An essential component of The Tracking Project’s program is the art of peacemaking. Just as the true martial arts in their higher form lead to awareness and sensitivity rather than violence, the awareness induced by tracking, together with the Arts of Life, deep listening skills and simply being in nature, can lead to a profound inner peace. In this sense, nature itself is a peacemaker. For us, peace is the not the end of the process to heal the Earth—it is the beginning.


January – March We will continue to work with Bjarni Haraldsson and others developing the budget, script and timeline for a new documentary movie on the work of John Stokes and The Tracking Project. We will also be working with Lisa Bennett Matkin, our staff member in charge of Mind, Body and Wellness courses, to design new offerings for 2015.


June 11 Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor, New York. Friends of Ganondagan Presents: Identity through Animal Tracking Workshop Featuring John Stokes, Founder/Director of the Tracking Project, Corrales, NM. Saturday, June 11, 9 am – 4 pm. Ideal for hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those interested in learning about the natural world through nature and indigenous values. Cost: $75/$60 FoG Members – Pre-registration required. Ages 12 and older. Registration by check: Friends of Ganondagan, PO Box 113, Victor, NY 14564 Register by credit card:(585) 742-1690.

Staff Videos

Check out our STAFF VIDEOS. And below, Jade Stokes talks about being born into The Tracking Project, finding one's place and position in this vast web of interconnections, the link between nature and creativity, and the role of the young in helping set up values and systems that are in tune with nature.

“Study the animals unobserved, learn their secrets. Wolf knows how to endure under the severest conditions. Deer can teach how to withstand thirst for a long time. The hawks give lessons in how to strike with accuracy. The elk teaches gallantry, the frogs watchfulness, the owl night wisdom and gentle ways, the bears strength, the foxes cunning and the coyotes how to elude capture.” ( from Mystic Warriors of the Plains)