wilderness weekends

Ancient Skills. Good Company. Great Weekends!

Mastering the key elements needed for survival in the outdoors isn't just for wilderness instructors. Each skill we teach has a practical application but also simply shifts our perspective on how to live closer to nature. Expect to have your edges pushed and your skills tested no matter where you are in your wilderness skills journey.  

  • Bow Making
    November 9, 10 & 11, 2018
    Join long-time bowyer and bow hunter Sean Cornell as he guides you through the bow making process from start to finish in an amazingly content-packed three-day weekend.
  • Black Ash Baskets
    Date TBD
    Explore the process of making Adirondack pack baskets from the beautiful black ash tree.
  • Winter Tracking
    Winter, 2019
    Accomplished instructors Jason Hamilton and Jed Jordan will distill many years of teaching this skill into a track-packed weekend of honing your skills.
"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

Program Times

Wilderness Weekends generally require all day Saturday and Sunday from 9am until late afternoon. Some programs have a Friday night component to allow some initial instruction. Please check your programs detail page for specific time tables.

What to Bring

  • Backpack
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • Weather appropriate and comfortable clothing
  • Sturdy Shoes

Adult Alumni & Staff Blog Posts

"This weekend made me fully realize that Primitive Pursuits is connecting me with the knowledge that I have been wishing to obtain in order to further my career and skill set. It is great to realize I don't need to travel far to gain this amazing knowledge." Z.K., Workshop Participant

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