Join Luke Cannon in this illuminating and exciting two day workshop! In this class students will soar you deep into the world of birds and bird language. We will utilize fun and engaging walks, talks, and group activities, to explore the revealing world of birds and bird language.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.