2017 Class Schedule

The following is the class schedule for 2017.  There will also be additional classes added for children and youth that may not be finalized until the event starts. The classes are subject to change as needed. Sign up each morning to claim your spot. Please note class size and age suggestions by the instructors.

Pottery – Thurs AM – Sat PM
Make your own primitive fired pottery using ancient techniques and experience the hands on process of primitive pottery from forming wild clay to decoration to firing in the central fire. This will take more than one class session to complete. Finish up Saturday for firing.
Instructor: Keith Grenoble

Hide Tanning – Thurs AM – Sunday AM
In this three (+) day workshop you will learn the art of the wet-scrape brain tanning method of tanning a deer hide. We will cover each step of the way from skinning and butchering a deer, all the way to tanning and buckskin sewing. Each participant will leave with a beautiful, supple, and functional buckskin–ready to be made into the vest or moccasins you have dreamed of.
Instructor: Mat Hanson

Thurs AM Classes

African Drumming
8, 11 yrs – adult, please bring a drum (some instruments provided
Instructor: Snow Bear

Beginning Wet Felting
Beginning wet felting. Class limit 8 students, ages 10 and up, materials fee $10. Learn to manipulate loose wool roving around a resist to create a seamless felted pouch. Learn this primitive textile skill that uses hot water, soap, and “elbow grease” to turn loose fibers into a sturdy, solid fabric.
Instructor: Colleen Hewlett

First Aid/Security/Classes To Be Announced
Instructor: Grant Atkinson

Friction Fire Free For All
This class is for anyone interested in the bow and drill, hand drill or fire plow methods of friction fire. We will discuss, demonstrate and practice the components of a friction fire kit, materials best suited for each piece, the “socket and notch” relationship, individual body mechanics, natural tinders and ultimately how to put this mess together to produce a coal and fire. Stay for the whole session or stop by and work on something specific.
No class limit no material fee
Instructor: Jason Drevenak

Intro To Blacksmithing (Beginners)
beginning blacksmithing – age limit 12 and up. This class will concentrate on beginning techniques in blacksmithing to show the steps that will be needed in later classes.
Instructor: Bob Orcutt

Making And Flying The Hunting Boomerang
Class size limited to 4. sticks, Rabbitsticks, Kylies, or whatever other name given them are meant to fly in a nearly straight line. This is an adult class and some experience and proficiency in use of hand woodworking tools is required. The length of time necessary to complete the project depends on the participant skill and capacity. Typically, one might be completed in one day or up to three days. Instruction on final sanding, tuning (tweaking the flight characteristics to modify how it flies), painting or decorating, and suggestions for protective finish, will be given so it can be completed at home. Materials cost vary from $15 for plywood blank to $30 for hardwood knee. (you may bring your own blank)

Class size– no more than 4 per day.
Instructor: Denton Bragg

Riveting 101: Hands-On Instruction Of How To “Handle” Full Tang Knife With Rivet Set.
Come and participate in a hands-on instructional class that will lead you on a riveting journey through one of the many dimensions of knife handling, during our “time” together we shall be riveting together a full tang knife into a handle with a copper/brass rivet set. You will leave with a handled knife and a little more knowledge of life.

Thurs-Sat AM
CLASS size 3-4

0-25 greenbacks/trade/barter
Instructor: Gray Taylor

Spoon Carving
No material Fee: carve a wooden spoon from green wood
12 students
under 10 years old parent needed at all times
bring a sharp knife

Instructor: Barron Brown

Tipi Living Skills
We’ll be putting up a Cheyenne/Sioux style tipi and discussing canvas sewing techniques, details of tipi construction, and skills needed to stay in the tipi. What’s a smoke flap and how do you control it? How do you use the lacing pins? Where does the fire go? Do you get wet when it rains? Where do you put your bed? – unlimited.
Instructor: Joan Candalino

Wayfinding : With Magnetic Forces And Symbols
Wayfinding is a primary skill/relationship. Knowing where you are and perhaps, at least a little about where you may be headed. Come unlearn and learn!

If you hold the belief that you “have a poor sense of direction” this class is for you !, but it is also for everyone, whether experienced or inexperienced.

