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 Winter Survival - 10 Day Advanced Wilderness Living Skills
JANUARY 18 - 27, 2008

This course is the most comprehensive skills program you will ever attend ! This is the pinnacle of all Wilderness skills workshops. A true "Hands On Experience!"

EARTH SCHOOL is going to teach you the mysteries of the natural world. Learn how to live comfortably in the outdoors, expand and awaken your senses and connect with nature using the lost knowledge and skills of our ancestors.

A Message From Richard... 

"Hello everyone,

I'm very excited about this 10 Day Winter Experience. For the past several years students have encouraged me to run this type of program. Well... here it is ! This program will hone your outdoor skills to a higher level than you ever thought possible. The quality of instruction in this program will be impressive and limited enrollment will ensure that you receive the personal attention necessary to truly learn these skills. This is the ultimate "Hands On" advanced skills program." Instructor to student ratio will be 1 to 5 or better !

Whether you're an accomplished outdoorsperson, a trained naturalist or nature enthusiast, this program will greatly enhance your outdoor awareness and instill a strong sense of self confidence and skill as you participate in any outdoor adventure. Join us for this amazing experience !!"

* "In addition to our regular staff of instructors, I will be bringing in some of the top instructors in the country to teach various skills. The level of instruction at this program will be truly unparalleled! - My ultimate goal for this program is to send each student home with armfuls of completed projects and a sense of real accomplishment !!"....Richard

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"Don't forget to bring any of your unfinished projects...we'll help you complete them too !"

Having a bad hair day !


Here are a few things you will learn in this information-packed experience...

  • How to make basic and advanced shelters that will keep you alive in below freezing temperatures. Students will have the opportunity to build their own shelters with the quidance of experienced instructors.
  • Learn several advanced firemaking techniques. You'll even construct a rock oven, a steam pit and learn to cook in them ! Numerous fire lays, structures, cooking techniques and food preservation will be discussed and demonstrated.
  • How to identify and use wild plants for food, medicine, clothing, tools, insulation and more. You'll even learn how to make acorn bread and process wild seeds into a nutritous flour !
  • Turn raw clay into beautiful pottery you can cook meals in. You'll also make baskets you can be proud of.
  • Learn wilderness fishing techniques like fish bows, fish traps, spears and dip nets !
  • Make Survival bows complete with arrows. You'll also have the opportunity to make Atl Atls (Aboriginal spear throwers), Cherokee Blowguns and learn how to use them like an expert !
  • How to tan deer hides and transform them into beautiful buckskin. Honor, respect and use of the entire animal will be taught in this program !

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Program Overview...

Earth School's knowledgeable staff will teach you to these skills using a combination of engaging lectures with plenty of hands-on experience. This class has limited enrollment to insure you get all the personal attention you need to complete your projects as you hone your outdoor skills and watch your self-confidence soar ! Instructor to student ratio will be 1 to 5 or better !

This is the pinnacle of all Wilderness skills workshops. In this "Hands On Experience" students will learn and complete a multitude of great projects. Your skill and confidence will grow as you immerse yourself in these amazing outdoor survival skills. Here are some of the skills you'll learn:

*Survival Bowmaking     *Flintknapping     *Arrowmaking    *Firemaking    *Atl Atls    *Hide-Tanning     *Cherokee Blowguns    *Shelters    *Pottery     *Basketry   *Primitive Cooking     *Rock Oven     *SteamPit       *Food Preservation      *Acorn Bread     *Ashcakes     *Wild Plants    *Fish Traps     *Fish Spears        ...And Much More !

This class is structured to allow ample time for students to complete their projects. The motivation is up to you ! Be prepared for long days, hard satisfying work and great rewards !

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Class size is strictly limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Don't miss your chance! The tuition for this 10 Day Experience is only $1195.00. Take advantage of our "Buddy Special" and attend this class for only $1095 when you sign up with a friend. A rebate check will be mailed to you upon registering.

Tuition includes all materials and meals... We'll even arrange transportation to and from the airport. A confirmation letter will be sent to you upon acceptance, including a list of items to bring and directions.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Dear Friend,

Do you enjoy spending time in the outdoors? Do you camp, hike, fish or hunt?

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you got lost?...Stranded?...Injured?

What if you lost your backpack?...Your coat?...Your matches?

Do you have the knowledge and skills to survive in the wild for one night?...Two nights?...An entire week...or longer?

