Current Class Schedule

All classes are held in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

 

Edible and medicinal Plant ID Walk: May 24

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The Root Skills: 

The Root Skills

The root skills are a very simple concept. These are skills that everybody should have. This isn’t about wilderness survival, and this isn’t about primitive living, this isn’t even about rewilding. Very simply, you and everyone that you know should be able to do these things. It is in our DNA, and it is our human birth rite to be able to care for ourselves, and do the things that need to be done. Our species is the most adaptable on the planet, and that is because we have oral tradition and hand down skills from one generation to the next. Unfortunately we are losing a lot of this due to modern technology. Let’s not let this die, let’s do some things for ourselves. The root skills are as follows: Fire making, April 15 10am-1pm Shelter building, Knots and cordage making, January 24 6pm-9pm Basic knife skills, May 20 10am-1pm Wilderness survival for 72 hours, July 8 10am-4pm Basic first aid, June 10 10am-2pm Plant Identification, Each of these classes will take place over a Sunday afternoon. They will be between 4-6 hours long. Initial meeting to take place on Sunday March 4 at 10:00 am. Complete schedule to be released at that time 275.00 or 45.00 each. Email: northwindswildernessschool@gmail.com for individual class registration

$275.00

 

Fire Making: Rescheduled to May 6

Fire Making Basics

Fire is the root of all that is humanity. It gives us Light, Heat, Food, Protection from predators, the abillity to make tools, and runs our cars, gives us electricity, it is everything to us. Yet, for some reason it seems that most people cannot build a simple fire with out gas and a lighter and maybe even a wad of newspaper. With nothing more than a little knowledge and a few simple tools, anyone can make fire. In this “Root Skills” class we will learn the triangle of fire, The materials necessary to make fire possible, and the tools that can be used to do it. We will cover: Tinder bundles, Kindling, fuel wood, Ferrocerium rod, Flint and steel, and 1 match fire. We will also cover fire lays, and fire safety. Sunday May 6 10am-1pm 45.00 Location: Como Park Fire Pits. 1340 Comom Ave. St. Paul, MN. 55108

$45.00

 

Knife Skills: May 20

Knife Skills

In the bush your most valuable tool (aside from your brain) is your knife. Do you know how to use it properly? Can you drive the blade with your thumb? can you carve a 7 notch, or a straight chisel point? Do you know how to sharpen and maintain your knife? In this 3 hour class we will cover sharpening and maintenance. we will carve a modified version of a mors try stick, and make a figure four deadfall. At the end of this day you will feel much more confident in your knife handling skills, and you will be a safer knife user. This is one of the root skills Sunday May 20 10am-1am 40.00 Location TBD

$40.00

 

Foraging and Primitive Cooking: June 10

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Campfire Cooking: June 14

Campfire Cooking

So, you’ve got your tent set up, your fire is built, and you’ve been for a breathtaking hike to the river. Now what?Are you going to feed your family canned tuna and freeze dried green beans? or, would you rather roast a farm fresh chicken, and serve it with fresh baked bread? You don’t have to carry 100 lbs. of gear to eat like royalty on your next outing. You can even cook mouth watering campfire food at home, to supplement your in home cooking. Gregg is know across the country for his campfire cooking, he has won several campfire cooking competitions, and now we will share his secrets with you. This 3 hour class will encompass several recipes and techniques. We will fire roast a chicken, stick roast some fresh bread. not only will you learn the techniques and tricks of camp fire cooking, but you will get your hands on the ingredients and do some cooking yourself. You will also eat your fill of the delicious food that we prepare. See you there! Thursday June 14 6pm-9pm 45.00 Location TBD

$45.00

Making Medicine with Fresh Harvested Wild Plants: July 12

Making Medicine With Fresh Harvested Wild Plants

This workshop is a new take on both foraging classes, and medicine making classes. Rather than being in the field identifying and harvesting plants for medicine making, or being in a class room making medicine, we are going to do both. We will head out into the field for about an hour and search a few easily identifiable medicinal plants. After we have harvested these plants we will to a more centralized location and use the plants that we have just harvested to make some medicine. We may make a healing salve, or a tincture, or both depending on what plants we chose to harvest. This brand new experience will push the limits of our creativity, and Really help all of us internalize the identification and process of Foraging and medicine making. Thursday July 12 6pm-9pm 45.00 Location: Bayport National Wildlife refuge

$45.00

Hide Tanning Weekend: June 15-17

Hide Tanning Weekend

The ability to turn a raw animal skin into a usable and durable piece of leather was a pivotal discovery in human evolution. Not only is it a way to utilize every single part of your game animals, but it gave (and gives) us a wonderful material to work with. It is soft, supple, Water resistant, and very strong. Brain tanned deer hides can make: Clothing, shoes, Bags, cases, Blankets, shelters, and more. This amazing material has been a very valuable part of human knowledge for thousands of years. In this 3 day workshop you will turn a raw deer hide into finished leather. We will utilize the wet scrape method to remove the flesh and hair. Then we will use an egg mixture to open up the fibers in the leather and break it down before we smoke it to waterproof and finish the tan. Every student will go home with a finished tanned hide (as long as you are willing to put in the work to finish it). You will also gain a whole new level of confidence and strength in knowing that you can use, and process a hide all on your own. Friday June 15-Sunday June 17 9 am-5pm each day Forest lake, Mn. 350.00