Please bring a compass-baseplate style preferred-, if you have one (if you are buying one, I suggest a baseplate compass with adjustable declination), and any maps you may have.
Instructor: Charlie Auralia

WILD SPRING WALKABOUT With Leif Diamant
Nature in the Spring is wild beauty, abundance, magic, and transforms all who enter and connect. We’ll wander from Shakori Hills with neighbor Leif Diamant (organic farmer, naturalist, psychotherapist, and interfaith minister)(wildearthconsulting.com) to his Box Turtle Road homestead and farm, identifying, discussing, experiencing, and sampling various edible, medicinal, and beneficial plants. Enhance your abilities to survive and thrive and deepen your relationship with the wild side. We may see wild animals, meet some asses, and tour the organic garden. Please join us to experience more intimacy with and knowledge of Nature.
Instructor: Leif Diamant

Thurs PM Classes

40 Minute Forks
Limit 12 people, Age 12 and above. you will need a sharp knife. Don’t eat your salad with a spoon! This a carving gateway skill, we’ll make a fork you can use in the wilderness, or in the office…
Instructor: Fuz Sanderson

Ancestor Fire – Teaching Stories & Sacred Songs
Many are called, few are chosen to walk a True Path of Peace. This offering really addresses who we are? What we do?..and HOW to unify our efforts in honor of our children, their children and the next seven generations…! All ages. No class limit, no material fee
Instructor: Snow Bear

Ancient Tools From Nature
this is a 90 minute evolution for conscious and cultural agents of change to confirm and secure HOW the forces of Nature become our allies in the seasons up ahead. Always grounded in destiny and the ancestral blessings of each participant, we vision, gather, design and craft an array of Shields, Talking/walking sticks, prayer arrows, medicine bundles and a basic Overview of their use and application.
Instructor: Sangoma

Flint And Steel Fire Set
We will forge a working Flint striker. The student will then make a complete set for fire making with a container, char cloth, Flint and striker. Age limit 16 and up.
Instructor: Bob Orcutt

Flintknapping
In this class students will learn the basic techniques used in stone tool production. Flaking usable blades from stone by percussion and pressure flaking! Learn to make stone tools for everyday practical uses. Learn the basics to flaking resharpening stone blades. This class includes a practical study on techniques of serration of your stone blades using abo tools. Resharpening your broken points many other applications.
Instructor: James Clinkscales

Friction Fire- Strap Drill
Material Fee 6$ Students will be thoroughly guided through the entire process of the chosen friction fire method from carving the fire kit to fire birthing.

Items required: A sharp cutting object. Preferably a steel knife. (Can be provided on a check out basis / limited supply)
Instructor: James Himes

Herbal And Spirit Medicine Of Southern Africa: Medicine And Mhuti In The Modern World From The Muzungu Perspective
Traditional Healers of southern Africa are highly respected and frequently sought out. 80% of the population goes to the Traditional Healer first, before the western medical doctor. This class will be a discussion of the top medicinal plants of southern Africa (many you will get to try), my experiences visiting various traditional healers (including the San Bushmen), and an in depth journey into everything I have learned about being a traveling, white, foreign Traditional Healer in southern Africa.
Instructor: Alex Howe

Knife Sharpening
Learn the principles and practices of sharpening your own tools. Drop in.
Instructor: Jeff Gottlieb

Making And Flying The Hunting Boomerang
Class size limited to 4. sticks, Rabbitsticks, Kylies, or whatever other name given them are meant to fly in a nearly straight line. This is an adult class and some experience and proficiency in use of hand woodworking tools is required. The length of time necessary to complete the project depends on the participant skill and capacity. Typically, one might be completed in one day or up to three days. Instruction on final sanding, tuning (tweaking the flight characteristics to modify how it flies), painting or decorating, and suggestions for protective finish, will be given so it can be completed at home. Materials cost vary from $15 for plywood blank to $30 for hardwood knee. (you may bring your own blank)

Class size– no more than 4 per day.
Instructor: Denton Bragg

Pine Needle Baskets
$10 materials fee
Instructor: Sara Henry

Sewing Leather Bags
Students will have the options of two style of leather bags, drawstring purse and tobacco pouch. Sewing techniques, pattern making and more will be discussed, students are also welcome to take home patterns. Material fee $5.
Instructor: Sabrina Squires

When There Is No 911 : Patient Assessment
Learn the skill for the Right Now emergencies. There is no time to google for the answer, you can’t consult your mentors, the stars, or your power animal, you need to act now. Now what?

