Earth / Survival Skills Programs

foot_bow_drillJoin Living Earth School, to learn about the powerful skills of survival, building crafts with your hands, and engaging with the landscape in a deeper way more meaningful way. Come learn the skills of survival-shelter, fire, water, and food. These primal skills will deepen your connection to the earth, and yourself unlike anything else. Why is it that all wild animals on this planet know how to survive on a planet that is meant for beings to thrive in?  How many of us know what and how to harvest wild edible food in the forest and fields, how to make a fire with out a lighter, how to stay warm with out camping gear, how to harvest clean drinking water.  These skills are the blueprint for living.  Please join us for one of our exciting offerings, listed below.

2017 Earth / Survival Skills Programs:

May
6
Sat
2017
LEATHER WORKING ~ Make Your Own Leather Shoe or Bag
May 6 @ 9:00 am – May 7 @ 5:00 pm
shoe_makingCome join master crafter Peter Yenken to craft your own leather shoe that fits your foot perfectly or a customized and beautiful leather bag!

Imagine how amazing it would feel to walk in a hand crafted shoe made exactly for you, by ………you! Or create your very own bag- designed for your unique lifestyle! 

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Option 1: In this class you will  make a pair of Mocassin style leather shoes. As seen in the picture.

Shoes are one of the most important things to learn to make. Our feet are so complex and individually shaped, thus our shoes should also be individually shaped to exactly fit the feet. Only handmade shoes are exact replicas of our feet and something we use every day.  How we make contact with the ground is so important to our well being.

The foot evolved to act as the foundation of our ability to balance as a shock absorber propulsion device,to be able to sustain enormous amounts of pressure, to be incredibly flexible and resilient. With modern shoes, the function of the foot atrophies thus causing loss of balance, mobility and shock absorption. Thus other parts of the body are asked to do the job of the foot, which causes structural problems further up the body, i.e knee, hip or back problems.  Nobody wants that!

Come make your own, super cool shoe and join in on the barefoot, minimalist craze!

Option 2: Make your very own backpack, messenger bag, or satchel.

Beauty and function combine in this amazing workshop offering! Choose your own style and materials, and craftsman Peter Yencken will give you detailed instruction and guidance to create your own durable and comfortable bag. A popular option is a leather backpack. Peter designed this style to be the perfect size for airline travel or as an overnight bag. Made from oiled vegetable tanned cow leather. Other options are a leather couriers bag, perfect for laptops or books, or a smaller day bag.

This may just be a perfect gift for you or one of your loved ones!

Details & Registration – Leather Working Class

  • May 6th and 7th, 2017
  • 9am – 5pm
  • Ages 16+
  • LES Base Camp in Afton, VA (Click here to get directions)
  • Price– For backpack: $260. For shoe making or smaller satchel:  $220
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Jul
28
Fri
2017
Family Archery: Making a wooden long bow or quiver and arrows
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day
Family Archery: Making a wooden long bow or quiver and arrows @ Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
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This Weekend Camp is designed for families.  Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow, let alone making one with your child? What a gift to be able to do this together and to cultivate this shared skill as a family.  This is for real and this is your chance to do it!

This is a camp that has been requested over the years.  There is a limited amount of space in this program.  All materials needed to complete the project are provided and each participant will go home with their own hand made bow and one arrow, or a quiver with several arrows.   In this program, the camper and parent/adult a will make a wooden long bow from a piece of wood, carving it down, shaping it, and tillering the bow so it works optimally.  Each participant will make their own string for the bow.   Or they can choose to make a quiver to store arrows in out of leather.  They will learn how to make arrows, fletching, shaping, etc.   They will leave with a few arrows to put in their quiver.

This is a great opportunity for families to make their very own archery kit, that if cared for can last a lifetime.   To take a project from raw materials to completion teaches competence and builds confidence.   This is an awesome opportunity, and not one that could be found anywhere else.  The teacher of this program has helped hundreds in this process, and is a very supportive teacher.  We are lucky to have him on board.  Peter will also go over the instinctive shooting method so that students leave knowing how to shoot their new bow.

Building and shooting longbows has been practiced for thousands of years all over world.  Bows have been used in many ways including: survival (both food gathering and protection), sport and meditation, and spiritual practice (Zen meditation). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices.

During this class, you will learn the skills to build a long bow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to finish the wood, and make strings. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method (this is the same method used by people who relied on the bow in their daily lives).

 

Details & Registration – Family Archery Camp

  • Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
  • July 28 – 30, 2017 FULL
  • The workshop begins on Friday at 6pm (please come having eaten dinner) and ends on Sunday at 3pm.
  • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here for directions)
  • $380 (for 1 child and 1 adult), each additional person is $220
  • Basic tent camping is included, with options to sleep in our tent cabins or to bring your own tent.  Participants will bring and cook their own food and are welcome to use our primitive camp kitchen with supplies.
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Aug
4
Fri
2017
Wood, Leather and Metal Weekend Adult Summer Camp
Aug 4 – Aug 6 all-day

Make your own knife and sheath, leather backpack or shoes!

This Weekend Camp is designed for adults to get to be Campers once again. Come get your hands in gear making your own stainless steel knife with sheath, or a pair of handmade leather shoes or leather backpack of choice.  Yes, you can do it all and you can wear shoes or a backpack that you’ve made your self, or a beautiful hand crafted knife. This is for real and this is your chance to do it!

This is a focused weekend spent crafting, laughing and learning under Peter Yenkin’s careful guided mentorship.  Peter has been crafting with people for many years and participants love his gentle, skilled ways.  There will be time to take a break and swim in our beautiful mountain stream and to bask in the serenity of the beauty that surrounds you.

