Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School | 413-340-1161

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A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops

Saturday, September 23, & Sunday, September 24

5 Workshops! Attend all, some or just one!

REGISTER for ALL 5 & SAVE 10%

FOR 4 OF THE WORKSHOPS, REGISTER 2 ADULTS AND YOUR 3RD PERSON IS FREE!!

Join Frank Grindrod & Earthwork Programs to learn new and practice old wilderness skills.

All Workshops are in Conway, MA

For Adults & Teens; some Workshops are great for Families too!

I would think everyone from any walk of life would benefit from learning the skills Frank offers and the knowledge he imparts, on any level they wish to learn it. -Mary, Weekend Getaway participant 

SPECIAL UPDATE TO WS 3 Primitive Cooking…now includes Medicine Making!

Experience herbal medicine making with Cherry Bark Syrup! In combination with the Wild Edibles & Medicinals Workshop (WS 2), learn how to ethically harvest wild cherry bark, easily peel the inner bark and make medicinal syrup for dry hacking coughs and many other health conditions

 

Saturday

9:00-12:00 The Skill of the Knife WS 1  Adults, Teens, Families w/children 8 years+REGISTER (Knife)
1:00-4:00 Wild Edibles WS 2 Adults, Teens, Families
REGISTER (Edibles)

5:00-8:00 Primitive Cooking & Medicine Making WS 3 * Adults, Teens, Families

REGISTER (Cooking)

Sunday
9:30-12:30 The Art of Fire WS 4 Adults, Teens, Families
REGISTER (Fire)

1:30-4:30 Animal Tracking plus BONUS–Bird Language WS 5 Adults, Teens, Families

REGISTER (Tracking)

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:Using knife safely while stripping bark for bow


The Skill of the Knife Workshop
(for adults, teens & families with children 8 years of age or older): Learn why the Mayan culture called a knife the “tooth of the Earth.” Study basics of knife safety, carving methods, handling a knife, and blade care, including sharpening. And make your own kit!

Wild Edibles (for adults & mature teens): Build your confidence and competence in identifying, gathering, processing, preparing, cooking and eating Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants!

The class on wild edibles was my second with Frank and continued with the same thorough, thoughtful approach I appreciated in the first class. Since meeting him at his recent talk earlier this month, I have already been able to incorporate wild foods into my diet every day. I look forward to deepening my knowledge of wild edible plants as I progress through the yearlong immersion program. -Laurell, a Weekend Getaway participant

cooking on firePrimitive Cooking & Medicine Making (for adults, teens & families): During the Wild Edibles Workshop, we gather wild plants and mushrooms and process them. During this Workshop, we will cook a feast from the roots and plants we harvested. Learn how to cook a delicious hot stone soup in a pumpkin! Food prep and maintaining a good fire are two secrets to good outdoor cooking while enjoying the process; we will share many tips and tricks.

Bowdrill PicThe Art of Fire (for adults, teens & families): Experience this lost art that we are preserving and sharing with the future generations…see our children rekindle this connection to our past and see for yourself why this is essential to witness.

The art of fire was almost magical – that fire can be created from things that can be found in our surroundings plus a bit of physical effort.  I would not have believed it possible if I had not attended the class. -Mary, Weekend Getaway participant 

Animal Tracking + Bird Language (for adults, teens & families): There’s no better teacher than experience…learn and practice:  the 5 arts of tracking, the art of questioning, 3 perspectives of trackings, mind’s eye training and field journaling! In our tracking classes, throughout the year, beginner and expert trackers come together and are immersed in ancient and modern teachings.

The tracking class was almost more a class in awareness – it made me see the woods and the life of the animals who live in it through the tracks and signs they leave behind as they move.  -Mary, Weekend Getaway participant 

PLUS learn the 5 main bird voices; by understanding them, and knowing what foundation behaviors to watch for that differentiate baseline and alarm, you can start to experience a more intimate and very powerful depth of knowing.

 

Bring your field guides, a journal and sense of wonder!

Earthworks workshops provided an amazing educational experience for my three teens and me. With so many great workshops it is difficult to determine which aspect of the wilderness weekend I enjoyed most. Earthworks gives those of us who have read the survival books and watched the shows an opportunity to practice these skills first hand with knowledgeable and patient guidance that caters to both beginners and experienced woodsmen. -Bronya, mom of 3 teens (all attended the Weekend Getaway last Spring)

Cost:

ALL WORKSHOPS EXCEPT PRIMITIVE COOKING/MEDICINALS: Per Workshop–$50/adult, $30/child with adult prepaid (add $10/person/Workshop if pay day of)

(AND FOR SKILL OF THE KNIFE, WILD EDIBLES & MEDICINALS, ART OF FIRE AND ANIMAL TRACKING & BIRD LANGUAGE–REGISTER 2 ADULTS & YOUR 3RD PERSON IS FREE!!)

PRIMITIVE COOKING & MEDICINE MAKING: $65/adult prepaid; $35/child with adult–MUST BE PREPAID TO ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP

If you plan to attend ALL 5 Workshops: PREPAY & SAVE 10% ($238.50/adult, $139.50/child with adult, attending all 5 Workshops)

TOTAL $265 FOR ALL 5 FOR ONE ADULT, prepaid. Register & prepay for all 5 Workshops, save 10%–$238.50!

 

For specific questions, call 413-340-1161

During the short time that I attended the program, I realized that I was surrounded by people more experience than I had ever known and all of them were more than willing to share their knowledge. -Chris, a Weekend Getaway participant

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT!

tentOpportunity to stay overnight on the land on Saturday night!
* Bring own tent & supplies–$10/person

You can set up your tent in our big field – an 8-acre field of mowed grass. It is a short walk from there up to the main lodge where you can use the shower and bathroom facilities, kitchen and dining room.
REGISTER for CAMPING

* Rustic cabins w/bunkbeds (bring own linens/sleeping bags)–$20/person (limited spots)

Both cabins have electricity. If it is cold, there is a space heater available. They are very plain, like a backyard shed. The bunks are metal camp-style with foam mattresses, but we have multiple mattresses if you want to stack them for more comfort. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags. Both cabins are just a few steps from the lodge where you can use the shower and bathroom facilities, kitchen, and dining room.
— Fox Cabin has two bunkbeds to sleep 4 people.
— Eagle Cabin is larger and can accommodate 6 people in 3 bunkbeds.
REGISTER for CABIN

The bathroom and shower facilities are rustic, like a summer sleepaway camp or simple campground. The men’s and women’s bathrooms each have hot and cold water, with 2 showers, 2 toilets, and 2 sinks. Sadly, they are not
heated.

Bouchard Lodge

The Lodge is a rustic multi-purpose camp building.

The kitchen has a commercial gas range, several refrigerators, 2 sinks, and a microwave. It is fully equipped with pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, etc.  We just ask that you clean up after yourselves and recycle into the
appropriate containers.

The dining area is very flexible. We have folding tables and chairs that you can use as needed, a small nature library for reference, and a cabinet of board games. There is an old tv and a pile of videotapes that you are welcome to use.

NEED TO REGISTER FOR CAMPING BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15