Build your own Pack Basket
Apr
27
to Apr 28

Build your own Pack Basket

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Weaving is one of those crafts that once you begin, you just don't want to stop. We are offering this class in response to the call for a longer session in basketry, to dive a bit deeper into weave patterns, and create a multi-functional vessel that you will become your new travel companion.

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Introduction to Survival:  The earth provides
May
2
to May 5

Introduction to Survival: The earth provides

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The word "survival" gets thrown around a lot these days, so much so that we have lost the context of the word itself. Most of us will hopefully never find ourselves in a survival situation, however we can learn the skills of our ancestors to not only learn how to stay alive in any dire situation, but also to learn how to be a competent, connected human.

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Wild Food Foraging
May
11
to May 12

Wild Food Foraging

This full day hands-on workshop taught by naturalist, Luke Cannon, will introduce you to dozens of delicious wild delicacies of our southern Appalachian Mountains.   We will meet and eat a diverse array of spring greens, cook up some wild roots and mushrooms, discuss medicinal herbs, and sip on sweet wild teas. 

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Hide Tanning: Make your own Buckskin
May
16
to May 19

Hide Tanning: Make your own Buckskin

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Join Tyler Lavenburg in learning the ancient art of making Buckskin from deer hides. In this four day class, students will turn one deer hide into soft, supple and durable buckskin. Students will learn each step of the process with real, hands-on learning. Once the hide is complete, the every participant will keep their finished product (valued around $250).

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Women's Wilderness Wisdom
May
24
to May 27

Women's Wilderness Wisdom

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It is every woman's birthright to feel at home in her skin and in nature.  Join us for a weekend of befriending the wilderness outside of ourselves as well as within!  We will adventure into the forest and learn how to make fire, build shelter, find food and prepare meals on a cooking fire.  We will practice the ancient arts of invisibility, of seeing through our animal eyes, and of moving through the forest as animals move.  

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Making the Sacred Drum
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Making the Sacred Drum

Drums have been a part of our human ancestry for thousands of years across all cultures. They remind us of our right to speak our truth, to be bold, and be heard. In this two day class, we will be using locally sourced, rawhide deer skin and maple drum frames to construct our own sacred hand drum.

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Buckskin Sewing - Make your own Buckskin Pouch
Jun
21
to Jun 23

Buckskin Sewing - Make your own Buckskin Pouch

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Sewing with buckskin is an adventure! And, like any adventure, you need to be prepared, with the right tools on hand, in order to succeed. Buckskin has stood the test of time as a luxurious, and valuable material, that has been used to make super soft clothing, and durable containers, throughout history. It can be a pleasure and a challenge to work with. If you have tanned your own buckskin, you know it can be intimidating to make that first cut. This weekend will give you all the tools you need to create your own buckskin masterpieces! 

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Adult Summer Camp
Jun
28
to Jun 30

Adult Summer Camp

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Ever miss the timeless days of summer camp? Or maybe get a little jealous when your kids come home from camp and tell you stories of night hikes, new friends, walking on coals, hiking to an amazing overlook, cooking meals around the fire, crying while they say goodbye to the best friends they’ve ever had?

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Stone Age Weekend
Jul
5
to Jul 7

Stone Age Weekend

Humans and our ancestral lineage have been using stone tools and harnessing the transformative power of fire for over 3 million years! The use of stone tools and fire is deeply engrained in our brains, bodies, psyches, and souls. Come and learn the basics of stone-age technology and feel the joy of understanding and connecting with the fundamentals of human technology.

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Scout and Invisibility
Jul
12
to Jul 14

Scout and Invisibility

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 Come join us for a weekend of sneaking, hiding, scouting, and learning what the animals have to teach us about the art of invisibility.  We will cover techniques of camouflage, both applied to the body and also working with the backdrop of the forest environment.  We will practice silent and stealthy movement techniques and some of the subtler arts of merging with your surroundings.  The weekend will culminate with a collaborative game scenario to challenge your new skills! 

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Stick, Stone, Feather & Bone
Aug
16
to Aug 18

Stick, Stone, Feather & Bone

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This class brings life back to the village front porch—where good people gather around to make useful and beautiful things with their hands. Just think if every cup, plate, bowl, tooth brush, comb, tupperware, backpack, cook pot, skillet, etc. in your home was made by yourself or someone you knew? With some knowledge of the wide variety of materials nature has to offer, you can make your own basket, or water bottle, or cooking utensils.

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Willow Pack Baskets
Sep
6
to Sep 8

Willow Pack Baskets

Throughout thousands of years of nomadic life, people have carried just about everything they need in woven baskets. Just as one might develop a relationship with their hiking pack that they have hiked the Appalachian trail with, a pack basket is one of those beautiful and functional crafts that will carry the stories of all your adventures.