Imagine waking in your handmade shoes or carving with your own handmade knife, or carrying your belongings in your own handmade backpack.  Yes, you can be a kid again and join us for our adult summer camp weekend! (a focused kid that is!)

Details & Registration – Wood, Leather & Metal Adult Camp

  • August 4 – 6, 2017
  • The workshop begins on Friday at 6pm (please come having eaten dinner) and ends on Sunday at 3pm.
  • Ages 18+
  • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here to get directions)
  • $220
  • Basic tent camping is included, with options to sleep in our tent cabins or to bring your own tent.  Participants will bring and cook their own food and are welcome to use our primitive camp kitchen with supplies.
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Sep
9
Sat
2017
Living Earth Adult Foundations (LEAF) – Empowering 9 Weekend Adult Program
Sep 9 2017 – May 13 2018 all-day
One weekend per month beginning Sept 2017 – May 2018

Do you want to feel more alive and connected and in the flow with life? Come learn what your long ago ancestors have known, all along!

  • Discover the time-tested practices that Living Earth have been implementing to connect people deeply with nature for the past 15 years.  These practices have been shared and honed by visionary leaders and elders from around the world.
  • Learn real skills, under the guidance of skilled instructors, who have taken thousands of people along this journey.
  • Feel supported and at home in an environment of like-minded people…….your tribe.

Check out tuition discounts at the bottom of the page…

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Live, Learn, Laugh, Connect & Celebrate~ Together!

leaf_nine_monthJoin us:
Be a part of a growing global movement that is re-connecting with nature, empowering their lives and embracing healthy community.  As people find themselves disenfranchised with life, the “Nature Connection Movement” is building momentum because it makes sense.

Come learn and live the practices that have worked successfully for eons to bring about deep nature connection.  Building a strong connection is not random, as running a successful business or creating a healthy home life, is not random. There are successful methods that work to connect people with nature. This course is built using those successful models and practices.  They will utterly transform your life.

This is Nature Connection that really works,
honoring how we are meant to live and learn!

What will you Learn:

Orientation to the Earth~ core practices to connecting and building a deep relationship with nature, natural movement, motivating species, hazards, how to set up the ideal learning environment, and more

Wildlife Track and Sign~ how to read the signs and tracks of animals, animal forms, lessons from the animals and the deeper meanings they teach us about awareness

Plants in Human Life~ edibles, medicinals, and utilitarian uses of plants, how to integrate these wonderful allies into our daily lives, including identifying, ethical harvesting, processing, cooking and consuming

Tending the Earth~ caretaking and permaculture/ecology and Stewardship.  Humans, in balance, are caretakers of the earth.  We will learn to wield our skills and ability to help the earth heal and return to health and vitality.

Wilderness Survival Skills~ Shelter, Fire, Water, food~ Survival skills teach us the bare necessities to live on earth.  We will utilize our hands to craft from what the earth offers. These skills increase our creativity and competence, and thus build our ability to live in balance with the earth.  Once you know these skills, a peace comes over you and you feel as if you belong.

Inner tracking and Community~ at the heart of healthy community is peacemaking~ We will learn core peace principles that guide us how to best conduct ourselves in community.  We will learn to track the affects of our actions, so that we can consciously live the life we want.  We will learn community processes so that we can thrive together in a supportive environment.

Bird Language~ Learn to identify the voices of the birds and what they are telling you about the greater landscape.  The birds will transform what you can read from the landscape in more ways than you can imagine.  The birds expand our awareness of the landscape, giving us a pulse of the web of life, and will become a mirror to our own awareness.

mud_woman_in_treeSkills of the Scout~ Advanced Natural Movement to move undetected, experience the quiet mind, and move in flow with the earth~ You will become a keen observer, and use that awareness to affect positive change.  In ancient cultures, scouts were the ears and eyes of the community, protecting it from harm, and working selflessly.

What if you could access our natural blueprint developed from loving and wise elders and ancient cultures from around the world?
What if these practices helped you feel more like you belong and helped awaken some of your true essence?
What if this wisdom and these practices could help you feel more alive, tuned, relaxed, loving, present, curious, creative and full of empathy for humans, the earth and even yourself?
Imagine how life would feel!
What would be possible?
Why wouldn’t you want these?

Disconnection is one of the biggest dis-eases of our times. This epidemic in nature connection has left most of us not really knowing how to connect in meaningful ways. And yet, the media is increasingly discussing the positive affects of nature for humans.  Nature has nourished humans physically, emotionally, and spiritually since the beginning.  Deep nature connection will help you get back the life you know you deserve; it will cure the feelings of dis-connection.

Never before has such a comprehensive course like this been offered in the mid-Atlantic. This program will orient us to what the Haudenosaunee call “our original instructions”.  Our mission is to bring nature connection into your life in a powerful way, teach skills that build competence, expand your awareness, and create a thriving community of passionate students of life.   We also know that from a program like this, people feel more empowered to grab life by the horns and live fully. And as my friend Ryan Eliason says “to become an unstoppable force for good”.

If you are a single person, a parent, educator, social change leader, business person, athlete, or just someone who wants to learn more about nature, we know this course will inspire, educate and empower you, giving you relevant practices to bring into your daily life.

