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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult
Questions?: Email Luke: HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com