INTO THE WILD: NATIVE SPIRIT IN THE AUSTRIAN ALPS
We took a bus from Imst to Native Spirit. After arrival we went swimming in the river that was around 8°C, some did it twice. In the evening we had a campfire and listened to the native american songs.
The next day we had four workshops. Some of us started with camouflage. We covered ourselves in clay from head to toes and then added coal, dirt, leaves, grass. Then we had to hide in the forest and others had to find us.
We also did bow shooting. At first there wasn't a target, then they added a picture of a fox and finally a bear statue which had a red balloon heart. No-one from my group hit the heart, but we did manage to shoot two arrows into the river.
Learning how to survive in the nature takes years of practise, but it’s not rocket science, so everyone can learn the basics. In the workshops we practised from making a shelter to starting a fire, at least we‘ll have a slim chance to survive in the wilderness. For a lot of participants it was the first time making a fire, which surprised me, because in my country everyone knows how to do that. It reminded me from how many places we come from and how many experiences we can share.
" For a lot of participants it was the first time making a fire, which surprised me, because in my country everyone knows how to do that. It reminded me from how many places we come from and how many experiences we can share. "
If I had to name one of the most breathtaking places – it would be the border of Austria and Switzerland. After only a few minutes of walking, we reached the bridge that connected the border over the crystal blue mountain river. It was a place where you could feel so small, but so powerful at the same time. The big mountains leave you at such an amazement, giving a second wind and making you believe that everything is real and possible.
The trip was not only good for the development of our group, but also it was time for self awareness. Just by looking at everyone being happy I learned one important thing – rejoice in the joy of others.