We’re based in Menomonie, WI, less than an hour from the Twin Cities and 45 minutes from Eau Claire. If you or a group of your friends are looking for the ultimate in self-discovery, wilderness skills, personal development, or martial arts, Metamorphosis offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity.
Customized Programs can include elements such as –
- Forging your body through natural fitness
- Developing holistic health and diet practices
- Re-connecting with nature through ancestral skills and wilderness survival
- Prepping skills
- Connecting with your intrinsic emotional health and resilience
- Learning homesteading skills
- Spiritual awakening
- Deepening your senses
- Martial arts
- Meditation and Awareness
- Much more!
Tuition decreases significantly if you apply as a group, and we offer 3-hour workshops, weekend, week-long, 1-month, 3-month, and 11-month programs. Whether you want to be “ready for anything”, to re-connect with your natural instincts and wisdom, to discover the natural emotional/mental peace and serenity that is your birthright, or to learn skills that will allow you to become a wilderness-based teacher, Metamorphosis offers a learning environment where you receive personalized attention. We don’t want tuition costs to be a barrier to anyone, so partial scholarships are often available for those who simply cannot afford tuition, or for those looking to teach these skills to others. Inquire about possibilities!
Claiming Your Natural Birthright
You recognize that our “civilized” life dulls your mind and body. You know that you can regain the strength, clarity of mind, passion, and power of your ancestors. You’re ready to break free of the chains and reclaim your birthright. You’re ready for your personal Metamorphosis.
ReWild University’s one-of-a-kind workshops, weekend, week-long, 1-month, 3-month, and 11-month Metamorphosis programs will re-connect you with nature and your natural, vibrant, aware, and passionate Self. You’ll be ready to confront any challenge, from the stresses of daily life to the end of the world as we know it. You’ll remember ancestral skills, learning to coax fire from stone or stick, to gather plants that heal and provide food, and to move through the wilderness with the ease and quiet of a wolf. You’ll learn homesteading skills, including organic gardening, maple syruping, and beekeeping. You’ll swordfight on ridgetops, walk through forests in the pitch dark, and meet challenges and adventures that others only dream of. This is an unique opportunity to unleash your inner wildness and discover a way of living that will make you wake up each morning excited for the day to come.
When I started the one-month Metamorphosis program, I considered myself an avid and knowledgeable outdoorsman, physically fit, with some knowledge of martial arts. Kenton’s program was one of the best-spent months of my life! Wherever life might take me, whether to a dangerous city street or to being lost in the woods, I am now much more confident in my own abilities to not become another statistic! On top of Kenton’s demonstrated wealth of knowledge in wilderness survival, martial arts, and fitness training, he also equipped me with tools to help me find deeper appreciation and wonder in the life all around us! This program took me to the edge of my limits and beyond, and I had tons of fun doing it, too!
– Adam Unger, One-month Metamorphosis graduate
The Metamorphosis Program is available for groups or individuals. Click on the program you’re interested in for more details and to learn about tuition options.
Ready for two days of learning, adventure, and personal growth? You’ll stay on-site, living in a yurt or a primitive camp, eating clean and healthy food, and gaining access to teachers who will share a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and skills. After this weekend, you’ll return to your life more confident, aware, and serene. During your weekend, you will -
- Learn how to meditate
- Practice ancestral skills
- Discover ways to re-connect with nature and Self in powerful ways
- Challenge yourself during adventure-based explorations
- Gain new tools for emotional growth
- Find that you are more capable than you ever imagined
Best of all, you’ll be able to pull from the full range of Metamorphosis offerings, enriching yourself with anything from organic gardening to martial arts to matchless firestarting. Graduates of the weekend program have the option to apply their tuition as a discount to the one-month, three-month, or 11-month programs.
Living for the week at the ReWild University training grounds, you’ll stay in a yurt or primitive camp and spend the week with teachers who will expand your mind, body, and emotions.
- Learn how to survive, and thrive, in the natural world
- Immerse yourself in mindfulness and meditative practices
- Challenge your body with primal fitness
- Re-discover the skills of your ancestors
- Meet wild and domesticated herbs and trees, learning what you can add to your diet
- Experience adventure and challenges that will encourage personal evolution
Graduates of the week-long program can apply their tuition as a discount to the one-month, three-month, or 11-month program.
