Mar 25, 2022
Joel Van Der Loon shares about his experience of being alone in the wild and what it taught him. Joel’s experience in the outdoors began from childhood growing up in South Africa and Tanzania, East Africa - in particular, living off the grid on an isolated stretch of tropical coastline of wild bush, hosting an array of animal species. I spent 12 years traveling the world through 40 countries and crossing oceans as a professional crew member, exploring some of the world's most remote locations by sea. I have hiked, camped, and paddled in just about every type of ecosystem and trained in desert, alpine, jungle, and temperate survival methods. I have put myself into testing conditions with little more than a knife, water bottle, and the clothes on my back. I believe that there is no substitute for teaching from a position of real-life experience. Joel started training people in 2015 in San Diego- California on the Los Coyotes Indian reservation. He taught folks from all walks of life including military, fire-fighters, boy scouts, school kids, celebrities, physically disabled, and contestants of survival shows. He was a participant on Episode 3 of Discovery channels Bushcraft Build-Off and History channels Alone season 7. Joel and his family moved up to Central Oregon in 2018. He still returns to Africa yearly to learn from the Hadza Bushmen.
Participant on History channels Alone and Discovery channels Bushcraft Build Off. Wilderness survival and Connection to nature. Learning from our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The importance of spending time alone in nature with our creator.
Boots on the Ground
Take a full afternoon in the wilderness and reflect and find gratitude for what God has given you.
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