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Here’s how the course works:

mandala_camp_cirleEach weekend we will have a focused theme, like bird language, primitive skills, etc.  We keep a baseline of core practices running throughout each week. We gather on Saturday morning, share a little as a group about highlights from our time off.  We will then drop into the theme for the weekend.  We will share inspiring stories, important background info, and then get outside and learn by doing. We have certain tools and “best practices” to stimulate the learning environment.  Depending on the subject, we might learn where to find it, how to harvest, store, eat, and make something with what we found.  At night, we will have inspiring time fireside, sharing, music, story, and fun games.  To close the weekend, we will reflect together on what we learned, as that solidifies the experience. We will give pointers of how to take this new knowledge home, and integrate it into your life.  Often, in time between classes there are impromptu study groups.  We offer homework, and what you choose to do is up to you.  Our goal is to help you learn as much as you can, get maximum benefit, and support you on this learning journey.

We will have special guest instructors for certain weekends, and do some field trips to awesome places to expand our experience.

Nature connection is real.  It is our birth rite, to live fully, to live connected and to live in harmony with nature.  What are you waiting for?   Come join us for the LEAF  experience and come ALIVE!!!

Living Earth School is a leader in the field of deep nature connection.  There is nothing else like us.  Where a lot of programs are information focused or task oriented, we are about people and nature, curiosity and relationship.

From the simple structure of monthly camping to learning how to make and use my own tools, to tuning into and rediscovering how I move in the natural world I am a part of, this course has affected every day of my life since our first class.
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This we know-

If you join LEAF you will

  • Learn a ton about your surroundings and feel oriented to your place
  • Know how to live at earth-speed
  • Know how to use your local wild allies
  • Be more community minded
  • Know thy self

Be empowered to live a life attuned to the heart.

We know that you won’t find another opportunity like LEAF.

We are a movement of people who are in love with life. Come join us!

Space is very limited for this program, once it is full, that is it. The door is closed until next time we offer this program

Instructors:

Hub Knott, and Erin Campbell (aka Soupy) with guest instructors including Kate Knott, Dave Perrie, and Rain Perrie

Details & Registration – Adult Nature Connnection

  • September 2017 – May 2018. One weekend a month, Saturday-Sunday.
    Dates: Sept 9-10, Oct 7-8, Nov 11-12, Dec 9-10, Jan 6-7, Feb 10-11, March 10-11, April 7-8, May 12-13
  • 9am Saturday — Sunday 3pm
  • Adults
  • Charlottesville area
  • Price:$1750 regular tuition. Discounts: Buddy Discount $1550 (for two people signing up together) Registration ends August 27
  • Accommodations:  tent space, local hotel, or stay at home
    Meals: Bring your own meals, evening potluck Saturday.  Stoves provided to help with cooking

    For an application for partial work-trade or scholarship, please email erinmaureencampbell@gmail.com. Applications are due August 13.

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Brief Story:

What Hub saw in the Bushman People upon his visit to Africa in 2011

When I went to Africa a few years back, I saw a community of the Bushman that was so deeply connected with their home landscape it was breathtaking.  They had what they call ropes of connection to all the plants, animals, insects, soils, rocks, sky, and the Creator.  They were masterfully competent with all their skills.  Each person’s gifts were honored and integrated into the community.  Though not financially rich, they were the happiest people he has ever been around and deeply rich in spirit.  It was infectious. They had processes that kept their community strong.  There were core activities that they did over and over every day that kept them vital and connected to nature and creation.  Their success as a culture, for so long, was not random, it was by thoughtful and practical design. 

This trip confirmed that a lot of the core things, that have been a part of LES since the beginning, were right on target. We have seen many people in our programs come alive with child-like curiosity, feel more love for life, develop more empathy, feel more connected, empowered, centered, and full of earthly peace.  People often comment how quiet and calm they feel in side.  A sparkle and zest for life can be seen in their eyes.  Many have mentioned how LES has transformed their lives.  Again, this is not random.  It was by design facilitated by seasoned mentors.  

 

Sep
17
Sun
2017
Wild Edible Plants – Foraging and Feasting
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm
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This class will open up the world of local wild foods that grow right within your own yard and near by. 

It is amazing~there is tasty wild food growing right outside your door!  Its really quite simple and our expert guide will give you everything you need to know to take the mystery out of wild foods and bring in the tasty and practical. We are surrounded by such an abundance of green plant allies that are packed with flavor, nutrition, and beauty.  If we care for them, they will continue to be abundant into the future.

In this class, you will be guided by expert wildcrafter Rain and taste the wild abundance right at your fingertips.  Come learn what  you can eat, basic plant i.d., advanced i.d. for those that want it, harvest basketfuls, and then gather to cultivate them into tasty offerings and cook them over the fire.  If the timing is right, we will likely forage for the ever elusive morel mushroom!  Sure to be a feast for the senses, mind, and taste buds!!!  Add a little local flavor to your meals, connect with the earth in a more intimate way, and go home with skills that will feed you and your family and friends.

We will also hold an Advanced Wild Edibles class this Fall! This is perfect for those who have attended a previous Wild Edibles class, and are ready to take their skill set to the next level!

Details & Registration – Wild Edible Plants

  • Sept 17, Oct 14, Nov 12 (ADVANCED); or Nov 18, 2017
  • 10am – 4pm
  • Adults (can make exceptions for mature, 13+ that already have a passion and experience in working with plants)
  • LES Base Camp in Afton, VA (Click here to get directions)
  • $65 for regular class, $75 for advanced class
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Sep
23
Sat
2017
Building A Wooden Long Bow -OR- Quiver and Arrows Workshop
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day

Building and shooting longbows has been practiced for thousands of years all over world. Bows have been used in many ways including: survival (both food gathering and protection), sport and meditation, and spiritual practice (Zen meditation). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices.

During this class, you will learn the skills to build a long bow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to finish the wood, and make strings. By Sunday, the bow will be ready to shoot. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method (this is the same method used by people who relied on the bow in their daily lives). You will leave the class with a finished bow, one arrow, and enough understanding to be able to build a bow on your own.