In one life-altering month you will immerse yourself in a host of skills that will re-connect you with nature, calm your mind, start you on the road to getting in the best shape of your life, and open your perception to new and powerful possibilities for living.
- Learn seasonal wild edible plants
- Tend an organic garden
- Practice various forms of meditation to sharpen your awareness
- Experience wilderness ‘survival’, including finding water, shelter, and food
- Learn the principles of of natural fitness
- Develop basic self-defense skills
- Entrain with the natural world
- Start fire without matches
- And much, much more
The One-Month Metamorphosis includes overnights in nature, day-long adventures that hone your skills, and culminates in a one, two, or three-night Vision Fast. It also includes an additional month of Mindfulness Life Coaching services (via email) as you incorporate your new skills and mind-set into your daily life. Graduates of the one-month program who choose to continue with the three-month or eleven-month program may apply their paid tuition to the new program.
Over three months, you’ll enact immense changes in your life, learning a broad range of wilderness living skills, developing your body through natural fitness, and developing an intimate connection with the natural world.
- Learn what wild edibles come into season during your three-month program
- Work with various teachers to learn Chi Gung, yoga, or sacred dance
- Break past your comfort zones, coming to appreciate the elements of nature
- Develop a host of wilderness skills so that you feel at home in nature
- Get into great shape with natural fitness
- Prepare for and embark on wilderness adventures
- Meet and befriend your personal fears and insecurities
- Immerse yourself in natural meditation
- Learn the essentials of ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ martial arts
- And more
During the three-month program, you’ll experience numerous adventures that allow you to challenge your new skills in a safe environment. You’ll make life-long memories as you learn that your self-imposed boundaries are only the entrance to living a truly amazing life. The three-month program ends in a Vision Fast, and includes numerous overnights and adventure challenge days. It also includes extra month of Mindfulness life coaching, and graduates can apply their paid tuition to continuing onward with the 11-month program if they choose.
Our most transformative program, you’ll embark on the adventure of a lifetime as you learn to be at one with nature and to manifest your most aware, compassionate, joyous, and adventurous self.
- Become completely comfortable in the natural world
- Develop your own personal style of martial arts
- Become a natural fitness expert
- Practice skills in real-life wilderness living situations
- Harvest and eat wild edibles available during all four seasons
- Make meditative awareness your daily “default” state of being
- Learn skills that allow you to live ‘technology free’ in the wilderness
- Test your skills during wilderness adventures
Eleven months of training allows you to develop skills until they are “second nature”, and to challenge your skills in scenario training that will be more challenging than anything you’ll encounter in real life. You’ll transform stress into a calm, effective way of approaching any problem, and develop skills that will serve you for the rest of your life. By the end of the eleven months, you’ll be in the position to share your skills with others in a teaching role. Your training will include overnights, countless challenge adventures, and a stay at Camp Osprey in northern Minnesota, our private facility on the edge of the national forest, where you’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills in the deep wilderness. Your tuition includes access to trainers in various martial arts, energy arts, and movement arts. You’ll also have the opportunity to perform two Vision Fasts, and will receive an additional month of Mindfulness Life Coaching after your training.
For more information or to get started, fill out an application, or contact Kenton directly at rewildu (at) yahoo (dot) com. He’ll be happy to meet with you in person so you can decide if Metamorphosis is for you.
I would recommend this program to a wide variety of people. Kenton offers a diverse menu of challenges, explorations and adventures which function on many levels at once, to help his clients gain strength, self-knowledge and reliance. Our society largely ignores self-observation and actual experimentation, which we as human beings need in order to understand ourselves, even as adults. Kenton is a marvelous planner and support person, willing to help his clients attain their goals, and offering fun and exciting challenges along with unparalleled personal attention. — Sara Nagler, Metamorphosis 11-month program graduate.
