Earthwork Wilderness Survival Training School | 413-340-1161



    Roots, Roots & Roots


    Art of Fire


    Lenore Anderson, Herbalist



    Skill of the Knife

A Weekend of Wilderness Skills Workshops

Saturday, September 21, & Sunday, September 22

5 Workshops! Attend all, some or just one!

Register early for Early-Bird prices!

If you plan to attend ALL 5 Workshops: REGISTER HERE & SAVE 10% Book ALL 5 WORKSHOPS

Register for individual Workshops below

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 


9:00-12:00 The Skill of the Knife WS 1  Adults, Teens, Families w/children 8 years+, Early-Bird: $50/adult, $25/child with parent (add $10/person for Regular price) Book SKILL OF KNIFE


1:00-4:00 Wild Edibles WS 2 Adults, Teens, Families, Early-Bird: $50/adult, $30/child with parent (add $10/person for Regular price) Book EDIBLES/MEDICINALS


5:00-8:00 Primitive Cooking & Medicine Making WS 3 Adults, Teens, Families, Early-Bird: $65/adult, $35/child with parent (add $10/person for Regular price) Book COOKING/MEDICINE MAKING


9:30-12:30 The Art of Fire WS 4 Adults, Teens, Families, Early-Bird: $50/adult, $25/child with parent (add $10/person for Regular price) Book FIRE


1:30-4:30 Animal Tracking plus BONUS–Bird Language WS 5 Adults, Teens, Families, Early-Bird: $50/adult, $25/child with parent (add $10/person for Regular price) Book 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! We will learn how to identify and harvest wild plants and mushrooms that we will prepare and eat at the evening Primitive Cooking Workshop. Learn how to ethically harvest wild cherry bark and make Wild Cherry Bark Syrup that works wonders for dry hacking coughs and many other health conditions.

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 (for adults, teens & families): Do you know how to cook multiple items? Are you tired of burning your outdoor dinners and getting smoked out?
The Primitive Cooking & Wilderness Cuisine Workshop is exactly what you’re looking for! 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. We will teach many tips and tricks like, how to cook a delicious hot stone soup in a pumpkin! We will set up camp rigs that will allow you to cook at your leisure and having fun doing it! Come and enjoy time in the wilderness gather around the fire with good people, fun stories and a delicious shared meal.

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)

Pricing for individual Workshops: Register early for Early-Bird prices; there is limited Discount pricing; Regular pricing is generally $10 more than Early-Bird

If you plan to attend ALL 5 Workshops: REGISTER EARLY & SAVE 10% (Early-Bird: $238.50/adult, $126/child with adult, attending all 5 Workshops; Regular pricing is $315/adult; $190/child)


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–$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.

Book CAMPING now!

* Rustic cabin w/bunkbed (bring own linens/sleeping bags)–$20/person

Cabin has electricity and is very plain, like a backyard shed. If it is cold, there may be a space heater available. The bunk is metal camp-style with foam mattresses. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags. Cabin is just a few steps from the lodge where you can use the kitchen and dining room (the water is shut off during the winter).

Book CABIN now!

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.