Classes and Immersion Projects 2015/16

Classes and Immersion Projects 2015/16





INTENSIVES 2015
Intensive classes are just that! 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.
Two meals are served each day (they are paleo diet based from high quality wild, local or organic ingredients) Students should bring snack lunches.
Class ends at 4.00pm on the last day.
A gear list and details for how to get to the class will be sent after receiving a $100 (or 100 Euro) deposit.
To reserve a place in a Living Wild Intensive Class please contact lynxvilden (at) gmail.com or the specific class coordinator.



Edible and Medicinal Plants 
$600
June 22-28 
Twisp, WA, U.S.A
contact: lynxvilden (at) gmail.com

This intensive class will provide you with detailed information on:

Wild-harvesting ethics
Poisonous plant identification
Edible plant identification
Harvesting methods
Propagation 
Cooking 
Preservation

We will also gather and discuss some plant species for utilitarian purposes i.e Basket materials, fire making etc.
(Includes two meals per day.)

















Summer Basic Skills
$600
July 17-23
Twisp, WA, U.S.A
contact: lynxvilden (at) gmail.com

Join us for a week-long skills intensive in the foothills of the beautiful North Cascade mountains.
We will cover:
Friction fire making
Stone tools
Bone tools
Burn bowls
Cordage and bindings
Edible wild plants
Shelter
(Includes two meals per day.)



Fall Basic Skills 
600 Euros
October 2-8
Les Eyzies, FRANCE
contact: lynxvilden (at) gmail.com

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
Fishing
Trapping methods
Cordage and bindings
Fall wild foods
(Classes are held in English with French translation when necessary. Lynx's French is improving!)
Includes two meals per day.



3 Day Horse Trip
300 Euros
October 10-12
Les Eyzies, FRANCE
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 prehistorics sites.

Includes two meals per day and a picnic lunch.



Namibia Desert Expedition
October 24-31
$2500 approx. 
(contact www.woodsmoke.uk.com/ for full details)



This October we will venture back to the stunning Erongo region of Namibia, a ring of mountains that

is the eroded relic of an ancient volcano (that was active 140-150 million years ago)



Here you will join native San bushmen trackers !Gao and !Omah and desert living skills specialists, Lynx Vilden and Werner Pfeifer to spend your days learning new skills and applying them as you explore, hike and live in the African bush.
You will learn:
  • San Bushman culture
  • Natural hazards
  • Wildlife hazards
  • Desert camping
  • Desert survival skills
  • Friction fire lighting
  • Natural cordage
  • Traditional trapping and hunting techniques
  • Game identification
  • Recognising animal tracks
  • Trailing and gait analyses
  • Feeding sign and scat
  • Stalking and silent movement

 

Vast Africa. No sleep. I am in a dreamy state.

Clouds and a fire are burning on the veld.
Ben gives me a crash course on what might instantly kill me. Grandmother continent “hello”, have mercy on my ignorant being, I will learn from you as quickly as I can. I sense your bewitching, beguiling spirit.


We drive north into the bush on jarring washboard. On the side of the highway we pass springbok, steenbok, eland, Oryx, baboon, jackal…. My eyes and brain are sparked by all manner of unfamiliar beings.
A magnificent family of giraffes appear on the road, they run in slow motion with utmost grace their puzzle patterns dancing like crazy paving.


A golden sunset is replaced by a night so black, Africa black. Some of my northern friends appear: Delphinius, Pleadies, Scorpio, but I am upside-down and jangled, Scorpio your tail is up and poised to strike, your more familiar pincers probing the northern horizon.

Bushman land.


Land of the First People. Gentle little people. Soft-spoken, kind-eyed, big-smiled, shy people.

The San Bushmen. “What does your name mean?” I ask
“The people who run without clothes.” (From Lynx's journal Namibia 2014)



IMMERSIONS 2015/16 
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 5 days a week and while skills are a major element in the program, much attention is given to creating and nurturing community.
Food is not included but usually cooked and shared together on a 'cooking rotation basis'

It is recommended  to take a Living Wild class before applying to an immersion program.

