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Program Descriptions  2014 (All prices are subject to change)
   Wilderness Survival & Self-Reliance Skills
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If I would recommend one class to you, this would be it! This experience is "what Survival and Self-reliance all about". This course will give you a solid foundation in wilderness skills, heighten your awarenesss, and deepen your connection with Nature. "Survival is your birthright. Having the skills to take care of yourself is empowering."

You will learn: how to make fire by friction, how to make a warm shelter, to gather wild foods and medicines, find clean water anywhere, cook and preserve food without modern conveniences. You'll learn how to interpret animal sign & tracks, all about hunting and gathering, making stone tools and fiber technology (from plants and animals). Powerful nature awareness exercises woven throughout this empowering program provide the ultimate learning experience !

This is an intensely informative program, but is not physically demanding. (NO you're not going to eat bugs! Unless of course, you want to :) I guarantee you'll learn more in this one program, than you would attending several years of various skills gatherings. Personal attention and depth of instruction at this program is unparelled. "Give me a week and I'll Rock your World !!"

"Come experience and learn the knowledge of our Ancestors." Spend a week "away from it all". Your relationship with Nature will be forever changed. "I guarantee you'll never look at the Earth the same way again"...

Testimonial: "Deepest gratitude for your work and heart Richard. This week saturated me and left me with a pocketful of seeds which will find the time and place for germination in my life sooner than later. Thank you thank you." Blake T ~ Chapel Hill, NC

Dates: March 29- April 4 & August 9- 15

Time: Saturday 6:00 pm - to Friday 1 pm. Adults $795   (Deposit $300)

Class location: Near Asheville, NC.

 

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   Wilderness Survival & Self-Reliance Skills - with Guest Instructor Victor Wooten

As many of you know, Victor is the Bass player for the famous band Bela Fleck & The Flecktones . He is considered, by his peers, to perhaps be the best Bass player in the world! He has won 5 Grammy awards and been nominated for several others. In addition to his music career, Victor has a passion for the outdoors and is an avid student of various nature and wilderness skills. For the past 14 years I've lead and overseen the Nature / Survival skills curriculum of his popular Bass & Nature Camp near Nashville, TN.

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This program is not a music camp...it is a Wilderness/Survival Skills Program. We do however expect that the majority of the students attending will have musical ability. Students will have ample time, most evenings, to express themselves (and Yes!  Victor always plays too).  We suspect there will be plenty of great music ! Also, you never know who will drop by ! Bass Legends Chuck Rainey and Steve Bailey have attended this program.

Dates: 2014 TBA 

Tuition: sAdults $795   (Deposit $300)

Class location: Asheville, NC.

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See the above course description for "Wilderness Survival & Self Reliance Skills" for additional information about this program.   This class will fill up pretty quickly, so sign up early. Materials, meals and camping fees are included. (Adults) $795    
  

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   Family Wilderness Skills Weekend

This is a shortened version of the Survival Skills Week. You'll learn all the basics about Survival and Outdoor Skills, and have a great time in the process! This is a very informative program, but is not physically demanding. You'll make your first friction fire, help build a shelter, identify wild edibles, make rope from plant fibers and much, much more. Simply... the perfect introductory program!

We recommend that children be at least 8 years old to attend this program 

Testimonial: "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. This program was much more than advertised. 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 Richard. Thank you with all my heart for your offerings." Shonna Campbell - Asheville, NC.

Time: Saturday 9:00 am - to Sunday 4 pm

Dates: Not currently scheduled 

Class location: Near Asheville, NC.           

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   Advanced Wilderness Living Skills Intensives I & II

This is the pinnacle of all Wilderness skills workshops. In this Advanced Skills Program, you'll get plenty of "Hands-On Experience" as you learn and complete a multitude of great projects. Your skill and confidence will grow as you immerse yourself in these amazing Wilderness living skills. Here are some of the traditional 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     *Wild Edible Plants    *Fish Traps     *Fish Spears        ...And Much More !

Sign up today for this one of a kind experience ! Materials, and meals are included. Adults $795 per week (Deposit $300 per week) (Attend both weeks and save $300) >> More info about this program!

Dates: Week I - April 26- May 2 & Week II - May 3- 9 

Location: Asheville, NC.  