More About the Metamorphosis Training Program–
If you recognize that our culture has instilled a mindset that separates you from nature and from many of your natural birthrights (overall fitness, an open and curious mind, skills that were instinctual for our ancestors. . .), you may have felt a desire to re-connect with the natural world. For those who want to shake loose of the shackles of our culture, Metamorphosis is the ultimate nature-based self-development program, honing your body, mind and spirit to their fullest potential. Our tools are ancestral and wilderness skills, natural movement, martial arts, and encountering your most natural mind-set. With these tools we’ll develop a custom program that will guide you to discovering your wild self. Unlike anything else offered today, Metamorphosis delivers training that will change your life forever. During your program, you will –
- develop an intimate relationship with nature and your primal mind-set
- gain a new, play-based approach to fitness as you learn parkour, mountain biking, or cross-country skiing
- learn about natural movement, able to move with stamina, strength, and grace in any environment
- learn to possess more emotional balance
- become a formidable martial artist
- learn homesteading skills, including organic gardening, maple syruping, beekeeping, and fishing
- develop a quieter, more peaceful mind engaged in open awareness
- become adept at wilderness “survival” skills
- meet and conquer your personal fears
- become ready to live a more fulfilling and exciting life, knowing that you are ready to meet any challenge, replacing a fear-based life with a life of passion, curiosity, and adventure
Is Metamorphosis for you? Are you for it?
You– Let the other people spend all their money and time on building up their externals. You want a trim, powerful body, a sharp and capable mind, a high degree of awareness, and skills that allow you to meet any challenge life gives you. You aren’t satisfied with a sedentary, ho-hum life – you want a life of passion, adventure, and stillness. You want to serve as an inspiration for others. You’d rather chase a dream than set ‘reasonable’ and easy-to-reach goals. You sense that there is an underlying passion to life, and you want to experience it – you want to feel your legs propel you over the ground, to challenge yourself, to grow and discover all that life has to offer. You feel a connection with the natural world, and wish to strengthen that connection. You realize that life is an adventure, and that the more you expand yourself, the more of life that you will be able to absorb. You’re willing to dedicate yourself to something that few people even dream of — exploring your fullest potential as a human being.
Metamorphosis– Rigorous, challenging, pushing you to your limits and beyond. Free of dogma. Requiring dedication, sweat, and discipline. Based on your own abilities and needs, the program is custom designed for each individual. You don’t have to quit your job or move into a monastery, but you do commit to devoting significant energy to your training. Your trainer, Kenton Whitman, will provide you with all the tools you need to transform yourself into a person who lives with more passion, fearlessness, peace, and awareness. Using adventure as your guide, you’ll chart a path to your inner self.
What does Metamorphosis teach?
In a year’s time, you will intimately reconnect with nature, as well as learn a wide variety of skills. You will learn to meditate. You will develop a new relationship with your body and your concepts of pain, comfort, and endurance. You will become a formidable martial artist.You will awaken your senses more than you ever thought possible. You will discover things about the world that will give you a new realization about the nature and meaning of life. And you will begin on the path toward overcoming the Ego, the ultimate goal of all the world’s most potent spiritual disciplines. Most importantly, you will discover how our cultural teachings have shaped our world into an imaginary place of dead, inanimate, and disconnected things. Your new mind will see the world as a living, flowing whole, so that you never feel disconnected or lonely again.
Among the training elements that will be at your disposal–
Immersion Wilderness Survival Skills
Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency Skills
Entrainment With Nature
Blend and Flow
Disorganizing Your Cultured Mind-Set
Regaining Your Primal Mind-set
Endurance Running (think persistence hunting)
Overcoming Fears and Limitations
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Transforming Your Relationship with Pain
You can learn more about these training elements below. Additional skills available to learn include horse riding, swordfighting, instinctive archery, development of internal (chi) energy, stealth and wilderness stalking, and much, much more.
At the end of the year, you will not fear to walk through a pitch-dark forest alone. You will be stronger and more agile, you will feel confident in the fact that you could survive comfortably in the wilderness if society tumbled to the ground. You will be aware of your surroundings – alert and alive in every moment. You will be ready to achieve your dreams and be fully present in every moment.
Details of the Program:
Note: Because of the personalized attention this program requires, Kenton can only accept a very limited number of clients. Apologies to his international blog audience, but he does not travel to provide the Metamorphosis Training Program. Program participants must either be local, willing to travel to Kenton’s training facility twice per week (for the Local or Wild Monk Training Option), willing to travel to Kenton’s training facility once per month for a 2-3 day stay (for the Remote Training Option) or willing to relocate for a year’s time.
