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Teaching Training Program

Program Description:

Developing our connection to the natural world is a lifelong journey. From catching frogs as kids to the jaw dropping silence of the grand vistas we experience as adults, we are forever changing as we cultivate our relationship with the Earth. The joy we feel and freedom from our everyday concerns are exhilarating and when nurtured, our curiosity becomes our guide for moving across the landscape and through our lives. What

could be better than learning how to gently and artfully lead our children back to that sense of rapture and intrigue? This week is dedicated to the art of Coyote Teaching and the passion that drives us all to share in others’ discoveries. This is a perfect enrichment course for parents, educators, and anyone who wishes to re-connect our children with the Earth.

Scholarships are available!!


Ages and Prerequisites: 
Adults 18 and up

This program is designed for adults who have experience in wilderness survival and a desire to teach. Please note, during the program we will utilize primitive skills such as the bow drill but the course is not designed to teach the participants bow drill, but how to teach it. The expectation is that adults have some experience through Children of the Earth Foundation, Tracker School or another similar source prior to attending.

Date/Location: We will not be running this program this year, but please let us know if you are interested for next year.

Rick Berry's Program Description

These trainings were developed to focus and specialize on how to share and teach with children and

young adults the teachings from The Tracker School and Grandfather’s lineage. Since the beginning of

Coyote Tracks and COTEF many schools have begun and now there are hundreds of small schools and

programs around the world. Tom Brown Jr. with the help of Jon Young created a unique foundation for

teaching children and I have continued, along with many others, in evolving our teachings to meet the

current times just as the coyote adapts and thrives.

I have been asked to get back involved in COTEF and this fall we are offering a Teacher Training in the

Pine Barrens primitive camp. This course is designed for those who have experience with the skills of fire

making, shelter building, tracking and awareness. We will dive deeper into how to effectively share and

teach shelter, fire, water and food to children in many different settings. We will go into how to teach

awareness; through survival skills, tracking, sit spot, hunting, camouflage, games, and bird language and

how to weave these all together to create a seamless spontaneous adventure.

We will go into the “mind of the mentor” through Tom Brown’s coyote teaching points. This is where

the art of questioning, your specific “medicine”, “vision”, and passion come in to create a unique and

powerful teaching. This will include ways to create a “sacred space” for children and lead them to be

creative visionaries.

We will also share and discuss some of the Indigenous history of this continent and how this is very

important to learn to cultivate and cross-cultural curriculum. So much of the real history has been wiped

out and now it is up to us to find people and stories that are not in books and educate about different

cultural ways so there can be an understanding and healing between peoples. 

Through COTEF, Juan and I were able to share with many Native Peoples and youth/family groups across North America and have continued to work together to share these skills. Part of this course is about cross cultural perspectives. In our current global society, we are faced with needing to know about different cultures in order to help create more harmony among all peoples.

Rick Berry
Picture Rick Berry began with the Tracker School in 1986 at the age of 15, and has been teaching these skills for the past 20 years. After graduating with a B.S. from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, Rick tested his skills in the remote Klamath Mountain range where he immersed himself in indigenous life-ways--passed on to him by Gary Morris, who had lived with Yurok Elder Calvin Rube for 20 years. 

Later, Rick spent two years in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey as a care-taker for the Tracker School, testing and refining his tracking and survival skills. Rick taught with both Jon Young and Tom Brown, Jr.  through the Tracker School’s Coyote Camps, and moved on to serve seven years as Director of The Children of the Earth Foundation.  

Today, Rick lives in the Sierra foothills of Northern California where he shares Grandfather’s dynamic teachings and philosophy of living as one with the Earth through 4 Elements Earth Education and its Fox Walkers program for school-aged children. 

Rick also teaches at the Buckeye Gathering
and through events sponsored by the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

Juan Villarreal

Juan Villarreal, of the Southern Lipan Apache people, came to the Tracker School originally because he wanted to learn the old ways that were lost in his area and to his family.  He also wanted to find a way to share these teachings with others and make the ancient skills accessible to underprivileged youth.  He is the founder of Sacred Wind Earth Teachings.  Juan and Rick have been teaching together since they met at the Tracker School 7 years ago.


$750 per person  

10% off additional members of the same family who register for this class.

Deposit:       $200 deposit is due at registration. 
Balance:      The balance for this program is due the Friday before the program begins.


How to Register:

Online Registration
We now have online registration available. You complete the forms for all your family online and pay by credit card. You may choose to pay a deposit now and the balance two weeks prior to the camp or the full fee at this time. Note, all online class deposits are $200 per person, regardless of the program. Once you select your program you can choose to add the Bridge Program if applicable. Please note, there is a $4.95 fee per class charged at the time of registration for using the online service. You can complete all necessary documents online, including medical forms.

  • Print the registration form from the website or contact the office to receive via mail.   
  • Submit completed application with the appropriate deposit. Email: info@cotef.org, or Fax: 888-479-2481
  • You will receive a confirmation including directions and equipment lists upon receipt.
  • Please make sure a separate medical information page is completed for each family member who will be attending.                 
* Financial Assistance is available.  Click here for our Scholarship Application

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