Jakob Ledbetter

Instructor

Jakob LedbetterBorn and raised in Georgia, Jakob Ledbetter grew up exploring the beautiful blue ridge mountains of Southern Appalachia. Heeding the call of the Earth, Jakob embarked upon a MA in Ecopsychology at Naropa University. While completing his masters, Jakob worked as a personal development mentor at a young-adult transition home, in addition to working as a nature-connection mentor at multiple organizations in the southeast. During a vision fast ceremony, Jakob realized his calling to become a wilderness guide. This calling led him to Wilderness Awareness School where he has spent the year playing with ancestral fire, geeking out on bird language, and tracking wild creatures through the forest. He is passionate about community leadership, cultural renewal, land stewardship, wildlife tracking, bird language, wild edibles, and earth-based living skills. He believes that rite of passage and initiatory experiences are the most important cultural tools to be to utilized in the modern world towards creating soul-centric communities. On most days, Jakob can be found in the woods staring up at birds in trees, crawling on the ground looking at tracks, or sharing food around a campfire, singing with friends.

Justin Lake

Ranger’s Guild Master Emeritus

Justin Lake“When we assume the role of the character we see in ourselves, we reveal the inner most longing of our soul. Through roleplaying, we cast aside our inhibitions and become the hero we truly are. We are then set free to live out the great epic of our life.”

Justin Lake combines his love of the outdoors and storytelling in a unique style of Nature Mentoring. He got his start camping and fishing in Michigan. As a young man he moved to Washington to complete a course on longboat sailing, mountaineering, and outdoor leadership through Outward Bound. He has attended many gatherings, including Michigan Outdoor Skills School and Saskatoon Circle Primitive Skills Gathering. He is a lead instructor for CedarRoot Folk School youth programs. He is certified level IV Track and Sign through the international standards set by CyberTracker Conservation. He has instructed for Wilderness Awareness School including the Art Of Mentoring and a Wolf Tracking Expedition. He serves as a Lead Summer Camp Counselor for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. He has completed the Shore and Stream Stewards programs through Washington State University Extension. He teaches Outdoor Education, Field STEM, and Martial Arts for the Quilcene School District. His favorite animal is the Turtle.