2014/15 Classes


We are running a series of 7-day Intensive classes  throughout the year.

To reserve class space send $100 check or money order to:
 Lynx Vilden P.O Box 1325, Twisp, WA 98856

For more information email lynxvilden (at) gmail.com 

Classes include two meals per day and all materials supplied unless otherwise stated.
Bring tent, sleeping bag and clothes suitable for seasonal conditions,  
(further gear list  with registration.)
A $100 non-refundable deposit will reserve a space in the class, class space is limited so early registration is recommended.

The Basic Skills Class is designed especially for beginners, though more skilled participants can also gain a lot from a class that focuses on stone tool use. Other classes demand some prior experience with crafting and outdoor living.

All classes are held on private land.

March 31st - April 6th 
Ferme de Fonluc
Les Eyzies
"Vincent Riboul"

In the ancient setting of prehistoric caves we discover the every day skills of our ancestors.

  • Stone tool making from local flint.
  • Fire by friction.
  • Atl-atl (spear throwers)
  • Bindings: ropes and glues.
  • Edible and medicinal plants.
  • Hunting and trapping techniques.
  • Shelters.
  • Small animal processing.
  • Primitive cooking methods.

Appaloosa horses at Ferme de Fonluc
300 euros   
April 8-10
Ferme de Fonluc

Les Eyzies


"Herbert Backhaus"
(Please go to the website to send Fonluc an email)

or lynxvilden(at)gmail,com

Join us for an amazing journey along the Vesere valley, visiting prehistoric sites reaching back to Neanderthal times.

Riding, walking and camping with the skills learned in the Basic Skills class and the horses of Fonluc. 

Class size limited to 8
(riding experience preferred, adults only)

April 22-28
Eco-village Giardino della Gioia, Torre Mileto, Puglia.

Association Paradiso Ritrovatomail: 

            •   Fire by friction,
            •   Cordage from plant fibers,
•   Simple stone tools, 
•   Glues and bindings,
•   Burn bowls and utensils,
•   Cooking on an open fire,
•   Shelter building,
•   plants for food and utility,
•   Primitive cooking,
•   Pigment paint,
•   Songs and stories,
•   Visit to caves and ancient forests of the region.
Stunning location just hundred meters away from the Adriatic sea.
Join us for the mediterranean version of the Basic Skills course.
We will sleep in the middle of a beautiful centenary Olive tree growth 
and enjoy the tasty richness of organic Italian food!

HIDE TANNING INTENSIVE (with Katie Russell) $600
April 1-14 and/or April 15-30

If you are dreaming of joining the Living Wild Summer preparation program,
We highly recommend you come learn tanning for 2-4 weeks with Katie in order to have the required number of hides that participants will be required to bring this year.

Katie participated in the 2007 Living Wild project and has been tanning hides and making clothes ever since.


$600 (Twisp USA)
May 9th - 15th

cattail roots, waterleaf, spring beauty corms, mariposa lilly bulbs, nodding onions, hooker onions, nettles, bitteroots, bluebells, balsam seeds, lomatium roots, fireweed shoots, yellow bell bulbs, mustard greens, morel and bolete mushrooms.
The focus for this class is on preparation of the main wild food plants of
the region.

Identification of edible and medicinal plants.
Sustainable and ethical harvesting,
Preservation and cooking techniques.

This class will give you the time and knowledge to gather the required 5 lbs of dried plant foods required to participate in the summer immersion program.

We will gather and process spring beauties, yellow bells, wild onions, bitteroots, lomatium, balsam root seeds, nettles, bryoria lichen and more.
Steam bake in a pit oven and savor the power and energy inherent in wild foods.


September 19- 25

  • Fire by friction
  • Cordage from plant and animal fiber
  • Basic tools from stone, bone and wood
  • Glues and bindings
  • Burn bowls and utensils
  • Cooking on an open fire
  • Shelter building
  • Plant identification and use

Oct 19-31 

A once in a lifetime opportunity
(Go to link for details)

Erongo Mountains

dates pending (Twisp USA)

  • Learn how to harness and work with small draft horses
  • Logging and driving a single horse
  • Make your own halters and lead rope
  • Bareback riding
  • Packing
  • Lots of fun with sweet, well-trained animals
  • Fundamentals of horse training

November-dates pending
  • Make a hunting quality 40+lb wooden self bow from seasoned staves
  • Learn how to select and harvest shoots for arrows
  • Bone and stone hunting points
  • Blunt target tips from rawhide
  • Ideal for those who have some wood working experience
  • Class size limited to 6 students

$500 for 1st month, negotiable thereafter
October 1st  2014 - April 30th 2015

  • Scheduled classes and set-up
  • Firewood
  • Horse work and maintenance
  • Skiing or snowshoeing
  • Candle making
  • Singing and music
  • Interns must be 21 years or older
  • Have a vehicle and driver's license
  • Be able to run a chainsaw
  • Have experience or strong desire to work with horses
  • Be physically capable and active
  • Be familiar and comfortable in cold snowy winter conditions
  • Provide their own food
  • Have taken a Living Wild class
  • Accommodations are simple with wood heat, no electricity or cell service.
  • Open to 2-3 enthusiastic, hard-working interns for the Winter Season.

price/dates pending

  • Snow shelters: igloos, trenches, quinzes.
  • Learn how to identify tracks of common regional animals.

