Education through Exploration & Discovery of the Natural World
and Survival Skills
Edible & Medicinal Plants
Animal Behavior & Tracking
Allan "Hawkeye" Sande
~Respect for our World, through the Quiet of the Woods~
Founder and director, Allan "Hawkeye" Sande, a Washington State native, spent his childhood exploring the wooded hills of Mason County and walking the shores of Hood Canal where an abundance of Native artifacts were there to be found. This early interest in nature and the Native Americans has grown from a life love to a teaching passion. Upon moving to the Seattle area, Allan saw the need for children to have the opportunity to explore and understand the wilderness that still remains in their own part of the world. In 1997 Quiet Heart was created. Since that time, Quiet Heart has grown into an educational program for all ages. Allan has a degree in business and a background in both Montessori and Early Childhood Education. Hawkeye has many years of experience in backpacking, mountaineering including two ascents of Mt. Rainier and a first ascent in the Olympic Mountain range. He served two years as a member of the Olympic Mountain Rescue team.The education offered at Quiet Heart Wilderness School will enable students, young and old, to gain in their understanding of the natural world, and instill in them a sense of stewardship toward their planet and its creatures. At Quiet Heart eyes will be opened, minds and bodies will be strengthened and hearts will grow.
Susan "Eaglewoman" Sande
Born and raised Washintonian Susan spent most of her youth in the desert of eastern Washington. Her interests include everything that our state has to offer from cross country skiing to mossy hiking paths to investigating sea life on our saltwater shores. Along with administrative duties for QuietHeart Susan has participated in the coming of age program. Susan’s vision and focus is to continue working with the middle-school age student to promote the feeling of community and empowerment that learning and connecting with mother earth provides for the young teen. Eaglewoman’s skills include working with textiles, beading, weaving, candle and soap making.
Eric "Little Bear" Kitching
Eric ‘Little Bear” grew up
outside of a small logging town southeast of Eugene Oregon, where he spent
many hours exploring, camping, fishing, and hunting with his family.
He now resides in the foothills of Duvall
Eric is a Reiki level 2 pratitioner. He in structs a women's
martial arts class called "Universal Mother Matrial Arts" in Carnation, Wa
and instructs a nature based martial arts class for adults in Monroe, Wa. at
the Alderleaf Wilderness College. Eric is gifted in facilitating the
discovery of personal inner power, self-guidance and the connection with
universal energy. As a mentor, Eric holds his students' capable,
bringing great passion for living intimately with the natural world and a
deep respect and celebration of the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine in
a way that inspires and entices you to go deeper!
Eric is a Reiki level 2 pratitioner. He in structs a women's martial arts class called "Universal Mother Matrial Arts" in Carnation, Wa and instructs a nature based martial arts class for adults in Monroe, Wa. at the Alderleaf Wilderness College. Eric is gifted in facilitating the discovery of personal inner power, self-guidance and the connection with universal energy. As a mentor, Eric holds his students' capable, bringing great passion for living intimately with the natural world and a deep respect and celebration of the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine in a way that inspires and entices you to go deeper!
Steve "Junco" Nicolini
Steve was born in Novato, CA and grew up hiking and bicycling in the oak forests of the North Bay Area. He has always loved the outdoors, but was inspired to study wilderness living after a life changing journey to the Amazon rainforest back in early 2007. Steve is a graduate of Alderleaf Wilderness College, where he studied primitive skills, animal tracking, bird language, and nature based education. He has lead summer camps and enjoys working with children. Steve is a certified tracker. Some of his hobbies include woodworking, playing the banjo, and harvesting wild foods.
Brian K Harris
Brian K Harris comes to us from Fair Haven New Jersey. Brian has an Associates in Art degree from Brookdale Community College as well as a Marine Science Audit from Brookdale Community College Ocean Institute in New Jersey. Most recently Brian has been a pre-college coordinator at the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium in Fort Hancock, New Jersey. Brian has been lead staffer for supervisory duties related to pre K-12 grade field programs serving over 16,000 students per year. He has conducted hands-on field programs for school groups (Pre K – College) in ocean shoreline and estuary environments. Brian’s skills include an understanding and utilization of "primitive" technologies. He has been a student of the Earth Mentor Program at the Wilderness Awareness School Duvall Washington. It is Brian’s objective to bring the passion he has for discovery and learning to children of all ages in a fun and interactive way; and in doing so fostering positive connections between people and our surroundings.
Manon McPeters grew up exploring the Wild Sky Wilderness and Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National forest bordering her parents’ property. She spent her teen years in Wilderness Awareness School’s teen program Community School before going to the Evergreen State College where she dabbled in Botany and Environmental Education. She completed Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake program in spring 2013, and is currently enrolled in their apprenticeship program. Manon is passionate about scouting, mud, being of service as a mentor, making baskets, and all things related to plants!
Carleigh grew up in
Ted Packard has been sharing his love of Nature with others his whole life. Grown in Virginia, Ted spent his formative years following fox trails and catching crayfish. This led to eating wild greens, followed by wild mushrooms. After getting a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Education, he spent two years travelling the East Coast playing music and exploring as many ecosystems as he could. In 2011 he moved to Washington and completed the Wilderness Certification Program at Alderleaf Wilderness College. After volunteering at Quiet Heart’s OWLE camp and working at summer camps with Wilderness Awareness School, he knew he had found the sort of Education that he felt lacking in public schools. Spending a year immersed in the Northwest woods has left him profoundly grateful for the chance to be so near to so many incredible animals, plants, and mentors of all kinds. He is passionate about the sharing of stories, music, art, games, yoga, basket making, primitive skills, and feeding the passion in others. He is so grateful for this chance to share in the growth of new skills and meaningful ties with the Earth.
|Quiet Heart Wilderness School |
425-478-3494 | 23632 Hwy 99, Ste. F, PMB221, Edmonds, WA 98026