Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School | 413-340-1161

wild edibles--Autumn

A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops

Saturday, September 23, & Sunday, September 24

5 Workshops! Attend all, some or just one!

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 

Picking elderberries wild edibles and medicinalsSPECIAL UPDATE TO WS 3 Primitive Cooking…now includes Medicine Making!

Experience herbal medicine making with Elderberries! We will simmer elderberry and honey into a syrup over the fire to create a potent syrup for supporting the immune system!

Elderberries grow all over the world and have a long tradition for treating many ailments. They are best known for their high antioxidant activity from the pigments, tannins and flavonoids, including quercitian, that protect our cells against “free-radical” damage when there are toxins in the blood stream. Elderberry flowers and berries are effective herbs for the immune system alone as Sambucus, or blended in an herbal formula with other herbs to fight off coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections. TAKE HOME A SAMPLE BOTTLE!!


9:00-12:00 The Skill of the Knife WS 1  Adults, Teens, Families w/children 8 years+
1:00-4:00 Wild Edibles WS 2 Adults, Teens, Families
5:00-8:00 Primitive Cooking & Medicine Making WS 3 * Adults, Teens, Families

9:30-12:30 The Art of Fire WS 4 Adults, Teens, Families
1:30-4:30 Animal Tracking plus BONUS–Bird Language WS 5 Adults, Teens, Families

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 prepare and cook them. We’ll also learn baking strategies and how to make your own bannock. 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)


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


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


tentOpportunity to stay overnight on the land on Saturday night!
* Bring own tent & supplies–$5/person/night
* Rustic cabins w/bunkbeds (bring own linens/sleeping bags)–$8/person/night (limited spots)
Both options have use of the kitchen, showers & toilets