"Tree climbing, for myself, goes beyond just the physical prowess," says Kovar. "I believe that receiving the full effect of what the tree has to teach us lies in our ability to have patience, awareness, and acceptance. Climbing slow, but with an attentive mind, helps us to absorb that lofty world above our heads."
Upon completion, you'll receive a Basic Tree Climbing Course diploma. Don't worry: If you miss your chance in Hawaii, Kovar offers week-long intensive schools in Portland, where class gets even cooler: You'll sleep overnight in a specially designed "Treeboat."