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Natural Dyes - Creating and Connecting with Wild Color
Sep
28
to Sep 29

Natural Dyes - Creating and Connecting with Wild Color

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The earth is bursting with color!- offering us a vibrant palate to discover and steep into. Golden rod, Blackberry, Osage Orange, Black Walnut to name a few. In this two-day workshop we will explore the diversity and richness of color found in our local plants, mushrooms and lichens. We will slow down, dive deep and connect to earth around us; weaving our creativity with the natural world and the four elements.

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The Sacred Hunt
Oct
5
to Oct 6

The Sacred Hunt

For most of human history the relationship of people to prey has been one of the most important aspects of life and culture. In our region, a local and subsistence diet relies heavily on the ability to procure meat for the people--thusly it is one of the most historically ceremonialized and revered elements of society. Over the past decade we have been studying the art of tracking and hunting and have come to our own deep and enlivened relationship to the hunt. It is a process of extensive observation, serious time getting to know one's landscape, and developing an ongoing conversation with both prey and all that share its territory.

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Build your own Osage Bow
Oct
16
to Oct 20

Build your own Osage Bow

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Join us for a five day intensive in the art of bow making and traditional archery. How amazing is it that in our human history humans have devised countless brilliant methods of reducing a single piece of wood to such perfect form so as to send an arrow hundreds of feet per second, thousands of times over and over again! It is an opportunity to get to know one stick better than any other piece of wood you have yet to meet, and a gateway into a relationship to trees that goes much deeper than identification.

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Hide Tanning: Make your own Buckskin
Oct
24
to Oct 27

Hide Tanning: Make your own Buckskin

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Join Luke McLaughlin in learning the ancient art of making Buckskin from deer hides. In this four day class, students will turn one deer hide into soft, supple and durable buckskin. Students will learn each step of the process with real, hands-on learning. Once the hide is complete, the every participant will keep their finished product (valued around $250).

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Autumn's Wild Harvest: Backyard and Wild foods preservation
Nov
2
to Nov 3

Autumn's Wild Harvest: Backyard and Wild foods preservation

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The abundance of autumn is one of the greatest joys in homestead life. Whether you are growing this food yourself or harvesting wild foods, the fruits of a year's growth is well earned and most welcomed. Now it is time to think like a squirrel! Did you know that squirrels go so far as to dry mushrooms for winter storage? We humans have spent thousands of years perfecting recipes and methods for preserving most foods we consume throughout the winter months and through the following spring. If you have ever eaten canned blueberry jam or dried meats in February that you harvested months prior, you know how gratifying it truly is to prepare wild and wholesome foods for the eating later on. In this class we explore a few methods (both modern and traditional) for putting by the fall harvest.

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Beyond Survival: Level II
Nov
7
to Nov 10

Beyond Survival: Level II

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We as a species have forgotten how to live on our local landscape.  For the vast majority of human history, we have relied on our direct environment for our food, water, shelter, medicine, teachings, myth, and connection.  The intention of this class is to experience living as our ancestors did. Through this experience we will gain greater connection to ourselves, each other and the Earth.   These are the skills of our ancestors and it is a gift to learn them.  We will learn these physical skills while we also learn the greater emotional connection that our ancestors felt that helped them live a life of harmony and balance.

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Bone Tools
Jun
10
10:00 AM10:00

Bone Tools

Bone tools (1 day):

Ever wonder how your ancestors cut vegetables, dug roots, sewed clothing, and all the other myriad of tasks we currently use metal for? Some of the first tools ever created by humans were that of bone and antler. From pounders and smashers, to cutters and scrapers, bone has been one of the most widely prized materials for keeping life in the old school going. This is a day to learn the many uses of bone and antler and put your hands to work crafting your own bone tool such as a knife, sewing awl/needles, buttons, diggers, scrapers, and any other use you could possibly imagine for such a forgiving material. We will use a combination of new and old methods of processing the bone right from a deer leg, reducing it by splitting, sawing, scraping, and finally grinding on stone slabs. In leaving this class you will never look at your discarded shank bone quite the same. This class will be hard work but it will also give you new appreciation for the meditation of slow art. 

 

 

Cost: $75 

Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult

Questions?:  Email Luke:  HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

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Tulip Poplar Baskets
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Tulip Poplar Baskets

Tulip Poplar Berry Baskets (1 day):

This class is truly the delight of the season. As the tulip poplar flowers begin to swell and open, the sap starts to run in the tree, sending nutrients and water to the upper parts of the tree. In the process of doing so, its bark may be very easily peeled in large sections. This is the seasonal magic that allows this craft to exist. Making poplar baskets is one of the easiest, most accessible forms of basketry. This method requires no weaving, no curing or long soaking of material—we will go from bark on the tree to a finished basket in just a day. Please bring a sharp knife.

Cost: $75 

Location 38 McDaris Cove Rd. Weaverville NC 

Time: 10-4

Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult

Questions?:  Email Luke:  HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

 

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