Our short courses range from one day, weekend or week long classes on topics such as permaculture, wilderness survival, ethnobotany, hunter/gatherer lifestyle, wildlife tracking, bird language, homesteading and more. We're always adding new courses so check for updates either on this page or feel free to subscribe to our Facebook page, which is updated frequently. If you'd like to create a custom course for a small group, fill out the form here and we'll get right back to you.
Have you ever wanted to use the materials that grow in your back yard? Learn how to carve a beautiful and functional spoon with hand tools! We will use an axe and a few knives to make one of a kind spoons. Use your hands and possibly other appendages to shape, sculpt, cut, carve and create!
Greenwood carving is a style of carving that works with fresh cut wood, before it is dry. By carving the material wet, it is softer and more malleable. It is easier to work the wood, but it has to be dried appropriately to avoid cracking. Come and try your hand at carving a spoon!
Bring any of your own tools, but nothing is required for the class.
Find out more and register here.
In this one day course, we will cover how to build a comprehensive herbal medicine cabinet using herbs that grow here in the Pacific Northwest. We'll go over not only how to make the medicines, but also when/where to harvest them, dosages and safety, how to grow them yourself and resources which will help you continue on your journey as an herbalist. Here are the medicines that we'll make and the topics which we'll cover:
Medicines: Tinctures, salves, lotions, liniments, poultices, balms, eye washes, syrups, lozenges.
Teas, infusions and decoctions and which herbs provide the most benefit.
Safety: While herbal medicines are extremely powerful, they can also be dangerous if taken in high dosages.
Harvesting: Where to find the herbs, how to harvest and doing it ethically.
Harvest Schedule: A handy schedule as to when to harvest each herb at it's peak medicinal value.
Growing your herbs at home within a permaculture system.
Herbal medicine for kids.
Herbal medicine for pets.
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In this two day course we will cover all of the short term survival essentials that can save your life if you're caught out in the wilderness. Topics include shelter building, friction fire, water purification, primitive trapping, and wild foraging. We'll talk about survival psychology, priorities and energy conservation. Our instructors go on regular staged survival trips and teach from personal experience. For a more detailed course description click here.
This one day course will take place at the Old Sauk River trail near Darrington, WA. We'll cover edible mushrooms, mushroom hunting tips and tricks, identification, medicinal uses and much more. Whether you're a forager or an aspiring naturalist, this class is one that you don't want to miss. We'll help you to understand the different habitats that mushrooms grow in and how to identify good locations to search. We'll also give you a good general harvest schedule to follow and give you tips on how to preserve certain species so that they can be consumed throughout the year. This class typically fills up fast so sign up as soon as you can.
While we often talk about the the chemicals and genetic modifications made to our foods as being harmful, we rarely talk about the products that we put on our bodies. Our skin is not only our largest organ, but the most absorbent as well. Many of the store bought personal care products have significantly more harmful chemicals in them than our food, and this is an area that we need to start discussing more.
In this 4 hour workshop, we will cover how make your own personal care products using only natural ingredients. We'll learn how to make soap, hydrosol, lotion, tooth powder, deodorant and hair rinse. With the holidays coming up, the products that you'll learn to make will make great gifts. Hope to see you there. Register here.