Flat Weave Berry Baskets
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Flat Weave Berry Baskets

Flat weave Berry baskets (1 day):

Have you wanted to weave your own basket for years now but have been intimated by the process? I was in the same boat for many years until I was shown basic plaiting
with flat weaving material. This, in my experience, is one of the best starting places for a new weaver. In this class each student will make at least one small basket complete with rim and handle. After one day of weaving you will have the skills you need to not only replicate the basket you made, but begin all kinds of baskets with different weaving patterns. Please bring a sharp knife and crafting scissors if you own them.

Cost: $75 

Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult

Location: 38 McDaris Cove Rd. Weaverville, NC

Questions?:  Email Luke:  HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

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Firecraft
Apr
15
10:00 AM10:00

Firecraft

Fire Craft (1 day)
 

Just as with any wildcrafted trade, the art of making fire from the landscape requires a tactful awareness of one's surroundings—of which types of trees make the best kindling and where those trees like to grow, which types of bark make the best tinder, which fungus or seed fluff to add to my tinder to ensure my fire will light?

The journey is truly endless in how one's knowledge of fire can introduce you to so many new elements in the landscape. This class is one full day of focus on all the accoutrements that make for a successful wildcrafted fire. We will cover everything from fire making, fire building, tending, types of wood, proper arrangement for open fire cooking, tinders, coal extenders, torches, and more!

This is an opportunity to step into a whole new confidence in your fire skills, as well as to see the woods with new eyes—the ultimate convenience store of fire materials.

Cost: $65

Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult

Questions?:  Email Luke:  HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

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Beyond Survival: Wilderness Essentialism
May
4
to May 6

Beyond Survival: Wilderness Essentialism

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Beyond Survival: Wilderness Essentialism (3 day)

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 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. 

In this three day class students will learn the basics of surviving in the Eastern Woodlands and will carry those skills on in order to transform "survival skills" into "living skills".  This weekend workshop students will learn the basics of survival, the five "C's" of survival, the rule of 3's, human's super powers and weaknesses,  how to prioritize the essential elements, and how to use awareness and mindfulness to harness the natural flow of energy in any situations.   Hard skills students will learn include:

 

Making shelter

Securing your own food

Purifying water

Creating fire from the landscape

Making your own 5 essential survival items from the land. 

Understand and harness Radiation, Convection, Conduction and Insulation. 

This will be a class that every human should attend!  These are essential human skills!

Students will be staying on the land two nights.  Campsites are available and students are required to bring their own camping supplies (tent, sleeping bags, tools, etc).  This is an introductory class and students are welcome to bring as much gear as they feel comfortable with.  Water will be provided. 

 

Cost: Early bird $300 // Regular $350

Location: 38 McDaris Cove Rd. Weaverville NC

Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult

Questions?:  Email Luke:  HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

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Trees on the Homestead:  Tree ID walk on 40 acres
May
6
10:00 AM10:00

Trees on the Homestead: Tree ID walk on 40 acres

Trees on the Homestead (1 day):

Trees Trees Trees! This class is an exploration of the many ways in which trees have woven themselves into the fabric of everyday life on the homestead over time. On this tree walk, we will spend time identifying trees by name, range, ecological niche, role in succession, and tracking the innumerable ways in which trees express their unique personalities. With a deeper look at what makes each tree unique, we will then apply this knowledge to human habitation.  

On this walk on 40 acres, we will explore the role of trees in food, fiber, fodder, soil enhancement, tracking water, tools of all varieties, and all the rest. This class can serve as either a beginners' course or an advanced course depending on the level of the students. Come one come all to the wondrous world of trees. 

Cost: $50

Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult

Questions?:  Email Luke:  HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

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Open Fire Cooking
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Open Fire Cooking

Open Fire Cooking (1 day):

Come gather round the fire for a wild feast! This is a very hands-on class as we will work together to prepare multiple yummy dishes using a diversity of open-fire cooking methods including primitive pottery, soapstone slabs and bowls, pit bake, cooking on coals, rocket stoves, as well using cast-irons and dutch-ovens.

Our meal will be a collaboration of wild harvested and locally grown ingredients, cooked village style—with patience, skill, and celebration. We will also cover the wide world of tending fire, how to choose the right type of wood to burn to suit the manner of preparation and foods involved. It is an opportunity to witness the possibilities in synergizing a knowledge and familiarity with food, fire, and the abundance the southern Appalachians have to offer. This class is a ton of fun, enlightening to the palette, and warm to the belly.

Please bring a sharp knife, a notebook, and your own set of utensils and dishes (bowl, cup, plate, spoon, fork) 

Cost: $75 

Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult

Questions?:  Email Luke:  HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

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Intro to Felting: Mother's Day Special
May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to Felting: Mother's Day Special

The ancient craft of felting has been traditionally used to create rugs, yurt walls, clothing, and blankets in places such as Mongolia, Turkey and Ireland. In this beginner friendly class we will take raw wool and transform it into a unique and useful felted item such as a wallet, bag, or jar coozie. Students will learn foundational techniques that will enable them to explore at home and prepare them for bigger projects such as hat and slipper making. All materials will be provided.

