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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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