2020 Earth-Skills
Adult Immersion Course

With Nature-Connected Community
Led by Luke McLaughlin

Nine month program running March - November of 2020.

One four day weekend + one bonus day per month.

Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina .

Photo of Survival school wilderness location in Blue Ridge Mountains

course Overview


  • Feeling deeply at home in wild landscapes.

  • Embodying the skills and knowledge of your ancient ancestors.

  • Connecting and laughing with a local community of like-minded folks.

  • Creating hand-crafted tools resourced directly from the natural world.

  • Remembering yourself and your gifts and taking that home with you.

  • Laughing around a fire, sharing stories, and feeling joy with people you trust.

Sounds great, but maybe you…

  • Think you don’t have enough “skills” to start learning.

  • Desire a deeper connection but you don’t know where to start.

  • Feel overwhelmed by the current state of the natural world.

  • Are surrounded by people, but still feel alone.

It doesn’t have to be this way. There is support. Together, with the Earth, we can remember who we are.

In DEEP REMEMBERING, you will get…

  • A comprehensive and holistic approach to earth-based survival, healing, and community.

  • 9 months, each with a 4 day intensive course + 1 extra craft day to finish and expand upon the course = a total of 45 class days!

  • 4 individual Holistic Counseling sessions and co-created ceremony.

  • A community that can support and witness you & your process.

  • Nutritious, local and wild food served during class times.

  • Primitive camping sites on our beautiful 45-acre homestead.

Primitive Tool-Kit

Each student will end their year with a complete, student made, hunter-gatherer tool-kit, which will include:

  • Tanned deer hide

  • Osage hunting bow

  • Primitive Arrows

  • Local plant medicine

  • Woven Willow basket 

  • Stone tools (arrowheads, scrapers, etc)

  • Edible, local plant knowledge

  • Hand made pottery

  • Friction Fire sets made from landscape

  • Bone needles and awls 

  • Small buckskin pouch

  • Tree pitches and glues

    Each piece will be held in ceremony and created with intention for the personalized and unique growth of the student.

4 Day Primitive Skills Courses

MARCH 12-15th

Image of primitive tools and natural food resources laid out for philosophical ceremony

Philosophy, Ceremony, & Drums

APRIL 9-12th

Man starting fire blowing on smoldering bark and dried grasses

Survival & Human Evolution

MAY 7-10th

Preparing wild foods and medicinal plants for use including herbs, greens, spices, and nuts being chopped

Wild edible & Medicinal Plants

JUNE 18-21st

Buckskin class

Buckskin & Leather

JULY 9-12th

Young man closely inspecting a small bone pick tool he has made

Bone & Stone tools

AUGUST 6-9th

wearing a willow pack basket he made

Willow Pack Baskets


Man wearing buckskin shooting a home-made bow and arrow

Bows & Arrows

OCTOBER 8-11th

Closeup of face of fallen dear with the hand of hunter comforting and honoring the animal

Hunting & camouflage


Beautiful handmade pouches made from buckskin died different colors

Buckskin Sewing

Your Main Instructor

Luke McLaughlin, star of Naked and Afraid TV show, holding a porcupine by side of road


Luke is a naturalist, rewilder, part-time hunter gatherer, and founder of Holistic Survival School. Luke has committed his life to mastering and teaching ancestral living skills in order to help people find their balance, health and connection to the Natural World. Luke has witnessed first hand how nature connection helps bring about growth, health, and vitality to everyone’s life.

Luke combines humor, knowledge, and patience to create an easy-going, yet informative experience. With love and compassion Luke is meets students where they are at.Additionally, Luke has been trained in Holistic Counseling, inner tracking, and personality patterns and loves using them to foster greater awareness and compassion.

Luke is most known for his epic 21 and 40 day wilderness excursions for the shows “Naked and Afraid” and “Naked and Afraid XL”. During his time living off the land, Luke lived the skills and philosophy he teaches. For over 60 days, Luke survived and learned to live in harmony with the land. During his time in Namibia and Colombia, he discovered universal truths of living and one of his greatest joys is sharing those stories and experiences with people in order to inspire a life rooted in the Earth.

This is for you if you...

  • Want to make a major shift in your life to feel deep belonging to the Earth.

  • Are an outdoor enthusiast who wants to feel safer and more competent in the wild.

  • Are a primitive skills hobbyists who want to take their skills to the next level.

  • Are parent/caretaker who wishes to raise your children in a life connected to the natural rhythms of the Earth.

  • Are a seeker who senses the earth is the greatest temple and teacher.

  • Want to fall in love with being human.

  • Want to practice emotional, physical and psychology resilience to adapting to this changing climate and world.

  • Crave bringing the spirit of a “paleo-like diet” to all aspects of your life.

  • Want to see a world more rooted in the Earth and believe it’s possible.



   We want to keep this intensive intimate & connected, only 10 students will be accepted.

We will contact you for an interview after receiving your application.


Name *
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Current Address *
Current Address
Phone number *
Phone number
Yoga, meditation, exercise, art, kung fu, scrabble tournaments, baths, origami, etc.
Hiking, fishing, yoga etc.

Don’t miss the FAQs, pricing and additional info below.


“Do I need to move to Weaverville to participate?”

No! The immersion program is once a month for an extended weekend with an optional skills practice hangout in the middle of the month so you can travel to Weaverville each month from wherever you live.

“Do I need to have previous experience in outdoor skills?”

No! You don’t need to have any outdoor experience. We welcome folks at all stages of learning!

“Can I camp on the land during classes?”

Yes! All students are always welcome to camp on our 45 acre homestead during class time! We have primitive campsites & amenities.

“Are payment plans available?”

Yes! See below for payment plan options.

“Can I bring my dog?”

No. As much as we love our canine friends, as teachers and as students we want everyone to be focused and able to make the most out of our time together. Our chickens and veggies also appreciate our dog free zone.

“Are work-trades available?”

No. We would much prefer to focus on bringing you the best content possible and forming deep connections with you as opposed to telling you how to work for us.

 Who is this not for?

  • Someone who is not wanting to push their edges and comfort zones.

  • Someone who is not wanting a big change in their life.

  • Someone who is not wanting to get their hands dirty.

  • Someone who wants to do life alone.

  • Someone who is rigid and cannot see and accept other’s points of view.

  • Someone who doesn’t want to share vulnerably.

Cost and payments

Tier 1 Pricing: Ends November 1st

Full Payment: $4,300 ($700 savings!)

Payment Plan ($500 Deposit Required) : $4,750

Tier 2 Pricing: November 1st - December 15th 2019

Full Payment: $4,500 ($500 savings!)

Payment Plan ($500 Deposit Required) : $5,000


Payment plan dates

April 1st, 2020 

June 1st, 2020

 August 1st, 2020

October 1st, 2020

This program is limited to 10 participants. All applicants must fill out an application. After the application has been filed, potential students will contacted to set up interviews.



   We want to keep this intensive intimate & connected, only 12 students will be accepted.

We will contact you for an interview after receiving your application.


Name *
Current Address *
Current Address
Phone number *
Phone number
Yoga, meditation, exercise, art, kung fu, scrabble tournaments, baths, origami, etc.
Hiking, fishing, yoga etc.

Still not sure?

Contact Luke and schedule a 1-1 chat about whether or not this program is right for you in this phase of your life.

Email: HolisticSurvivalSchool@gmail.com