Classes and Immersion Programs 2018/2019

Classes and Immersion Programs 2019

Photo Credit: Thomas Schäfer 

January 5-11 2019
Twisp WA

$600 ($500 with registration before December 25th) 
Contact: for registration

« Wolf tracks! Three or four of them coming down off the hill into the meadow.  A little further on, tufts of deer hair in the snow, a faint trace of blood and the cleaned lower jaw bone of a young deer. 
I follow them with a wild, beating heart. This valley that I have called home, greeting me after my long absence, every bush and dried up plant stalk reminding me that we are connected through years of investigation.
Gauging stories in the snow as I go, I wander up the frozen stream to the spring and taste the water. » -Lynx Dec 2018

Join us at Skalitude retreat center for a week of Skills, community building and story telling.  

Fire making in winter conditions 
Shelter building 
Felting hats or mittens
Cordage and bindings
Coal burning 
Knife, saw and axe safety, use and maintenance.
Snow shoeing 

 2 meals will be served each day.......


Intensive classes are just that! 
All the Basic skills classes include;
Fire making
Stone tools
and cordage making 
with the addition of specialized skills that will build your relationship to the land around you.
Class starts at noon on the first day and there will be an introduction that evening after dinner. Students are welcome to arrive anytime afternoon to set up their personal camp and wander around the site.
Class ends at 4.00pm on the last day, students can spend the night and plan their travel for the following morning.
A gear list and details for how to get to the class will be sent after receiving a $200 (or 200 Euro) deposit.
No two intensive classes are ever the same, they differ in season, circumstance and group dynamic.
To reserve a place in a Living Wild Intensive Class please contact or the specific class coordinator.

Immersions are for those people who have more time and really want to experience living the lifestyle. Families and children are welcome and we love to create the atmosphere of a village that diverse ages bring. However its important to understand that depending on the immersion location, parents will need a greater commitment to participate in all activities with their children. 
Classes are held for one week, then we have one week off during which we have time to reflect on the teachings and explore our inner and outer environments.
While  skills are a major element in the program, much attention is given to creating and nurturing community. During the reflection weeks there is always much to do, continuing projects or enjoying the surrounding wilderness.
In an Immersion experience, meals are NOT included (unless specified) We determine a system that accommodates everyone's eating preferences and then meals are usually purchased, cooked and shared together on a 'cooking rotation basis'

It is a pre-requisite to take a Living Wild Basic Skills or other 7 day intensive class before applying to an immersion program.
Application available upon request.

Projects are focused on Stone Age Technologies (with some exceptions) and offered to invited graduates of Immersion Classes and past Project Participants. The Participants must bring their own wild foods and primitive gear to be eligible. Our focus is to live in community in a primitive setting while sharing our knowledge and experience. 

Jokkmokk Winter Intensive
Jokkmokk, Sweden

Jan 31- Feb10 
(750 euros)
10 days including Jokkmokk's Market days

A week of culture, adventure and skills then stay on for the 400 year old Sami reindeer market.
Watch the Aurora Borealis racing across the sky on a clear night insulated by reindeer skins. 

Accommodation will be in a rustic cabin about 15 minutes outside of town.

Fire making in winter conditions 
Cordage and bindings
Fat lamps and torches
Singing and music making
Carving wooden spoons and bowls
Knife hafting handles and sheaths

Two meals are served each day (they are paleo diet based from high quality wild, local or organic ingredients) students should bring snack lunches.

One Month Mini Immersion 

Twisp, WA, USA
April 15 - May 15
($1500 US)


For one whole month we will live as a tribe in the foothills of the North Cascades.

We will learn and practice a wide variety of hunting skills with both archery and trapping techniques then focus on the thanksgiving and preparation of the animals whose lives will sustain us.

Spring time is root time. We will explore the nuances of identification, sustainable harvest, cooking and preservation of a variety of edible and medicinal plants. 

We will make Stone Age tools and apply them in a practical sense to give you the knowledge and skills for a wide variety of uses such as fire kits, digging sticks and drying racks.

Wild edible plants
Medicinal Plants
Awareness exercises
Hunting techniques

Small animal processing
Fat rendering
Stone tools
Friction fire

Cordage and bindings
Singing, drumming and
story telling

Please note! 

Although we will be gathering and preparing wild foods in this class, meals are NOT included in this immersion, we advise students to bring approximately $10 per day for food, which will be purchased, cooked and served twice a day in designated food groups in addition to the wild foods that we prepare.

It is preferable for students wishing to participate in immersions to have the basic skills of fire making, stone tool making, cordage, bindings and some edible plant knowledge before registering. Students will be selected through an application process. 
For more information contact: livingwildinfo@ 

Basic Skills
Les Eyzies, FRANCE
600 Euros 
(June 1-7)

contact: Isabelle

In the ancient setting of the long inhabited caves of the Vesere Valley we will harvest the bounty of the Spring season. 

Other skills include:Friction fire making
Stone tools
Hunting techniques
Trapping methods
Atl-atl making
Cordage and bindings
Spring wild foods
Burn bowls and spoons
Story telling
Music and singing

Two meals are served each day (they are paleo diet based from high quality wild, local or organic 
ingredients) Students should bring snack lunches.

3 Day Horse Trip
Les Eyzies, FRANCE 2018
345 Euros
(Dates pending)

Contact: Herbert Backhaus
Ferme de Fonluc
24620 Les Eyzies de Tayac
Dordogne, France
Tel.0033- (0)-553-353006

Continue exploring the valley from the back of one of Fonluc's horses, through hardwood forests and prehistoric sites.
Harvesting wild foods,
making fire by friction, learning horse language and discovering the secrets of the ancient inhabitants of the Vezere valley. 

We will sleep out two nights in the forest or in the shelter of a prehistoric cave. Includes two meals per day and a picnic lunch.


Mountain Wander 
Rosazza, ITALY
600 Euros 
(June 20-26) Contact: Roberta Mosca

Back in the beautiful alpine location of Northern Italy we will learn and practice the Basic Skills and techniques applicable to this environment.

Stone tools
Friction fire
Percussion fire
Cordage and bindings
Alpine wild foods
Eating utensils
Primitive cooking techniques
Mountain travel

While we will start our adventure at a base camp located a half hour from the village of Rosazza, this class includes traveling at high altitude and some days of moderate hiking.

Two meals are served each day (they are paleo diet based from high quality wild, local or organic ingredients) Students should bring snack lunches.