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Ancestral Insight


Ancient Wisdom Inspiring Modern Action

Current Projects

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Ancestral Insight


Ancient Wisdom Inspiring Modern Action

Current Projects

A unique interpretation

The focus of Ancestral Insight is to make use of the 2.5 million years worth of
knowledge our ancestors accumulated as they interacted with the environment
and apply that knowledge to help solve modern day problems.

Dr. Bill Schindler's approach has been featured in the following media outlets

It is our belief that even at the most basic level practicing primitive skills, foraging, hunting, or even fermenting our own foods help all of us connect with our ancestors and our environment in ways that are only attainable through this sort of hands-on teaching and learning.  This sort of connection helps us make decisions on a daily basis to better improve our health and that of our family, community and environment. 

Our presentations, workshops and classes help foster these connections at all levels.  Whether you are just looking to learn a new skill or to completely transform your relationship with your food to the point that you are foraging, making your own hunting equipment from scratch, and utilizing every part of your kill, we can help guide you on your path.

What People are Saying about Bill Schindler's Workshops:

  • “Bill Schindler is GREAT: Enthusiastic and knowledgeable”
  • “Outstanding presenter; amazing topic. One of the best programs provided by Smithsonian Institution”
  • “Well presented information”
  • “Charismatic”
  • “Very well organized. Great knowledge, glad you didn’t talk about what to eat on a specific ‘diet’ structure”
  • “Interesting topic, covered well. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable”
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The Great Human Race


Airing Monday nights at 10/9c on the National Geographic Channel

The Evolution Begins

The Great Human Race


Airing Monday nights at 10/9c on the National Geographic Channel

The Evolution Begins


Beginning February 1st 2016, The Great Human Race will follow two adventurers, Bill Schindler, an anthropologist, and Cat Bigney, a survival expert, for 35,000 miles — from the cradle of civilization to the New World — as they attempt to live like our most primitive ancestors did.

They must survive in the harshest locations ever occupied by ancient humans, and utilize only the tools and technology available to people in a predetermined time period. Our cast will encounter the same challenges that our ancestors once faced, and overcome them in a similar fashion – by adapting their technology and behavior, and in essence, evolving throughout the course of an episode. The big question to be answered is “Can modern humans survive in the same way primitive humans did?” Each episode takes our cast to a new location. They are placed in a specific time period and follow a migration route that our ancestors travelled in pursuit of food and resources.

The past year of my life has been an amazing journey and I am so honored to have been able to share what I am passionate...

Posted by Bill Schindler on Monday, April 11, 2016

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Soul Authorship


A powerful, holistic approach to teaching and learning in
today's compartmentalized world

 

Soul Authorship


A powerful, holistic approach to teaching and learning in
today's compartmentalized world

 

"I define soul authorship as engaging in a task entirely from beginning to end – from sourcing materials, to learning a technology, to making or building something, to using it.  I have realized that this is exactly what I have been doing with everything I have ever attempted my whole life – and, this approach is what I offer my students.  My teaching philosophy is grounded the soul authorship approach and I attempt, whenever possible, to ensure my students author their own learning experiences through a project based, hands on approach entirely from beginning to end.” Bill Schindler

As a professor at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, Dr. Schindler is able to teach anthropology in a unique way that brings students through the entire experience from start to finish all   View just a sampling of the projects his students have completed using this soul authorship model.

This approach to teaching has even received international attention when Dr. Schindler presented the keynote lecture at the 9th Experimental Archaeology Conference (EAC) hosted by the UCD School of Archaeology at University College Dublin & National Heritage Park, 16-18 January 2015.

Dr. Schindler's soul authorship and the value of authentic learning experiences keynote address

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Edibles


Using ancient practices to obtain and prepare nutrient dense foods
just like our ancestors did!

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Edibles


Using ancient practices to obtain and prepare nutrient dense foods
just like our ancestors did!

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A Culinary Experience
You'll Never Forget!

Open yourself up to a whole new world of dietary possibilities by learning the prehistoric technologies that allowed our ancestors to acquire, process and store nutrient dense foods! Ancestral Insight offers workshops on the following culinary topics:

 


Traveling the World to Share his Primitive Culinary Knowledge

In late August 2016, Bill Schindler participated in the ODAIOS ELEMENTS TENTED FOOD EXHIBITION in Dublin Ireland where he was featured as one of the Special Guests.  He had a unique opportunity to pair primitive cooking with top chefs from all over Europe.

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Primitive Tech


Reconnecting with our past through ancient technologies

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Primitive Tech


Reconnecting with our past through ancient technologies

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immerse yourself 

Reconnect with your past and forge new relationships with the environment through our unique teaching and learning opportunities.  Ancestral Insight offers hands-on workshops in the following areas: