It all started many years ago. Chef Iggy has been involved in the community since he was 17 years of age, local president of Youth Ending Hunger, as a peer counselor, outdoor leadership trainer, Experiential Education Director, teaching Wilderness and traditional medicine, working with youth correctional facilities, lobbying for educational buildings, environmental works and standing in front of gunfire with natives in Central and South America, his heart is where doing good for humanity is.
By learning to be self reliant, resourceful and becoming deeply intimate with their environment students learn to become familiar with their self, landscape and the need to care for it and its natural resources. Hunting as metaphor for life becomes where we learn to not be reliant on the idea of being either prey or predator, but on the idea of being in relationship with the prey and choosing to acknowledge its life and spirit before engaging it.
By becoming aware and awake to our environment and surroundings we begin to discover that everything we need is all around us within us. Shiny new things are nice but not being reliant on them and aware that we don’t need outside influences or things to make us happy or gives us the ability to thrive makes us better human beings and awaken us to our true potential.
What we gather through our lives and what we have harvested from our daily lives sometimes is heavy and painful. As we share in our work in the land, ocean and stories we hope to clear away some of the unnecessary things we carry. By being self reliant, gaining confidence, forgiving and participating in making things right with ourselves, the land and our families, everything becomes clearer and easier.