Tim Drake, September 2, 2016

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,

“To talk of many things:

Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—

Of cabbages—and kings—

And why the sea is boiling hot—

And whether pigs have wings.”

…And the time has come for me to say Adieu to the organization that I have poured my heart and soul into for the past 17 years.

I picked up the “ball” called Primitive Pursuits when I was 20 years old and ran with it because every child I had ever worked with, had ever met for that matter needed it. From those at Cornell’s daycare center to my own nieces and nephews.

As I grew up, Primitive Pursuits grew up, and I saw that the world needed it.

Nature is not an elective and certainly ought not to be considered an optional part of childhood, but that is how many treat it. I believe our very future depends on the relationship that the children of today have with the natural world and how they relate to themselves and their peers. Truly it depends on all of our relationships too and understanding of this miraculous planet we call Earth and its limited resources. How it works, why it works, and where we fit in. I gave my all because there was nothing else to give. I gave my all because it was needed.

I have come to believe that most people live a life of resignation rather than intention, operating from a place of fear rather than creativity and I have never been good at that. So with that in mind this I have decided to change course and to boldly go in the next direction of my dreams. In many ways, it is not possible for me to “resign” for I am still alive and there is work to be done! How I realize my vision, reach my goals and how I continue to give however must change and I must say farewell to Primitive Pursuits in my role there as Co-Director. In the meantime, you may catch me at an opening circle or as a guest instructor at a program and you are always welcome to reach out to me directly at [email protected]. The Primitive Pursuits community feels like a large extended family.

To those of you reading this (some of whom are old and dear friends and others I may hardly know) I want to say keep up the good work! Pour your heart and soul into all that you do. Live with intention and passion. Life is precious. Believe what you do matters because it does. This is your life, this is our life and I wish us all the best. For the children, for the future, for the now!

In Gratitude,

Tim Drake