Classes and Immersion Programs 2017/18

Classes and Immersion Programs 2017/18







INTENSIVES 

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 6.00pm on the first day for an introduction and 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 livingwildinfo@gmail.com or the specific class coordinator.



IMMERSIONS  
Immersions are for those people who have more time and really want to experience living the lifestyle. Families and young children are welcome. Classes are held one week on, one week off and while skills are a major element in the program, much attention is given to creating and nurturing community.During the "off" weeks there is always much to do, continuing projects or enjoying the surrounding wilderness.
In an Immersion experience,
breakfast and dinner are included (in specified classes) and usually cooked and shared together on a 'cooking rotation basis'

It is a pre-requisite to take a Living Wild Basic Skills Class before applying to an immersion program.
Application available upon request.

PROJECTS 
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. 


2017 CLASSES





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Fall Basic Skills
(FULL)
Les Eyzies, FRANCE
600 Euros
(October 20-26)

contact: Isabelle
isabelle.lencement@laposte.net

In the ancient setting of the long inhabited caves of the Vesere Valley we will harvest the bounty of the Autumn season. 
Other skills include:

Friction fire making
Stone tools

Atl-atl making
Hunting techniques
Trapping methods
Cordage and bindings
Fall wild foods
Burn bowls and spoons


(Classes are held in English with French translation when necessary. Lynx's French is improving!)
Includes two meals per day.





3 Day Horse Trip
Les Eyzies, FRANCE 2017
345 Euros
(October 28-30)

Contact: Herbert Backhaus
fonluc.com
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.











Journey to the Johuansi San, Namibia    
November 15th to December 12th 2017
1,650 euros. (FULL)
Duration: 30 days (25 days contact time, 5 days rest)
Contact: Casparo Brown

casparo@riseup.net

If you are solely looking for a romantic, untouched hunter-gatherer culture, then this journey is not for you. However, if you feel ready to engage with and participate in a transformative journey—both for yourself and the San—then you certainly must come.

IMG_0073.jpegThe days of finding San people living a purely hunter-gatherer lifestyle are over. Their lives have changed radically in the last few decades, mostly because they cannot be nomadic anymore and have had to adapt as best they can to sedentary life. The question then arises: how can a group of people "survive" in a modern world of financial transaction and still hold onto an indigenous way of life? After many a conversation around the fire with the San and friends, the idea of this month-long immersion was born.

The village of //Xa//oba is located in the Naye Naye conservancy in northwestern Namibia. Also known as "The Little Hunters,” it is one of two "living museum” villages in the conservancy. Werner Pfeifer, who will be joining us for the month, co-initiated this living museum project. You can find more information here.

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Tourism and craft-making provide the bulk of the village's income, but most tourists only stay for a few hours. They're happy to just see the San make fire, do some basic tracking, make bows, and dance a bit. This has led to the loss of a lot of the "deeper" skills such as skin tanning, foraging, and tracking, which are no longer widely practiced by the younger generation. Only the elders still possess an extensive range of skills and the requisite knowledge to live as hunter-gatherers.  

The program we have planned will thus aim to stimulate their re-learning. The San respond well to visitors who have a deeper skill set and show real interest in their culture. They still fondly recall Lynx coming to pay a visit a few years ago and showing them some new skills (or old ones they had forgotten). For this reason, we will only consider participants who already work within the field of eco-psychology and primitive skills and have some experience of hunter-gatherer skills and crafts.

The vision is to mentor one another toward skills and understanding, so think of this journey as a co-creation between us and the San.

This journey is about learning from an ancient hunter-gatherer culture, but also about understanding the challenges they currently face.
It is about co-mentoring, meeting each other where we are, and sharing what we can.
It's about connecting with others who have similar passions and actively participating.

This journey is not:
> a wildlife safari sightseeing trip
> a "cultural experience" tour
> a "self discovery journey for individuals"


Below is a little more detail on the immersion. If you feel called to participate, please reach out to one of the organizers with any further questions.



Stage 1
We will be following a certain flow during the month, starting with a few days of village integration involving craft making, working with skins, and making clothes, tools, and bows. We will also play games, get to know the community, and learn some basic tracking and foraging skills. In addition, we will begin to explore the bigger issues facing the San these days, involving group discussions with the whole village. After the first ten days to two weeks, you should have made your own "kit," including clothes, sandals, bow, quiver, arrows, chop chop, forage bag, knife, and spear.

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Stage 2
After making our kits, we will move deeper into the realms of tracking, foraging, and hunting. We will journey out into the bush each day to learn the finer points of these arts. Guidance will be given by qualified San cyber trackers, and there is an opportunity to be assessed at the end of the course.

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Stage 3
In the next part of the journey, will will all move overland with our newly-acquired kit and tracking skills. We will carry a simple kit and camp out under stars. We will be heading north from Xa//Xuba to where the game is more abundant. This will be an opportunity to really deepen and integrate all that we have learnt in the last weeks with regards to tracking, foraging, and hunting.

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Stage 4
We will spend the last week back at the village discovering more about the healing aspect of San culture through learning about medicinal plants and participating in a healing dance. There are two main types of dancing: the elephant dance and the giraffe dance, which has almost completely died out. We will have the opportunity to experience the elephant dance, and we will be joined by three healers from other villages as well. During some hours of the day we will also continue planting trees, thus adding to the food forest initiated together with the villagers earlier this year. The idea is to help bring their foraged food closer to their village.