The three options below represent typical training schedules for the 1-month, 3-month, and 11-month programs, but each program is custom-designed to fit into your personal life circumstances.
Local Option: You will meet with your trainer twice per week for 2-3 hours each meeting, and will receive detailed training guidelines three days per week. Metamorphosis participants will thus train five days per week. You will have unlimited email contact with Kenton, and he will serve as your coach, creating training programs and helping you to hold to your training commitment. Kenton will provide the bulk of the training, while additional instructors will make other training options available.
Wild Monk Option: A total lifestyle shift, you will meet with your trainer twice per week, but will be expected to immerse yourself in your training on a 24/7 basis. All your waking hours will be spent in training, even if you are working a regular job. This requires tremendous dedication from the participants, who must incorporate training guidelines into every facet of their lives. There is also the option to live on-site in a yurt or primitive encampment.
Remote Option: You will receive a training schedule five days per week with specially-designed exercises to develop foundation-building skills. Once per month you will travel to Wisconsin for a 2-3 day intense one-on-one training session, where we will spend 8-10 hour days in a wilderness dojo building your martial skills, meditating, learning wilderness survival, and overcoming your personal fears and limitations. The remote option has additional tuition costs above the normal pricing.
In addition, with all the options there will be special training days, including wilderness skill days, wilderness survival stays, and ‘adventure challenge’ days. If you’ve chosen the 11-month program, you will have two ‘vacation’ weeks during the year to accommodate vacations or other commitments, and your trainer will likewise have two weeks. Both the training participant’s and trainer’s vacation weeks can be used at any time during the year.
What will you get?
Simply this – a new, more ALIVE you. Stronger, more capable, and more confident, aware, and peaceful. You’ll get personalized attention from Kenton Whitman, as well as access to other specialized trainers. During your training, you’ll have someone who is actively engaging you to fulfill your highest potential and help you to reconnect with nature. With detailed training schedules, one-on-one attention, and constant access to your trainer, you’ll be inspired to stay on course. You’ll get in awesome shape with your own personal trainer, you’ll learn new skills, and you’ll be given tools that will get you in touch with your highest emotional abilities. You’ll discover a clarity of mind and focus that will allow you to approach life with passion and awareness. You’ll get a coach who is an expert at creating custom programs that encourage you, build you up, and nurture you on your journey.
What won’t you get?
You won’t get a diploma, black belt, or certificate. The world and people in general won’t necessarily be nicer to you or like you better. All you will have in the end is a new, enhanced you, ready to explore the world with new, refined tools of body, mind and spirit, with nature as your constant companion.
We do not want tuition costs to be a barrier to anyone wanting to participate in Metamorphosis. Note that partner or group training reduces tuition costs significantly. Partial scholarships are available, as well as payment plans. Please inquire about possibilities.
Solo — $850
Pair — $600 each
Trio — $450 each
Quartet — $350 each
Solo — $1,500
Pair — $1,000 each
Trio — $800 each
Quartet — $600 each
Solo — $2,500
Pair — $2,000 each
Trio — $1,500 each
Quartet — $1,200 each
Solo — $7,500
Pair — $4,000 each
Trio — $3,000 each
Quartet — $2,400 each
Solo — $22,000
Pair — $14,000 each
Trio — $11,000 each
Quartet — $8,000 each
Your trainer will provide direct and detailed guidance for your three days of self-training each week, as well as two days of direct training per week, but what you get out of that training will depend on your dedication to the program. In addition, your trainer may suggest lifestyle changes, such as dietary changes, cessation of smoking or excess drinking, etc. The quality of your results will depend on how much you are willing to implement positive change into your life.
What is the actual training like?
We’ll custom-design a program for you that meets your needs and desires. Training is within a unique atmosphere where you are nurtured even as you are challenged. Intimidation or military-style discipline is never used. Our primary training tool is adventure, moving beyond our pre-conceived comfort levels in order to experience amazing things. Here are a few ‘Adventure Journal’ entries that detail some actual training that clients have experienced –
Interested in taking part in the Metamorphosis Training Program?
Nothing like Metamorphosis is offered anywhere else in the world. If you’d like to learn more, fill out an application and Kenton will contact you. Or contact Kenton directly so that you can have all of your questions answered and so that you can decide if Metamorphosis for you. If you’re local, he’ll be happy to meet with you in person. Kenton reserves the right to refuse participants based on assessment of their attitude and willingness to devote themselves to the program, both via the application and the initial free consultation.
