The Wilderness Enlightenment School

How to Build a Fire




The ability to consistently and quickly build a fire in Nature is a fundamental skill set that all who venture into the wilderness should possess. I use the term build a fire instead of start a fire, because building a fire is exactly what is require to cook food or heat the body. The objective of "Building a Fire" is to bring and gather the correct natural material for the job and quickly transition into cooking food and/or heating oneself. Since we are in nature The Wilderness Enlightenment School attempts to make use of natures renewable resources. We seek to move far beyond the popular speak of survival, which implies that one is nearly existing and into the realm of sustainable thriving! With these concepts in mind, I will began with my explanation of "Building a Fire.

I am a firm believer in bringing a reasonable amount of tinder with me and harvesting dry standing deadwood because it is highly combustible and using it as kindling and fuel. The preferred choice material for small fuel and large fuel is a standing dead tree that no longer has bark on it. These hardwood trees will look like a giant bone protruding from the ground. The hardwood tree should be solid and not crumble when struck with an axe. To harvest these trees we will need a well made, sharp ax/hatchet or tomahawk. If you do not prefer an edged tool, you will need a buck saw, bow saw, or folding saw to cut down the dead standing hardwood  into manageable sections.

Dividing the fuel into separate groups based on size

  • shavings = Tinder
  • finger size sticks = Kindling
  • two finger size sticks = Small Fuel
  • wrist size sticks = Small Fuel
  • arm size sticks = Large Fuel
  • thigh sized logs = Large Fuel

All of this splitting and sectioning should take place on as dry a surface as possible, like a large section of tree bark, a shallow dry hole, or several logs. Since the wind is always blowing, one should find a location that does not receive the full force of then wind and position himself so that the wind is blowing towards his back.

From here the person ignites the tinder (shavings) and then the kindling and continues to add larger and larger pieces until the desired size fire is built. Oxygen is needed to maintain a fire and can be increased by fanning with a brimmed hat, blowing with your mouth or using a non-flammable tube as a blower.

There are many types of fires which are used while we are out in Nature, and each is better suited for one task over another. There are fires for cooking, fires for heating, fires for signalling and fires for simply keeping bugs away. Whatever the purpose of your fire it is important that you build it based on a particular task. Building fires is a skill that must be developed over time and can only be mastered with repeated use and under various conditions. Everyone should be mindful that each person is different and will build their fire based on their level of understanding and personal taste. As The Wilderness Enlightenment School grows, we will add videos to assist newer people in developing their skills and offer options.





Our Motto is "Get Out and Stay Out"


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Cooking - Waxed Cover add-on



As time passes we find that we have spent extended amounts of time in the wilderness and within this time frame we have learn many truths. One of these truths is that we must eat and to eat requires cookware, and cookware requires fire and fire combined with wood creates soot! So here we are leaning back against a tree with our bellies full, a smile on our face as we reflect upon the meal with a sense of gratitude. At some point however we must leave this peaceful state of existence and tidy up our area, clean our cookware and pack our gear . Leaving means gathering up our cookware, cups and bowls and cleaning them. We can clean the inside of our the pots with leaves and/or moss and then rinse them with water. Rinse and rinse some more but the outside of those pots and pans may have a layer of soot. Since the time has come to leave, most of us will shove that pot inside of our packs and head on to our next destination. Once we arrive we have soot and sap residue on the inside of our pack and gear. The solution is straight forward and well known, you make or purchase a waxed canvas cover for your pot!


  • A waxed canvas cover will ....
    Keep your backpack clean and extend its life !
    Keep your clothing and gear clean
  • Allow you to create an organized kit!
  • Reduce the noise created by your pack!
    Reduce loss of gear!


Tip: For the price of a Zippo lighter, you can purchase enough wooden matches to last you all year. These matches can be kept dry by being stored in a small waxed canvas pouch!

When we finally do sit down to eat, it is important to be mindful of what it took to be able to enjoy the meal that is in front of us. For those that are meat eaters, this means that an animal was sacrificed in order for you to live. It is only right that we are mindful of this and respectful. The plants that we are eating no longer exist in their former state and even though plants do not bleed they too were once alive. Cooking outdoors gives us the opportunity to experience first hand some of the difficulty our ancestors had to overcome each time they prepared a meal. In today's so-called modern world where everything is instant or already waiting for us, cooking over hot coals is a humbling experience. So as we eat, let us take a moment before, during and after the meal to be grateful for what we have.


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"Enlightenment is not a Destination, but a Path"!




