We just finished a weeklong teen skills overnight. We tanned sheepskins, carved spoons, cooked over the fire, sang songs and laughed. There is something about living in a small group outside that strips away many of our facades and defenses, leaving us open to authentically connect. It feels like each day living together outside is like a year of time in the outer world. Some of the teens had attended our homeschool programs, others expeditions, others day camps when they were younger, yet together we forged a harmonious small tribe.
Many people ask why the name “Laughing Coyote”. Some of it has to do with adaptability, the qualities of the coyote that make it so well suited for the environment, and its resilience in the face of outside pressure. That, plus a good dash of irreverence. We play in all seriousness and work in jest. Over the week there was definitely a glamor sheepskin shoot and cat walk, a scrap of wool turned into a beard, inside jokes were created that will probably last for years.
Interested in learning these skills? Tanning, spooncarving, and more? Keep an eye out for our upcoming Adult Workshops and Teen Expeditions.