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   The Realm of the Scout

The Scout Class: Stealth – Awareness - Survival - Self-Reliance
Native American Scouts were the eyes and ears of their tribes. Their highly honed Survival and heightened Awareness skills were critical in insuring the safety of their people. Join us as we re-create this experience in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.

Days will consist of learning and practicing various skills, then perfecting them in a simulated “Real World” situation. You’ll learn how to move through the woods unheard and unseen as your Tribe moves as "one" through the landscape observing nature and neighboring tribes.
These skills are thousands of years old and can be adapted to fit any environment or situation…whether it be an urban, rural or wilderness setting.

This class will be a collaborated class between Earth School and Tom Laskowski of The Midwest Native Skills Institute. Come join us for this incredible experience!    Reserve your spot today !

Skills you’ll learn during the week include:

   *Advanced survival skills
   *Advanced awareness exercises and techniques
   *Advanced tracking skills
   *Natural camouflage...essential for nature observation
   *Self-protection skills…enter the world of The Martial Arts**
   *Understanding the “Pulse” of the woods, allowing you to sense      disturbances and potential threats
  

**the Martial arts techniques taught in this class will NOT require any throws, kicks or other advanced moves but rather simple , but effective ways to escape from an unwelcomed arm grab or similar encounter. This portion of instruction will be taught by one of several guest instructors. Instruction may include Aikido, Judo, Ninjitsu and Thai Kickboxing.

**This class is somewhat physically demanding. We ask that you commit to getting yourself in shape before this program to insure a fun and safe experience for everyone. A "reasonable" expectation would be that you can jog (slowly) for 20 minutes and still be able to talk at the end of the jog

Applicants will be considered on a first come first served basis. Class size is strictly limited.

Dates:  June 7- 13 - $845

Adults $745 Early Bird Special until April 15 (Deposit $300)          

Time: Saturday 6 pm to 1 pm on Friday June 13 - Materials and meals             included

Location: Asheville, NC.

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   Advanced Scout - Hunter Gatherer Walkabout

Many of you former Scouts have asked for an advanced class...here it is!! Join us for our Advanced Scout / Walkabout. This experience will help to hone your Native Scout skills to a much higher level of understanding. We'll venture into the woods as a small tribe, hunting and gathering as we go! Each of us will carry a minimal amount of gear and moderate staple foods. You'll learn Advanced Survival skills including...Advanced Tracking / Orienteering, Advanced Firemaking, Advanced Camo and Nature Awareness. And MUCH more!! ***Participants must have a valid North Carolina hunting license. if you plan on hunting!

Prerequisite: "The Realm of the Scout" or equivalent

Dates: Wednesday afternoon to Sunday 3:00pm. February 19- 23

Time: $ 495 Adults (Deposit $200)                                        

Location: Asheville, NC.   

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   "Back to Basics" - Homesteading Series - The Lost Art of Self-Reliance

Isn't it about time we all get "Back to the Basics?" My goal over the course of these programs is to teach YOU the necessary skills to become extremely self-reliant. Instruction will include: Emergency Preparedness in the home and in the Wilderness. Some of the skills taught will be: Fishing, First Aid, Survival Skills, Nature Awareness, Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants, Organic Gardening, Archery, Marksmanship, Hunting, Outdoor Cooking & Food Preservation...to name a few. These programs are recommended for children ages 8-17***All children must be accompanied by an Adult

**** These classes will be taught from a very positive point of view and will empower you and your Family with the necessary skills to be extremely self-reliant, confident and prepared for almost anything.                                                              I promise it will be informative, empowering and FUN !!!

"Self-Reliant Skills - Hunting & Trapping I" ( 2013 TBA ) We'll take you into the field and show you how to Hunt and Trap Wild game. Wild game is truly "fine table fare" and very healthy ! "You'll learn how to hunt Deer and smaller game like Turkeys, Rabbits, Squirrels and Beaver. We'll spend the days "in the field" and teach you how to properly interpret animal sign. You'll learn how to safely set up tree stands in "the right spot" for deer and develop a sound strategy for hunting and trapping wild game. Class will culminate with a day-long squirrel hunt on Saturday. ***Participants must have a valid North Carolina hunting license. Thursday 6 pm. to noon on Sunday. "Adults Only"

"Hunting & Trapping II - The Sacred Hunt"  ( 2013 TBA ) Here's your opportunity to put your skills to the ultimate test "The Sacred Hunt." You'll spend the entire week Bowhunting Deer, and small game. This will be a peak period for the deer as the Rut (mating season) inches closer. Activity should be very high. A Great time to learn !