$350.00

Introduction to Wilderness Survival: July 8

Introduction to Wilderness Survival

An Emergency can happen at any time. Driving home from work, and your car slides off the road. Out hiking and You lose your way. Your canoe tips ruining your phone, etc.. Knowing what to do can not only mean the difference between life and death, but it can also mean the difference between a miserable night and a comfortable one. The skills of basic wilderness survival are transferable to many situations, but when you put them all together they start to build a skill set which infers confidence, and self reliability. In this class we will cover the 4 needs of Survival: Shelter, Fire, Water, and Food. We will cover the assessment phase, as well as your survival kit. We will build a seasonally appropriate shelter, We will build some fires, we will acquire potable water, we will cover some basic trapping, and look into foraging. The average survival situation lasts 72 hours or less. Can you make it? Sunday July 8 10am-4 pm 45.00 Location TBD

$45.00

2 Day Tracking Workshop: July 21-22

2 day Tracking Workshop

Do want to really improve your awareness? Learn your local wildlife more intimately? Have you ever wondered how our ancestors found food and avoided danger? Join us in this 2 day journey toward awareness and connection to the natural world around us. We will discuss terminology, foot morphology, gait patterns, and track and sign interpretation. We will track and we will delve into trailing, which is the art of identifying a fresh trail and following it to the animal. This will be a great opportunity to explore the world of wildlife tracking. See you there! July 21-22 10am-2pm. 125.00 Location TBD in the Twin Cities Area

$125.00

 

 

Edible and Medicinal Plant Identification Walk: July 29

Edible and medicinal wild plants identification walk July 29

If you have ever wanted to learn more about foraging, or make your jump into harvesting wild foods for yourself this could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Since the dawn of humanity Harvesting wild plants for food has been 1 of the corner stones of the human diet. During this “Plant Walk” we will discuss in depth several easily identifiable wild plants. We will discuss Identification factors, Edibility, Medicinal uses and Utilitarian purposes. These walks are always fun, plus, what a cool reason to get out into the woods with some like minded people for a few hours Sunday July 29 12pm-2pm Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Bloomington, Mn. 25.00

$25.00

Edible and Medicinal Plant Identification Walk: August 1

Plant Identification Walk: August 1

If you have ever wanted to learn more about foraging, or make your jump into harvesting wild foods for yourself this could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Since the dawn of humanity Harvesting wild plants for food has been 1 of the corner stones of the human diet. During this “Plant Walk” we will discuss in depth several easily identifiable wild plants. We will discuss Identification factors, Edibility, Medicinal uses and Utilitarian purposes. These walks are always fun, plus, what a cool reason to get out into the woods with some like minded people for a few hours Thursday May 24 6pm-8pm Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Bloomington, Mn. 25.00

$25.00

 

Plant Based Medicine Making: August 8

Plant Based Medicine making: August

While modern medicine definitely has a place in our lives, We have a nearly 7,000,000 year history of living happy and healthy lives before modern medicine existed. We did this by having an intimate relationship with the plants that surround and shelter us every day. Knowing which plants can heal and cure us, and how to process them has been an integral part of our collective culture for literally millennia. In this 3 hour work shop we will cover Minnesota based plants for medicinal uses. We will also walk you through the necessary steps to produce a basic healing salve, an immune boosting tincture, and a natural cough syrup. Yo will leave the class with your own home apothecary, as well as the knowledge to make your own in the future. Wednesday August 8 2018. 6:00pm-9:00pm 50.00 (Price includes jars, bottles, herbs, and ingredients for all medicines.) Location: TBD $50.00

$50.00

Awareness Exercises: September 5

Awareness Exercises

In the wild your sense of awareness is one of your most valuable tools. Your knowledge and experience can carry through most of your day, but it’s really your awareness that gives you an edge. A blue jay alarming in a far off tree can alert you to game or danger, a single strand of deer hair on a thorn can show you a trail. These fun exercises will give a tool for exploring and expanding your awareness and your sense of connection to the world around you. Wednesday September 5 6:00-9:00 30.00 Theodore wirth park

$30.00

Campfire Cooking: September 23

Campfire Cooking: September 23

So, you've got your tent set up, your fire is built, and you've been for a breathtaking hike to the river. Now what?Are you going to feed your family canned tuna and freeze dried green beans? or, would you rather roast a farm fresh chicken, and serve it with fresh baked bread? You don't have to carry 100 lbs. of gear to eat like royalty on your next outing. You can even cook mouth watering campfire food at home, to supplement your in home cooking. Gregg is know across the country for his campfire cooking, he has won several campfire cooking competitions, and now we will share his secrets with you. This 3 hour class will encompass several recipes and techniques. We will fire roast a chicken, stick roast some fresh bread. not only will you learn the techniques and tricks of camp fire cooking, but you will get your hands on the ingredients and do some cooking yourself. You will also eat your fill of the delicious food that we prepare. See you there! Sunday September 23 10am-2pm 45.00 (Price includes all, ingredients and utensils) Location: como park fire pits

$45.00

Shelter Building: September 30

Shelter Building

In a survival situation shelter is one of your first priorities. In bad weather your body heat will deplete quickly, and the correct shelter can be the difference between life and death. Water saps your body heat 25 times faster than cold air, and forcing your body to thermoregulate burns more calories than running. Which is a recipe for disaster. In this class we will discuss shelter building theory, and we will build a couple different tarp shelters as well as 1 easy and effective natural shelter. Come get dirty, and learn a very valuable skill. Sunday September 30 12pm-2pm Carlos Avery wildlife refuge 40.00

$40.00

 

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