this fall? My homeschool group (all ages) would love to visit the museum.
We're in our final 8 hour countdown. Your last minute gifts will help sustain our opening efforts. Everything is really coming together and we are dedicated to moving ahead. Thank you for considering a last minute gift to our campaign through the link below.
Wishing my great friend Mandy and her family Well as they embark on their journey. Hope this year will bring all you are expecting and open to. Love you guys. Love Elise
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Ways of the Earth Living Museum can use any small amount of financial assistance that you can offer. There will be quite a few expenses to get this
magical museum up and running and open to the public. It will be a great gift to earth and creator. Thank you for your support! Dorothy Hanes, vice president
This is an opportunity to see life, live life, through the teachings of ancient knowledge and skills. This is a way to learn all that we have unlearned. I encourage everyone to share in this life altering experience.