Steve's ongoing journey of learning this knowledge and these skills has given him a sense of freedom, connection, and empowerment that he loves sharing with others.
There is nothing that makes him happier than seeing a group of kids stalk through the woods with mud on their faces and moss in their hair!
Or the look on the face of someone shooting their first arrow with a traditional bow they made themselves.
Or witness the magic of someone creating their first bow drill coal.
Steve has been teaching wilderness skills for many years, both on his own, as well as through various organizations, such as
Whatcom Folk School,
Mount Baker Academy,
Whatcom Skill Share Faire,
Saskatoon Circle Primitive Skills Gathering,
Kids in Country,
and Rooted Emerging.
When Steve is not teaching, he can be found hunting, fishing, or romping through the mountains with his wife Corina and their three home schooled children.
When she was a little girl growing up in Germany, Corina dreamed of being like Heidi: living in the mountains, raising goats, and hanging out with a cute boy who liked chasing goats.
When she was 20, Corina came to the United States, which is a long story. She studied organic agriculture and alternative healing there and hit the jackpot when she met her handsome, hardworking, kind and adventurous husband. They bought five acres in a scenic valley at the foot of the North Cascade Mountains and started homesteading.
Next came the chickens, ducks, goats and pigs. And three excellent children.
On this farm that Corina had always been yearning for, she now grows hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables. Every year, she cans and preserves many gallons of pickles, sauerkraut, relishes, and fruit.
For over a decade, Corina has taught people all over world how to make cheese. Since she lives in the boonies, and not everyone wants to drive/fly/bike that far, she has expanded her teaching in an online format. Her self-paced online cheesemaking and fermentation courses have been widely successful and rewarding!
Corina is the head honcho at Marblemount Homestead and is originally from Germany, which makes her an expert in bread, sauerkraut, cheese and beer. And chocolate. Yes, definitely chocolate.
Her passion: Teaching and inspiring earth-conscious people to live healthy, self-reliant, sustainable lives by teaching homesteading, cheesemaking and fermentation, both online and in person.
Steve and Corina Sahlin
PO Box 123
Marblemount, WA 98267
Steve grew up in Papua New Guinnea where he had the unique opportunity to be with people who still live the way they have for thousands of years. He will never forget watching a young man create fire with a fire saw in seconds, or watching, in utter amazement, a young boy take a bird out of the sky with a homemade slingshot.
These and many other experiences left an indelible impression upon him, and after some decades of academia and urbanity, he found his own life path turning back towards those old ways and ancient skills.