Program: Classes and Immersions 2019 & 2020

Classes and Immersion Programs 2019 - 2020
NEW CLASSES POSTED JUNE 2019





NEW! Vézère River Boat Trip

500EUR July 27 - July 31 (still space!)


Please contact livingwildinfo@gmail.com and put "BOAT TRIP" in the subject line







Join us for a new class in the beautiful Vésère valley of France.

this 5 day class will be a voyaging Basic Skills class as we paddle canoes along a stretch of fascinating river flanked by prehistoric sites and charming villages.


The river is calm and you dont have to be a seasoned paddler, we will teach you all the techniques you need in between our stops for learning skills, swimming, eating and camping.
While harvesting the materials that we need along the way, we will teach you all the Living Wild Basic Skills including;



Stone Tools  
Fire by friction

Cordage and bindings
Fishing line, nets and traps
Bone fish hooks



We will also gather whatever wild foods we come across to supplement our meals.

We will camp in prehistoric caves and overhangs, visiting  some sites with engraved and painted caves during the days as well as how to identify the tools of our ancestors that we will no doubt discover on the fields and riverbanks.



Imagine sharing dreams after a night under a rock shelter that housed people continuously for more than 20,000 years!


Basic Skills Intensive
The Rhodope Mountains, Northern Greece

600EUR - August 19 - 25 2019

Contact : Casparo at Casparo@riseup.net 



A totally new setting for a Living Wild  camp, the Rhodope Mountains, one of the last remaining truly wild places in Europe where wolves and bears still roam. Known for its broad leaved forests and mixed forest Biome, its a perfect setting for experiencing true wilderness living.

Friction Fire making

Stone Tools
Cordage and Bindings

Bone Tools

Edible Wild foods

Basketry

Tracking and trailing

Animal processing

Traditional Greek dancing and singing!



Fall Basic Skills Intensive
Twisp WA
$600 US- October 18-24
Contact : Klara 
livingwildinfo@gmail.com

A return to the mountains of the North Cascades in Washington State to learn the Basic skills while the golden Fall colors and crisp mornings invigorate our days!

Friction fire making
Stone tools
Primitive fishing 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.

2020 CLASSES

Winter Basic Skills Intensive
Jokkmokk, Sweden
600 Euros - January 30- Feb 8 2020
Contact : Klara 
livingwildinfo@gmail.com





MOUNTAIN TO OCEAN AND BACK......
April - September 2020 

Two phase immersion & stone age project 
(details pending)

« This program is born out of my desire to journey both physically through nature from the high mountains of my known bio region in the North Cascades of Washington State to the Pacific Ocean and back but also an internal journey that I know not exactly where it will lead us but trust that it will reveal something of beauty and truth. « -Lynx April, 2019

Mountain to Ocean (phase 1)
April 1 - June 20, 2020
$2,500

Basic skills intensive (April 1-7)
This class may be taken singly as a 7 day intensive for $600

A full 7 day intensive will start this long immersion program to give the opportunity to beginner level students of ancient technologies the chance to follow through the entire summer program.  With a lot of hard work and determination there is the possibility to be ready for the Stone Age project at its conclusion. 
Students who have never before taken a Living Wild Class and who want to participate in the immersion are encouraged to apply early and/or participate in a 7 day class prior to the beginning of the Mountain to Ocean Immersion.

Students wishing to participate in the entire summer immersion or phase 1 will be given priority though there may be a few extra places for students who wish to take the Basic Skills Class as a stand alone 7 day class. 
For students who already have a good foundation in Stone Age technologies this first week will be a great opportunity to delve deeper into the skills and experiment with new resources and ideas.

Stone tools

Bone tools
Wood tools
Knife, saw and axe work
Fire making
Cordage 
Burn bowls
Glues
Story telling
Singing
Music
Community building

During this intensive start we will learn basic Stone tool manufacture and usage, fire by friction using bow drill and hand drill techniques, percussion fire making methods, cordage making from plant and animal sources, glues, fillers and bindings. We will explore fire as a tool to create burn bowls and eating utensils. Although the application of stone tools will be the focus for our crafting we will also be sure to learn the correct and safe knife, axe and saw uses, sharpening and maintenance to give you a good foundation with metal hand tools.


As with all Living Wild classes, We have been giving much attention to the practice of gratitude, communication and sharing. Lynx has found over the years that the group experiences of expressing oneself in speech, song, story and movement creates an atmosphere of vulnerability and trust. Connecting directly with the land, sleeping on the Earth each night, walking upon her with bare feet, being nourished by wild foods and subjecting oneself to the elements of nature all conspire to an appreciation, gratefulness and grief for this Great Being that supports all life.