Participants will also participate in the setting of legal traps for animals like Beaver, Muskrats and Woodchucks. You'll learn how to properly field dress animals, butcher and package the meat and tan their hides to produce amazingly soft leather and pelts. Respect and use of the entire animal will be the focus of this program. ***Participants must have a valid North Carolina Hunting and Trapping license. Sunday 6 pm. to dusk on Saturday. "Adults Only" Considering the fact that week- long whitetail deer hunts typically cost $2500 to $4000 and don't teach the expanded knowledge offered in this program...this is truly a bargain !

****These classes will be taught from a very positive point of view and will empower you and your Family with the necessary skills to be extremely self-reliant, confident and prepared for almost anything. I promise it will be informative and FUN !!!

Time: Small Game - Thursday 6 pm. to noon on Sunday - $ 375 Adults (Deposit $200)

Time: Deer Hunt - Sunday 6 pm. to noon on Sunday - $ 995 Adults - (Deposit $400) This class includes meals

 

"Family Preparedness - The GO Bag - Wilderness Self-Reliance" January 11, 2014- Waynesville, NC.

Emergency preparedness is an important consideration for the individual or the family. The truth is, most of us are not only underprepared, but have NO plan for an emergency at all. Whether it be a tornado, wildfire, earthquake or just a power outage, having a solid plan just makes sense. "It is better to have and not need, than to need and not have."

What would you do if you were faced with an emergency? Would you have a place to go? Would you wait for people to help? Could you fend for yourself?...for your family? The questions and variables are endless... My attitude has always been..."be prepared for the worst" because anything less than that is "NO problem."

This class is designed to empower you and your family. You'll learn how to work as a team to handle just about anything life throws your way. I'll show you how to assemble a small to medium size backpack (one for each person), that has everything you or your family would need to take care of yourself for an extended period of time...even in the woods ! Having the skills to take care of yourself is powerful and most importantly... A LOT of FUN !! I never get tired of learning about Nature...

I've taught Survival Skills for many years, mostly from a minimalist point of view. I've bought my share of gizmos, gadgets and various gear...most of which were worthless and a waste of money. Over the years I've refined my choices to simply...what works and why. I'll show you all my top gear choices. We'll cover everything from Shelter, Water, Fire and Food to Clothing, First Aid, Personal Hygene and well beyond. I believe every member of the family should have an "Emergency, GO Bag" and know how to use it. Even a squirrel stores nuts for the Winter. "Being prepared is just SMART !"

The money you save by not buying junk, will pay for this program many times over...

Date: January 11 ( Adults $55 ) New Years Special !! ( Normally $75 )

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Class location: Waynesville, NC.

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   Axemanship Workshop

Many of us are very familiar with a chainsaw. It's raw power is amazing. But what if you had to cut wood without one? Could you do it? Do you have the knowledge and proper tools? This program will introduce you to the lost art of axemanship. You'll learn all about axes, saws, mauls and more. We'll teach you how to properly attach an axe head and make it razor sharp. You'll learn the techniques necessary to safely fell trees and turn them into firewood or timbers for building projects. Felling and cutting trees by hand will teach you a lot about yourself. It's very satisfying and great exercise !

Come learn how to be a real outdoorsman !   Meals included.

Dates: January 25- 26, 2014

Time: Saturday 9:00 am - to Sunday 4 pm. Adults $255   (Deposit $100)

Class location: Near Asheville, NC.

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  Homesteading Series - Small Game Hunting for Urban-vores

Back by popular demand. I've ran seve ral of these programs the past few years with great success. Learning how to feed yourself is a powerful skill indeed !

We'll start with Marksmanship and safe gun handling. Then we'll take you into the field and show you how to Hunt small game properly. You'll learn all the basics like interpreting animal sign, choosing proper hunting locations and how to use various game calls. We'll be focusing on Rabbits and Squirrels mainly, but we'll also discuss strategies for hunting other game like Turkeys, Woodchucks and various predators.

