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Course Series Overview

Survival, to Grandfather and to me, is a philosophy unto itself. With years of living close to the earth, without the umbilical cord of society, I understand a certain "oneness" that only knowledge of suvival can bring. When I think of modern man entering the wilderness, I see a scenario much like an astronaut landing on the moon. So also when man enters the woods. He carries with him his backpack full of provisions, a sort of lifeline back to society. Both the man on the moon and the man in the woods are severely dependent on that lifeline; life without it would mean certain death. There is also a further insulation from the earth by heavy clothing and shoes, outer garments and tents; all to "protect" man from the spleindid forces of nature. And their fears of being separated from the lifeline, whether conscious or not, keeps them close to the burdens of life. Survival is more than just and insurance policy. With the practice of survival one begins to relax into the earth, to learn its rhythms, to blend in balance and harmony with all things.

-- The Vision

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10 Day Winter Survival and Skills

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Course Prerequisites

Advanced Standard

Course Description

Certainly the winter months are the most difficult to enter a full survival situation and it subsequently takes years of experience to do so. In essence for that very reason the original Ten Day Winter Survival class was born, refining all skills, learning new skills, and mastering them all. This way the transition into the icy grip of winter becomes easy, effortless, and a journey back to the Earth. 

The term “Winter Survival” is hardly enough to describe this class.  Not only will there be a tremendous expansion of the basic survival techniques learned in the Advanced Standard Class but many new skills will be added.  Several other advanced survival shelters will be taught, along with more primitive fire making techniques, 106 primitive traps, advanced tanning methods, advanced bows and arrows, advanced stone tools, advanced water baskets, birch bark canoes, rawhide kayaks, drums, flutes, rattles, advanced woodworking, bone working, atl-atl, sling shots, and countless more hunting techniques and hunting weapons.  Along with those advanced skills are extremely advanced awareness and tracking techniques along with the skill of healing the Earth through our presence there. Most of all we bring back the old ways by living in group Earth-Fire shelters, clustered together like ancient community compounds, working skills and telling stories, just as life once was.