Founder, Executive Director, Shikari, Providers Instructor
Matt began his naturalist training as a child with his Grandfather, accomplished and published entomologist Ernie Shull. Ernie spent 20 years in Northern India in the foothills of the Himalayas, where his skills as a Shikari (tracker, hunter and naturalist) saved many lives. Matt’s father, Daniel, was born and raised in the remote jungles of India, where the top predators grew to 10 ft long and roamed freely throughout the region. Fortunately for Matt the deep ecological wisdom of baseline and alarm was preserved and passed on.
After years of unfulfilling public school immersion, Matt hit the road with his backpack. For the next 20 years, carrying as little as possible, he would travel the world. Throughout the Rocky Mountains, the Himalayas, the great Sahara of North Africa, to the very jungles of North India where his Father was born, he would journey, seeking teachers, mentors, villages and friends.
Matt would spend a year in a primitive hogan he built in the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, another year hiking through the deserts and mountains of the Pacific Crest Trail, 5 years completing the Kamana Naturalist Training Program and the next decade apprenticing in primitive skills and aboriginal technology.
Matt founded White Pine Wilderness Academy in 2014 which rapidly grew into the largest forest school in the midwest. The need for competent wilderness mentors and guides became apparent, as did the need for a regenerative community model that honors the practitioner’s advancement while offering context to their role in the community. So, the Shikari Wilderness System was born.
Having taught thousands of children, adults and elders, Matt’s greatest honor was being invited to teach traditional bow building on the Kootenai Reservation in Montana.
Designing rites of passage for himself and others is Matt’s deepest passion. His commitment to helping others find their gifts and live their vision is his life purpose.
- Founder of White Pine Wilderness Academy
- Founder of The Shikari Wilderness System
- Cybertracker Track and Sign Level 3
- Registered Indiana Hunting Guide
- Graduate- 4 Year Kamana Naturalist Program
- Wilderness First Aid Certified
- USA Archery Certified
- 25 years experience facilitating Wilderness Rites of Passage
- Teens After School (Lead Instructor)