-OR- Choose to make a leather quiver and arrows. We will be using the traditional Welsh method of crafting arrows- we will pick shaft material, learn straightening methods, cut the nocks, cut and put on the feathers, and learn how to process full feathers putting on field points. You will make up to 6 arrows. On the second day, you will make a back quiver that will hold 12 arrows. We will use vegetable tanned cow hide for these beautiful quivers.This is great for those who have already completed the Long Bow class or who already have a bow they love. Complete your set!

Instructors: Peter Yencken has been making bows for over 15 years. He started making bows while working at Tom Browns Tracking and Wilderness Survival School. He is a guest teacher to many wilderness schools here in the US and Australia. He has taught the art of making bows to well over 500 people.

Details & Registration – Building A Wooden Long Bow -OR- Quiver and Arrows

  • Sept 23-24, 2017
  • Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm
  • Ages open to mature, competent 14+
  • LES Base Camp in Afton, VA (Click here to get directions)
  • $225
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Sep
24
Sun
2017
Wild Mushroom Foraging Class
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This Fall, come experience the mysteries of edible, medicinal, and fantastic fungi with Charlie Aller, aka Charliceps.

A local mushroom forager, grower, and identification expert, Charliceps has been studying and loving fungi for the last five years, and the passion is real. Prepare to share it! The Queendom Fungi is ever-present but often out of sight– and its wonders and gifts are myriad. You will learn about basic safe mushroom identification and regenerative foraging practices, native medicinal fungi, and esoteric or cryptic fungi that humans are discovering every day. We will also cover the ecology of various common species so that you can find your own mushroom spots and better understand the role that fungi play on our planet. Trust me, you’ll be hooked!

Charliceps is plugged in to the mycelial network and no matter what the weather, there’s always something intriguing to see. If we’re lucky we could find morels, oysters, dryad’s saddle, and many more! A feast will be had sampling the fruits of the unseen subterranean realm. Prepare to have your gustatory horizons expanded and learn some crucial mushroom cooking techniques that can turn any mushroom, wild or cultivated, into a savory delicacy that will wow your friends (and you)!

Details & Registration – Wild Mushroom Foraging Class

  • Sept 24 or Oct 15
  • 10am – 3pm
  • Ages: Adults & Mature Teens
  • Location to be Announced- we are subject to the whims of Mother Nature! We will let everyone know as the time gets closer
  • $65
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Oct
14
Sat
2017
Felt Vest & Boot Making
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm

vest_making_classThe Alchemy of Wool

Wool is the most amazing Fibre.  Taking water and soap only for processing. It can be turned into roving for Yarn for knitting or roving for felting.

In this class we will take roving and hot soapy water and friction going to create felt boots or a vest. This is the wet felting method using a resist.

We call this process the alchemy of wool.

The boots are made to fit perfectly to your own feet. We will put a sole on them if you want to use them outside. They are great for winter use inside and outside.

Or you can choose to learn to make a wool felted vest, perfect for winter time. Warm and water resistant also keep the wind at bay.

First we will make a large piece of felt, using the traditional wet felting and rolling method. Then we will cut out the vest and sew it up, adding bottoms and ties. Style and function all in one!

Details & Registration – Felt Vest & Boot Making

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Oct
15
Sun
2017
Wild Mushroom Foraging Class
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This Fall, come experience the mysteries of edible, medicinal, and fantastic fungi with Charlie Aller, aka Charliceps.

A local mushroom forager, grower, and identification expert, Charliceps has been studying and loving fungi for the last five years, and the passion is real. Prepare to share it! The Queendom Fungi is ever-present but often out of sight– and its wonders and gifts are myriad. You will learn about basic safe mushroom identification and regenerative foraging practices, native medicinal fungi, and esoteric or cryptic fungi that humans are discovering every day. We will also cover the ecology of various common species so that you can find your own mushroom spots and better understand the role that fungi play on our planet. Trust me, you’ll be hooked!

Charliceps is plugged in to the mycelial network and no matter what the weather, there’s always something intriguing to see. If we’re lucky we could find morels, oysters, dryad’s saddle, and many more! A feast will be had sampling the fruits of the unseen subterranean realm. Prepare to have your gustatory horizons expanded and learn some crucial mushroom cooking techniques that can turn any mushroom, wild or cultivated, into a savory delicacy that will wow your friends (and you)!

Details & Registration – Wild Mushroom Foraging Class

  • Sept 24 or Oct 15
  • 10am – 3pm
  • Ages: Adults & Mature Teens
  • Location to be Announced- we are subject to the whims of Mother Nature! We will let everyone know as the time gets closer
  • $65
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Nov
11
Sat
2017
Knife or Hatchet Making Class
Nov 11 @ 9:00 am – Nov 12 @ 5:00 pm

Come and make a knife or a hatchet using the stock removal method. 

The stock removal method is not forging but does use a little bit of heat to harden and Temper the steel.

We will be using high carbon steel for this process which is already annealed. (annealed means, to heat metal and then cool slowly, to soften and make less brittle).

We will cut the steel to shape using a hand held grinder and then then put on the bevels and sharpen using files. Then we will polish using fine sandpaper.

Once the blade is finished on the Knife or hatchet we will attach wooden handles and make sheath’s using vegetable tanned leather.

Details & Registration – Knife or Hatchet Making

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2016 Earth / Survival Skills Programs:

Mar
20
Sun
2016
Women on Fire!
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Women on Fire! @ Ages: 18+
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Wild Women Unite~and learn the ins and outs of Friction Bowdrill Fire.