Hide tanning deer skins (wet scrape and dry scrape methods)
Hide tanning furs and bark tanning methods
Mountain foraging; edible and medicinal plants
Bows and arrows
Archery and hunting skills
Pack baskets and pottery

During this part of the program we delve deeper into some of the skills that require more time. 
Class will run on a 5 days on, 5 days off schedule so participants will have time to practice and complete projects as well as rest and explore.

In the first hide tanning segment, everyone will tan their own deer hide using the wet scrape method, learn dry scrape with a larger hide that will be worked as a group and divided after completion and prepare rawhide for a multitude of uses for subsequent projects.
In the second segment we will learn the techniques for bark tanning using fish skin and deer hides. Everyone will tan a smaller furred animal skin  such as a fox or coyote and learn the techniques for large animal tanning with hair on.

We will spend detailed time with learning the wild edible, medicinal, utility and poisonous plants of the area with focus on identification, sustainable harvesting, replanting, cooking and preservation techniques.

Bow making will include a seasoned stave with the objective of creating a large game hunting quality bow with a minimum of 40 lbs draw weight., students will make strings from modern materials. Rawhide and sinew strings will be demonstrated.
Archery technique, hunting skills and strategy will be covered along with basic trapping and tracking techniques.

Containers to hold our harvest, cook our food and carry our gear will end this half of the immersion as we create sturdy, simple and light-weight pack baskets, and make and fire small personal cooking pots and fat lamps.


Mountain to Ocean journey (June 20-30)
Free (invitation only)

Ocean to mountain (phase 2)
July 7-August 31, 2020
$3,500

Kayak building
Coastal foraging; shellfish and seaweeds
Fishing skills
Moccasin making
Buckskin clothing
Felt blankets

 This second phase of the immersion is open both to participants of phase 1 and participants who have already taken Living Wild classes or have the skills outlined in phase 1.
Is is important to note that you will not be eligible for the Stone Age month in September unless you have the pre-requisite gear list outlined below.

This phase will start on the Pacific coast on  San Juan Island where we will spend the first 10 days preparing for and building traditional style sea kayaks with boat builder Kiliii Yuan.

"It's now 4,000 years after invention of the kayak, and we humans are still enthralled by the technology of the skin-on-frame kayak. The earliest kayaks were from the Arctic and sub-Arctic, built from driftwood and covered in the skins of marine mammals. Today, traditional kayaks have made a comeback and revolutionized modern kayaking.



Kiliii and Seawolf Kayak have led the modern resurgence of traditional kayak building over the past twenty years, piecing together the knowledge of elders from kayak communities and combining it with modern designs. Today, Seawolf offers workshops in modern skin-on-frame kayak building that allow builders with no experience to create finished seaworthy vessels in 9 days. Seawolf’s kayaks have been built by paddlers around the world, and used to expedition through many of the its most difficult paddles.
Workshops begin with just wood, and end in completed kayaks and paddles. Join us and create a traditional, ultralight kayak with your own hands."


Each person may build their own kayak that is theirs to take with them at the conclusion of the course. (There is also the option to bring your own kayak for 10 days thereby reducing the cost of the course by $2000) But once you see the kayaks that Killiii builds you probably won’t want to!

Once the kayaks and paddles are complete you will have instruction on how to safely and efficiently maneuver your vessel in the water, learn the kayak roll and then we will learn some fishing techniques that we can apply to both seawater and fresh water environments.

We will learn about the waters, tides and inhabitants of the Puget Sound area; coastal foraging skills harvesting shell fish and seaweeds, preparing and preserving them for the Stone Age project.

During this phase we will also be focusing on turning our tanned hides from phase 1 into functional and durable moccasins and clothing.

The final project  before the trek back into the mountains will be making a warm felted blanket to complete your Stone Age gear.

September 1-30
Ocean to Mountain Stone Age Project
Free (invitation only)

Pre-requisite gear list:

Stone knife and blades
Bone awl and needle
100 feet of plant fiber cordage
Bow drill fire kit
Pitch glue stick
Buckskin or bark tanned clothing:
(Under layer, sleeved shirt or dress, long pants or leggings,)
High top moccasins
Rawhide sandals
Fur or felted vest
Sleeping gear:
 Hair on robe or felt blanket
Skin sleeping pad
Stone Age hunting weapon or fishing tackle
Water vessel
Pack basket or skin back pack
Clay cooking pot

Minimum of:
1 lb dried wild plant foods
1 lb  dried wild meat or fish
1 lb rendered animal fat

Please contact: livingwildinfo@gmail.com
for an application 

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 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 livingwildinfo@gmail.com or the specific class coordinator.



Photo credit:Thomas Schafer


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 usually 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. 



Les Eyzies Mini Immersion - Spring 2018 from Lynx Vilden on Vimeo.