Although we sometimes utilize guest teachers for larger programs, the following is a list of resident instructors that will be teaching the vast majority of our 2018 programs.
It was clear from a very young age that Adam was interested in nature. At 14, he began volunteering at a local environmental education and ropes course center near his childhood home in California. By the time he was 16, the camp director had employed Adam as a facilitator to lead groups and teach about nature and team work. At 18 years old He began attending Tom Brown Jr's tracking and wilderness survival school and has since learned from many different teachers and mentors. He is known for his positive attitude and passion for learning and teaching earth skills. In 2009 Adam purchased the remote piece of property now known as The Sharpening Stone. At the time the land was left badly abused, trashed by the previous owners and illegal logging practices. With years of hard work and in depth stewardship Adam has transformed the land into the beautiful learning center it is today. In 2014 Adam founded The Sharpening Stone LLC and started The Sharpening Stone Earth Skills Gathering. He is passionate about land stewardship, native forest restoration and wild foods. As a husband and father to two young children, he feels it is of the utmost importance to share earth skills with the future generations.
Geoff has been working with kids since he was 14 years old. From preschool to high school, from sports camps to rites of passage and wilderness immersion. He began his study of wilderness survival and nature awareness in high school and quickly found the Tracker school where he studied for many years under the tutelage of Tom Brown Junior, as well as completing a year long primitive skills apprenticeship with Frank and Karen Sherwood of Earthwalk Northwest in 2009 . He began teaching at various west coast primitive skills gatherings starting in 2011, the same year he began instructing at 4 Elements Earth Education. It was there, during his years instructing at 4 Elements, that he honed the art of "coyote mentoring" and began leading survival treks for teens, families, and adults. Along with his propensity for earth skills and youth mentorship, he is known for his expertise in flint knapping (the art of stone tool making), his passion for martial arts, and his pursuit of true adventure.
Richard Pashu Esquibel
Richard has spent over 20 years studying and practicing ancient lifeways. He started in his youth learning from Marion Houser, Choctaw-Chiricahua artisan. Then he attended Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School in 2007 where he finished twelve levels of Tracking and Survival education. In addition he completed two Permaculture Design internships in 2010-11 and mentored under Grayson Coney- cultural director of the Tsi Akim Maidu, learning Native California land stewardship. In 2012, Richard was hired as an instructor with 4 Elements Earth Education, where he has spent 6 years teaching youth, teenagers, and adults a vast curriculum of nature awareness and survival skills. Richard is well known for his absolute dedication to learning and teaching skills. In his free time he can often be found intently working on a bow, or tanning a hide. He also enjoys hunting, gathering and gardening.