Making fire with sticks is what kept our ancestors alive. Whether you are interested in fire by friction as a survival skill, sacred meditation, handicraft, community effort, or individual challenge, this day will certainly remind you of just how alive and capable you are in this world. Come together with other women to explore this ancient art and go home with your own fire kit to keep you ON FIRE! 

For those women who have already carved a bowdrill kit, feel free to come out and practice and hone your skills, carve a new kit with different wood, or to explore the world of handrill or flint and steel! We will cater to all levels.

Details & Registration – Women on Fire!

  • March 20, 2016
  • 10am – 4pm
  • Ages 18+
  • LES Base Camp in Afton, VA (Click to get directions)
  • $60
  • Bring a strong fixed-blade knife (not the folding kind) to carve with. We will be selling these for $20 if you do not own one. Also bring: lunch, snacks, layers/rain gear appropriate to the weather and your openness and enthusiasm. 
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Jun
1
Wed
2016
The Coyote Mentoring Weekend
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day
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From the beginning of time, our brains have been deeply patterned on nature.

mandala_camp_cirleDid you ever feel like learning was hard or even painful,
and that something was missing?
Would you like to learn a more natural approach to learning
that engages with life?

This we know – learning can be naturally fun, the student can feel honored for where they are, and feel the draw to learn from within. People have a powerful gift.  What holds them back is mentoring and lack of support.  Nature-based mentoring is at the core of this model.

The coyote mentoring highlighted in this workshop is at the core of Living Earth Schools nature-based mentoring, and is what makes our programs so special.

LEARN the ages and stages of growth, the natural cycle of learning, how to support an individuals journey, and to profile for success.

EXPERIENCE some of the most valuable mentoring techniques to be found.
This ancient practice has been around since humans have walked on earth, it is how we are designed to learn.

GATHER with a community of like-minded folks who also want to engage with life and be of service, and return to a more natural way of learning.

BE GUIDED by a group of experienced mentors who have worked and taught coyote mentoring principles for years to hundreds if not thousands of people.

home_hands_fireCoyote mentoring emphasizes a powerful heart-centered journey of growth and discovery for the student.  It values long term relationships over short term ones.  It centers around the students passions, hands-on experience, figuring things out for oneself, walking to the edge of ones comforts, and the transitions periods of ones life.   It encourages the student to step fully into their life, to take personal responsibility for it, and to work from a place of selflessness.  All the while, the mentor’s role is largely invisible

Curiosity leads to Passion, which leads to Vision

Join us:
Be a part of a growing force of people who seek a more holistic way of learning, which honors nature, the individual and the creative life force. This is a collective group that knows true education is more about the love of learning, the experience and connection, than the load of information.  Science is beginning to show what we innately know to be true.

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What you will learn:

  • The natural flow learning cycle
  • The principles of coyote mentoring and how to apply them
  • The influence of brain patterning
  • Hands-on training by engaging in activities so you can see it in action
  • The gift of storytelling to teach and inspire others
  • Learn core routines found throughout the world that ground students in their senses and expand awareness.
  • The attributes that arise from effective coyote mentoring

Become inspired and empowered
to make a difference in the world

91zGhKDbM+LToday, people are feeling more and more disconnected in all aspects of their lives.  And it has come with a serious loss of connection and a weakened spirit.  The ripple affect of this is quite prevalent in our world today.

If we restore connections, it is shown to lead to greater respect of self, community, and nature.

If you are a single person, a parent, educator, social change leader, business person, athlete, or just someone who wants to learn more about mentoring, we know this course will inspire, educate and empower you. It will give you relevant tools to apply this coyote mentoring model into your daily life. This weekend class is a must for anyone who wants to become more involved in re-generating a culture that hones each persons gifts, supports a more heart centered way of life and nurtures connection to the natural world.

coyote_mentoring0412Launch into summer with this inspirational and renewing weekend.
Spend time with an awesome group of people, in a beautiful setting against the Blue Ridge mountains, with forest and river.  It is an amazing spot.  We will laugh and have fun, as life and learning should be.  We will eat wonderful food, mostly organic, and much of it is sourced locally.

Come dive into the world of Coyote Mentoring~
and welcome yourself home to a way of learning and
living that is connected and engaged with life.

We are a movement of people who are in love with life. Come join us!

Space is limited for this course.  If you are interested, please sign up now.

Class is taught by the Co-Founders of Living Earth School, Hub and Kate Knott, and Soupy-Erin Campbell

Details & Registration – Coyote Mentoring

  • 2017 dates TBA
  • Friday 6pm – Sunday 3pm
  • Adults 18+ (there may be exceptions for very mature 16+ who have been through LES programs)
  • Located in Sugar Hollow along a beautiful river, 20 minutes west of Charlottesville, VA.  (get directions)
  • $195. Register Now to get the discounted early bird rate as price increases to $225 after May 20th
  • Includes yummy organic food and basic camping. Please eat dinner before arriving on Friday evening.
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Dec
10
Sat
2016
Winter Boot Making
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm
Keep those toes toasty this winter with our own custom designed boots! Or give as a Christmas gift that just keeps giving! In this class, you will make a felt winter boot with a rubber sole. The felting portion will utilize the wet rolling method. Your feet will thank you!

Details & Registration – Winter Boot Making

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May
6
Sat
2017
LEATHER WORKING ~ Make Your Own Leather Shoe or Bag
May 6 @ 9:00 am – May 7 @ 5:00 pm
shoe_makingCome join master crafter Peter Yenken to craft your own leather shoe that fits your foot perfectly or a customized and beautiful leather bag!

Imagine how amazing it would feel to walk in a hand crafted shoe made exactly for you, by ………you! Or create your very own bag- designed for your unique lifestyle! 