Metamorphosis Training Elements –
We will create a custom-designed program which will include some or all of the elements listed below. You will have full access to learning the following skills –
Immersion Wilderness Survival Training:
Most people wouldn’t last long in a wilderness situation. You’ll learn not only how to survive, but how to live in the wilderness.
Developing wilderness living skills is the best insurance policy you can have. Even if the economy completely collapses, you’ll be confident knowing that you can provide food, water, shelter and fire for yourself and others. You’ll learn how to make fire without matches, how to build survival and long-term shelters, how to identify edible plants, how to stalk, hunt, and trap without modern weaponry, and how to blend and flow in the woods so that you become nearly invisible to other people. Most important of all, you’ll learn to re-connect with your natural self and enhance your relationship with the animals and plants, with the weather and terrain. You’ll discover that you’re not an alien in the woods and will come to feel more at home in the wilderness than in a square house.
Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency Skills: There is an amazing feeling when you harvest vegetables that you’ve tended from seed, turning the soil by hand and using only natural means to keep your garden healthy. In the spring forest, you’ll tap maple trees and harvest their sugar. And you’ll become intimate with the cycles of plants and insects as you learn the art of beekeeping. Don’t forget fishing! You’ll learn how to bring home a dinner of fresh-caught fish.
Adventure Fitness: Forget the treadmill. How about sailing, mountain biking, rock climbing, or cross-country skiing? You’ll learn to rappell, climb trees, and canoe. In addition, you’ll learn adventuring skills, such as rope and knotwork, how to repair your bike, and how to navigate the terrain with map and compass. Best of all, you’ll use these skills in real-life adventures as you explore some of Wisconsin and Minnesota’s most wild and beautiful natural areas.
Folk Crafts: Have you ever dreamed of building your own canoe? Or crafting your own bow and arrows? You’ll learn to weave birchbark baskets, and build your own snowshoes, boat, or cross country skis. It’s an incredible feeling to craft a thing of beauty, especially when you can use it for wilderness adventures!
Blend and Flow:
Developing the ability to still body and mind allows you to reconnect with nature in ways that we can’t when we’re barging through the woods. This “blend and flow” will allow you to have ‘close encounters’ with animals, to learn primitive hunting techniques, and to observe nature intimately.
Entrainment With Nature:
Our ancestors possessed an intuitive connection with all the elements of nature, including those we consider “inanimate”. By opening up to our natural ability to harmonize with nature’s rhythms, we regain that ancestral connection, coming to intuitively understand the properties of plants, stones, and weather.
With the forests, fields, cliffs and ravines of western Wisconsin as your gym and playground, you’ll develop a level of fitness you can’t find in the gym. You’ll develop a holistic fitness that includes strength, agility, balance, power, endurance, and the ability to move with grace through challenging terrain. Think of this as parkour in the woods, suitable for any level of fitness.
Of today’s ills, stress is surely one of the most damaging. Most of us feel like our minds are always running on fast-forward, out-of-control. This can lead to difficulty sleeping, concentrating, or enjoying the moment. Meditation provides different techniques to help us slow or even halt our thinking mind, reconnecting us with what is happening in the present moment. The result is a sense of calm and quiet in every moment, and an overall feeling of serenity and poise in life.
Many of us feel ruled by our emotions, whether they are feelings of hopelessness or depression, or unbridled anger and frustration. By learning to embrace our natural emotional selves, we discover a new way to relate to emotions and to free ourselves of anxiety and stress.
Disorganizing Your Cultural Mind-Set:
Our culture teaches us to break the world up into tidy Euclidian parcels, stripping the life our of our everyday perception of nature (including other people and our own behavior). By taking a good look at how our mind has been conditioned to create symbols instead of notice actual experience, we can begin to un-learn our habitual mind-slaying of life. As these habits dissolve, they are replaced with a direct perception of nature, of others, and of ourselves, and the world is once again alive, fresh, and vibrant in every moment.
