Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd and 4th
INSTRUCTOR: Shaun Mellor
This class will teach you essential knowledge for tackling a short-term survival situation or just getting into the world of primitive skills to enjoy nature and deepen your relationship with the outdoors. We will build shelters, purify water, start fires with friction, forage for wild food, make basic stone tools, carve traps, talk about the order of operations, and as much more as we can fit in a weekend. Students will leave with the experience of sleeping in their own shelter, an understanding all listed skills, several stone tools they made, and their own bow drill or hand drill kit.
LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall, downstairs classroom and forest
TUITION: $100-$150 Sliding Scale
MATERIALS FEE: $25
ABOUT SHAUN: Over past few years, I have put a high priority on nature connection and skill-building. I started this journey in 2012 at Alderleaf Wilderness College. After graduating from their nine-month immersion, I went on to spend another nine months at Alderleaf as an apprentice. After my apprenticeship, I taught as an instructor Trackers Earth in Portland, OR. In March of 2016, I travelled to Twisp, WA, to study more primitive skills with Lynx Vilden. There I spent from March to July tanning hides, potting clay, making baskets and bows, harvesting and preserving wild food, building a stone and bone tool kit, turning hides into clothing, and all other preparations needed to go on a three-week, stone age, backpacking trip. Since then, I have continued to teach and further my skills. I am always on the quest to continually grow, learn, and share what I have learned with others.
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