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Option 1: In this class you will  make a pair of Mocassin style leather shoes. As seen in the picture.

Shoes are one of the most important things to learn to make. Our feet are so complex and individually shaped, thus our shoes should also be individually shaped to exactly fit the feet. Only handmade shoes are exact replicas of our feet and something we use every day.  How we make contact with the ground is so important to our well being.

The foot evolved to act as the foundation of our ability to balance as a shock absorber propulsion device,to be able to sustain enormous amounts of pressure, to be incredibly flexible and resilient. With modern shoes, the function of the foot atrophies thus causing loss of balance, mobility and shock absorption. Thus other parts of the body are asked to do the job of the foot, which causes structural problems further up the body, i.e knee, hip or back problems.  Nobody wants that!

Come make your own, super cool shoe and join in on the barefoot, minimalist craze!

Option 2: Make your very own backpack, messenger bag, or satchel.

Beauty and function combine in this amazing workshop offering! Choose your own style and materials, and craftsman Peter Yencken will give you detailed instruction and guidance to create your own durable and comfortable bag. A popular option is a leather backpack. Peter designed this style to be the perfect size for airline travel or as an overnight bag. Made from oiled vegetable tanned cow leather. Other options are a leather couriers bag, perfect for laptops or books, or a smaller day bag.

This may just be a perfect gift for you or one of your loved ones!

Details & Registration – Leather Working Class

  • May 6th and 7th, 2017
  • 9am – 5pm
  • Ages 16+
  • LES Base Camp in Afton, VA (Click here to get directions)
  • Price– For backpack: $260. For shoe making or smaller satchel:  $220
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Jul
28
Fri
2017
Family Archery: Making a wooden long bow or quiver and arrows
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day
Family Archery: Making a wooden long bow or quiver and arrows @ Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
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This Weekend Camp is designed for families.  Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow, let alone making one with your child? What a gift to be able to do this together and to cultivate this shared skill as a family.  This is for real and this is your chance to do it!

This is a camp that has been requested over the years.  There is a limited amount of space in this program.  All materials needed to complete the project are provided and each participant will go home with their own hand made bow and one arrow, or a quiver with several arrows.   In this program, the camper and parent/adult a will make a wooden long bow from a piece of wood, carving it down, shaping it, and tillering the bow so it works optimally.  Each participant will make their own string for the bow.   Or they can choose to make a quiver to store arrows in out of leather.  They will learn how to make arrows, fletching, shaping, etc.   They will leave with a few arrows to put in their quiver.

This is a great opportunity for families to make their very own archery kit, that if cared for can last a lifetime.   To take a project from raw materials to completion teaches competence and builds confidence.   This is an awesome opportunity, and not one that could be found anywhere else.  The teacher of this program has helped hundreds in this process, and is a very supportive teacher.  We are lucky to have him on board.  Peter will also go over the instinctive shooting method so that students leave knowing how to shoot their new bow.

Building and shooting longbows has been practiced for thousands of years all over world.  Bows have been used in many ways including: survival (both food gathering and protection), sport and meditation, and spiritual practice (Zen meditation). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices.

During this class, you will learn the skills to build a long bow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to finish the wood, and make strings. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method (this is the same method used by people who relied on the bow in their daily lives).

 

Details & Registration – Family Archery Camp

  • Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
  • July 28 – 30, 2017 FULL
  • The workshop begins on Friday at 6pm (please come having eaten dinner) and ends on Sunday at 3pm.
  • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here for directions)
  • $380 (for 1 child and 1 adult), each additional person is $220
  • Basic tent camping is included, with options to sleep in our tent cabins or to bring your own tent.  Participants will bring and cook their own food and are welcome to use our primitive camp kitchen with supplies.
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Aug
4
Fri
2017
Wood, Leather and Metal Weekend Adult Summer Camp
Aug 4 – Aug 6 all-day

Make your own knife and sheath, leather backpack or shoes!

This Weekend Camp is designed for adults to get to be Campers once again. Come get your hands in gear making your own stainless steel knife with sheath, or a pair of handmade leather shoes or leather backpack of choice.  Yes, you can do it all and you can wear shoes or a backpack that you’ve made your self, or a beautiful hand crafted knife. This is for real and this is your chance to do it!

This is a focused weekend spent crafting, laughing and learning under Peter Yenkin’s careful guided mentorship.  Peter has been crafting with people for many years and participants love his gentle, skilled ways.  There will be time to take a break and swim in our beautiful mountain stream and to bask in the serenity of the beauty that surrounds you.

Imagine waking in your handmade shoes or carving with your own handmade knife, or carrying your belongings in your own handmade backpack.  Yes, you can be a kid again and join us for our adult summer camp weekend! (a focused kid that is!)

Details & Registration – Wood, Leather & Metal Adult Camp

  • August 4 – 6, 2017
  • The workshop begins on Friday at 6pm (please come having eaten dinner) and ends on Sunday at 3pm.
  • Ages 18+
  • Sugar Hollow Camp (Click here to get directions)
  • $220
  • Basic tent camping is included, with options to sleep in our tent cabins or to bring your own tent.  Participants will bring and cook their own food and are welcome to use our primitive camp kitchen with supplies.
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Sep
9
Sat
2017
Living Earth Adult Foundations (LEAF) – Empowering 9 Weekend Adult Program
Sep 9 2017 – May 13 2018 all-day
One weekend per month beginning Sept 2017 – May 2018

Do you want to feel more alive and connected and in the flow with life? Come learn what your long ago ancestors have known, all along!

