About Us

OUR PHILOSOPHY

WE BELIEVE in the interconnectedness of the natural world, the vital strands that link humans and other-than-human beings in reciprocal and cooperative relationship.

WE SEEK the path of true humanness; of health, vitality, community, movement and awareness.

WE LIVE at the intersection of ancestral living skills and modern technology, to forge a lifeway based on our intrinsic connection to the earth.

At the Laughing Coyote Project we participate in our landscape, dive deeply into the rhythms of the natural world and follow the living skills left by ancestral peoples. We play games, run and hide. We use tools of steel, antler, wood and stone. We track the wild animals that infuse our surroundings. We seek a lifeway that embraces the future while honoring the past, to serve as stewards for future generations. We play in all seriousness and practice skills with exuberance. We believe that community is grown slowly and organically through simple authentic human interactions, and welcome adults, families, teens and children to join us. We hunt, forage, garden, compost, build structures, and run barefoot. Our fingernails are dirty and our laughter infectious. Come and join us!

Gelsomina Malferrari-co-founder, head instructor

Gelsomina comes from a family of artisans, and her ability to craft beautiful objects comes from a lifetime of creating. Raised in a bilingual family, the strong family ties of her Italian heritage continue to be important. Gelsomina is passionate about fiber, making baskets, spinning, weaving, felting. Gardening, foraging and preserving fill her time in the green months.

Neal Ritter- co-founder, head instructor

“The skills of the ancients are my Muse.” Neal has been hooked on primitive living skills since childhood. He spent his wandering years traveling through many foreign countries, and has thrown himself into primitive skills at wilderness schools around the country and primitive skills gatherings. He is seeking the hybrid primitive-modern living model, where ancestral skills are integrated into everyday life. His particular passions are tracking, hunting and the various aspects of woodcraft, and his enthusiasm in games is legendary.

Kim Williams

Kim spends each spring and summer leading month long wilderness expeditions for teens. She loves guiding and teaching while backpacking into the high country, or running remote rivers. As part of her summer work with Deer Hill Expeditions, Kim works closely with Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni families to engage in cultural exchange and community service. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education from Brevard College in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Kim approaches primitive skills and nature-based education with a thorough and supportive teaching style, enthusiasm, and deep appreciation for the natural world.

Sam Ritter- Instructor, Blacksmith

Sam is currently on an extended trip in Europe, honing his skills and seeing the world from the inside. After many formative years of Waldorf education, he shifted his focus to a more artisanal path in life. Sam enjoys being outside no matter the conditions, and can be spotted playing competitive volleyball, tracking animals or practicing martial arts in his time away from work. However, his true passion is blacksmithing—follow the ringing of the anvil to the smithy, and there you will find him hard at work.

Want to learn more?

Please feel free to send over any questions: we love sharing our educational philosophy, programs, and skills. And we hope to see you around the farm in Boulder County’s beautiful Colorado landscape.

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