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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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Food Evolutions


Food Evolutions


A partnership with the Eastern Shore Food Lab, UCD Center for Experimental Archaeology & Odaios Foods.

A unique partnership has emerged bridging two academic institutions half-way across the globe - Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and University College Dublin in Ireland - with Odaios Foods, a cutting edge food-service provider in Ireland to form an innovative “Food Evolutions” project. This project will exploit anthropological knowledge, food and farming sciences, culinary arts, and experimental archaeological evidence to encourage leadership, innovation, and change in modern foodways and culinary practices, particularly at the level of thought leaders in contemporary cuisine and restaurants, but widening from there to public understandings of foodways.

 
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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