Earth Connection is a school of primitive skills and wilderness survival located in Northern Virginia and North Carolina (Raleigh/Durham area) that has been in existence for over a decade. Our hands-on classes are reasonably priced because we don't believe in big price tags for primitive skills. That's just not natural!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Primitive Skills (10-12 Nov)

The contrasting weather brought an Indian Summer with sun and warmth the first day when we constructed our leaf debri huts followed succinctly the last day by the usual cold fall rains we encounter this time of year... you know the kind that wake you up warm and cozy in your leaf cocoon to the pitter-patter of rain falling on your leaf roof.

Well... if you made the debri hut properly only then would you wake up warm instead of cold and wet. Ask Earth Connections newest Primitive Skills Class graduates that were taught primitive wilderness survival skills. Although the rainy weather on the last day caused us some consternation, we persevered through the cold to the grand finally of basket making indoors. That's right, we wimped out to have limber hands and dry backsides to make beautiful baskets out of material we collected on site.

Note worthy:
Many of our students for this class are instructors from the Quest Center where they focus physical, mental and spiritual study in the ancient art of Ninjutsu which includes the topics that Earth Connection teaches.

What our students experienced:
Leaf hut shelter constuction, without tools or cord; friction fire making with the bow drill; primitive tool making; primitive water gathering and purification; primitive traps; rabbit hunting stick; edible plants, primitive cooking, wicker basketry from vines, plant and tree bark string, and burning out wooden bowls.

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