My goal is to help empower us to take care of ourselves and each other.

This class will start you off in the fundamental skill of patient assessment in urban, suburban, rural, wilderness, and disaster emergency situations.
Instructor: Charlie Auralia

Friday AM Classes

Advanced Salve Making- Bush Ninja Balm
Salve is ancestral medicine for human skin and a necessity to know how to make for any aspiring thrivalist. Its creation is fairly simple; however there are advanced and invaluable techniques that I have discovered through experience. Salve is the primary product that I use to support my travels. If you want to make the very best salve, which feels great and is chock full of medicine, as well as learn tips to save you time, money and headache this class is for you! Everyone who attends will walk away with salve that will we make together in class. There is a suggested donation of $2 to help me to cover costs. Size Limit: 14
Instructor: Alex Howe

Animal Tracking (If There Is A Good Place To Track)
(if there is a good place to track)
Learn how to identify and follow animal tracks, to determine what the animal was doing when it made the tracks and when it was there. Experiment with making your own tracks, and learn how to make tracking box to continue learning at home.
Class size limited to 15. Ages 8 and up.
Instructor: Siobhan

Art Of Mentoring 8 Shields
New to some and a review for others, the Art of Mentoring 8 shields model BUILDS on the foundational medicine wheels of life. Our time together will be spent aligning our goals, dreams and desires through the Natural World…and the Divine ability, like a compass…to always move in the right direction!
Instructor: Sangoma

Bamboo Craft
Instructor: Snow Bear

Beginning Wet Felting
Beginning wet felting. Class limit 8 students, ages 10 and up, materials fee $10. Learn to manipulate loose wool roving around a resist to create a seamless felted pouch. Learn this primitive textile skill that uses hot water, soap, and “elbow grease” to turn loose fibers into a sturdy, solid fabric.
Instructor: Colleen Hewlett

Bowl Carving
carve a wooden bowl
12 students
under 10 years old parent needed at all times
bring a sharp knife
Instructor: Barron Brown

Buffalo Shoulder Bags
Learn how to When your buckskin pouches are all full of stuff, it’s time to upgrade your carrying ability. This class will teach you to design, lay out and lace up a large or extra large Buffalo leather shoulder bag capable of carrying all your primitive stuff. Check out Drev at his camp to see examples of what a finished bag will look like.
All materials including Buffalo leather provided $25 for large bag $40 for X large bag
Instructor: Jason Drevenak

Gourd Containers
Students will make a container out of a gourd. We will clean the gourds, make the container and clean out the center. Gourds were used for containers in North America, South America, Africa and the South Seas Polynesian Area. Bring a knife. I can take 20 + students or until I run out of gourds with a $3.00 material fee.
Instructor: Doug Meyer

Making And Flying The Hunting Boomerang
Class size limited to 4. sticks, Rabbitsticks, Kylies, or whatever other name given them are meant to fly in a nearly straight line. This is an adult class and some experience and proficiency in use of hand woodworking tools is required. The length of time necessary to complete the project depends on the participant skill and capacity. Typically, one might be completed in one day or up to three days. Instruction on final sanding, tuning (tweaking the flight characteristics to modify how it flies), painting or decorating, and suggestions for protective finish, will be given so it can be completed at home.

Materials cost vary from $15 for plywood blank to $30 for hardwood knee. (you may bring your own blank)

Class size– no more than 4 per day.
Instructor: Denton Bragg

Native American Beadwork
Beads applied to fabric – Applique, Lazy/Lane Stitch, & Edging – in styles done by the Native American peoples. Adornment for your buckskin, moccasins, leggings, bags, etc. – class size 6
Instructor: Joan Candalino

Rabbit Harvesting And Butchering
No Material Fee: In this class students will learn the skills of harvesting and Processing Rabitts or other small animals. Animal anatomy and butchering skills will be learned. Note: this class does include the ending of an animals life for the purpose of food. Attend at your own discretion.
Instructor: Sabrina Squires

Riveting 101: Hands-On Instruction Of How To “Handle” Full Tang Knife With Rivet Set.
Come and participate in a hands-on instructional class that will lead you on a riveting journey through one of the many dimensions of knife handling, during our “”time”” together we shall be riveting together a full tang knife into a handle with a copper/brass rivet set. You will leave with a handled knife and a little more knowledge of life.
Thurs-Sat AM CLASS size 3-4
0-25 greenbacks/trade/barter
Instructor: Gray Taylor