PROJECTS 2015/16
Projects are focused on Stone Age Technologies (with some exceptions) and offered to invited graduates of Immersion Classes and past Project Participants. There is no cost. 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. 


Mountain Winter Immersion
Nov 3 – Dec 19, 2015
$1500
Location: Twisp, WA,  U.S.A





Based in the Living Wild camp we will cover a wide range of Winter skills including:
Snowshoe making
Felting
Fur tanning
Winter clothing
Snow shelters
Tracking
Trapping
Candles and torches
Skiing
Fire making in winter conditions
Stone tools
Cordage and bindings

Songs and stories for the dark time

All Winter IMMERSION CLASS students provide their own food and transportation costs.

Winter Stone Age Project
Dec 21- Jan 16
Free (by invitation)

 













For those ready and prepared we will take the skills to another level. With the traditional Earth lodge as our base camp we will make snowshoe forays out into the winter landscape following tracks of predator and prey and coming home to nights of wild stews, story weaving, prayer and songs to lead us back into the warmth and light of spring.

NOTE:
All Four Seasons Projects are open to application from past project participants and immersion students or by invitation only.

Desert Spring Immersion 2016
Feb 1 – Mar 19
$1900
Location: Roosevelt, AZ,  U.S.A



Based at Reevis Mountain school in the Superstition mountains.
Here we have the opportunity to explore the desert and its bounty in the springtime. Skills will include:

Bow and arrow making
Pottery
Desert wild foods
Small animal processing
Shelter
Natural pigments
Fire making
Local stone tools
Cordage and bindings

All IMMERSION CLASS students provide their own shelters, food and transportation costs.

Spring Stone Age Project
March 21 - April 17
Free (by invitation)


Here lived the ancient Anasazi and their descendants leaving their traces amongst the boulders.
This incredible landscape of Upper Sonora and Pinion/Juniper offers wonders from the rock art to the well-adapted thorny (and often) edible vegetation.
We will wander the mountains harvesting food and sleep beneath a blanket of stars dreaming of the Old Ones.

NOTE:
All Four Seasons Projects are open to application from past project participants and immersion students or by invitation only.

Forest Summer Immersion
May 1 – June 19
$1500
Location: Twisp, WA,  U.S.A



Back at the Living Wild Camp we enter the summer season with:
Buffalo processing
Wild edible and medicinal plants
Hide tanning
Buckskin clothing
Moccasins
Horse riding and packing
Shelter
Fire making
Local stone tools
Cordage and bindings

All IMMERSION CLASS students provide their own shelters, food and transportation costs.

Summer Stone Age Project
June 21 – July 18
Free (by invitation)




Once more into the North Cascades packing horses, harvesting and fishing.
This spectacular environment has been home to the Living Wild Projects for several years and is full of surprises!

NOTE:
All Four Seasons Projects are open to application from past project participants and immersion students or by invitation only.

Lake/Coastal Autumn Immersion
August 1 – September 19, 2016
1500 Euros
Location: Sweden or Norway

For those European adventurers we are excited to bring the first Living Wild Immersion program to the wild and scenic location of Sapmi Lapland.

The first 8 days of this immersion will focus on building skin on frame kayaks with experienced boat builder Kiliii Fish (To build your own kayak to paddle away with is an additional 2400 euros)
  
Other skills include:
Animal processing
Fishing
Arctic wild edible plants
Shelter
Birch bark baskets

Fire making
Local stone tools
Cordage and bindings

All IMMERSION CLASS students provide their own shelters, food and transportation costs.


Autumn Stone Age Project
September 21 – October 18
Free (by invitation)







Join us in your kayak or canoe to explore the lakes and/or fjords of the north. In the land of the reindeer and their herders the midnight sun will be heading south once more. As the cold nights will have driven the mosquitos of summer away the ripe berries in showy autumnal colors will take our breath away.

NOTE:
All Four Seasons Projects are open to application from past project participants and immersion students or by invitation only.


All IMMERSION CLASS students provide their own shelters, food and transportation costs.





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