A 9-month Earth-skills Adult Immersion course

With Nature-connected Community led by Luke McLaughlin

One 4-day weekend per month beginning March of 2020

near Asheville, North Carolina



  • 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 skills resourced directly from the natural world.

  • Remembering yourself and your gifts.

  • 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: nine, 4 day courses + 9 extra craft days 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.

  • Free, nutritious, local and wild food served during class times.

  • Free primitive camping sites on our beautiful 45-acre homestead.

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


Philosophy & Ceremony

April 9-12th



MAY 7-10th


Wild edible & Medicinal Plants

JUNE 18-21st

Buckskin class

Buckskin & Leather

JUly 9-12th

Stone and Bone tools

Bone & Stone tools

August 6-9th

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Willow Pack Baskets

September 10-13th


Bows & Arrows

october 8-11th


Hunting & preservation

November 5-8th

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Buckskin Sewing

Your Main Instructors


Luke McLaughlin

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.

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Tyler Lavenberg

Nose to the grindstone (sometimes literally), Tyler lives for the opportunity to work with his hands. Whether it be weaving baskets, sewing buckskin, fletching an arrow, it is in this realm of focus and awe of creation that he truly revels in.

Over the past seven years Tyler has apprenticed and taught with many traditional skills schools and events including Wild Abundance (North Carolina), The Roots School (Vermont), and Living Earth School (Virginia), He has worked with hundreds of children and adults through public/private schools, homeschool cooperatives, and special events.

Tyler is devoted to understanding material use in context of it’s ecological niche—unveiling ancient and scientific wisdom to appropriate technologies. Whether it be putting by wild foods or working with stone tools, bows and arrows, hides, baskets, fiber or woodcraft, Tyler orients his life by the skills that have kept our ancestors alive for thousands of years.

Currently Tyler is working on developing his homestead with his partner in the Reems Creek Valley, the home of Holistic Survival School!

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.

  • If you are seeker who senses the earth is the greatest temple and teacher.

  • Want to fall in love with being human.

  • If you want to practice emotional, physical and psychology resilience to adapting to this changing climate and world

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

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

  Space is very Limited.

we want to keep this intensive intimate & connected,

only 12 students will be chosen.

Apply Now.

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


“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.


The program is $5000, or $4500 if paid in full by December 15th, 2019. To hold your place in the program, a deposit of $500 down is required.

For those paying in installments, a deposit is due by December 15th 2019 Subsequent payments of $1000 are due:

April 1st 2020 

June 1st 2020

 August 1st, 2020

October 1st, 2020

This program is limited to 12 participants. All applicants must fill out an application. After the application has been filed, students will contacted to set up interviews with HoSS staff

  Space is very Limited.

We want to keep this intensive intimate & connected,

only 12 students will be chosen.

Apply Now.

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: Holistic Survival School@gmail.com