  • Discover the time-tested practices that Living Earth have been implementing to connect people deeply with nature for the past 15 years.  These practices have been shared and honed by visionary leaders and elders from around the world.
  • Learn real skills, under the guidance of skilled instructors, who have taken thousands of people along this journey.
  • Feel supported and at home in an environment of like-minded people…….your tribe.

Check out tuition discounts at the bottom of the page…

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Live, Learn, Laugh, Connect & Celebrate~ Together!

leaf_nine_monthJoin us:
Be a part of a growing global movement that is re-connecting with nature, empowering their lives and embracing healthy community.  As people find themselves disenfranchised with life, the “Nature Connection Movement” is building momentum because it makes sense.

Come learn and live the practices that have worked successfully for eons to bring about deep nature connection.  Building a strong connection is not random, as running a successful business or creating a healthy home life, is not random. There are successful methods that work to connect people with nature. This course is built using those successful models and practices.  They will utterly transform your life.

This is Nature Connection that really works,
honoring how we are meant to live and learn!

What will you Learn:

Orientation to the Earth~ core practices to connecting and building a deep relationship with nature, natural movement, motivating species, hazards, how to set up the ideal learning environment, and more

Wildlife Track and Sign~ how to read the signs and tracks of animals, animal forms, lessons from the animals and the deeper meanings they teach us about awareness

Plants in Human Life~ edibles, medicinals, and utilitarian uses of plants, how to integrate these wonderful allies into our daily lives, including identifying, ethical harvesting, processing, cooking and consuming

Tending the Earth~ caretaking and permaculture/ecology and Stewardship.  Humans, in balance, are caretakers of the earth.  We will learn to wield our skills and ability to help the earth heal and return to health and vitality.

Wilderness Survival Skills~ Shelter, Fire, Water, food~ Survival skills teach us the bare necessities to live on earth.  We will utilize our hands to craft from what the earth offers. These skills increase our creativity and competence, and thus build our ability to live in balance with the earth.  Once you know these skills, a peace comes over you and you feel as if you belong.

Inner tracking and Community~ at the heart of healthy community is peacemaking~ We will learn core peace principles that guide us how to best conduct ourselves in community.  We will learn to track the affects of our actions, so that we can consciously live the life we want.  We will learn community processes so that we can thrive together in a supportive environment.

Bird Language~ Learn to identify the voices of the birds and what they are telling you about the greater landscape.  The birds will transform what you can read from the landscape in more ways than you can imagine.  The birds expand our awareness of the landscape, giving us a pulse of the web of life, and will become a mirror to our own awareness.

mud_woman_in_treeSkills of the Scout~ Advanced Natural Movement to move undetected, experience the quiet mind, and move in flow with the earth~ You will become a keen observer, and use that awareness to affect positive change.  In ancient cultures, scouts were the ears and eyes of the community, protecting it from harm, and working selflessly.

What if you could access our natural blueprint developed from loving and wise elders and ancient cultures from around the world?
What if these practices helped you feel more like you belong and helped awaken some of your true essence?
What if this wisdom and these practices could help you feel more alive, tuned, relaxed, loving, present, curious, creative and full of empathy for humans, the earth and even yourself?
Imagine how life would feel!
What would be possible?
Why wouldn’t you want these?

Disconnection is one of the biggest dis-eases of our times. This epidemic in nature connection has left most of us not really knowing how to connect in meaningful ways. And yet, the media is increasingly discussing the positive affects of nature for humans.  Nature has nourished humans physically, emotionally, and spiritually since the beginning.  Deep nature connection will help you get back the life you know you deserve; it will cure the feelings of dis-connection.

Never before has such a comprehensive course like this been offered in the mid-Atlantic. This program will orient us to what the Haudenosaunee call “our original instructions”.  Our mission is to bring nature connection into your life in a powerful way, teach skills that build competence, expand your awareness, and create a thriving community of passionate students of life.   We also know that from a program like this, people feel more empowered to grab life by the horns and live fully. And as my friend Ryan Eliason says “to become an unstoppable force for good”.

If you are a single person, a parent, educator, social change leader, business person, athlete, or just someone who wants to learn more about nature, we know this course will inspire, educate and empower you, giving you relevant practices to bring into your daily life.

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Here’s how the course works:

mandala_camp_cirleEach weekend we will have a focused theme, like bird language, primitive skills, etc.  We keep a baseline of core practices running throughout each week. We gather on Saturday morning, share a little as a group about highlights from our time off.  We will then drop into the theme for the weekend.  We will share inspiring stories, important background info, and then get outside and learn by doing. We have certain tools and “best practices” to stimulate the learning environment.  Depending on the subject, we might learn where to find it, how to harvest, store, eat, and make something with what we found.  At night, we will have inspiring time fireside, sharing, music, story, and fun games.  To close the weekend, we will reflect together on what we learned, as that solidifies the experience. We will give pointers of how to take this new knowledge home, and integrate it into your life.  Often, in time between classes there are impromptu study groups.  We offer homework, and what you choose to do is up to you.  Our goal is to help you learn as much as you can, get maximum benefit, and support you on this learning journey.

We will have special guest instructors for certain weekends, and do some field trips to awesome places to expand our experience.

Nature connection is real.  It is our birth rite, to live fully, to live connected and to live in harmony with nature.  What are you waiting for?   Come join us for the LEAF  experience and come ALIVE!!!

Living Earth School is a leader in the field of deep nature connection.  There is nothing else like us.  Where a lot of programs are information focused or task oriented, we are about people and nature, curiosity and relationship.

From the simple structure of monthly camping to learning how to make and use my own tools, to tuning into and rediscovering how I move in the natural world I am a part of, this course has affected every day of my life since our first class.
Lilia
This we know-

If you join LEAF you will

  • Learn a ton about your surroundings and feel oriented to your place
  • Know how to live at earth-speed
  • Know how to use your local wild allies
  • Be more community minded
  • Know thy self

Be empowered to live a life attuned to the heart.