  • Learn to stay warm: fire, clothing, food, water.
  • Learn to build and maintain a fire under winter conditions.
  • Learn how to choose fiber for felting, other types of felting fibers and create warm durable Winter clothing.
  • How to prepare high calorie meals

  • Traveling on skis, snowshoes & toboggans.
  • Making light with candles, fat lamps & torches.
  • Telling songs & stories for the dark times.



Roosevelt, Az (60 miles from Phoenix)
Price/Dates pending 
Reevis Mountain School

Join us in the beautiful Sonoran desert for the Southwestern version of Basic Skills class.
Includes tasty organic meals from the garden!
Class pictograph with local pigments
  • Fire by friction,
  • Cordage from plant and animal fibers,
  • Simple stone tools, 
  • Pitch glue,
  • Burn bowls and utensils,
  • Cooking on an open fire.
  • Shelter building,
  • Desert plants for food and utility,
  • Small animal processing,
  • Primitive cooking,
  • Pigment paint,
  • Songs and stories,
  • Visit to prehistoric sites.

Prehistoric petroglyph AZ

Price/Dates pending
Koln, Germany
Uwe Belz

Using stone tools that we make during class we
will process an entire deer.

  • Gutting
  • Skinning
  • Quartering
  • Meat processing for food and utility jerky, pemmican, sausage, burgers, organs.
  • Hide working: rawhide and tanning.
  • Bone tools: awls, knives, needles, scrapers. 
  • All parts of the animal are used and a new
    respect is gained for the life that is sustaining us

March/April (dates and price pending)

April (dates and price pending)


  1. These class schedules are great especially the summer schedule which is immersion program. How many days would be the immersion is?

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  2. Hey Lynx - this is Katiana, Casey's wife with baby Hazel here. So nice to break rocks with you at Buckeye gathering.
    We are curious about your trips abroad to Europe - I am half Swiss actually and I know of some great places to stay in Switzerland with friends whom used to work with horses... Perhaps we can hook up when you go - we would LOVE to join in your programs!

    Hope all is well~

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  4. Hi Lynx - this is "Strong Bear Medicine". I am writing you from the Mountains of Austria and I am curious about your EU trips, too. I myself spend lots of time in the US, in Montana for several month almost every year to gather with native american friends and people to make cerymonies out in the nature and exchange shamanic healing knowledge. If you are interested to come to Austria, I could offer you and your friends free accomodation in my house and help organize teachings...
    May the Spirits always blow peaceful winds into your heart
    Strong Bear

  5. I am 17 and I have fallen in love with this. Ever since I attended Northwest Youth Corps I've been wanting to live this way of life more and more. It would be a dream to come out there and live under your wing for a short while, and learn the skills to better my self-reliance. I hope to make my soonest travel to Iceland where I can do some WOOFing, but it's just a small step to where I truly want to be in life. Is there any advice you could give me to help me on my journey through life? You seem so knowledgeable and helpful, I'd really appreciate any form of contact. Please contact me! You seem like a true friend and a great spirit.

  6. bonjour. j'ai fait l'acquisition d'un morceau de foret en alsace, en france, a la limite des vosges. J'ai pour projet d'y vivre en autarcie d'ici quelques années, le temps de me préparer. Je souhaiterai savoir si vous organisez des stages de plusieurs semaines, voir plusieurs mois. Cette vie aurait du resté telle quelle, dans la simplicité, l'humilité et l'harmonie avec notre terre mere. j'utilise le pc de mes parents, n'étant pas équipé chez moi, je mettrai donc quelques temps avant de pouvoir vous lire. Puisse votre oeuvre contribuer à revenir vers un monde meilleur. frank ( 35ans )

  7. Hi there, I am Stephanie and live in Switzerland. If you plan to come and make one of your classes here around, would love to participate ! I would really love to do this experience and learn how to live this way. I watched the movie last week and even I was already thinking more and more about learning how to live in such conditions, I have been amazed by what you are doing ! Really, congrats !!! Have lots of respect for persons like you (and they are not that much on this planet ! Bravo !!)
    Keep it updated :-)
    Will be proud to be once in your team

  8. Hi, I live also in Switzerland and saw the documentary about your project at the television. Can you post on blog when you come to Europe? I would be very interested in joining one of your classes.
    Best regards, Benjamin

  9. I will arrive in europe for teaching in March 2014. full schedule is yet to be completed

  10. I would love to talk with you more about the program. Are you ever able to talk via phone? You can contact me at zack@michaelgroupltd.com