Regaining Your Primal Mind-Set:
Our wild mind is characterized by awareness, curiosity, joy, passion, and a love of adventure. The attributes of the domesticated human mind – stress, frustration, self-punishment, and uncontrolled thoughts – are left behind as we re-wild.
This mind-set is also the ultimate goal of many of the world’s religious or wisdom systems, as well as of the higher martial arts. Also known as overcoming the ego, it creates a freedom and awareness unlike anything we can currently imagine. This is the essence of Awakening or Enlightenment – discovering our true nature and seeing the world ‘as it is’ in every moment. Kenton’s website, Zen-Inspired Self-Development, is devoted to this topic, and readers from throughout the world have praised him as one of the world’s most lucid but little-known teachers of Awakening. With Metamorphosis, you’ll have a year’s access to his guidance on a personal level.
Martial Arts Training:
Drawing from over 30 years of martial arts experience, Kenton has combined soft and hard styles of various origins to create the Stone and Water Martial Arts System. This comprehensive system differentiates between ‘training techniques’, meant to develop agility or motion dynamics, and ‘use techniques’, designed to be effective in actual situations. You will learn long-range tactics (kicks and hand-strikes), mid-range tactics (elbows, knees, takedowns, joint manipulations and locks), and short-range techniques (grappling). Martial elements include Muay Thai, Jujitsu, Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Chin Na, Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Aikido, western boxing, and Jeet Kune Do.
While most martial artists are limited to fighting at one or two ranges, you’ll be comfortable in any situation, against single or multiple attackers. Almost all of your martial arts training will take place outside so that you learn to develop and use these skills on real terrain. You’ll train in trees, streams, in mud and snow, in rain and on ice. Martial arts creates a sense of confidence and a sense of being “in your body” while developing the agility, balance, strength, and physical power that is our natural heritage.
You’ll learn how to project confidence, how to understand the psychology of aggressive individuals, and how to diffuse conflict with the least amount of force necessary. You’ll also learn how to defend against attacks with modern and low-tech weapons, including baseball bats, knives, tazers, guns, and staff. In addition, you’ll learn defensive tactics against non-human attackers, including the most common mammal that attacks humans in North America — the domestic dog.
Often, in a dangerous situation, a weapon can mean the difference between life and death. You’ll become capable with numerous low-tech weapons, from a simple stick to a ball-point pen. Staff, karna stick, and knife techniques will be included in your repetoire.
Running is not only healthy, but is a great skill in emergencies. Imagine getting stranded in your vehicle and not blinking twice knowing that it is ten miles to the next exit. You’ll develop endurance and learn a new running technique based on our ancestors’ running methods. This will allow you to run with more efficiency and speed through natural terrain. If you excel in this arena, we can even explore the “persistence hunting” techniques of our ancestors.
In our overstimulated culture, our senses soon grow dull. You’ll learn how to heal your sensory capabilities, enhancing and expanding your senses. You’ll also learn what happens when you are deprived of one sense or another, learning how to make up for the loss of one sense by using the untapped potential of another. You’ll be able to start fires in the dark, find your way home blind, and to expand your senses far beyond the capabilities of your domesticated counterparts.
Overcoming Fears and Limitations:
Many of us live fear-based lives, making decisions based on our uncertainty or lack of self-confidence. You’ll learn to identify and examine your fears, bring them out in the open, and befriend them so that you can utilize fear-based energy and transform it into excitement and adrenaline. The result is a life based on passion, curiosity, and confidence.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices:
You’ll learn about diet, stress moderation, and other techniques that contribute to long-term physical, mental, and emotional health.
Transforming Your Relationship With Pain:
In our rather plush lives, most of us lose all tolerance for discomfort and pain. You’ll learn to recognize the difference between pain that indicates damage to the body and pain that is merely a signal. Using non-damaging pain tolerance techniques, you’ll learn to tolerate or even enjoy sensations of cold or pain that others simply can’t deal with.
One of the most useful and neglected human abilities is a sense of profound patience. You’ll learn to recognize what undermines patience, and to develop the ability to calm your mind and out-wait anyone or anything.
Ready to Re-Wild?
Metamorphosis begins the ultimate adventure in re-connecting with nature, re-wilding, and encountering your natural Self. During your journey you will receive compassionately challenging, one-on-one guidance as you explore your connection with nature and your most innate Self. Contact Kenton to learn more.