The New Forest (Shaolin) Retreat
Construction in progress, should be ready for Spring of 2016.
(Work trades, for instruction are now available)

Located on Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska, north of Hood Bay on an beachfront acre of spruce and hemlock, near the Tlingit Native village of Angoon.

Click here for classes taught at the retreat.

Hike in 2 1/2 miles from road to cabin.

Hunter type A-frame cabin has wood stove, solar and windmill battery power, water from creek 1/4 mile away and rainwater recovery.

Main log cabin is within 30 yards,

The current construction status is that the cabin is up to ceiling level, with all of the top 4 framing logs up. Second floor will be put up first, with supports, and ceiling hung from top floor. Once ceiling is up, everything is dry; a floor can be put in and it becomes livable. After that the second floor starts and roof above that.

Lifting pole added for winching up 4 x 8 foot plywood panels, and later second story construction

Mainframe completed, and roof panels up; with caulking and waterproofing 90% complete.
  • The East and Waterfront side have stacks of 9 length logs: 2(9) =18;
  • The North and South sides now have 10 logs high each, for 20. These two width logs go out further, as an overhang for the beachfront porch.
  • The support beams for the ceiling are up; with 90% of the plywood 4 X 8 foot panels up..

    Beams are spaced at two feet from centerlines; some unfinished sections have 6 foot span between the centers.

    Inside length will be 4(6) = 24 feet. An additional lengthwise support will be added also.

    This second floor will be 1/2 inch plywood, which will double as the first floor's roof; until the second floor is completed.
  • 18 + 10 + 10 = 38 logs up out of 38 for the first floor: DONE
    4 out of the 4 second floor support logs; are now up.
  • Support logs are now being put up at two foot intervals tom support the floor/ceiling.

The ceiling starts at 9 logs high on two sides and 10 logs on the other two sides for a total of 38 logs.

First floor will have 3 rooms; one main and two medium sized.

Guest house is a small alpine type hunter’s cabin (green door).

Live in the most direct relationship with the wild.

The conditions here support a subsistence lifestyle; living off the land.

One's metal is tested and forged here.

One is directly connected to the animals, and spirits.
God and Nature are undisturbed and in their raw and pristine form.

Living away from large groups of people, allows you to see what is beyond the machinations and artificial contraptions without translation.

Bait fish, salmon, halibut, red snapper, clams, crabs, prawns, sea cucumbers, whales, duck, geese, deer, are all around.

a 270 pound halibut was caught this year 150 yards of the front porch, in about 130 feet of water; salmon and red snapper are in this fishing hole, and occasionally a whale will come in close to feed here also.

Seaweeds, kelps, berries, and forest vegetation are lush in this rainforest.

This is the land where eagles dwell, literally 'the happy hunting ground'. A number of eagle families are nearby.

Eagles (click here)

email: jadedragonalaska@gmail.com

More on martial training in the book
Axe Hand; Hsing-i & Internal Strength Workout
(click for more info)
The New Forest (Shaolin) Retreat
(Construction in progress, should be ready for spring of 2014.)
Work trades for instruction are now available)


Located on Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska, north of Hood Bay on an beachfront acre of spruce and hemlock, near the Tlingit Native village of Angoon.

Course Description

Hike in 2 1/2 miles from road to cabin.

Hunter type A-frame cabin has wood stove, solar and windmill battery power, water from creek 1/4 mile away and rainwater recovery.

Main log cabin is within 30 yards,

The current construction status is that the cabin is up to ceiling level, with all of the top 4 framing logs up. Second floor will be put up first, with supports, and ceiling hung from top floor. Once ceiling is up, everything is dry; a floor can be put in and it becomes livable. After that the second floor starts and roof above that.
  • The East and Waterfront side have stacks of 9 length logs: 2(9) =18;
  • The North and South sides now have 10 logs high each, for 20. These two width logs go out further, as an overhang for the beachfront porch.
  • Next comes the support joyces and beams for the ceiling, and the floor.
    There are two beams up on the southern half of the building now; which result in 32sections with a 6 foot span between the centers. Two more beams to be added to northern half's 2 sections.
    Inside length will be 4(6)= 24 feet. an additional lengthwise support will be added also
    This second floor will be 3/4 -1 inch plywood, which will double as the first floors roof; until the second d floor is completed.
  • 18 + 10 + 10 = 38 logs up out of 38 for the first floor
    4 out of the 4 second floor support logs; are now up.
  • Support logs are now being put up at two foot intervals tom support the floor/ceiling.


The ceiling starts at 9 logs high on two sides and 10 logs on the other two sides for a total of 38 logs.

First floor will have 3 rooms; one main and two medium sized.

