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Willow Pack Baskets


  • Holistic Survival School 38 McDaris Cove Road Weaverville, NC, 28787 United States (map)

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.

In this class we will be using whole willow shoots to weave ourselves a mighty strong basket. We will use several different weaves, learn how to manipulate the shape and quality of a basket, and talk about willow propagation and preparing fresh shoots for weaving.

On our last day we will finish our baskets by fashioning ourselves some backpack straps made from rawhide and webbing. By the time we are complete you will not only have a fully functional pack basket, but all the knowledge you need to replicate the process again and again. Weaving willow is one of the most peaceful and meditative crafts that can change your life!

  • Cost:

    Early Bird Price (Before August 15th): $375

    Regular Ticket: $425

  • What to bring // Camp sites

    Primitive camping is available for students. Please come prepared! Bring your own tent and sleeping gear, rain gear, camping supplies, eating dish and utensils, and food for the weekend (running water, kitchen and fridge are available on site).

  • Children

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

  • Work Trade

    HoSS never wants people to feel limited by money. If money is the only thing stopping you from attending this class please fill out the work trade application for this class and we can discuss possible options.

  • Questions?:

    Email Luke: HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com