Each year thousands of outdoorsman find themselves in these exact situations only to realize that they lack the necessary skills to provide even their most basic needs. Our ancestors had none of the modern high-tech gear that we have today, yet could survive easily because of their intimate knowledge of the natural world. Without matches, knives, GPS, plastic containers, tents, sleeping bags, or freeze-dried food, they were able to live comfortably and easily.

Nature provides everything we need to survive, and flourish, if we take the time to learn her many secrets. The basic skills of survival and awareness were common knowledge to all native peoples from a very young age. In our modern fast-paced, technology-dependent society, its easy to see how far we have distanced ourselves from this important information. Could you survive without your gear?

And what about awareness? Awareness is the key to living well in the outdoors. Awareness of your surroundings. Awareness of your strengths, weaknesses, abilities, limits. Awareness of the plants, animals, trees, birds, and more are all critical, not only to your survival, but to your enjoyment of the outdoors. What have you been missing?

Get ready ! This is the program you've been looking for. Join us for 10 days of training that will blow your mind! Held in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, this program will teach you everything you need to know to feel safe, secure, and in balance with the great outdoors.

In Wildness,

Richard Cleveland
Founder & Director

More Highlights From This Class...
  • You'll help build a six person shelter complete with a firepit. And, all students will get an opportunity to spend the night in it !
  • Learn to identify a number of wild edible plants. You'll learn how to gather and make nutritious meals and teas, even in the dead of winter !
  • You'll learn basic rockworking and flintknapping techniques. Whether you're experienced or a novice, expert instructors will help you reach the next level !
  • Finding safe, clean water is a problem in even the most remote, untouched wilderness areas today due to pollution, viruses, and bacteria. Learn how to purify water collected from streams, rivers, & lakes without the need for filters or chemical tablets !
  • Learn advanced animal sign tracking. You'll learn how to interpret and understand the clues animals leave as they move through the landscape relating to their natural environment. This knowledge is critical to Survival and can be applied anywhere !
  • Also, you'll learn several hunting and trapping techniques in this program. Students will actually make their own traps, and not just see diagrams. *NOTE: No animals will be harmed during this program.
  • And much, much more !

Testimonials from Past Students...

Dear Richard,

I simply wish to express what a blessing it was to share a weekend filled with your love and knowledge of the earth.  Your compassion for our relationship with the earth shines through and fills me with a renewed sense of timelessness to be with all that is seen and unseen.  You are a gifted steward. Thank you with all my heart for your offerings

Shonna Campbell,  Asheville, NC.

Sometimes you experience in a week people that change you.  Earth School was such an experience.  For me, as fascinating as the skills were, it was the generous spirit of the teachers and the participants that awakened my awe of nature again.

Lynne Parsons, Psychologist,  Mill Spring, NC.

There are a multitude of things I remember and continue to draw from that I was introduced to in your class. I can't help but think it is the easy flowing atmosphere and truly interested expert instructors with their unique depth of character that made it such a fulfilling experience. The week was worth every cent and then some. I am looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of one of your classes again in the near future."

Fred Engel, Marietta, GA.


" I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the profoundly positive effect your teachings have had on my life. As a somewhat wayward youth, I attended one of your teen camps, and was blown away by the scope of your lessons. For the first time in my life, I had been introduced to a grounded, dogma-free structure in which to explore the world around me, and ultimately, the world within. The effort I had begun to put into dropping out of high school was transformed to a motivation that had me graduated by the following January, six months early !

I attended several more teachings with you after that first, and they were always magnificent. The skill level of you and your instructors is of the highest order, and your personalized attention draws the best from your students. The confidence that comes with building your first fire with only sticks, shrubs and twigs lasts a lifetime. The sense of connection that is fostered by your awareness exercises, and the sense of self that grows and grows with each new adventure has helped put my (and many others') life in perspective; Inclusive of the natural world we all rely on.

Years have passed, but the lessons have stayed, and continue to reveal their wisdom to me. They help my daily problem solving by enabling me to be more creative and think systemically. I know that if needed, my family and I are much better prepared to live well without the conveniences we are accustomed to, no matter how severe. In these times, that is a good feeling to have... personal empowerment is everything.

This once wayward youth has now become a doctor of oriental medicine, a natural outgrowth of wilderness skills. Interestingly, in recent years, I have found myself working with national institutions to find the most effective ways to motivate and inspire at-risk adolescents to help themselves. Knowing what you did for me, I have realized that teaching confidence through competence is key. I can only hope that my colleagues and I can affect people's lives in an equally profound way. Thanks again."

Jed Michael, M.O.M., CHt., CertSM.

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