Wild game is truly "fine table fare" and a very healthy alternative to Commercialized meat and high Supermarket prices ! You'll learn how to properly field dress animals, skin and cook them over an open fire or make amazing stews and soups ! Though students are responsible for their own food at this program, you'll get to sample various wild game dishes. This great educational experience will empower you and enrich the quality of your families lives for years to come !

****This class is taught from a very positive point of view. Respect and use of the entire animal will be stressed. ***If you plan to hunt you must have a valid North Carolina hunting license, (this may require your participation in a Hunter Safety class before your license will be issued...plan ahead !!) If not, you can be an observer. Still, there will be lots for you to learn and experience !  

Dates: Private instruction is available upon request... Call to schedule your hunt today ! Small Game Season runs until February 28th !

Location: Asheville, NC.

   Advanced Shelter Workshop

This 4 day hands-on workshop will introduce students to a variety of shelter designs and building techniques. Participants will help build a long-term shelter called a Hogan using all natural materials! This is truly a 4 season shelter designed to be used with an internal fire. In fact, we'll even build a fireplace ! Participants will get plenty of first-hand experience in techniques like waddle and daub, cob, stone, thatching and cordwood. We'll be using mud, clay, grass, bark, sticks and stones...and everything else that Nature provides !

This is a labor intensive program, but the rewards will be well worth it.  Great friends and great FUN = A Great Time ! Come join us !

All materials and meals are included. No experience is necessary. Adults $425   (Deposit $200) Not currently scheduled

   Family Adventure Camp

The amazing world of nature is the gift that connects us to all living things on this beautiful Planet. This fun family experience is designed to connect families to the natural world, like never before. This is a program that will strengthen family bonds and build each family members confidence and character as they explore and discover the amazing mysteries of the Natural World together. The emphasis of this program is placed on Earth living skills, a way of life that all our ancestors shared.

You and your family will learn valuable outdoor skills like firemaking, emergency shelters, lost-proofing your children, safe water collection, wild edible plants, tracking, animal studies and much more. A wide variety of nature awareness exercises are woven throughout the fabric of this course. Evenings will be spent around the campfire sharing new experiences and telling stories. We'll even have a talent night! This unique adventure will enhance and safeguard your family's outdoor experiences for a lifetime!     Come join the fun...

Testimonial: "Dear Richard...Ian & I went away with such richness and inspiration that reached deep within - a place of inner blessings. The reverance that you brought to each skill and experience was truly inspiring and filled with deep Spirit. I can honestly say that Ian had a Spiritual awakening - a vital step for our children and the future of the planet...and especially for teenagers. Our blessings to you...

Buffy and Ian - California

Materials & meals included. Children age 6 and under are free! ( When accompanied by an adult and older sibling ) (All ages)    

Dates: June 28- July 4, 2014

Time: Saturday 6 pm to 1 pm on Friday June 13 - Materials and meals             included Adults $695 - Children $495   (Deposit $200)

Class location: Near Asheville, NC.

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  Wild Women's Weekend

Finally an outdoor program just for Women! Many of you have asked...so here it is ! Everyone loves the Great Outdoors, but many of us were never taught the most basic of Outdoor Skills. We will cover all the basics of camping and proper gear selection. Learn how to pitch a tent, tie useful knots, purify water, make a fire and cook over it! You'll also learn compass skills, survival skills and nature awareness exercises. We'll cover everything you need to know to feel save and secure in the Great Outdoors!

Dates: TBA  -  Adults $175  (Deposit $100)

Class location: Asheville, NC

Time: Saturday 9:00am - Sunday 4 pm.

  Teen Adventure Camp

In this program, designed exclusively for teenagers, students will develop a new sense of confidence and empowering self-reliance as they explore nature, ancient skills, and the lore of the Native Americans. Wilderness Survival Skills are the core of this program. Students will learn numerous outdoor skills, such as Primitive fire-making, shelter building, safe water purification and how to identify wild edible and medicinal plants. From here we'll expand outward and introduce your teenagers to variety of nature awareness exercises. These lessons will engage and enhance all of their senses and heighten their level of Awareness for their entire lives. Teens will come away with a true understanding and respect for nature and life in this great program.  

