Okay, so you've taken one or more classes at
a survival school. Now you're back into the daily grind: get up, go
to work, come home, eat, flake out because you're tired, or else play with the
kids and put them to bed, spend time with your partner. Weekends are filled with
family and housekeeping, yard work, shopping and all the rest of the hectic
busy-ness of modern day life.
So when the heck do you get a chance to practice your skills?
Survival, nature study, tracking, awareness, caretaking, and scout skills?
Here are some suggestions:
Take walks in more remote places around the neighborhood and
watch how the plants change as they
go through their lifecycle.
Identify all the plants on your walks.
Focus on plant uses other than medicinal and edible because
many plants in urban areas are not safe for consumption.
Plant your own wild edible and medicinal plants in your own yard
where you know you can collect with safety and still get familiar with some
of the plants.
Practice flint knapping because you can do it virtually
Work on cordage skills and fire skills. All you need is a
cement floor to practice fire-making. If you get a coal, that's as far as
you need to go, unless you're practicing blowing it into flame.
Develop spiritual skills and observations skills on camping
Learn caretaking skills so you can start to develop a plan on
how you would restore a plot of land
if you had the chance. Adopt an area to caretake.
Be creative and look for opportunities.
Develop the skills that you can.
Scout skills: you can stalk people just about anywhere: indoors
or outdoors. Practice moving without being seen.
Try walking in Wide-angle vision anywhere, indoors or outdoors.
Fox walking: do it anywhere.
tracking box exercises from the Tracking book and standard
wisdom of marks (sand for now)
drawing tracks you find
keeping alert for animal sign and identifying it
make a tracking box if you have the room for it, indoors or
out. Visit the outdoors one every morning, even if only for a few
minutes, to see who came by.