Small Neck Knives (All Day)
Forge a small neck knife from a piece of high carbon steel.I will demonstrate the steps involved in making and heat treating a knife blade. Then the students will harden their knife, and temper it. They will sharpen the knife on their own. $3.00 material fee
Instructor: Bob Orcutt

Weeds, Woodslore, and Useful Wild Plants Walk
Instructor: Doug Elliott

Friday PM Classes

Bowl Carving
carve a wooden bowl.  12 students. under 10 years old parent needed at all times. bring a sharp knife
Instructor: Barron Brown

Buffalo Shoulder Bags Cont.
See AM description
Instructor: Jason Drevenak

Flintknapping
In this class students will learn the basic techniques used in stone tool production. Flaking usable blades from stone by percussion and pressure flaking! Learn to make stone tools for everyday practical uses. Learn the basics to flaking resharpening stone blades. This class includes a practical study on techniques of serration of your stone blades using abo tools. Resharpening your broken points many other applications.
Instructor: James Clinkscales

How To See And Hear More In The Woods and Trade Blanket 4:30 PM
We will learn to use our senses better than ever before by doing fun, exciting sensory exercises and discussing how awareness works. This class is both exciting and relaxing!
Instructor: Jeff Gottlieb

Introduction To Dreamwork
One of the most ancient traditions in all cultures is the sharing and interpretation of dreams. Explore how to use dreams for healing, self awareness and community development. We will explore: Dream Recall, Dream Interpretation, Non-Interpretive Dreamwork, Identifying and working with different types of dreams. We will also explore the use of oneirogens (herbs that support dream vividness and recall). Ages 12 and up. No limit.
Instructor: Sarah Haggerty

The Long Match: Carrying Fire
It is theorized that before early humans made fire by friction, they learned how to keep the fire they already acquired going.  A way of carrying fire long distances to conserve resources will be explored in this class. Age: 13 and above, limit 12 people.
Instructor: Fuz Sanderson

Making And Flying The Hunting Boomerang
See AM description
Instructor: Denton Bragg

River Cane Blowgun And Darts
Students will make a blowgun out of native river cane and darts fletched with thistle. Most of the Southeastern Indians used blowguns so I will give a quick history of their use in the Southeast. If you have gloves and a knife bring them but I will have extras. Children under 15 must have a parent taking the class with them. We will use fire to hollow out the blowguns and straighten them. 15 students max with a $5.00 Material fee.
Instructor: Doug Meyer

Sacred Activism
Harness the Power to Diffuse Negativity
The act of making ALL things Sacred is truly empowering in an irreverent world.
This time is really like….Inner tracking 202! Many of the basic teachings reviewed in the previous classes already live in the Hearts of many Village Builders and Lightworkers. Mastery of one’s own rivers of Peace assure the intuitive body and discipline the emotional body to guide/ assist others with Core wellbeing…This discussion is very supportive and helpful to those that recognize a destiny of spiritual midwifery….
Meaning Life calls you in…often unexpectedly to the Rites of Passage of others. Birth, Death…and everything in between.
Instructor: Sangoma

Self Protection For Those Who Self Identify As Women
This is a class for those who self identify as women that are wanting to begin taking responsibility for their own self protection.

This is the beginning of a challenging, No BS set of skills and principles to help you survive violence.
Instructor: Charlie Auralia

Small Neck Knives (All Day Continued)
Forge a small neck knife from a piece of high carbon steel.I will demonstrate the steps involved in making and heat treating a knife blade. Then the students will harden their knife, and temper it. They will sharpen the knife on their own. $3.00 material fee
Instructor: Bob Orcutt

Storytelling Friday Night
Around the campfire
Instructor: Doug Elliott

Trapping
This is a hands on interactive course where students will be gathered into trapping stations after theory and have an opportunity to set and dissect each trap at that station. Students will also have an opportunity to try their hand at a large basket fish trap. Materials required : Sharp cutting tool. Preferably a steel knife .
Instructor: James Himes

