We’re continuing our series on personal retreats as a getaway option with purpose. To many, a typical retreat experience screams yoga, self-help, healthy eating, and spirituality – with mostly females. Well, we found Shane Hobel, a wilderness survival expert and founder of Mountain Scout Survival School. Shane takes city-slickers out of their comfort zone and teaches them the skills to survive comfortably without the luxuries of our modern world. He’s been featured on Doomsday Preppers, Mansome, WPIX 11, Cablevision, History Channel’s MonsterQuest,The New York Times, The New Yorker, and CNN, as well as prominent regional newspapers and news stations.
WATCH our interview with Shane Hobel, wilderness survival expert
Tell us about Mountain Scout and some survival getaway options for somebody who wants to learn more about surviving outdoors without the modern day conveniences we’re all used to.
Mountain Scout has teaching locations in and around New York City as well in the Hudson Valley. We’re actually the only school that teaches both urban survival, as well as wilderness survival, and we’re the only school allowed to teach in Central Park. We offer the urban programs in NYC, and some of the wilderness and urban programs in Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Westchester, and up here in Putnam, as well as Dutchess counties.
The wilderness survival side is about connecting to our ancestors’ skills, and understanding ones relationship out here in the world. On corporate retreats, private groups and getaways, we give students that fun day or team building day. Everyone’s goal of what they want to achieve at the end of the day is different. It really depends on what they’re looking for, but everybody walks away with a bit of that relationship, of knowing what they can do out here in the vast world.
Think of it this way: what would happen if I took away all the things that are a part of your life: your car, your apartment, the refrigerator, the cable TV, electronic devices, etc. Take away all these things and what do we have left? You soon realize what’s important in the world and in life. It’s shelter, water, fire, food, tracking, awareness, and movement. This just scratches the surface, but it’s a tremendous experience. Continue reading →