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Secrets of the Forest:Volume 2
Calling Up the Flame - the art of creating fire
and Feeding the Spirit - storytelling and ceremony
Author Mark Warren
ISBN 978-1-935186-89-2
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 8.5 inches x 11 inches, Flexi-Cover; 224 pages on 100 gsm Hi-Q Matte; 309 color illustrations $34.95
Availability June 2017
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Author Mark Warren


Calling up the Flame: the art of fire-creation, pyre-building, wood selection, being match-savvy, sustaining a fire, fire-by-friction using the hand-drill, bow-drill, and fire-saw; and Feeding the Spirit: storytelling and ceremony. Over 100 original hands-on activities; 309 illustrations.

Is This Book for You?

  • If you are a student of Nature on the quest to master the ancient survival skills of the Native Americans, this series of books is your step-by-step guide.
  • If you are a teacher who understands the value of experiential education for your students or scouts or outing club, your lesson plans lie within these covers.
  • If you are a hiker who wants to carry less gear and become more self-reliant by using what the forest has to offer, these pages will lighten your load.
  • If you are an employee at an outdoor venue (private, state or national park; summer camp; Nature center; river, trail, or hunting guide) and you crave more knowledge of your natural surroundings for the sake of teaching clients, your schooling begins here.
  • If you yearn for that intimate relationship that the Native Americans enjoyed with Nature - to transcend from visitor to participant in the forest, that life-changing journey begins here.
  • And especially if you are a parent who seeks the practical and spiritual grounding for your child that comes from time spent in the workshop of Nature, these pages are stepping stones on a pathway of adventures that you and your child can walk together. Quality family time, being at home in Nature, learning the most fundamental skills that humans were meant to use on this planet … you'll find that here.

Library of Congress Control Number 2017907476

Teaching Methods & Materials/General
REF031000 REFERENCE/Survival & Emergency Preparedness
OCC000000 BODY, MIND & SPIRIT/General

Illustrations by Mark Warren.
Photographs by Bard Wrisley, Adam Nash, Betty Litsey, and Susan Warren.



The content of the lessons in these books, and the classes that Mark teaches for my students is deeply rooted in a lifetime of experience. My students continually report that Mark's classes were some of the most meaningful experiences they have had in college, and the relevancy of the lessons has proven to be invaluable in their personal and professional lives.
~ Rob Dussler, Ph.D., Professor of Outdoor Leadership, Young Harris College, GA

Mark weaves together practical, easy-to-follow instructions with the rich history of local geography and the earliest inhabitants of the land.
~ Becca Fernandez, Montessori teacher, Decatur, GA

The knowledge gleaned from Mark's top notch training has assisted me in serving at-risk youth in Utah, teaching bushcraft skills in Tennessee, and trekking as a bear guide in Alaska. I am eternally thankful for my time spent learning the inner mysteries of the forest with him!
~ John Gentry, Wilderness Educator, Robbins, TN

  About the Author:
Mark Warren lives with his wife Susan in the mountains of north Georgia at his school, Medicine Bow. He has taught youth and adult classes in survival skills for 45 years, telling stories and presenting ceremonies around campfires to students aged seven to eighty-seven. In addition to the Secrets of the Forest series, he is the author of Two Winters in a Tipi (Lyons Press, 2012) and Adobe Moon (Five Star Publishing, 2017.)
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