Ancestral Ways: Reclaiming Our Past
If you’ve ever felt drawn to a waterfall, mountain range, serene lake, or boundless prairie, you’ve experienced “Biophilia”. A reflexive response to our evolutionary relationship to nature. Yes, we are part of nature! Though modern civilization, over the last 5 thousand years, has moved us further and further apart. Still we find ourselves drawn to connect with the natural world.
Each weekend of this 6 month course will bring you back into that relationship. As we gather our food, build our shelters, craft our clothes and containers and re-learn to speak the language of nature, we will experience the kind of connectedness or “biophilia” that our ancestors new for 100,000 ’s of years!
This course is being offered in two formats:
Option 1- Register for all 6 weekends and receive the 'series" pricing.
Option 2- choose weekends individually and receive "program" pricing
Activities will include:
Friction Fire- create a 'bow drill' kit of your own and learn fire making freedom
Food gathering - Identify, harvest, process and eat wild plant foods from the land
Food prep- learn the oldest ways to process and preserve foods for long term storage
Primitive cooking- How do we cook in our primitive camp? Try multiple methods of primitive cooking
Tool and Container crafting- stone points, knives, and axes. Bark baskets, wooden spoons and bowls to aid our wild living!
Shelters- Try various forms of shelter building that can keep us dry and warm in the wild.
Hide tanning- Transform a fresh deer hide into a supple, durable and comfortable leather for garments, bags and cordage
Clothing making- Take that deer hide and create a useful and beautiful accessory to your primitive living kit
Animal Tracking- Learn the basics of deciphering the sign and tracks left by animals.
Bird Language- unlock this secret worldwide communication system
Nature Immersion- become a part of the landscape through deep observation and exprience
Story Telling- Experience the most ancient form of wisdom sharing. And it's FUN too!
Ages- 16 and up Location- Grafton, Ny
Series - 1,200.00
Bring someone for 20% off
Time- 8:30am saturday-4:00pm sunday (friday evening accomodations are possible)
Dates- Email for info
All meals included!
Dates- Feb. 22-24
Location- Soul Fire Farms, Grafton, NY
Registration is open now!
Unlock the secrets of the forest in this Wildlife Tracking Intensive. In this joint venture with Flying Deer Nature Center, participants will get a deep and detailed insight into what stories the tracks of an animal can tell. Through 2 days and nights of lecture and field work, everyone will walk away with a rich understanding of the various methods used to positively identify, interpret and communicate the findings in the tracks they encounter. Topics covered will include:
-Track id - Gaits - Bones & Feathers -Life cycles -Habitat use - Telling the story -History -How to use local ecology to anticipate animal movement - How to properly use measurements
All this will be done while following the trails of bobcat, deer, fox, rabbit, coyote and more!
Winter Tracking Intensive 2019
2018 Fall Wilderness Classes
Drop off nature immersion classes in Albany, NY. Three age groups are available. Please note on the registration form which class you are signing up for.
Red Efts- ages 5-7
Mondays, 10:00- 2:30.
Sept. 24 - Nov. 5 (No class on Indigenous Peoples Day aka. Columbus Day)
Clay Coyotes- ages 8-12
Wednesdays, 9:30- 3:30
Sept. 26 - Nov. 14 (optional overnight Nov.14 - 15)
Deer Clan- 13-17
8 weeks ,
Sept. 26 - Nov. 14 ( optional overnight Nov. 14 - 15)
Location: The Bioreserve- http://www.thebioreserve.org/