Current Class Schedule

All classes are held in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

 

The Sacred Hunt 2019: February 19

The Sacred Hunt 2019

Do you have a deep curiosity about hunting? Have you always wanted to try it, but had no one to teach you? Do you have some experience, but want to explore it more deeply. The sacred Hunt is the answer to these questions. In this intensive 9 month Apprenticeship we will delve into the deepest parts of hunting. The spiritual aspects, as well as the ethics and skills behind it. You will learn how to make your own wooden bow and arrow. You will learn and practice the art of archery. We will cover natural camouflage, stalking, and tracking. We will work together on your journey to set up and live in a primitive camp. and process the animal from whole to finished leather, meat, and bone tools. This program will change your life. You will get to know YOU on a much deeper level, as we explore our place in the food chain we will begin to see how everything in nature is all connected and that we are a part of it. This event will include 1 meeting per month which could be a 3 hour class or a 3 day camp. We will also get together 1 day per month to work on archery or catch up on anything that you might be behind on. We will have month deer behavior worksheets, and Research assignments. The program will culminate in a 3 day hunt in September or October in The north woods of Wisconsin. $2,250.00 Come and Live the adventure. This is your time.

$2,250.00

 

Moccasin Making: November 17

Moccasin Making

Our species lives in a wide variety of environments. Whether it’s hot, cold, thorny, or rocky. We have long devised ways to insulate, and protect our feet. Some cultures made sandals, some made turn shoes, or ghillies, and some made moccasins. In this 8 hour workshop we will show you how to make a pattern fitted directly to your own foot. Then we will use that pattern to make a custom fitted pair of moose hide moccasins. You will leave with, your own, plus the knowledge and experience to repeat the process on your own. Saturday November 17 10am-6pm Location: Hollistic Gateway, Northeast, Minneapolis $110.00 (includes all building materials) Registration deadline is November 1

$110.00

Can I Rewild?: November 28

Can I Rewild?

Many people do not know what rewilding is. Yet, to so many people it is a very compelling subject. The reason that so many people do not know what it is has a lot to do with the fact that it is very difficult to define. There are many different attempts at definition. Some some “shrugging off the yoke of domestication” Some say ” moving forward to a lifeway that is more in line with our evolution.” Some even say “Taking our ancestral knowledge and combining that with our modern “civilization” and finding a comfortable combination to bring us back to nature” All of these are very good attempts, but this is far to small of a forum in which to adequately tackle that subject. In this 2 hour discussion we will tackle not only the definition of Rewilding, but a few strategies to include and incorporate Rewilding into your life starting today. In a realistic way. Wednesday November 28 Common Roots Coffee Shop In Minneapolis 6:00-8:00pm 20.00

$20.00

Soft Fiber Basketry: December 1

Soft Fiber Basketry

Basketry has been one of the cornerstone skills of human ingenuity since time immemorial. We have needed baskets to carry berries, Roots, Bark, Furs, Tools, Dried foods, etc. Our ancestors all used baskets, no matter where your family is from. This skill is handy, fulfilling, and fun. We love making baskets and vessels, it is in our blood. This workshop is on Soft Fiber Basketry. Using string or rope to make a basket. These baskets atre not rigid, but are very flexible. You can make storage bowls, Cup holders, candle storage, and more. We will spend the majority of the day finishing these awesome baskets. Saturday December 1 10am-4pm 55.00

$55.00

 

 

January 9: Leather Working Basics:

Leather working Basics

In this 3 hour workshop we will explore the tools, techniques, and materials that go into common leather working. We will Look at and handle several types of leather, and we will see a few ways to sew and pattern our leather projects. We will discuss: Knife Sheaths, Shoulder Bags, Jewelry, Belt Bags, and clothing. Then, using the techniques and tools that we had discussed we will pattern and sew a small bag. We will assist you in designing your project in a way that you will be able to finish the project in the alloted time and we will do our best to make sure that you are happy with your project. At the end of the workshop you should be able to: Identify 2-3 different types of leather, and choose the appropriate one for your project. Determine what type of sewing is best for your chosen project. Make your own pattern Assemble all necessary tools and materials. Complete a small leather project all on your own. All materials for this class will be provided. Class is Wednesday January 9. 6-9 pm Class will be held at Border town Coffee shop in Dinkytown, near the U of M campus. Cost is 50.00

$50.00

January 13: Plant Based Medicine Making

Plant Based Medicine Making: January 13

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. You will leave the class with your own home apothecary, as well as the knowledge to make your own in the future. Sunday January 13 Noon-4:00 50.00 (Price includes jars, bottles, herbs, and ingredients for all medicines.)

