About White Wolf

About White Wolf

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White Wolf Von Atzingen is the founder of the Element Mountain and is the head instructor for all courses and guide for all events/excursions. White Wolf has extensive experience in the ways of the wild. In part he trained in the wild during his youth under an old Native Metinuwak (“medicine man”) and warrior. Nevertheless, his name does not come from Native American background as many assume. Both sides of his family have detailed family trees documenting his strong genetic linage in Teutonic, Norse, Dane, Germanic Saxon, Helvetian and Swede. Through his family tree his blood has been traced back to the White Wolf Clan of Iceland, who were Vikings who sailed to and settled the land. It is within those lineage traditions were his name originates.

White Wolf will be however the first person to tell that he is in no way a “Medicine Man” or “Shaman”. He always says that he is merely a guide. His native guide and Teacher taught him the old ways of living with the earth.

White Wolf became a 10th degree black belt and Kikeyjumhet/Elder (grandmaster) in Small Circles of 5 Animals Jujitsu. In school he wrestled for 5 years. He also studied in Shao-lin kung fu, 18 hand lohan kung fu, Muai Thai, Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung. His teacher told him he was required to study other arts alongside Small Circles of 5 Animals Jujitsu to understand other views, practices and styles. Since he was 9 years old, White Wolf has held the Earth Path and Wilderness Ways in his heart. He has taught Earth Path Ways—The Ways of the Wild, Small Circles of 5 Animals Jujitsu, Kenjitsu and Combat Awareness around the country.

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He has lived primitively using the Earth Path Wilderness Ways for extended periods of time in wilderness areas around the United States in all seasons. White Wolf will be the first to tell you that there are no such things as “Experts” in “Survival”. He once said, “Survival isn’t something you become an expert in. It’s more of the ability to adapt and surpass any situation where survival is the main objective. You can talk as much about how to work wilderness survival skills as you want, but you won’t get any better at the actual skills. The only way to get good at the skills is to use them, practice them as much as you can under as many different conditions as you can. I don’t talk about the skills, I do them, I work them and have been for over three decades. But even with all that time and experience under my belt, I will never claim to be an expert in survival.”

He has climbed nearly 20 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in the Rocky Mountain Range as well as over a dozen 13,000 foot peaks in all four seasons. He tells some fun filled stories of being above 14,000 feet with 80 mile per hour winds and temperatures that dropped down to 60 below zero! Not to mention his harrowing experiences plummeting down permanent ice fields at 13,000 feet, braving hordes of mosquitoes living primitively in the forests of northern Maine, swimming with water moccasin snakes in the south and navigating the wild mountains of Honduras and river-lands of Nicaragua alone and without gear!

He has some great life stories with photos of some of his adventures in the Wolf’s Den.

With many past injuries from 16 years of combat related involvement (S.O.E.S. Black Scorpion Project – black operations splinter project of agency Special Operations Group “SOG“), he has worked diligently in his healing abilities using himself as a perfect subject. Over many years of suffering from medically diagnosed complications like chronic pain, complex post traumatic stress, thyroid complications, advanced stage 1 adrenal exhaustion, chronic stasis conditions from “permanent” spleen, liver and lung damage, nerve damage, lead poisoning, countless injuries and traumas; White Wolf’s incredible diligence and dedication to healing is truly inspiring.

His life is dedicated to teaching the ways of the wild, defending the medicine balance in life and seeking always to attain his highest purity. He now lives within the remote areas of the Green Mountains with his wife and son. As do all teachers, White Wolf teaches many skills but his specialties are (in no particular order) awareness, hand to hand combat and martial skills, 4 element awareness, Vision Quest mentoring, survival, totem work and assisting others in finding their personal power. He is in all reality a warrior and guide; specializing in guiding those who seek Medicine Wisdom to assist them along their sacred path of evolutionary healing and growth.

Today White Wolf guides wilderness explorations and excursions, mentors Vision Quests, teaches Small Circles of 5 Animals Jujitsu and Combat Survival, writes articles and e-books as well as travels with his family and continues to work diligently on his healing processes.

Not only does he teach Ways Of The Wild to groups, but has also volunteered quite a bit of time in the past to the local elementary schools teaching these way to children, specifically, Robinson Elementary in Starksboro Vermont. He also taught Children Summer Camps in the past in which a variety of skills were taught. He has also mentored through the Pathways Program in Addison County Vermont and the Kindle Program.

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“Wolf is the Grand Teacher. Wolf is the sage, who after many winters upon the sacred path and seeking the ways of wisdom, returns to share new knowledge with the tribe. Wolf is both the radical and the traditional in the same breath. When the Wolf walks by you – you will remember.”


“White Wolf is the most dedicated and meticulous person in doing anything he does. His eye to detail as well as the big picture in any areas of his expertise is unparalleled. His mindset is unlike anyone else’s — sharp, perceptive, yet caring. I highly recommend his abilities. He is trustworthy beyond measure and doesn’t have a dishonest bone in his body. It is an honor to call him a friend and a business associate.”

Sami Vartiainen, Entertainment Professional

“White Wolf is one of the most amazing people you will ever meet. His incredible journey through life coupled with his natural gifts has prepared him to be a teacher with few peers. He is completely at home in the forests and will help you feel that way. He is at once masterful and authoritative and gentle, kind and humble. His teachings are simple, direct and extremely well organized. You will come away from each workshop and course wanting to know and do more.”

Dr. J. Naturopath Doctor Massachusetts

“Knowing and learning from White Wolf has changed my life and the way I see and feel the very fabric of life forever. Realizing powerful truths, patterns and our connection to nature and spirit through White Wolf’s teachings has been earth shattering. It has been a true blessing and gift to have learned from and known such an incredible and powerful human being. Unlike any other teacher I have ever met, his knowledge is endless and experience surpasses that of any individual I have ever met. Many wilderness survival teachers and medicine people I have studied with and White Wolf is definitely the alpha wolf of the bunch. I cannot express the urgency the world needs his teaching. We are at a critical juncture in human existence and these teachings are vital for our survival on planet earth. I hope for a lifetime of learning from White Wolf as his teachings have infinite depth that are crucial to living in harmony with this planet and beyond.” Mr. Jay, global traditions researcher