FALL SESSIONS 2019: FRIDAYS–start September 20 through December 13, skip Friday after Thanksgiving (12-week Session)Book SWIFT EAGLE FALL!
WINTER SESSIONS 2020: Start Friday, January 10 and continue for 8 weeks
Book SWIFT EAGLE WINTER now!
In the Heron Program, we began a foundation of learning nature awareness and wilderness living skills. The Swift Eagle Program introduces many new skills and adventures while building on the foundations of the Heron Program.
in Amherst, MA
“Earthworks was the perfect thing at the perfect time for our 12 year old son, offering him connection, community, and confidence when he needed it most. While at first the wilderness experience seemed way outside Ben’s comfort zone, it soon became clear that this WAS his comfort zone. In his words: “I can really be myself here.” Many thanks to Frank and his dedicated, knowledgable, and caring team for helping our son tap into strengths he didn’t even know he had, and build new ones. Our family is forever grateful. ” Jennifer G, a homeschool mom
Curricular components and additions:
- Introduction to flint knapping
- Fire challenge
- Aidless navigation
- Harvesting materials
- Pottery and firing
- Net bags
- Natural sleeping bags
- Bow and arrow making
- Rock boing
- Survival cement
- Lost proofing
- Winter survival skills
- Advanced wilderness shelters
- Digging stick and fire hardening
- First aid training
- Language of tracking
- Learning animal gates
- Baskets and containers
- Fire with rocks
- The art of firemaking…bow drill, hand drill, fire plow
- Flint and steel
- Preparing for winter
- Secret spot
- Camouflage and invisibility
- Creating set of tools for survival
- Earth philosophy
- Make backpack
- Celebration and storytelling
- Plaster casts and making tracking museum
- Carving knife safety and knife care
- Animal forms and stalking kata
- Coal burning spoons and bowls
Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature. For the development of wilderness living skills, it is necessary that we follow the rhythms of the Earth by harvesting materials and creating our earthen wares in the proper season.
Documentation of our experiences include photographs, measuring, mapping, independent study and research, drawing and journaling.
WHO: Preteens & Teens
WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
WHEN: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Fall (12-week), Winter (8-week) & Spring (10-week) sessions
HOW MUCH: $55-$70/class, sliding scale + $10 for Handbook/Journal (required–same can be used for all 3 seasons) + $10 for T-shirt (required only for Spring session; not available during Fall & Winter). 50% tuition due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks of start of Program…payment plan is available.