We strive to cultivate a village atmosphere where people of different skill levels can learn from each other. For 7-day classes we welcome beginners and experienced people alike. However, considering the living arrangements at the primitive camp (see below), we require that people have experience and be comfortable with primitive camping situations for an extended period of time.
Additionally, we require that people be able to work with their hands, as most classes involve some crafting skills. Most of our classes are week-long intensives and students should be in good physical conditions to complete all the projects we will work on. Finally, participants should have a high level of motivation!
There is no age limit for our classes, we encourage families with small children, teens and "elders". Generally, we do not take children
under the age of 18 without an accompanying adult.
What accommodations are available at the primitive camp?
Being a primitive camp, there are no modern amenities around: no electricity, no running water, no bathroom, no laundry, no shower, no cell phone service. Students cook on open fires, carry drinking water from nearby and bathe in the river.
Be sure you can be comfortable with these living conditions before you apply to our classes or make other arrangements.
The town of Twisp is 12 miles away. It has a grocery store, a health-food store, thrift shop, a public library with internet access, a laundry facility with showers, a post office, a food bank, a couple of gas stations, a play theater, and often live music.
You are responsible for your own sleeping gear. Bring a tent, a sleeping bag, a thermarest, a tarp, etc; whatever you need to remain comfortable regardless of the weather (see notes on climate below).
When you sign up for any Living Wild programs you will receive a more comprehensive gear list catered to your specific class.
During the Summer Immersion Program you are responsible for all your own food and cooking ware. Bring enough food/snacks so that you don't need to run to town too often. It may be useful for you to also bring containers/coolers to store your food in. Bring some cookware that can stand being used on open fires/coals (like cast iron), as well as a plate/bowl and utensils.
Please bring clothes with muted, earth-tone colors that blend with the natural surrounding, natural materials do not melt from campfire sparks.
Finally, please minimize the modern gear you bring. We want to give you an immersion experience into wilderness living skills and it's hard to do if you bring hand-held TVs, Ipods, video games, or such other gizmos. Simple and natural is better!
We live at the edge of a sagebrush shrub-steppe and mountainous pine forest area on the Eastern side of the North Cascades range. The climate is generally dry and sunny, though we can get much snow in the dead of winter (about 4 or 5 feet of snow at camp). In summer it can be very hot during the day (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) and cool at night (down in the 40s) so make sure you have adequate clothing to deal with the big difference in day and night temperatures. In the winter it can get very cold (it can be -20 sometimes) and you should therefore come with some warm clothes, gloves, and hat if visiting during that time of year. Though relatively infrequent, it does rain sometimes, including big summer storms.
There's always a lot to do! You can finish the projects started in class, experiment some more with the new information you were taught and practice your new skills, start other projects, go out and gather wild foods, hike in the mountains and fish at alpine lakes, be exposed to taking care of horses, enjoy some relaxing time... There are endless possibilities; we're never bored.
Can I bring my pet to classes?
Unless we already know your pet and we gave you the ok (this is really rare), the general answer is NO, no pets are allowed.
Where are classes taught?
Most Living Wild classes are taught on private land on the Twisp river in Eastern Washington. Look carefully at the scheduled location as some classes are taught around the country and abroad.
Public land is close by.