We know that you won’t find another opportunity like LEAF.

We are a movement of people who are in love with life. Come join us!

Space is very limited for this program, once it is full, that is it. The door is closed until next time we offer this program

Instructors:

Hub Knott, and Erin Campbell (aka Soupy) with guest instructors including Kate Knott, Dave Perrie, and Rain Perrie

Details & Registration – Adult Nature Connnection

  • September 2017 – May 2018. One weekend a month, Saturday-Sunday.
    Dates: Sept 9-10, Oct 7-8, Nov 11-12, Dec 9-10, Jan 6-7, Feb 10-11, March 10-11, April 7-8, May 12-13
  • 9am Saturday — Sunday 3pm
  • Adults
  • Charlottesville area
  • Price:$1750 regular tuition. Discounts: Buddy Discount $1550 (for two people signing up together) Registration ends August 27
  • Accommodations:  tent space, local hotel, or stay at home
    Meals: Bring your own meals, evening potluck Saturday.  Stoves provided to help with cooking

    For an application for partial work-trade or scholarship, please email erinmaureencampbell@gmail.com. Applications are due August 13.

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Brief Story:

What Hub saw in the Bushman People upon his visit to Africa in 2011

When I went to Africa a few years back, I saw a community of the Bushman that was so deeply connected with their home landscape it was breathtaking.  They had what they call ropes of connection to all the plants, animals, insects, soils, rocks, sky, and the Creator.  They were masterfully competent with all their skills.  Each person’s gifts were honored and integrated into the community.  Though not financially rich, they were the happiest people he has ever been around and deeply rich in spirit.  It was infectious. They had processes that kept their community strong.  There were core activities that they did over and over every day that kept them vital and connected to nature and creation.  Their success as a culture, for so long, was not random, it was by thoughtful and practical design. 

This trip confirmed that a lot of the core things, that have been a part of LES since the beginning, were right on target. We have seen many people in our programs come alive with child-like curiosity, feel more love for life, develop more empathy, feel more connected, empowered, centered, and full of earthly peace.  People often comment how quiet and calm they feel in side.  A sparkle and zest for life can be seen in their eyes.  Many have mentioned how LES has transformed their lives.  Again, this is not random.  It was by design facilitated by seasoned mentors.  

 

Sep
17
Sun
2017
Wild Edible Plants – Foraging and Feasting
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm
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This class will open up the world of local wild foods that grow right within your own yard and near by. 

It is amazing~there is tasty wild food growing right outside your door!  Its really quite simple and our expert guide will give you everything you need to know to take the mystery out of wild foods and bring in the tasty and practical. We are surrounded by such an abundance of green plant allies that are packed with flavor, nutrition, and beauty.  If we care for them, they will continue to be abundant into the future.

In this class, you will be guided by expert wildcrafter Rain and taste the wild abundance right at your fingertips.  Come learn what  you can eat, basic plant i.d., advanced i.d. for those that want it, harvest basketfuls, and then gather to cultivate them into tasty offerings and cook them over the fire.  If the timing is right, we will likely forage for the ever elusive morel mushroom!  Sure to be a feast for the senses, mind, and taste buds!!!  Add a little local flavor to your meals, connect with the earth in a more intimate way, and go home with skills that will feed you and your family and friends.

We will also hold an Advanced Wild Edibles class this Fall! This is perfect for those who have attended a previous Wild Edibles class, and are ready to take their skill set to the next level!

Details & Registration – Wild Edible Plants

  • Sept 17, Oct 14, Nov 12 (ADVANCED); or Nov 18, 2017
  • 10am – 4pm
  • Adults (can make exceptions for mature, 13+ that already have a passion and experience in working with plants)
  • LES Base Camp in Afton, VA (Click here to get directions)
  • $65 for regular class, $75 for advanced class
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Sep
23
Sat
2017
Building A Wooden Long Bow -OR- Quiver and Arrows Workshop
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day

Building and shooting longbows has been practiced for thousands of years all over world. Bows have been used in many ways including: survival (both food gathering and protection), sport and meditation, and spiritual practice (Zen meditation). This class is a continuation of these ancient practices.

During this class, you will learn the skills to build a long bow, how to choose the wood, the tools needed and their use, how to finish the wood, and make strings. By Sunday, the bow will be ready to shoot. You will be taught the “instinctive” shooting method (this is the same method used by people who relied on the bow in their daily lives). You will leave the class with a finished bow, one arrow, and enough understanding to be able to build a bow on your own.

-OR- Choose to make a leather quiver and arrows. We will be using the traditional Welsh method of crafting arrows- we will pick shaft material, learn straightening methods, cut the nocks, cut and put on the feathers, and learn how to process full feathers putting on field points. You will make up to 6 arrows. On the second day, you will make a back quiver that will hold 12 arrows. We will use vegetable tanned cow hide for these beautiful quivers.This is great for those who have already completed the Long Bow class or who already have a bow they love. Complete your set!

Instructors: Peter Yencken has been making bows for over 15 years. He started making bows while working at Tom Browns Tracking and Wilderness Survival School. He is a guest teacher to many wilderness schools here in the US and Australia. He has taught the art of making bows to well over 500 people.

Details & Registration – Building A Wooden Long Bow -OR- Quiver and Arrows

  • Sept 23-24, 2017
  • Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 9am – 4pm
  • Ages open to mature, competent 14+
  • LES Base Camp in Afton, VA (Click here to get directions)
  • $225
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