Wilderness Awareness School and Quiet Heart Wilderness School
Eric ‘Little Bear” Kitching, grew up outside of a small logging town southeast of Eugene Oregon, where he spent many hours exploring the woods on his own as well as, camping, fishing, and hunting with his family. He now resides in the foothills of Duvall, Washington . Eric has trained under naturalist Elizabeth Gates, Back Country Methods instructor and naturalist Mel Jackson. He has trained at Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School and has mentored under Jon Young and is a graduate of Wilderness Awareness School's Residential Program created by Jason Knight. (W.A.R.P. is now called 'Anake Outdoor School' ). Jason Knight recently started up Alderleaf Wilderness College out of Monroe, Washington). Eric has apprenticed with W.A.S. Roots and Wings and Youth School program; interned for W.A.S. mentoring program; instructed W.A.S. youth programs and summer camp programs (including directing Quiet Heart Wilderness School's youth summer camp program); has trained in Art of Mentoring courses led by Jon Young and W.A.S., and has recently co-instructed his first W.A.S. Art of Mentoring course. He has tracked wolves in Idaho with W.A.S. (and absolutely loves it) and was a lead volunteer for Washington Dept. Fish and Wildlife's 'Project CAT' under the late WDFW Predator Specialist, biologist and educator, Rocky Spencer, where research was done of carcass sites left by GPS collard cougars in western Washington. Eric is a Reiki level 2 practitioner and martial arts instructor. He has a nature based martial arts program for women called, 'Universal Mother Martial Arts'. He has background experience in working with children from age six months and up from from his experience being a professional nanny. He uses his training from The Tracker School, W.A.S., Martial Arts, and six years of experience in 'community protection' for his 'Adult Predator Awareness for Children' courses. Eric also runs courses called 'Communing With Nature and The Sacred Feminine' for women; 'Communing With Nature and The Sacred Masculine' for men; and 'Communing With Nature and The Sacred Feminine/Masculine' workshops for couples.
Hi Eric ~ Thanks for sharing your wonderful bio with me and others and for turning me on to this site. It should be fun learning what others are doing to enlighten our youth. You seem to be doing such a great job ~ I'm delighted you have stayed on your natural path. Mel would be proud, too.