Central Fire

Ancient Skills in a Community of Women

Central Fire is a program created for women, by women to explore primitive skills and nature connection in a safe, supportive and exciting environment.

Make your own fire by friction, construct your own shelter that can keep you warm and dry. Build a fire in any weather, and cook delicious meals without even a pot! Create a stronger connection with the plants and animals with whom you share your corner of the earth, all while building relationships within a community of women.

The "central fire" is the core, the place where ideas evolve, are shared, and come to fruition. For us the central fire is the invitation to stretch ourselves, to dive into new skills, and to celebrate the community of other women on a similar journey. Come explore the natural world, and have a great time doing it! We’ll practice skills and strengthen our connections to the earth, each other, and ourselves.

Central Fire sessions are open to both new and returning participants. With each new season we offer a new perspective in our natural history and skills teaching, and hopefully bring light and new perspective to a different aspect of our lives as women in the world. Each season is unique. Come learn from the land and each other as we deepen our exploration into the sacred order of survival – shelter, water, fire, food. We will create crafts from the season’s bounty while gathering wild snacks along the way.

No previous experience is necessary, simply a sense of curiosity and a desire to learn. This will be an intimate group, with no more than 10 participants. We will immerse ourselves in a different aspect of primitive skills each time, tying them all together with a shared fire and some wild foods. Each month we’ll include basic awareness practices that you can integrate into your home lives and continue on your own. You can expect fires, wanders in the woods, carving and wildcrafting, laughter, song, opportunities to stretch yourself, and an increased sense of confidence in nature connection and survival skills.

Spring 2017 Program Dates:

Three Sessions 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

  • Saturday April 22nd
  • Saturday May 20th
  • Saturday June 17th

Locations will be announced.

Cost: Self-selected sliding scale $170-$220 for all three sessions


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"Each basket we weave has its own journey, from the mineral-rich ground that held the seeds, to the sunlight that provided their nourishment, to the water that flowed through them, to animals that sought them for refuge, to the appreciation with which they were harvested and then the intentions they were crafted with." A.V.N., Wilderness Year Participant

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