Guest house is a small alpine type hunter’s cabin (green door .

Live in the most direct relationship with the wild.

The conditions here support a subsistence lifestyle; living off the land.

One's 'metal' is tested and forged here.

One is directly connected to the animals, and spirits.
God and Nature are undisturbed and in their raw and pristine form.

Living away from large groups of people, allows you to see what is beyond the machinations and artificial contraptions without translation.

Bait fish, salmon, halibut, red snapper, clams, crabs, prawns, sea cucumbers, whales, duck, geese, deer, are all around.

a 270 pound halibut was caught this year 150 yards of the front porch, in about 130 feet of water; salmon and red snapper are in this fishing hole, and occasionally a whale will come in close to feed here also.

Seaweeds, kelps, berries, and forest vegetation are lush in this rainforest.

This is the land where eagles dwell, literally 'the happy hunting ground'. A number of eagle families are nearby.

email: jadedragonalaska@gmail.com
Alaskan Bald Eagles


This is the land where eagles dwell, literally 'the happy hunting ground'.

Haines Bald Eagle Festival/
Chilkat Eagle Preserve Pictures


Admiralty Island - Angoon

Angoon on Admiralty Island has the highest concentration of Bald Eagles and Brown Bears (Grizzlies) in North America. Dogs are common in the village and keep the bears at a distance.

Animal Talk Excerpt from Chapter 6 of Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

Do Animals Talk To Each Other the Way People Do?

Those are fighting words in the fields of animal and linguistic research. A lot of people are emotionally invested in the idea that language is the one thing that makes human beings unique. Language is sacrosanct. It's the last boundary standing between man and beast.

Now even this final boundary is being challenged. Con Slobodchikoff at Northern Arizona University has done some of the most amazing studies in animal communication and cognition. Using sonograms to analyze the distress calls of Gunnison's prairie dog, one of five species of prairie dogs found in the U.S. and Mexico, he has found that prairie dog colonies have a communication system that includes nouns, verbs, and adjectives. They can tell one another what kind of predator is approaching -- man, hawk, coyote, dog (noun) -- and they can tell each other how fast it's moving (verb). They can say whether a human is carrying a gun or not.

After another week alone in the wild, appears that I have been adopted by the resident Bald Eagles. They will watch me intently at times, while I comb beach or build log cabin. Bald Eagles build large nests, and I suspect that this same Bald Eagle on the log here, was taking in the construction method.

I have shared the multiple range of whistle cries with them before, but they have a different talking voice, not human of course. One started talking to me, just recently. I am just starting to understand the simpler cries and it will take an even longer time for the more complicated talk to be returned.

Whale and dolphin talk is already recognized.

I had talking interchanges with the Northern California Red Tailed Hawks before, but never knew Bald Eagles had a separate audible voiced, rather than their shriek.

Eagle Full Wing Circle
Energy Plane Vortex
Earth to Sky (Yang)


This Eagle Full Wing Circle, is a semblance of what an Alaskan Bald Eagle did over me, that did not have any gap in the wing-orbit, which had a rotating diameter of two wing lengths, exactly over my head about 25 feet, over ten times; without loosing altitude, or moving wings for uplift.

We were part of an Energy Plane Vortex between the Earth and Sky; a Yang characteristic; as was the Chinese Internal Martial Arts that I had just practiced there.

It could have continued longer, but I disengaged since I did not know what all what was happening, although I had some trust that it was good. It could of resulted in too much of a good thing, or me being whirl-winded into planes that I was unprepared for.

I have been practicing here for years, and the Alaskan Bald Eagles will fly by, perch in nearby trees, or trade calls with me, solo, or in groups of up to a dozen.

The next time I practiced, possibly the same solo Bald Eagle, cam up to a nearby stump, watched me go through my sets; Low Han, Hsing-I with Five Element Saber and Spear, Tai Chi, with Thirty Two Move Sword form, Praying Mantis, BeiShaolin (Internal Northern Shaolin, and Jade Dragon (Wide Circle Kung Fu).

More on animal's consciousness for martial arts in the book
Axe Hand; Hsing-i & Internal Strength Workout
(click for more info)
CLASSES
(click on for more info)


email: jadedragonalaska@gmail.com

Phone # 907-957-9847

Live in the most direct relationship with the wild. 
The conditions here support a subsistence lifestyle; living off the land.
 
One's 'metal' is tested and forged here. 
 
One is directly connected to the animals, and spirits. 
God and Nature are undisturbed and in their raw and pristine form. 

Living away from large groups of people, allows you to see
what is beyond the machinations and artificial contraptions without translation. 
God does not have to be put into a box, to know. 

This is the land where eagles dwell, literally 'the happy hunting ground'.  

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