Understanding And Evaluating Land Energies
Instructor: Harvey Harman

Wool Strap and Headband Weaving
$10 materials fee
Instructor: Sara Henry

Saturday AM Classes

Advanced Salve Making- Bush Ninja Balm
Salve is ancestral medicine for human skin and a necessity to know how to make for any aspiring thrivalist. Its creation is fairly simple; however there are advanced and invaluable techniques that I have discovered through experience. Salve is the primary product that I use to support my travels. If you want to make the very best salve, which feels great and is chock full of medicine, as well as learn tips to save you time, money and headache this class is for you! Everyone who attends will walk away with salve that will we make together in class. There is a suggested donation of $2 to help me to cover costs. Size Limit: 14
Instructor: Alex Howe

Awakening Intuition
Explore core routines for deep nature connection. These are routine practices that support sensory awareness and mindfulness in nature. We will also expand upon these core routines through games, blindfold experiences and partner exercises that stimulate intuition through quiet mind, body radar, sensing presence, the minds eye and more. Bring a blindfold or bandanna if you have one. Ages 15 and up. No limit.
Instructor: Sarah Haggerty

Bamboo Craft
Instructor: Snow Bear

Bark Containers
no fee for supplies
-class size up to 10 Learn how to make containers from fresh bark for carrying food and supplies. No tools necessary, but a knife is handy. For all ages and experience levels.
(Note: I guess class size doesn’t matter too much if people want to just wander in and out for an hour to try it.
Instructor: Siobhan

Buffalo Shoulder Bags
Learn how to When your buckskin pouches are all full of stuff, it’s time to upgrade your carrying ability. This class will teach you to design, lay out and lace up a large or extra large Buffalo leather shoulder bag capable of carrying all your primitive stuff. Check out Drev at his camp to see examples of what a finished bag will look like.
All materials including Buffalo leather provided $25 for large bag $40 for X large bag
Instructor: Jason Drevenak

Felt Making – Continued
Class limit 6 students, ages 15 and up, materials fee *depends on the project* Already tried felting and feel ready to tackle a larger project like a hat, larger bag, or something else? This is the class for you! If you started a felting project earlier in the week and need to finish it up, this would be a great day to come by for any assistance.
Instructor: Colleen Hewlett

Free Form Vine Baskets
$5 materials fee
Instructor: Sara Henry

Gourd Containers
Students will make a container out of a gourd. We will clean the gourds, make the container and clean out the center. Gourds were used for containers in North America, South America, Africa and the South Seas Polynesian Area. Bring a knife. I can take 20 + students or until I run out of gourds with a $3.00 material fee.
Instructor: Doug Meyer

Make-Up Session
Make-up Session – during this class I will help any of the students in the earlier classes with any of the issues they may have with their projects.
Instructor: Bob Orcutt

Native American Beadwork 201
Beads applied to fabric – project that the class can do on the second offering. Appliqué, Lazy/Lane Stitch, & Edging – in styles done by the Native American peoples. Adornment for your buckskin, moccasins, leggings, bags, etc. – class size 6
Instructor: Joan Candalino

Rabbit Hats
All Day class- $35 fee. This is an in depth class that will walk students through the steps of making a fur hat to keep their noggin warm. We will work from full hides, trace out our patterns, sew fur and cloth liners to complete our hats.
Instructor: Sabrina Squires

Rabbit Sticks – Continued
Instructor: Denton Bragg

Riveting 101: Hands-On Instruction Of How To “Handle” Full Tang Knife With Rivet Set.
Come and participate in a hands-on instructional class that will lead you on a riveting journey through one of the many dimensions of knife handling, during our “”time”” together we shall be riveting together a full tang knife into a handle with a copper/brass rivet set. You will leave with a handled knife and a little more knowledge of life.

Thurs-Sat AM
CLASS size 3-4

0-25 greenbacks/trade/barte
Instructor: Gray Taylor

Weeds, Woodslore, and Useful Wild Plants Walk
Instructor: Doug Elliott

Saturday PM Classes

Bridgebuilders
Collaborations toward 4 Tribes 4 Peace
Many are called, few are chosen to walk a True Path of Peace. This offering really addresses who we are? What we do?..and HOW to unify our efforts in honor of our children, their children and the next seven generations…!
Instructor: Sangoma

Buffalo Shoulder Bags
Instructor: Jason Drevenak

Continuation Of Project Started Sat AM
See AM Description
Instructor: Colleen Hewlett

Cordage College/Trade Blanket 4:30 PM
Everything you ever wanted to know about natural fibers and rope making! Learn to make handmade string using several methods, examine many plant and animal fiber specimens and try clever and effective tools for preparing and twisting fibers for cordage making. No material fee. Book for sale for $10. if desired.
Instructor: Jeff Gottlieb

