I wouldn't say that the information is unique, but it's the way the information is presented as one whole. For instance, you could learn how to make a bow-drill fire anywhere, but would you learn how that fits in with a survival situation? Would you learn these survival skills alongside sustainable living skills in permaculture? I think it's the way that all of the subjects fit together that makes Alderleaf unique. It's a very supportive environment and the instructors really care about you learning to your full potential. You could teach yourself the skills, but you wouldn't get the holistic picture in a learning community.