Holistic Survival School's mission is to facilitate deep, Nature connection through the teaching of Earth-based skills and ancestral knowledge (see below). By facilitating these connections to self, community and Nature, HSS strives to change the hearts of people by re-establishing our lost connection with the Natural World.
HSS strives to be the voice in our culture that beckons us to come back to the land. With love and compassion we promise to meet each student where they are and help them take steps toward living a more "eco-centric" life, as our ancestors have lived for millennia.
Earth based SKills we teach:
- Hide Tanning (brain and bark tanning, animal skins)
- Wild Medicinal and Edible Plants
- Fire by Friction (fire with sticks)
- Mindfulness & Mind-body connection
- Flint Knapping (making stone tools)
- Community building
- Primitive Bows and Arrows
- Primitive Shelters
- Inner tracking (self-awareness)
- Primitive Vessels (baskets, pottery, wooden bowls)
- Cordage (fibers and rope from natural materials)
- Local Ecology
- Hunting and Tracking
The ancient craft of felting has been traditionally used to create rugs, yurt walls, clothing, and blankets in places such as Mongolia, Turkey and Ireland. In this beginner friendly class we will take raw wool and transform it into a unique and useful felted item such as a wallet, bag, or jar coozie. Students will learn foundational techniques that will enable them to explore at home and prepare them for bigger projects such as hat and slipper making. All materials will be provided.
n this 3 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.
This 3-day, overnight class brings life back to the village front porch—where good people gather around the fire to make useful and beautiful things with their hands, while hanging out and enjoying each other's company