- Black Ash BasketsNovember 17 - 19, 2017Explore the process of making Adirondack pack baskets from the beautiful black ash tree.
- Winter TrackingJan. 19 - 21, 2018Accomplished instructors Jason Hamilton and Jed Jordan will distill many years of teaching this skill into a track-packed weekend of honing your skills.
- Willow BasketryApril 7 - 8, 2018Join us for a weekend of wandering the creeks and floodplains harvesting willow and crafting willow baskets. Students will craft a medium to large willow basket.
- FlintknappingSpring, 2018This weekend will focus on the art of shaping stone into useable tools with a focus on arrowheads.
- Bow MakingFall, 2018We will take bulky pieces of wood and work following the grain to transform them into sleek, efficient hunting tools.
- Hide TanningFall, 2018This weekend we will learn how our ancestors transformed animal hides into beautiful and durable clothing material.
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.
"I have had the most beautiful and life-changing adventure. I cannot even begin to thank you enough for reawakening my curiosity, fueling my desire for adventure and introducing patience and so much beauty to my life." Wilderness Skills Alumna
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
- Water Bottle
- Lunch & Snacks
- Notebook & Pencil
- Weather appropriate and comfortable clothing
- Sturdy Shoes
"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