Materials & meals included. Ages 12-17

Tuition: Teens $695  ( Deposit $300 )

Dates: July 12- 17

Location:  Near Asheville, NC.

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   Family Fun - Smoky Mountain Nature Club

Announcing our new Nature Club for 2014 for individuals and families alike! Join us each month as we explore a new location in Western North Carolina. Each Month we'll meet at our chosen location. The Adventure begins from there as we'll hike in the Wilderness and let Nature be our guide. We'll indentify and harvest plants, encounter animal tracks and sign and swim in beautiful Mountain streams and waterwalls. And two scheduled weekend campouts in June and September round out this experience nicely. Join us for a Nature-ally Fun Experience !

Dates: Starting March 16th! - Through December...

Class location: Near Asheville, NC.

Price: Only $145 per family or $100 per individual for ALL 10 Outings!! (Note: This is on a first come first served basis as we have to limit the number of participants:) Yes the above prices are for the ENTIRE year... a Great Deal!!

Time: Saturday (occasionally Sunday) 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. (Note.. Campouts will go until 3:00pm on Sunday)

Testimonial: " Richard...The weekend that my son and I spent with you was grounding, inspiring, challenging, and empowering. Both he and I were moved by the deep connection with the earth possible through the skills you teach so well."

Corinna Wood - Red Moon Herbs - Black Mountain, NC.
 
  

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   Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Intensive

Wild plants are everywhere! Their beauty surrounds us and we couldn't live without them. Did you know that most of the plants in your own backyard have more nutritional value than the produce you purchase at the supermarket? In this comprehensive program, you will learn how to properly identify, collect, prepare delicious nutritious meals, and make effective medicines from the plant world. Wild edibles, that we collect, will be a part of every meal. Come learn how to provide for yourself !

Traditional cooking methods will be taught as well. You'll help construct a rock oven, cook a meal in a steam pit, clay-bake fresh fish and process wild nuts for acorn bread ! If you seek a deeper connection with plants and the natural world, this class is for you. No experience is necessary.

Testimonial: "Hi Richard, I just wanted to say that I very much enjoyed your Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants class.  The depth of information was more than I expected and a pleasent surprise.  The private instruction was equally useful.  We covered a lot of material and I learned far more than I thought possible in only three days.  I look forward to the next class." Tom Waddell - Las Vegas, NV.

Dates: May 29 - June 1 - Adults $345 ( Deposit $200 ) Materials & meals included.

Class location: Near Asheville, NC.  

Time: Thursday 6 pm - to Sunday 4 pm .

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   Spring / Fall Plants & Crafts

Join us for "The Wild Edible Plants of Spring". In this program you'll learn to safely identify, and prepare delicious meals from Nature's bounty ! Students will also learn utilitarian uses of plants, such as the manufacture of rope from natural fibers, and how to make a beautiful basket from local wild materials. Materials included. 

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   Tree Identification & Wild Edible Plant Walk

Do have an interest in plants? Join us for "A Walk in the Park" Learn to identify trees and discover the vast array of edible, medicinal and utilitarian uses of dozens of these amazing gifts that we walk past every day! These plants have been used by our Ancestors for thousands of years. Earth School's founder Richard Cleveland leads this outdoor adventure. "Come discover Nature's Bounty" !!

Location: Hot Springs, NC.

Things to Bring: Water, sunscreen, hat, notebook, pen, camera (optional),                                the desire to have FUN! (mandatory)

Dates: TBA - ( Adults $40 - Children $20 )

Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. No experience necessary.

***(Children under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult)

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   Wild Edible Plant Workshop

Come experience the World of Wild Edible Plants. Participants will learn to properly identify, prepare and use a variety of Wild Edibles. Join us as we collect and prepare an entire meal from Nature. Samplings will include a wild edible stir fry, luscious cooked greens, a wild salad and a yummy dessert of Wildflower fritters ! Students will also sample a variety of healthful wild teas including sassafras and spicebush !

Dates: April 6 - (Adults) $55 - (Children $25)                           

Discounted !! - Adults normally $75

Class location: Near Asheville, NC.

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. No experience necessary. All materials included.

