2023 Instructors

Tim Swanson

Tim Swanson  is the founder of  Owl Eyes Wilderness Survival , a “traveling” nature connection and wilderness survival school for people of all ages. He holds a double  Bachelor’s Degree in Adventure Education Leadership and Adventure Therapy  (Unity College). He is a Level 1 Certified Animal Tracker (CyberTracker) and a Wilderness First Responder (SOLO). He is passionate about educating our children/teens/adults about nutrition, natural awareness, equality, and hopes to spread his love of nature through the practice of wilderness survival. 

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Kevin Bouck

Kevin Bouck lives in Litchfield, Maine, with his wife Krystle and twin boys Hunter and Zachary. They enjoy their 1850’s farmhouse and have a small, but ever growing, family farm.  They enjoy the simple life and strive to keep things as period correct as possible.  Kevin grew up in Michigan, and spent 20 years serving in the United States Marine Corps. After retiring in 2001 he settled in New England where he met his wife, Krystle. They moved to Maine in 2017 and have been involved with the Moose Ridge Gathering since 2020. Kevin enjoys all things Maine and the outdoors, although still can’t wrap his head around ice fishing. Hunting turkeys in the spring, deer in the fall, teaching as an Appleseed instructor, serving in leadership roles in his local church, restoring vintage firearms, and maintaining the farm fills his days. He is looking forward to having you visit him in his classes.

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Cheeny Plante

I am from Sanford Maine. I was a SERE (survival, evasion. resistance, escape) Specialist in the Air Force for eight years. I trained thousands of aircrew members how to survive in every environment in the world. I currently work in the trades (painting, general labor) and I am a registered Maine guide. When I'm not working, I'm backpacking, fishing and canoing.

 

I was on season 14 of naked and afraid and completed the 21 day challenge in South Africa. When it comes to survival my focus is on being prepared and having a basic survival kit.

 

This is my second year teaching at Moose Ridge. I will be teaching immediate action poncho shelters and parachute shelters.

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Marie Somers

Marie resides in Chester, New Hampshire with her husband and a large amount of farm animals, including sheep, cows, chickens, pigs, and silver fox rabbits.  Living in a world of many passions, she is a Naturopathic Doctor who has specialized in homeopathy, herbology, and holistic medicine for 48 years.  She will be teaching a class on making your own soap at home!

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Sonia Aceved0

​​Sonia Acevedo is a small farmer, herbalist, mother and musician living in the Kennebec River Valley on Wabanaki land. She's been making friends with plants and healing with their medicine for 24 years, and loves the ways that plants remind us to keep rooted in natural ways of living and healing.  She loves to share plant knowledge with kids of all ages!

Hide and Go Peep Farm

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Mike Dube

Come learn the Ancient Art of Tracking with Mike Dube'.  Mike teaches Traditional Native Skills through his School, "Taconic Challenges".  This will be his 3rd year at Moose Ridge Gathering, teaching Tracking Classes and telling traditional Native stories around the fire.

 

You'll learn side-tracking, aging with Wisdom Keepers, 10 step drill, Stalking Circle, patterns, Cutting Sign, and track casting.  Your connection to Mother Earth will expand.

 

Taconic Challenges 

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Jonathan Shapiro

Jonathan lives in Vermont and spends his days tracking, making traditional crafts, hunting, canoeing, picking up roadkill, and listening to birdsong. He believes that an accurate understanding of and deep connection to our wild surroundings are necessary for all people to thrive. He runs the Fox Paw School, where he teaches adults about wildlife tracking, bird language, weather, plants, awareness, and nature connection.

Jonathan will be leading a tracking walk around the Moose Ridge property.  He will also be teaching classes on the analysis of animal skulls, feathers, and tree identification!

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Doug Householder

"Arkansas Doug" Householder has trained in and taught survival from the tropical jungles of South America and Hawaii to the Sonoran Desert, but calls the Ozark Mountains home.  He is a highly skilled outdoorsman who teaches at top survival schools.  You may recognize him as founder of Earth Trekker Bushcraft.

Earth Trekker Wilderness Survival

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Tony Pike

Tony grew up in a self reliant household in Missouri. Hunting, fishing, trapping and gardening was a daily task to help feed his large family. He took an interest in aboriginal skills at a very young age. He was building bows, arrows and working hides by the time he was 5 years old. He studied the Native American tools and campsites he found along the banks of the nearby rivers which sparked his curiosity even further. At age 10 he was practicing flintknapping and trying to replicate artifacts for his experiments. In college he took every archeology class available to him. Primitive skills and amateur archeology being his primary past time for most of his life. Sharing these skills with others brings him great joy. In 2017 Tony starred on the Discovery Channel series “Bushcraft Buildoff.” While not often on screen Tony has trained or trained with many of the people you see on survival tv today.

Ancient Wisdom Survival School

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Tony Pike

Tony grew up in a self reliant household in Missouri. Hunting, fishing, trapping and gardening was a daily task to help feed his large family. He took an interest in aboriginal skills at a very young age. He was building bows, arrows and working hides by the time he was 5 years old. He studied the Native American tools and campsites he found along the banks of the nearby rivers which sparked his curiosity even further. At age 10 he was practicing flintknapping and trying to replicate artifacts for his experiments. In college he took every archeology class available to him. Primitive skills and amateur archeology being his primary past time for most of his life. Sharing these skills with others brings him great joy. In 2017 Tony starred on the Discovery Channel series “Bushcraft Buildoff.” While not often on screen Tony has trained or trained with many of the people you see on survival tv today.

Ancient Wisdom Survival School

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