My name is Ivan. I am Randy’s student and I did an intensive training with him for 10 months in the year of ’08. He taught me how to feel, how to see the world, how to track and how to live. He taught me, through mother nature, who I was. Currently I am studying at Reed College with hopes to finish a Linguistics and Philosophy double major, and plans to do a Master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology and a PhD in Cognitive Science. I have led several backpacking trips for the school, and I was a mentor for the semester-long seminar given to incoming students during the fall of ’10.
I was taught by Randy that the epitome of skill was the so-called scout, a person who exemplifies three abilities: awareness, empathy and dexterity. This is what I practiced those 10 months. We need awareness to perceive that is around us, empathy to care about it, and dexterity, whether it be physical or mental, to do something about it. But awareness is the most important of the three. Without it, empathy is left in a vacuum and dexterity remains idle. This practice has left me with a deeper understanding of all interactions, allowing me to move through life with greater wisdom and foreknowledge. I can only aspire as far as I see, and thanks to this training I can see further.