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   Natural Basketry

Have you ever made a basket? Most of us haven't, even though we all use them. The truth is basket-making is FUN!! You'll learn how to make a traditional egg basket you can be proud of. We'll be using all natural materials for this project... "no store bought materials" Students will learn several styles of baskets. Spend some quality time making baskets with your Mom this Mother's Day weekend... She'll LOVE you for it !

Dates: TBA ( Adults ) $145   (Deposit $100)

Class location: Asheville, NC.

Time: Saturday 9:00 am to Sunday 4:00 pm. No experience necessary. All materials are included. Adults

  Firemaking Intensive

Everyone loves a good fire. No one can resist the magic of the dancing flames. Without the ability to produce fire, it is doubtful that human kind would have evolved into the world as we know it. A variety of firemaking techniques will be taught in this program. You will learn 8 primitive methods, which include Bow Drill, Hand Drill, Mouth Drill, Pump Drill, Fire Crutch, Fire Saw, Fire Thong and the Fire Plow. Many clever and unique modern methods will be demonstrated and discussed as well.

This class will challenge and refine your firemaking skills. Come experience the gift of fire! You will never look at fire the same way again. No experience is necessary. Materials included. Adults

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  Bowmaking Workshop

Come learn the magic of "The Bent Stick" in this in-depth comprehensive course teaching the ancient art of bowmaking. You'll get plenty of hands-on experience as you learn how to make your own self-bow. Starting with a wooden bow stave an ending up with a beautifully functional bow is an amazing experience. You'll learn traditional Cherokee arrowmaking using our native rivercane, you'll even make and attach your own bone arrowhead ! The manufacture of bowstrings using natural & modern materials will also be covered. This is a truly remarkable program. Be prepared for long days, hard satisfying work and great rewards! A Hickory or Black Locust bowstave is included with the tuition.

Dates: March 20- 23

Location: Asheville, NC.

Time: Thursday pm. to 4 pm. on Sunday. Materials & meals included.    Adults $575   (Deposit $300)

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   Traditional Archery

The rich history of archery is thousands of years old. Here's a fun program that everyone enjoys!! You'll receive expert instruction on equipment selection, proper form, shooting etiquette and archery safety. We'll even hold a friendly tournament (complete with prizes!). Come experience the magic of "The Bent Stick".

Dates: Not currently scheduled, but check back often!

Location: Near Asheville, NC.

Time: 10:00 am to - 1 pm. No experience necessary. ( Adults, Teens and Children 10 years & up $35 )   (Deposit $35)

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   Flintknapping Weekend

Rocks are beautiful and the ancient artifacts made from them are fascinating. If you’ve been lucky enough to find an arrowhead or even hold one, you know what I mean. Why not learn how to make your own? Let us teach you how !

In this fun informative program, students will learn how to transform stone into knives, arrowheads, and various tools. Students will be introduced to all the basics of rock-working and will learn various hafting and fletching techniques as well. With practice, you’ll be able to make true works of art. Come experience “The Wisdom of the Rocks. “

Dates: April 12- 13

Class location: Hot Springs, NC. 

Time: Saturday 9:00am. to 4:00pm Sunday. Materials & meals included.    Adults $245   (Deposit $100)

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   Hide-Tanning

Each year thousands of deer hides are discarded by outdoorsmen. Learn the art of making soft supple leather, from animal skins, the natural way. From start to finish, students will transform deer hides into beautiful buckskin ! Hides have a multitude of uses, and can be made into drums, clothing, bags, hats, moccasins, mittens and storage containers. The possibilities are endless!

Respect and use of the entire animal will be covered in this class. Students will also make, and learn to use an Atl Atl, a fun and highly effective Aboriginal Spear-Thrower.

Dates: Coming again this Summer / Fall !

Class location: Near Asheville, NC. 

Time: Thursday pm. to 5 pm. on Sunday. Materials & meals included. Adults $345   (Deposit $200)  

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  Buckskin Clothing Workshop

Here's a rare opportunity you won't want to miss! Robin Blankenship of Earth Knack, joins us to share her expertise in the art of handmade buckskin clothing. Many of us have tanned deer hides before, but haven't taken the next step. Making beautiful, functional wearable art is one of Robin's specialties. You'll learn how to properly pattern, lay out and decorate your hides to make your own shirts, pants, jackets, dresses and more...