2018 CLASSES  


Winter Basic Skills
Intensive 2018
Jokkmokk, SWEDEN
750 Euros 

(25-31 January)
1-3 February Market days

 contact: livingwildinfo@gmail.com

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 





Simple but cozy accommodation in a rustic setting on the outskirts of this historic reindeer herding town.






Fire making in winter conditions
Containers
Cordage and bindings
Tracking
Trapping
Fat lamps and torches
Shelter
Storytelling 
Singing and music making
Felting
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.




Spring Basic Skills
Intensive 2018
Les Eyzies, FRANCE
600 Euros 
(April 1-7)
(FULL)
contact: Isabelle
isabelle.lencement@laposte.net


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

Atl-atl making
Hunting techniques

Trapping methods
Cordage and bindings
Spring wild foods
Burn bowls and spoons

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 2018
2200 Euros
Les Eyzies, FRANCE

(May 1-30)

contact: livingwildinfo@gmail.com 


For one whole month we will live as a tribe beneath the ancient rock shelters that have protected us for 40,000 years.

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, hide tanning.

we will learn to select materials and produce quick green wood bows and arrows from local materials that we will gather ourselves using only a steel knife and axe plus the exceptional regional flint with which we shall craft functional tools and arrowheads.

We will learn and practice a wide variety of hunting skills with both archery and atl-atl then focus on the thanksgiving and preparation of the animal whose life will sustain us.


Stone tools
Bone tools
Friction fire
Cordage and bindings
Wild edible plants


Quick bows
Arrows
Flint knapping
Archery
Atl-atl
Awareness exercises
Hunting techniques
Tracking

Trailing
Animal processing
Jerky
Fat rendering

Pemmican
Pottery
Hide tanning



Singing, drumming and
story telling

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














 
Please note!
Students wishing to participate in immersions must have the Basic skills of Fire making, stone tool making, cordage, bindings and some edible wild plant knowledge before registering.

contact: livingwildinfo@ gmail.com for application

Summer Immersion 
Jokkmokk, SWEDEN 2018
3500 Euros
(June 21-September 21)

contact: livingwildinfo@gmail.com 

Stone tools
Bone tools
Friction fire
Cordage and bindings


Wild edible plants


Basketry 


Bark containers


Animal processing
Jerky
Fat rendering

Pemmican
Pottery
Hide tanning
Clothes making
Reindeer skin sleeping bags


Singing, drumming and
story telling





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


Please note!

Students wishing to participate in immersions must have the Basic skills of Fire making, stone tool making, cordage, bindings and some edible wild plant knowledge before registering.

contact: livingwildinfo@ gmail.com for application

Auxiliary Classes 2017/18


The Living Wild school has many past students and contemporary instructors whose classes we strongly endorse.
If you cannot find a class near you or a time that suits your needs try participating in one of these classes with a great team of highly skilled and charismatic instructors!

Twisp, WA
Kaan will be teaching and hosting classes including basic skills, wild foods, hide tanning, shelters, amongst others.

He will be doing this at the Living Wild School (U.S.A. base) located in Twisp, WA from September 2017-September 2018
Check out his website for class details

kaan-oral.squarespace.com

or contact him directly at
oralkaan@gmail.com
509-997-0566










13 comments:

  1. I need to just like concerning Inside the old establishing with the extended inhabited caves with the Vesere Pit we all can pick the particular bounty with the Fall months time of year.
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  2. I was in les Eyzies for seven weeks last year, I expect to be there again in August-September.Looks like we shan't meet up,but I might see Etienne there. Perhaps in 2017?

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  3. Learning is a process that never ends in life. The knowledge skills and abilities are the best elemenet of life. There is nothing wrong to follow people who are best in life..

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  4. Hi there
    Do you offer say a 3 or 6 month immersion? Where one could get involved in long term project and make a difference?

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  6. I really admire you Lynx. I learned survival skills when I served with special forces years ago, but having just seen the program on 5 with Ben Fogle, I realize that what I learned was grade school level compared to your Wild University in which you are a great master.

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  7. I saw you on Ben Fogle's programme on Tv, too, Lynx, and thought I just might be the "caveman" you're looking for - New Zealand's a long way from Washington State, though! I'm a hunter / gatherer who lives off the land as much as possible, growing my own food and hunting my own meat and fish. Wish I was closer!

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  8. bonjour j'ai vu votre reportage, je suis tombée à la renverse, mais concernant la durée du stage, il était questions de plusieurs mois (4 mois je crois), est ce toujours possible??

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  9. keep going here all of you! we need you, this is a level of wildness I dream of and with still a young family am not able to commit to YET, but desire that this community exists for when we are ready. This is the way it should be. Let's keep building wild community here. More and more people will come to you! we want to be with you as soon as we can. not confident enough to be that uncomfortable with small kids under age 5 even though I dream of it. What do you think? can I talk to other families who went out, how do you guarantee food for the kids? local grocery store? do you bring in all your own food, but how do you store it? What does life look like?

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