Tuesday, January 24, 2012



We aim to "live" in the wilderness, rather than "survive" it to get back to civilization.

Our programs focus on re-kindling and applying the practical skills based on ancient knowledge, experiencing the inter-dependency necessary in community living, and nurturing an appreciation for the Earth as a living organism. We do this through intensive hands-on wilderness living skills training, teaching people how to harvest and transform the gifts of nature for everyday needs such as tools, fire, shelter, food.... in a conscientious and sustainable manner, as the ancients did.

The skills:

  • basic skills; fire making and bindings

  • Stone flakes and fire kits
  • wild edible and medicinal plants
  • large animal processing
  • bow and arrow making
  • hunting and trapping methods
  • fishing techniques 
  • rawhide
  • hide tanning
  • clothing and moccasin making
  • stone and bone tools
  • horse riding, packing and driving
  • basketry
  • pottery
  • shelters
  • Teaching bow-drill
  • ecology and nature awareness

What we offer:

Four Seasons Prehistoric Project is a small school located in North Central Washington. Our goal is to offer high quality instruction in Stone Age living skills to give people the confidence to live in the wilderness simply yet comfortably.

We are experienced and passionate about
not just teaching the skills but making them a part of our daily life. This school is not our job; it's our way of life. We live simply, wear buckskin clothing, and eat wild foods, happy to live in a sustainable, respectful manner.

First friction fire!

We offer small classes limited to 10-15 participants so that people can get the individual attention necessary to learn the skills effectively.

We've spent a long time thinking about the sequences of skills taught in our classes so that you can experience how the tools you make are used in their appropriate context. For instance, we will teach you how to make stone tools, then let you use them in a variety of tasks throughout the rest of classes so that you can test their effectiveness when used properly.

Pressure flaking stone knife

We strongly believe that learning primitive living skills is best done by being immersed in a primitive living setting. Therefore, participants stay at a primitive camp where meals are cooked on an open fire, water is carried from the nearby creek, and people tell stories or play music around the campfire as entertainment.

Families and children help create a village atmosphere

Moreover, we give you time to get acquainted to new tools and materials, letting you gain experience and comfort with things that maybe unfamiliar.


The Living Wild School has operated largely on a donation basis and has been hosted by many  appreciated land-owners, trading work on the property or sometimes paying rent.

Most of my students go on to teach these valuable and disappearing skills themselves, many of them coming back to experience the “Projects” year after year.

We have a permanent base in the Twisp River drainage on the beautiful eastern slopes of the North Cascades in Okanogan county, Washington.

We are still looking for a large, wild place for an extended year-long program for 2015/16

  • Large tract of private land, in or near mountainous wilderness.
  • Spacious private camping area for 10-20 participants.
  • Surface water (river, springs, lakes.)
  • Timbered land (with plenty of available camp fire wood.)
  • Permission to build a traditional winter lodge.
  • Meadows or pasture (For horses and/or other domestic animals.)
  • Preferably in the state of Washington, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado or Utah.

So come Live Wild and help make the world a better place. 


  1. Long live the Four Seasons Prehistoric Project!

  2. Beautiful.......glad to see you have a blog!
    Thank You for doing what you do.

  3. Good work - congratulations on this well laid out blog

  4. It is both encouraging and refreshing to see people focus on the spirit and essence of sustainable and harmonious living. I have been fortunate to have lived and worked with traditional communities in several areas of South America and SE Asia over the last 30 years. I never expected to find such a group here in the Methow...congratulations and good fortune.

  5. This seems more useful as an anthropological experiment, rather than a long-term or permanent lifestyle. I personally enjoy having things like 911 and antibiotics, and even the Amish use those. But then again I'd love to learn flint-knapping too...

  6. Hi Lynx I sent you an email a few months ago and still have not heard back from you. For some reason it only lets me comment as "anonymous" but I'm marissa, my email is brightstars@gmail...I really want to be a part of this, please contact me asap!!

  7. Thanks for your courage to live what you believe, and the integrity to believe what you live. Wish more in our movement adopted your philosophy, myself included. Norm

  8. Hi Lynx, I have the firm intention to follow your stage. Can you please tell me how to proceed? Here's my email : lbelotti84@gmail.com regards Luca

  9. It is easier to pass the coordinates, please

  10. bonjour j'aimerai savoir comment et si je pourrai participer a l'une de vaux saison sil vous plait la civilisation nest pas pour moi

    1. Salut Manuel,
      Moi aussi cela me plairait. Peut-être peut-on penser à un groupe francophone ou multilingue?

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  13. Lynx thank you very much for all you done and given. I just finished viewing a documentary on one of your expedition. And It became so clear to me that you will not find the tribe you're dreaming of.... You're creating it.

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