I know of no one that has as much experience as Robin. She has clothed herself and her entire family in buckskins for years. Robin also has extensive knowledge in the full spectrum of fiber technology including basic weaving and numerous advanced applications. She has traveled to Asia several times to learn from Native elders. And, was recently commissioned to produce the primitive clothing for a Discovery Channel special to be aired this Fall.

Time: Tuesday morning - to Friday 4 pm. Adults $425.00   (Deposit $200)

Dates:  ( Working on dates for Spring 2014 ) Meals included

Class location: Asheville, NC.  

  Moccasin Workshop

Robin Blankenship of Earth Knack, stays an extra day to share her expertise in the art of Moccasin making.

This class is designed to be an extension of the Buckskin Clothing Workshop. This class is offered to everyone who has dreamt of making their own comfortable and functional traditional moccasins.

Time: Saturday 9 am. Adults $125.00   (Deposit $100)

**Tuition for students enrolled in the Buckskin Clothing Workshop is only $60

Dates: ( Working on dates for Spring 2014 ) An Organic lunch is included

Class location: Asheville, NC.  

   Animal Sign Tracking

Here's a fun class to heighten your tracking and awareness skills. Join us as we explore the woods, fields and riverbanks in search of Animal tracks and sign. Learn how to read the landscape and understand how the Animals' lives ebb and flow as they relate to their natural environment. I guarantee you'll never look at Nature the same way again !  

We always find all kinds of neat things in our Tracking classes. In the past we've found the tracks & sign of deer, turkey, fox, coyote, beaver, raccoon, opossum, squirrels, various birds & amphibians and last year we found fresh Bear tracks near the arboretum !! We often find sets of Riverotter tracks too. It's really exciting to follow & interpret their trails as they play and lope down the riverbank together...pure magic ! This program is a great opportunity to get your feet wet, (pun intended) and not only learn to be more aware, but to really see & interpret nature at it's best. Join us for this day of Exploration & Discovery...

Time: 9 am - to 4 pm Saturday & Sunday - Adults $135   

Dates: January 18- 19

Class location: Asheville, NC.  

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   Human Tracking Intensive - The Art of Seeing

Tracking is the ultimate awareness. This program is designed to take your tracking skills to a higher level. Whether your interests involve Nature Awareness, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Security or Military Applications... this class is for professionals and civilians alike.

Each year thousands of people get lost in the woods...many never return. When someone gets lost, hundreds of good-hearted people volunteer to scour the landscape to help locate the missing person or party. Unfortunately, over 90% of these well-intentioned souls have no training whatsoever. As a result, these areas often become so full of tracks and disturbances, it becomes literally impossible for even a skilled tracker to sort through this mess and find the tracks of the missing person or party. Every minute can mean the difference between life and death.

"I believe this program will enhance your awareness and expand "The Way You SEE," regardless of your previous experience. I am fortunate to have been mentored by some excellent trackers. Those experiences have opened new worlds of awareness for me. With that said... I am forever a student, always humbled, eager to share and learn more"....Richard

~Private instruction and special classes are available upon request - call for details.

Dates: February 6- 9

Class location: Near Asheville, NC.   

Time: Friday 9 am - to Sunday 4 pm. Adults $345   (Deposit $200)

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   Animal Tracking Intensive - The Animal Within

Here's a program for the serious Tracker. Most of us have been able to identify a few tracks in the mud, but that's only a small part of "The Story". We'll take an in-depth look at animal tracks, gaits and patterns. You'll go well beyond compression shapes and basic track ID. You'll learn to "become the animal."

Tracking, in my opinion, is one of the most powerful Awareness tools today! Join us as the tracks become alive and we explore and solve the mysteries that revolve around the lives of our beloved wildlife. We will likely see the tracks and sign of deer, fox, coyotes, raccoon, opossum, squirrels, rabbits and even mice. You just never know who's trail we may come across ! It may surprise you to know just how many neighbors you really have !! Come learn " The Art of Seeing ".

"I strongly recommend that students participate in this program before they take the Human Tracking course I offer, regardless of your previous experience. Simply said...If you can track animals, tracking humans becomes much easier"....Richard

Dates: January 31- February 2, 2014

Class location: Asheville, NC.    

Time: Friday 9 am - to Sunday 4 pm. Adults $295   (Deposit $150)

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