Didgeridoo Making And Playing
Didgeridoo making and playing
Fuz Sanderson will teach you how to make and decorate your own bamboo didgeridoo. We’ll touch on the cultural history of Australian original peoples and other uses of bamboo. The class will finish with playing techniques and circular breathing.
Limit 10 people, Age 13 and older
Instructor: Fuz Sanderson

Flint Knapping
In this class students will learn the basic techniques used in stone tool production. Flaking usable blades from stone by percussion and pressure flaking! Learn to make stone tools for everyday practical uses. Learn the basics to flaking resharpening stone blades. This class includes a practical study on techniques of serration of your stone blades using abo tools. Resharpening your broken points many other applications.
Instructor: James Clinkscales

Knives : Use And Defense In Self Protection
Many, if not most of us, carry knives. We use them for many tasks.

Come learn to defend and survive being attacked with a knife and how to use one to protect yourself and those you love.

These No BS skills apply to any edged weapon and even when you do not have a weapon.

You may bring your knife, but we will be using training knives/tools.
Instructor: Charlie Auralia

Pine Needle Baskets
$10 materials fee
Instructor: Sara Henry

Rabbit Hats Continued
Instructor: Sabrina Squires

River Cane Blowgun And Darts
Students will make a blowgun out of native river cane and darts fletched with thistle. Most of the Southeastern Indians used blowguns so I will give a quick history of their use in the Southeast. If you have gloves and a knife bring them but I will have extras. Children under 15 must have a parent taking the class with them. We will use fire to hollow out the blowguns and straighten them. 15 students max with a $5.00 Material fee.
Instructor: Doug Meyer

“Twined Bags”
– small bags using the twining (two weavers) technique with cotton, jute, or hemp warp and yarn weavers” $5 materials fee, max 6
Instructor: Joan Candalino

WILD SPRING WALKABOUT With Leif Diamant
We’ll wander from Shakori Hills with neighbor Leif Diamant (organic farmer, naturalist, psychotherapist, and interfaith minister)(wildearthconsulting.com) to his Box Turtle Road homestead and farm, identifying, discussing, experiencing, and sampling various edible, medicinal, and beneficial plants. Enhance your abilities to survive and thrive and deepen your relationship with the wild side. We may see wild animals, meet some asses, and tour the organic garden. Please join us to experience more intimacy with and knowledge of Nature.
Instructor: Leif Diamant

Sunday AM Classes

40 Minute Forks
Limit 12 people, Age 12 and above. you will need a sharp knife. Don’t eat your salad with a spoon! This a carving gateway skill, we’ll make a fork you can use in the wilderness, or in the office…
Instructor: Fuz Sanderson

Braiding/Weaving
The wide, wonderful world of braids and weaves will be discussed. Will work with numerous materials, yarn, embroidery thread, leather and more. No material fee.
Instructor: Sabrina Squires

Brewing and Culture 101
Learn to care for yeast and coax it to produce spirited liquids of all kinds. Humans have been collecting sugar for yeasts for thousands of years and then combining them with pleasing flavors and scents. Starting with basic mead (honey brew) and wines, will also discuss more complex ferments and concoctions of intoxication and their production and consumption. 21+yrs, unlimited spaces, bring a small cup. Instructor:  Asa Hewitt

Buckskin Bag Sewing
tobacco bag style with variations (welt, fringed welt, flap, single or double drawstring), discussion of techniques and tricks, bring your own buckskin or commercial buckskin available for $5 to $10 materials fee, depending on your project. max 6
Instructor: Joan Candalino

Cordage College
Everything you ever wanted to know about natural fibers and rope making! Learn to make handmade string using several methods, examine many plant and animal fiber specimens and try clever and effective tools for preparing and twisting fibers for cordage making. No material fee. Book for sale for $10. if desired.
Instructor: Jeff Gottlieb

Elder Camp
Sunday, where many drop by for some one on one time…
Instructor: Sangoma

Friction Fire
This class is for anyone interested in the bow and drill, hand drill or fire plow methods of friction fire. We will discuss, demonstrate and practice the components of a friction fire kit, materials best suited for each piece, the “socket and notch” relationship, individual body mechanics, natural tinders and ultimately how to put this mess together to produce a coal and fire. Stay for the whole session or stop by and work on something specific.
No class limit no material fee
Instructor: Jason Drevenak

Friction Fire- Strap Drill
Material Fee 6$ Students will be thoroughly guided through the entire process of the chosen friction fire method from carving the fire kit to fire birthing.

