Adult Programs

Workshops for 2019

Ancient Felting Techniques

Date(s): This is a one day class. 9am 8/24 through 5pm 8/24.

Cost: The cost for this workshop is $90. Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch. Click here to Register.

During this one-day workshop we will take raw wool and felt it into functional and beautiful clothing. Come learn about wool’s ancient story and felt yourself a hat, mittens, or boot liners. Wet felting and needle-felting techniques will be covered as well as a brief introduction to natural dyeing.

Fire off the Landscape 

Date(s): This is a one day class. 9am 9/1 through 5pm 9/1.

Cost: The cost for this workshop is $90. Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch. Click here to Register.

This one-day intensive fire making workshop will challenge and deepen your relationship to fire. You will learn the skills to make, tend, and create your own fires off the landscape. Carrying coals, carving feather sticks, and experimenting with different types of fire lays are just a few of the activities planned for you. We will introduce various primitive ways of making fire with friction with an emphasis on Bow Drill. This exciting and adventurous day in the realm of fire will rekindle your own inner fire.

Common Ground Fair

Date(s): 9/19 through 9/21.

We will have a booth in the Folk Arts tent with a display of our handmade wild crafts/tools and information on the programs we offer. We will be teaching workshops on processing cedar bark into fiber and working with rawhide both Saturday & Sunday.

Bone Craft & Tools

Date(s): This is a one day class. 9am 10/12 through 4 pm 10/12.

Cost: The cost for this workshop is $90. Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch. Click here to Register.

This is a one day class where we delve into the craft of working with bones. We will learn different breaking techniques and use primitive & modern methods to shape the bones. Some of the items you could make include; fishhooks, awls, hide scrapers, jewelry, sewing needles, arrowheads, tweezers, hair pins, buttons, toggles, knives, musical rasps, beads, and so much more. We will also use rawhide to make sheaths and handles for knives and scrapers.

Workshops for 2020

Gift of the Pine Tree

Date(s): This is a one day class. 9am through 4pm 5/17.

Cost: The cost for this workshop is $90. Bring a potluck dish to share for lunch.Click here to Register.

Join us as we spend a day getting to know one of the most abundant trees in this area; the pine tree. We will learn how to utilize all its different parts and develop a deeper appreciation for its existence. Food, water-tight containers, baskets, medicine, and glue are just a few of the ways will we interact with pine during this workshop. This is an intensive crafting day for folks who want a more substantial relationship with this generous tree.

Hides and Bones

Date(s): This is a three day class. 9am 6/5 through 5pm 6/7.

Cost: The cost for this workshop is $285. Meals not included. On site camping available. Click here to Register.

During this three-day course we will guide you through the magical and intense transformation of turning a deer hide into supple buckskin. You will learn the wet-scrape method of tanning using wood ash, eggs, and punkwood to bring the hide through this enchanting process. This method creates the most durable, soft, and sustainable fabric that exists, and is both practical AND beautiful. We will also utilize another part of the deer that often goes unused–the bones. We will learn to craft tools, jewelry, fishhooks, and other objects with modern and primitive methods. You can expect to walk away from this course with the knowledge in your heart, and beautiful buckskin and bone-craft in your hands.

List of workshops you can expect to see at Way of the Earth:

Custom Programs: We do custom programs for both adults and youth. This includes private workshops, guided trips, school programs, birthday party events, staff trainings, etc. Please email or call to inquire.

Animal Processing: This weekend course brings us deep into the life, death, life cycle. We will take the life of a goat in a sacred manner, and honor its life by utilizing all parts of it. We will learn all the edible parts of the animal, and make cordage from the sinew, bone tools from the bones, rawhide containers from the skin and much more. No part of the animal will go unused. This course is for folks who want to change their relationship with death, and see the life that lies there.

Wild Fibers: We will spend the weekend sauntering through the fields getting to know some of the local wild fiber plants. Learn how to process them into rope and thread for spinning and weaving. The entrancing art of the drop spindle and weaving on our own handmade looms will awaken ancient parts of us that remember when our clothes were once wild.

Survive a Night in the Forest: What do you need to survive a night in the forest? In this weekend workshop, we will move beyond the fear-based mindset of survival and begin to see the ways we can rely on the forest to meet our basic needs. We will have an exciting overnight adventure with an emphasis on shelter and comfort. Other survival topics covered include lost proofing, securing drinkable water, fire building skills and more.

A Wild Feast: As we spend the morning gathering & preparing a variety of local wild foods, we will rekindle a more intimate knowledge of the landscape. We will return and cook up a delicious wild feast to nourish our bodies and celebrate the plants.

Some of the other skills we offer:

  • Caretaker Role
  • Permaculture and Nurtureculture training
  • Sensory Awareness Skills
  • Knife and tool skills/safety
  • Make your own canvas tarps, tarp skills and knot tying
  • Debris hut and other short term survival shelters
  • Long term shelter and primitive shelter techniques
  • Blacksmithing Knives
  • Buckskin, bark tanning, fur-on pelts and other ancient ways of tanning skins.
  • Making Primitive Clothing & Sewing techniques 
  • Traditional felting techniques and felted clothing
  • Wild fibers, primitive spinning tools & weaving on handmade looms
  • Water procurement, purification, storage and utilization
  • Bark, Rawhide, Wood and Gourd watertight containers
  • Primitive Pottery
  • Basketry; made of wild gathered materials such as birch or willow. 
  • Friction fire Methods; bow drill, hand drill, pump drill and others.
  • Fire skills and coal carrying
  • Primitive Cooking 
  • Wild edible harvesting, processing and cooking
  • Wild Edibles from the sea
  • Medicinal Plants and medicine making
  • Hunting and Trapping techniques
  • Rawhide crafts and braiding techniques
  • Animal processing
  • Bone tool making
  • Stone tools
  • Bow making
  • Camouflage, tactical awareness, concealment, and stealth skills
  • Tracking and animal behavior
  • Bird Language

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