Adult Programs

*** Workshops for 2022 will be up soon!***

Workshops for 2021 –

Tanning Furs

Date(s): This is a one day workshop. 9am through 4pm on 5/8.

Cost: ***This workshop is full***

Learn the process of tanning soft and supple furs from the skins of our wild kin. We will cover skinning, the tanning process, and a few tips for sewing with fur. Working in the realm of death can be challenging, but giving the skins new life through the tanning process connects you to the raw beauty of the life-death-life cycle found everywhere in nature.  

Gifts of the Pine Tree

Date(s): This is a half-day workshop. 9am through 12pm 5/22

Cost: The cost for this workshop is $35. Click here to Register.

Join us as we spend a morning 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 morning for folks who want a more substantial relationship with this generous tree.

Hides and Bones

Date(s): This is a three day class. 9am 6/18 through 4pm 6/20.

Cost: The cost for this workshop is $285. Meals not included. On site camping available. This workshop is now full.

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, oils (such as brains or 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, combs, 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.

Felting Techniques

Date(s): This is a one day class. 9am 8/21 through 4pm 8/21.

Cost: The cost for this workshop is $90. Bring your own 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 booties. Needle-felting techniques will also be covered.

Human Rope Machine

Date(s): This is a half-day workshop. 9am-12pm 10/9.

Cost: The cost for this workshop is $35. Click here to Register.

Human rope machine; this simple, fun, and mind blowing human powered technology will allow us to make a grass rope thicker then your arm and over a hundred feet long. This method was used in ancient times to make the grass rope for bridges that could hold the weight of horse drawn carriages. We will preface this activity by learning how to make cordage on a small scale with native plant fibers and end the workshop with the biggest game of jump rope you’ve ever seen.

Eating Acorns:

Date(s): This is a half-day workshop. 9am through 12pm 10/16

Cost: The cost for this workshop is $35. Click here to Register.

Acorns are found all over the world as an abundant food source for many animals, including humans! Learn harvesting tips, preparation, and recipes for indulging in this highly nutritious nut. Once you reconnect to this ancestral food, you may find yourself fighting the squirrels for them.

List of other workshops you may 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. Click here to learn more about custom programs.

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.

Make your own Rocket Cook Stove: Handmade and easy to build with simple materials, rocket stoves are a clean and highly efficient wood burning technology. We will cover the principles of how rocket stoves work, tour some rocket stove thermal mass heaters used to heat buildings and build your own portable outdoor rocket cook stove to bring home with you. 

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.

Bone Craft and Tools: 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.

The World of Cattails: Cultivate a deep reverence and appreciation for an abundant plant species; cattails! Learn ways to eat one of the best year round food sources, discover how cattails interact with their environment, make coil baskets, and weave two different styles of versatile cattail mats. Be prepared to fall in love with cattails!

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:

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

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