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Knowing Plants without knowing their name: Plant walk
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Knowing Plants without knowing their name: Plant walk

Knowing Plants without knowing their name: Plant walk ( 1 day)

Join Luke McLaughlin in this hands on workshop and plant walk  and discover the 6 main categories of edible and medicinal plants and how they can help bring balance to our bodies. During out plant walk, students will be tasting, smelling and touching local plants while also learning about ReWilding, food as our medicine, local medicinal plants, local wild edibles, wild nutrition, body-sense awareness, and ethical harvesting.   These 6 groups of plants are found all over the world and this teaching is applicable whether you are in your kitchen or in wilderness.

Cost: $65

Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult

Location: 38 McDaris Cove Rd. Weaverville NC

Questions?:  Email Luke:  HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

 

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Make your own Frame Drum
May
20
10:00 AM10:00

Make your own Frame Drum

Making the Sacred Frame Drum (1 Day):

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 one day class, we will be using locally sourced, rawhide deer skin and cedar drum frames to construct our own sacred hand drum.  Additionally, we will be creating a drum beater and decorating our drums with natural pigments.   

This drum will be perfect for ceremony purposes as well as a beautiful piece of art for your home. We will be making our drum in the Anishinaabe (Great Lakes Region) tradition. Rawhide and wood included with purchase of ticket.

Cost:  $100

Ages:  12 and up (with accompanying adult)

Location: 38 McDaris Cove Rd. Weaverville NC

Questions?  Email:  HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

Time:  10am - 4pm

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Fire with sticks: Intro to friction fire
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Fire with sticks: Intro to friction fire

Fire with Sticks: Intro to Friction Fire (1 day):

There are few things more connective and powerful than making your own fire from your landscape.  Humans have been in relation with this raw element for over 3 million years. Making fire with sticks is your human birthright.  

Join Luke McLaughlin and Tyler Lavenburg and learn the ancient art of friction fire on 45 beautiful acres in Weaverville, NC. In this one-day class,  students will  learn the basics of fire by friction while also getting hands on experience with multiple fire-starting methods (bow drill, hand drill, bamboo fire-saw) Other topics will include: what local types of woods to use, tinder making, troubleshooting, and additional fire making options. This class is for everyone!

Recommended ages: 12 and up

Cost: Regular Ticket $75

Questions?  Email:  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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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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Father's Day Feast: Fire, Forage, Fur
Jun
16
to Jun 17

Father's Day Feast: Fire, Forage, Fur

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In this two day class, students will dive deeply in the ancient art of making fire from sticks, and will then proceed to prepare their own dinner by cooking it on the fire that they created.  Furthermore, students will learn how to process and tan roadkill animal hides using the fire as well.  This will be a feast fit for a king!   What a great treat for the Fathers in our lives!

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Build your own Bow
Oct
6
to Oct 8

Build your own Bow

Bows Bows Bows!!

Join us for a three day intensive in the art of bow making and traditional archery. How amazing in our human history that 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.

In this class we will use a wide variety of tools including draw knives, hatchets and froes, saws, rasps, scrapers, files, and the like in order to reduce our material to bend perfectly throughout each limb of the bow. That being said, you will not only leave the class with a highly functional bow, but you will also gain much experience in tool use, body mechanics, wood craft and variability in wood structure, and everything you need to know to replicate the process from living tree to finished bow. 

Bow class

If students finish with bows early, we may get into making target arrows as well. We will at the least cover all the possibilities for making arrows and purchasing them from reputable companies. Please come with a sharp knife, and if you have them--draw knives, hatchets, hand saw, etc. It is good to get to know your own tools for future applications. 

Each student will need to bring a packed lunch each day, and optional food to share pot luck style for dinner. There will also be an outdoor kitchen available for people to make their own dinner if class runs late. We finish on Sunday after each student has casted their first arrow.

You must pre-register in order to attend this class!

Cost:

         Early Bird (before Sep. 15) - $275 

         Regular ticket  - $325

 

Questions? Email Luke at HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

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Introduction to Flint Knapping (stone tools)
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Flint Knapping (stone tools)

Stone tools have been used by our human ancestors for over 3 million years! Come and learn how to break stone into useful tools and connect with your ancient ancestry!

In this full day class we will be learning about the principles of flint knapping (i.e. how energy travels through the stone) Additionally, we will learn the techniques of both pressure flaking and percussion flaking while learning how to break useful flakes off of large stones (novaculite)

 

Furthermore, we will be making stone tools from our local surroundings, using our handmade tools on the landscape, learning about the stone requirements for knapping, and learning how to use local materials just in case you forgot your knife.

Class cost: $60

 

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