Courses

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Earth Living - 12 Month Programme

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Cost: £2200

This course is designed to enhance and expand on the skills taught in Native Skills 1 and 2 as well as teaching new and advanced skills. It is for those who are committed to immersing themselves in the subjects of primitive survival, tracking and awareness. Each session will focus extensively on one subject area and we will concentrate on implementing those skills into our everyday lives. The course will be very experiential, as our aim is for the students to come away with not just vast knowledge but also the ability to use it.

The programme spans the four seasons of the year with ten structured sessions and three online seminars. The ten sessions will vary in duration, ranging from two to seven day classes. Throughout the year there will also be an element of supported self-study available to enhance the student's survival skills and naturalist studies.  We encouragestudents along the way with a private, Earth Living Programme forum.

Below is the basic outline of the programme. There will be additional topics included and the subject matter may vary slightly. A few of the sessions, are open to other advanced Native Awareness students. We feel that this is a good way to keep you involved with the other mainstream students and for them to be inspired and to learn from your experience.

 

Earth Living Intoduction

Date 27-28 April

Duration 2 days

Self catered

Topics covered.

  • Intro to the course
  • Bow making

 

Medicinal Plants

Self catered

Date 29 April- 1 May

Duration 3 Days

Topics covered

 

Tracking 1 

Date 3rd June - 5th June

Duration 3 days

Catered

Topics covered

  • The Sacred Question
  • Macro and Micro pressure releases
  • Track ageing
  • Night Tracking
  • Tracking as a group at speed
  • Track ageing
  • The Tracking stick

 

Advanced Skills 1

Date 29 - 31 July

Duration 3 days

Catered

Topics covered (50% of these topics are covered in Advanced Skills 1 and the remaining 50% in Advanced Skills 2)

  • Pottery
  • Advanced friction fire
  • Weaponry
  • Cordage
  • Caretaker
  • Crafts
  • Baskets - coil, withy, bark
  • Awareness
  • Camouflage

 

Brain Tanning 

Date 26-28 Aug

Duration 3days

Self catered

Topics covered

 

Wild Food And Trapping 

Date 30 Sep- 2 Oct

Duration 3 days

Catered

Topics covered

  • Water collection, purification
  • Edible/ medicinal plants
  • Jerky
  • Pemmican
  • Deer butchery
  • Aboriginal cooking
  • Storage
  • Advanced Trapping
  • Baiting
  • Ethics

 

Online Sessions

December 2013 - February 2014

The winter months are a quiet time and one for reflection. We encourage our students to use them to perfect the skills that they have thus far acquired on the Earth Living Programme. To aid this development, to maintain motivation and to provide our students with even more information, we are offering three monthly online sessions using video link.

 

Advanced Shelter and Camp Crafts

Date 17-19 February 2017

Duration 3 days

Self catered

Topics covered

  • Group shelters
  • Fire lays
  • Bedding
  • Primitive lighting

 

Advanced Skills 2

Date 14-16 April 2017

Duration 3 days

Catered

Topics covered (Some of these skills will be covered in Advanced Skills 1)

  • Pottery
  • Advanced, friction fire
  • Weaponry
  • Cordage
  • Caretaker
  • Crafts
  • Baskets - coil, withy, bark
  • Primitive lighting
  • Wet scrape buckskin
  • Awareness

Stone And Bone 

Date 17-21 May 

Durration 5 days 

Catered 

Survival Immersion

Date 21-26 July 2017

Duration 7 days

Self catered

The climax of the class will be the Survival Immersion and this will be a time to test the skills that the students have developed. The majority of the week will be focused on the students going out onto the landscape as a small tribe. They will carry with them very little equipment apart from the tools, crafts and provisions that they have made during the year.  The Survival Immersion will be a celebration of their journey during the year.

 

Prerequisite

The prerequisite for this course is Native Skills 2 but we permit Native Skills 1 students to attend if they make the commitment to take Native Skills 2 within 2016.

Catering

Depending on the type of class, some of the individual sessions are catered, where others are self catered. Please view the individual classes to see.

 

To Apply

Please fill out the standard application form as well as completing a short letter outlining your reasons for wanting to take the class. Within this letter please remark on what brought you to want to learn the skills as well as your hopes for the course.  We ask for a deposit of £400 before the course starts in April 2016 and we can arrange for the remainder of the course fee to be paid in instalments during the course. If you have previously taken any of the classes separately, please contact the office for a discount.