In 1991 Cody started the Aboriginal Living Skills School where twenty plus years later Cody is still teaching the skills that he learned while overcoming personal challenges in his life to students who come to his courses to not only learn survival skills and primitive living skills but to learn more about themselves and what they can do with less in life. Before 1991 Cody was learning his craft from mentors like Mors Kochanski, John McPherson, Steve Watts, David Holiday, Dave Ganci, Jim Riggs, Dave Wescott, and many others.
Cody has developed the courses he has today over a number of years to give students the best hands on teaching to student ratio that simply is not available at most survival schools in the US. The most in any one class that Cody teaches is a maximum of twelve so that students learn not just from Cody but from each other as a tribe. Some of the courses at the Aboriginal Living Skills School range from a weekend basic skills course to several days more intense and demanding skill levels but with the same core theme that is also a reflection of Cody’s life and that is “Do more with Less“.
The Desert Drifter course is about doing less with more literally and learning more about yourself as you drift from place to place over several days looking for water and food with the most bare bones of gear all with Cody in tow.
During Cody’s college days he spent two years in a brush shelter where he learned to hone his skills and is one of leading experts in Primitive living skills on how to make shelters from a simple stand up to a Wiki-up shelter, make fire from friction, open fire cooking and finding water in the desert. One of Cody’s courses the Self-Reliance Symposium is about Urban prepardness and students spend several days at his off-grid house learning on what to do in an urban survival situation.
When not teaching in the field Cody is an adjunct faculty member at Yavapai College and a faculty member at the Ecosa Institute where he teaches survival and primitive living skills as well as green living design and living with his off-grid house outside of Prescott that totally relies on solar power, a rain catchment system for water and a compost system.