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.
How do I sign up for Living Wild classes?
If you have decided to join a Class, you will be asked to send a $200 non-refundable deposit to Lynx Vilden Living, Wild school, contact information can be found here. Please also enclose a note with name, a little about yourself, and the details on the class that you wish to attend. If you have any questions about which classes are best suited for you, or whether or not there are any available positions in a class, go ahead and send an email to lynxvilden(at)gmail.com.
Also keep in mind that some classes have prerequisites to joining, especially the Summer Immersion Program. If you are thinking about joining this program, you should take a Basic Skills class and contact Lynx specifically with regard to your interest.
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 and bathe in the river.
Be sure you can be comfortable with these living conditions before you apply to our classes.
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 sleeping pad, 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.
Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week-long intensives, bring snacks for lunches and between meals.
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 environment, 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.
Why does it cost money to take a Living Wild class?
It's all about energy.There are expenses in running a program of this kind; land
payments, insurance, communication and transportation costs.
Unfortunately, we still need to live with a foot in each world to be able to share
The time that we spend teaching is time taken from simply living.
In our culture, time and energy spent is paid for in money.
Are there any work trade positions?
Sometimes there are work trade opportunities but all work trade applicantsMUST FIRST HAVE TAKEN A LIVING WILD CLASS TO BE ELIGIBLE.
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.