Autumn's Wild Harvest
Nov
3
to Nov 4

Autumn's Wild Harvest

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Autumn's Wild Harvest: Backyard and wild foods preservation

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.

 

Given that we cannot possibly cover the gamet of preservation methods in detail, we will give you the skills and confidence to replicate a handful of these processes. In this two day class we will gather and process various kinds of nuts, explore multiple ways to dry meat/plants/fruits, learn a few recipes for pickling and fermentation, and demystify hot water bath and pressure canning. Additionally, we will cover how to process all the different cuts of meat from a deer—which cuts become steak, sausage, canned meat, and broth.

 

This class is a collection of learnings from the past decade of studying wild foods and preservation. It is an ongoing study in the inspiration of healthy and enriched subsistence living. With a little shared wisdom passed down through the ages we too can take sustenance and nourishment into our own hands and revel in the memory of summer sunshine in the blueberry fields, while eating pie by the woodstove in a snowstorm.

 

Please bring a notebook and pen, knife, and a couple of mason jars—two pint and two quart. Additional items that would be helpful include digging knife/trowel, harvest basket, and camera.

Cost:  Early Bird ticket: $175     Regular Ticket: $225

HoSS never wants people to feel limited by money.  Work Trades are available. 

On site camping is available

Questions?  Email: Luke@HolisticSurvivalSchool.com

Students 12+ are welcome with accompanying adult and their own ticket 

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Build your own Osage Bow (5 days)
Oct
3
to Oct 7

Build your own Osage Bow (5 days)

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.

For our bows we will be using osage orange which is considered the BEST bow material around.  These bows will be the envy of all your archer friends. 

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 Building 2017!

Bow Building 2017!

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. 1st) - $425 

         Regular ticket  - $500

HoSS never wants people to feel limited by money.  Work Trade options are always available.

Questions? Email Luke at HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com

Students 16+ are welcome with accompanying adult and their own ticket.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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