Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the average age of the students?

    Each class is different, there is no average age. We have students as young as 8 years old up to 80 years. Some classes are for kids only and some adults only, but we like to mix the groups as often as we can as the dynamic actually creates a better learning environment for everyone. We also take some younger kids if they are serious about studying nature.

  • What is Headwaters about?

    It is important to know that our identity is as a school, not a camp or retreat center. Our classes are designed to help people become more self-reliant in nature and as we open ourselves to the natural environment, our self awareness grows. It is the goal of HWOS to help people build a personal relationship with nature that will also sustain their own well-being.

  • Should classes be taken in any order?

    All courses stand on their own and can be taken in any order. Our dream, of course, is that students take all the courses for a truly life changing experience.

  • Do you have custom classes?

    In the spring and fall we offer custom, private classes for school groups as well as custom classes and retreat space for adult groups. Our schedule for these classes fills up usually a year in advance so call early to inquire about openings. There have been last minute dates that open up so give us a call to check potential availability.

  • What are the camps like?

    The Shasta Camp is a life-long vision of mine. It has been said that it is one of earth’s power spots and I would concur after years of watching students become so deeply affected by their time on the land that they have been able to effect needed changes in their lives. Jean and I own the land but we are also life long caretakers. We have a private residence on the land which does not intrude upon the special authentic village consisting of many bark tipi’s, 2 round houses, and a natural kitchen built in the fashion of our indigenous ancestors. The land has 5 creeks of pure water meandering through it, various meadows, rock gardens and a sweat lodge situated on a piece of the property with a view of Mt. Shasta./p>

  • Who are the instructors?

    Tim Corcoran is the founder and Director of Headwaters Outdoor School. Tim teaches and is directly involved with most of the classes, and in every aspect of the school.

    Our classes are taught by highly-qualified teachers. Many of our teachers have started at Headwaters as apprentices and through the years of experience and training have transitioned into teachers. They all bring different skills and their own medicine to their teaching, and are compatible with Headwaters philosophy.

  • What kind of food is prepared?

    All food is prepared by our cook, Julie, in our outdoor kitchen. She takes the ritual of cooking and eating seriously! Whenever possible we cook with wild foods gathered by students using many old-ways methods such as steam pit, dutch oven and fire cooking. Our vegetable garden feeds us throughout the summer with its organic bounty. Any food issues must be stated when a student signs up.