Items required: A sharp cutting object. Preferably a steel knife. (Can be provided on a check out basis / limited supply)
Instructor: James Himes

Intro To Blacksmithing (Beginners)
beginning blacksmithing – age limit 12 and up. This class will concentrate on beginning techniques in blacksmithing to show the steps that will be needed in later classes.
Instructor: Bob Orcutt

Nature Spirituality And Sacred Ecology For Healing, Growth And Awakening
Leif Diamant will lead this experiential class exploring Nature as Beloved, Inspiration, Healer, and Teacher. The original source of many religions and spiritualities, Nature is our home,: wildness is our roots. We are designed as human beings to Love Nature .We will discuss and practice ways to deepen and expand this primary resource in our daily lives for rejuvenation, healing, and happiness.
Instructor: Leif Diamant

Predator Calls
Students will make a predator call which sounds like a wounded rabbit, thus attracting predators. This will also bring a Mother rabbit thinking her babies are in distress in the Spring. Bring a knife and since there will be detail carving children under 15 must have a parent taking the class with them. 25 Students maximum and no material charge.
Instructor: Doug Meyer

Tales Of A Wandering Thrivalist: Tips On World Travel And Thrival Tourism
Want to see the world but don’t have a lot of savings? Are you limiting your adventuresome-self because your dreams are not “practical”? Do you want to go on a journey for a month, three or for undetermined amount of time? This discussion will be about how I do just that. It will include tips on what to pack and how to carry the burdens you choose to bear, how to get by with skills and crafts, couch surfing and energy exchange, how to be a welcome guest, go with the flow and be a leaf in the wind. Open to all. I would love to have some other experienced travellers share their blessons and tales.
Instructor: Alex Howe

Wildflower And Plant Identification Walk
We will focus on basic tenants of plant identification to support the observation and identification of wildflowers, trees and shrubs of the area. Special emphasis is on plants for food, craft, medicine and folklore. No limit, all ages
Instructor: Sarah Haggerty

Wooden Comb Making
Students will make a wooden comb. Bring a sharp knife. $3.00 material fee
Instructor: Barron Brown

Sun PM Classes

Cords And Bones
This class is unique in that I teach the skill of cordage making as well as offer the students an opportunity to sew there own tinder bags with the cordage they made as a way for the student to earn a gift to honor there new found connection to that individual skill . As well as draw the direct link to what creative possibilities are available to them because of that knowledge. This class is also an introductory to bone working as we will guide you through the process of taking bone as a raw material and breaking it down into usable shapes that we further process into primitive needles and awls .

What you will learn :
Theory/Philosophy
2 Ply cordage technique
Introduction to bone working and visioning .
Introduction to using stone tools as friends.
Introduction to basic seeing and skincrafting / Leather Work

Class Limit: 25- 30 Cost : 5 dollars

Items required : Sharp Cutting Tool , preferably a steel knife.
Instructor: James Himes

Edible Plant Walk.
This will be a hands on plant identification walk where we harvest and prepare wild edibles. In depth look at edible plants on our area with a focus on field identification, harvest, preparation and tasting wild foods. No limit, all ages
Instructor: Sarah Haggerty

Spoon Carving
No material Fee: carve a wooden spoon from green wood
12 students
under 10 years old parent needed at all times
bring a sharp knife
Instructor: Barron Brown

The Adventures Of Fatherhood: A Journey Through Conception, Pregnancy, Birth, Infancy And Toddlerhood
This is meant to be a discussion/storytelling of the struggles and rewards of being a father in our society. So bring your thoughts, ideas and questions so that we can shed some light on how to overcome what problems us fathers face.
Instructor: Gray Taylor

Tipi Living Skills II
We’ll be taking down a Cheyenne/Sioux style tipi and discussing canvas sewing techniques, details of tipi construction, and skills needed to stay in the tipi. What’s a smoke flap and how do you control it? How do you use the lacing pins? Where does the fire go? Do you get wet when it rains? Where do you put your bed? – unlimited
Instructor: Joan Candalino