Food Grade Steel



Why I moved from Plastic to food grade steel
The reason for this change is obvious, it is that we have been "Paying for Poison"! Not only have we willingly been "Paying for Poison", but we are so confused that we will thank the person that sold us the poison and tell our friends to buy the filth before "it" is all gone! This is the sad and addictive mental state of the masses within the Western world and this mental illness is getting worse. After being exposed to the warnings of scientist, health experts and those with an interest in maintaining their health, I was convinced. With these overwhelming facts, I believe that the time has come for all of those seeking Enlightenment to switch from plastic to a ceramic, glass, steel, terracotta, wood or any substance that is not poisonous. As painful and inconvenient as it may be for us, our life and the life of our families depends upon the switch. We see the damage it has caused us in the form or a non functioning penal gland, slow thought process, poor health, addictive personalities, weak willed individuals with limited spiritual awareness.
Have you ever wondered why three out of four people in the Western Worlds are on drugs? It does not matter if the drugs come from a street corner, a doctor, fast food bucket, or a plastic bottle, the Western being is heavily drugged! Almost everyone we know is on a harmful drug, with devastating side effects, weather they are willing to admit it or not. Have you noticed the breast on children as young as five years of age? Western boys and girls have breast these days and its not just because they are fat! Its because the food they eat, the water they drink, the toys they touch are releasing hormones into their developing brains and organs.
The solutions are direct, simple, easy ....

·         Stop eating fast food

·         Stop eating from plastic

·         Stop drinking from plastic

·         Exercise outside

·         Meditate

·         Pray

·         Fast

·         Grow your own

·         Get off Fakebook

·         Breath

·         Question everything

·         Think for yourself


Stop = Most religions ask that you do something, but Universal Laws concerning your health ask that you don't do something, It ask that you do not poison yourself!

Exercise = Perform your exercises outside in the fresh air and sunshine as often as possible. Don't wait for the time to exercise, take it and claim it time!

Meditate = Reflect deeply upon what you see, hear, taste and feel and you will develop your mind beyond what you ever thought possible.

Pray = Recognize a higher existence, recognize a higher existence for those that came before you, recognize a higher existence beyond anything you have been told or imagined.

Fast = Abstain from food, anger, negative thoughts and actions for extended periods of time and what your spiritual being blossom like a lotus flower.

Grow = Growing your own food, is like printing your own money. Growing your own food may be the most empowering thing you ever do in your entire life.

Get Off = Get off the chair, get off your butt and get of social media. Its not real anyway, so don't waste your limited time resource engaged in fantasy land.

Breath = Practice your breathing exercises throughout the day. One can practice them to achieve a deep and restful state of sleep, and practice them to remove stress, pain and anxiety.

Question = Question everything that you have ever been taught about the mind, the physical and your spiritual health! Ask why

Think = Think for yourself, don't just repeat the half baked ideas of others. Feel empowered to create your own ideas and reshape the world around you.



The Wilderness Enlightenment School

"Enlightenment is not a Destination, but a Path"!

Peppermint Oil

The Magic in the Garden Series



     The mint family contains many powerful and useful herbs that can be used to heal the body. Varieties of mint often grow easily and abundantly within our gardens, but most of us have no idea of the many benefits. Mint can not only be used for tea but for medicinal purposes as well and the above pictures shows me in the process of making my own peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is an almost magical compound and has been used for millennium all around the world. Our elders teach us that mint was used in ancient Africa for an almost infinite list of mental, emotional and physical ailments. I will do my best to explain the steps used to make peppermint oil at home. Please note that while this is not an "essential oil" but it is the next best thing.


          Peppermint Oil uses include

  •        First Aid = cuts, burns, scrapes, eczema, indigestion
  •            Antibacterial = because of the presence of menthol that aids in fighting against harmful bacteria like salmonella, e.coli and staph
  •            Anti fungal = remedy for treating fungal infections like athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch and other yeast infection
  •            Digestive = Indigestion, gas, bloating, stimulation of the digestive system
  •       Tension Headache
  •        Hair Tonic = Dandruff, dry itchy scalp and lice


Steps taken to process the oil

  • I started by using three pint size jars (Ball or Mason does not matter, but they must have new lids and be sanitized)
  • Cold Pressed Oil (No one time is better than the other and one can use Sesame, Pumpkin, Walnut or Grape Seed Oil)
  • Finely chop fresh the peppermint with a sharp knife
  • Placed three teaspoons of peppermint into one pint size glass jar
  • Leave in direct sun light for three weeks
  • Shake jars daily and flip upside down
  • After three weeks, the contents is poured threw muslin cloth and into a Brown glass jar
  • Use as needed



The Wilderness Enlightenment School

"Enlightenment is not a Destination, but a Path"!