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.
During this class we will discuss the fascinating processes that define fermented foods as well as how incorporating these products into our diet is an essential part of overall health.You will learn everything you need to know in order to have the confidence to dive into the world of fermentation for yourself. We will cover techniques used to yield a variety of tasty probiotic-rich foods such as kimchi and seed-cheeses, along with bubbly beverages like kombucha and simple natural sodas. At the end of the day you will take home your own personalized kimchi, sauerkraut, and other tasty treats incorporating nutritious wild foods from our farm; allowing you to experience the slow transformation taking place yourself. It is our hope that this experience will encourage you to reclaim these celebrated traditions of our ancestors and apply them in your life.
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When you get a professional soil test done, you typically get back a report stating various nutrient levels, pH, structure, texture and ability to hold nutrients. But modern day tests are leaving out the most crucial component to soil health, and that is the biology living within it. When we till our soil, or apply inorganic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, we wipe out the biology (the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, microarthropods etc) that the plants depend upon for survival.
The biology in the soil is responsible for keeping diseases and pests in check, holding nutrients within the root zone (so they're not lost to leaching), creating soil structure and converting insoluble nutrients into plant soluble forms. The biology also make it so that you never have to add any amendments to your soil....ever! All of the nutrients that plants require exist within the sands, clays and silts (mineral components of the soil). All that's required is a balanced soil food web to hold and convert them into plant soluble forms.
In this workshop, you'll all about how the soil biology cycles nutrients and how to maximize biological diversity in your gardens at home.
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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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Learn the essentials of primitive stone tools and create your own custom arrowheads, points, or any shape you are inspired to create. Walk away with the knowledge that all of our ancestors depended on in order to survive. Craft your stone art piece and find your own primitive technique. You can view some of the instructor's flintknapping work at www.primitivetechnique.com. To register for the workshop, click here.
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.