$50.00

January 20: Cordage Class

Cordage; Making String and Rope out of Plant Fibers.

The importance of string and rope cannot be over stated. We use it for Shelter building, Sewing, Fire making, Tying a canoe on your car, Fishing, etc. Rope and string take many forms and the production of these items seems to be a pretty important skill. Knowing which plants and what parts of those plants can be turned into cordage is the first step in making it. Once you have acquired the knowledge processing the plants is a pretty simple procedure. In this workshop we will Show you which plants in Minnesota can be used, we will then have you process Stinging nettle fibers and make your own string. Over the 3 hours of this class you will process 2-3 nettle stalks and make several feet of string. This is one of the root skills. 35.00 Location TBD

$35.00

February 25-October 6 2019: A Season of Wild Food

A season of Wild Food

Foraging and including Wild Foods into your life is a year round, labor intensive pursuit. It is also, so well worth it. Eating wild foods is healthier, it connects us to our land, and to our ancestors. It also puts us in control of what we eat. In the age of round up and GMO foods, why not take control. Learn to identify, harvest and process wild foods. We will Study: Wild plant foods, Wild Plant medicines, and Wild Plant utilitarian purposes. We will develop deep meaningful relationships with these plants by interacting with them throughout their entire growing season. Seeing how the plants grow and mature. Watching how they change and seeing what parts have what uses and what point in their growth. We will start with a day on Maple syrup making, and we will finish with Wild rice and Acorns. In between we will have field days and work shop days. We will get together 1-3 days per month from February through October. In the past this program has proven to be a growth experience, as well as a lot of fun. We will only take 6 people, Sign up today. February 25 2019-October10 2019 Various locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin 475.00

$475.00

March 12 2019: Intro to Wildlife Tracking

Introduction to Wildlife Tracking Discussion

Tracking and Trailing animals is something that people have been doing for as long as there have been people. In fact the Bushmen of the kalahari are some of the most highly renowned trackers in the world, and they may be the oldest culture on the planet. Historically tracking was done mainly to find food and stay safe from dangerous animals. Now in the modern World there are many reasons why people track and trail wildlife: Hunting, Wildlife research, Citizen Science, A reason to get outside, Adventure, Photography, you name it. Finding and interpreting animal tracks is super fun and really helps you get to know the wild on a much deeper level. In this 2 hour discussion we will discuss Foot Morphology, The shape and make up of animal feet. How to discern species, Size, sex, age, etc….. and how to age a track to determine if it is fresh enough to follow. Following fresh tracks to the animal is called trailing, and we will discuss that too. Join us for this fun discussion to find out if tracking is right for you. Tuesday march 12; 6:30 pm-8:30pm 20.00

$20.00

March 14 2019: Identifying Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants Discussion

Identifying Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants Discussion

As Winter fades into spring we start to dream of warm days, sunshine, and eating wild plants again. The act of foraging and gathering food from nature is one of lifes' great joys, it is a true sign of self reliance, and it is the most sustainable method of food procurement. These long winters locked up in the house zap our energy and steal our souls......Just kidding, but it sure is nice to get out in the warmth again. This 2 hour discussion will cover principles of plant identification as well as cover several common plants that you can harvest and eat all by yourself. This will be a fun and interactive talk, that will lead nicely into spring... Thursday march 14 6:00pm-8:00pm 20.00

$20.00

September 23-29 2019: Primitive Skills Boundary Waters Trip

September 23-29 2019 Primitive Skills Boundary Waters Trip

This is going to be amazing. We will travel by canoe into the BWCA via Tofte and the Sawbill Trail. We will be travelling roughly 20 MIles into the BWCA. and establishing a kitchen and and base camp. From there we will spend the next week Practicing primitive living skills that will maintain us on our trip. We will work on: Friction Fire, Tracking, Primitive Fishing, Shelter Building, Basket Making, Foraging, Meditation, and awareness exercises, and other skills as they come up. This will be a once in a lifetime experience. Do Not Miss Out!!! September 23-29 2019 BWCA $1,100.00

$1,100.00

October 18-20 2019: Survival Immersion Weekend

October 18-20 2019 Survival Immersion Weekend

By Popular demand. This will be pretty intense weekend. I would certainly not call this a beginners class. We will have no Curriculum, and no back up. We will head into the wilderness as a group, and we will survive on what we find. We will build shelters, find water, search for food, search for food, and do it all with no base camp, and no back ups. This will be as true to life of a survival situation as you can get without actually being lost or injured. Do you want to test yourself? Would you like to see what you can do? This is your chance. October 18-20 2019 Chengwatana State Forest 410.00

$410.00

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