Classes and Immersion Programs 2018/2019

Classes and Immersion Programs 2018/19


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 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 
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. 




2018/19 CLASSES  

Journey to the San Bushmen 
Namibia
October 22- November 18
2,200 Euros (FULL)

contact: Casparo Brown
casparo@riseup.net


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Journey to the village of //Xa/oba, home of the Ju/'Hoansi San

October 22nd to November 18th 2018

This Journey is for those souls who feel a calling to engage with the oldest hunter gatherer culture
on earth, the San Bushman, The First People.

There is a common misconception that the San were Nomadic folk who roamed aimlessly over vast
landscapes when in fact they had clearly defined territories which they would care take,  forage and
hunt from as the climate and the seasons would dictate. However, the days of .finding San people
living this purely hunter-gatherer lifestyle are over. Their lives have changed radically in the last few
centuries and even more so in the last decades,
The Ju/’Hoansi in the Naye Naye conservancy in North Eastern Namibia  are still fortunate enough to
live on their ancient ancestral hunting grounds but the size of their  territory has reduced dramatically
which have forced them to have to adapt to a more western lifestyle.
The question  arises then: how can a group of people adapt to a modern world of financial transaction
and still hold onto an indigenous way of life and a rich culture? Some of them have found ways of
doing this and after many a conversation around the fire with the San, the idea of this month-long
co-creative  immersion was born.


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The village of //Xa//oba is located in the Naye Naye conservancy in northwestern Namibia.

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 not only allow participants to learn but also  aims to stimulate
their re-learning. The San respond well to visitors who have a deeper skill set and show real interest
in their culture.  For this reason, we will only consider participants who already work within the field of
ecopsychology 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.
It’s also about just spending time in the village on a daily basis and sharing together.
It’s about living together as a global community and supporting each other.

This journey is not a survival quest but it’s also not for the faint hearted.





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.


Journey to the Ju/Hoansi San      
October 22nd to November 18th 2018

Duration: 28 days

We will be following a certain flow during the month, starting with  days of village integration involving
craft making, working with skins and the making of clothes and tools. You will be handed a ‘Survival
set” on arrival which consists of a quiver with fire sticks inside and a ‘chop chop, a ‘multi-tool axe’
useful for various tasks including hide scraping. During these days you will also be making your own
bow, and will also forge some arrows points  and a spear.


Lynx will be adding her own flavour with the teaching of how to craft locally sourced flint (and bone)
into usable tools. She will also be sharing some hide tanning and dying methods as well as the art of
 smoking buckskin.

The village will be joining us in these activities. Between working together we will also be singing,
playing games and generally  getting to know each other and the community during this time.
After this initial stage  we will move deeper into the realms of tracking and  foraging.
Guidance will be given by qualified San cyber trackers. We will spend a few days visiting different
tracking strata where they will teach us how to identify local tracks.. There is an opportunity to be
assessed in ‘Track and sign’   by some of the best trackers in the world.

More information on the cyber tracker system here.


Hunter gatherer cultures should actually be referred to as gatherer /hunter cultures as  foraging tends
to provide the bulk of the food for the village, therefore we will go out on certain days to forage
predominantly with the women, sometimes having to walk quite a distance to collect what we can
from the bush.

Finally we will spend the last week  discovering more about the healing aspect of San culture and
their culture in general  through learning about medicinal plants and experiencing some traditional
dance. We will also spend a few days working with the village on a community project within the village.  

Please note that above mentioned program is only a rough guide and might be slightly altered
 according to circumstances.

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Practicalities

A typical ‘ working’ day


A typical day will start at dawn, a time for silence and individual practice.This is also
a wonderful time to go out tracking or bird watching before the heat of the day arrives. After  breakfast
the village will join us for a check in before morning session. During midday we all have free time
before the village joins us again for a late afternoon session. Evenings are spent around a fire talking
and listening to each other and the night sounds.

Between periods of working together for 5 to 6 days we shall have some days off to go on little mini
adventures around the conservancy. These will include a visit north to the elephant watering holes in
Khaudum and the Naye Naye Pan in the south. We will also be visiting a few community projects in
Tsumkwe.

Accomodation

The  Elephant Song campsite at //Xa//oba village provides us with abundant shade. Facilities are
basic, but we will have access to long drop toilets and very good borehole  water. There are also
opportunities for occasional bucket showers.
You are asked to bring your own tent.
We will be forming working groups and will be sharing cooking, firewood and water collection  duties
during our whole stay.





Food

All the cooking will be on a fire in traditional potjie pots.

The menu will be hearty but basic as the closest significant shop is about 300 kms away!
As the area is really sparse of wild food that time of year, we shall  leave that resource to the village
apart from the occasional taste of course. What we can source locally is some meat though, therefore
 we regret that we cannot really cater for vegans or vegetarians on this immersion.



We will all share chores around the camp and run a system of consensus, as they do in the village.

All practicalities will be explained more thoroughly once you have booked your place.



More about your facilitators

Casparo Brown is an environmental activist, teacher, musician and storyteller, and founder of The
Wandering Wild School, a learning space for deep nature living and the making of a healthy human
culture. His work is rooted in the teachings of bushcraft, nature connection, Permaculture and
ecopsychology and strives towards regenerating the earth for future generations, both human and
animal. He has been facilitating and guiding wilderness camps  for the last 12 years.


Lynx Vilden has traveled, explored, and researched the nature and traditional cultures of arctic, mountain,
and desert regions from Hudson Bay to the Kalahari Desert. She emerged from her first sweat lodge
ceremony in 1989 with the realization of the calling back to the Earth, learning, sharing, and teaching the
old ways. She has been practicing and teaching primitive living skills with passion both in the US and in
Europe since 1991. She currently divides her time between her mountain homes in Washington State, a
Swedish Sami village and the forest of the Dordogne region in France.
In 2001 she started the Living Wild School dedicated to sharing prehistoric skills and primitive living.



Costs
The cost for the whole month (excluding flights and insurance ) is 2200  Euros.
This includes all costs from the moment we leave Windhoek to the moment we arrive back there.  

If you feel called to participate but have more questions, please ask.
We look forward to sharing this journey with you!



"The African bush has not been tamed. Standing at the water of the pan with fresh tracks of leopard,
hyena and elephant emblazoned in the mud, I find myself gripping my spear casting frequent, furtive
looks off into the tall grasses and shrubs. One cannot feel complacent and secure here away from the
villages and the thrill of being fairly low on the predator list sharpens my awareness to an edge keener
than my spear.
For hours the sounds of villagers singing drifted over to our camp last night.
Yes, I am being subtly rearranged again by this land and her people. I am in full ‘Being’ mode and all of my doing is merely an act to support my being. My Being itself appears not to be an individual state but an integrated piece of a vast and unfathomable web. I am open to this ancient magic.

We head off on a walkabout, half of us Bushmen and half Europeans, the First people leading the Last
People."
- excerpt from Lynx's journal Nov 2019


2019 Classes
Winter Basic Skills
Intensive 2019
Jokkmokk, SWEDEN



Jan 31- Feb10 
(750 euros)
10 days including Jokkmokks 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.







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

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
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
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.

                  



Mountain Wander 
Rosazza, ITALY
600 Euros 
(June 20-26)
contact: Roberta Mosca
bebamosca@gmail.com

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 
Bone 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.



One Month Mini Immersion 2019
(pending)

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















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.


9 comments:

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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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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