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14 Day Advanced Wilderness Living Skills Intensive I & II
November 2-8 Session I & November 9-15 Session II

Students have the option to sign-up for either or both weeks.

Click here for a breakdown of Week I & II

This course is the most comprehensive skills program you will ever attend! This is the pinnacle of all Wilderness skills workshops. A true "Hands On Experience!"

EARTH SCHOOL is going to teach you the mysteries of the natural world. Learn how to live comfortably in the outdoors, expand and awaken your senses and connect with nature using the lost knowledge and skills of our ancestors.

A Message From Richard... 

"Hello everyone,

We hold this 14 Day experience every year. I look forward to all my classes, but the Advanced Skills Program holds a special place in my Heart. This class will test your current skills AND teach you valuable new ones. This class will hone your outdoor living and self-reliant skills to a higher level than you ever thought possible. I know of no other program that can deliver this high level of comprehensive personal instruction. The quality of instruction in this program is truly impressive and limited enrollment will ensure that you receive the personal attention necessary to truly learn these skills. This is the ultimate "Hands On" "Advanced Skills Program."      Instructor to student ratio will be 1 to 5 or better !

Whether you're an accomplished outdoorsperson, a trained naturalist or nature enthusiast, this program will greatly enhance your outdoor awareness and instill a strong sense of self confidence and skill as you participate in any outdoor adventure. Join us for this amazing experience !!"

* "In addition to our regular staff of instructors, I will again be bringing in some of the top instructors in the country to teach various skills. The level of instruction at this program will be truly unparalleled! - My ultimate goal for this program is to send each student home with armfuls of completed projects and a sense of real accomplishment !!"....Richard

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Click here for a breakdown of Week I & II


"Don't forget to bring any of your unfinished projects...we'll help you complete them too !"

Having a bad hair day !


Here are a few things you will learn in this information-packed experience...

  • How to make basic and advanced shelters that will keep you alive in below freezing temperatures. Students will have the opportunity to build their own shelters with the quidance of experienced instructors.
  • Learn several advanced firemaking techniques. You'll even construct a rock oven, a steam pit and learn to cook in them ! Numerous fire lays, structures, cooking techniques and food preservation will be discussed and demonstrated.
  • How to identify and use wild plants for food, medicine, clothing, tools, insulation and more. You'll even learn how to make acorn bread and process wild seeds into a nutritous flour !
  • Turn raw clay into beautiful pottery you can cook meals in. You'll also make baskets you can be proud of.
  • Learn wilderness fishing techniques like fish bows, fish traps, spears and fish nets !
  • Make Survival bows complete with arrows. You'll also have the opportunity to make Atl Atls (Aboriginal spear throwers), Cherokee Blowguns and learn how to use them like an expert !
  • How to tan deer hides and transform them into beautiful buckskin. Honor, respect and use of the entire animal will be taught in this program !

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Program Overview...

Earth School's knowledgeable staff will teach you to these skills using a combination of engaging lectures with plenty of hands-on experience. This class has limited enrollment to insure you get all the personal attention you need to complete your projects as you hone your outdoor skills and watch your self-confidence soar ! Instructor to student ratio will be 1 to 5 or better !

This is the pinnacle of all Wilderness skills workshops. In this "Hands On Experience" students will learn and complete a multitude of great projects. Your skill and confidence will grow as you immerse yourself in these amazing outdoor survival skills. Here are some of the skills you'll learn:

*Survival Bowmaking     *Flintknapping     *Arrowmaking    *Firemaking    *Atl Atls    *Hide-Tanning     *Cherokee Blowguns    *Shelters    *Pottery     *Basketry   *Primitive Cooking     *Rock Oven     *SteamPit       *Food Preservation      *Acorn Bread     *Ashcakes     *Wild Plants    *Fish Traps     *Fish Spears        ...And Much More !

This class is structured to allow ample time for students to complete their projects. The motivation is up to you ! Be prepared for long days, hard satisfying work and great rewards !

Click here for a breakdown of Week I & II

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Class size is strictly limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Don't miss your chance! The tuition for this program is only $845 per week. Also, if you attend both weeks you'll save $200 ! That's only $745 per week... a huge savings !

Tuition includes all materials and meals... We'll even arrange transportation to and from the airport. A confirmation letter will be sent to you upon acceptance, including a list of items to bring and directions.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Dear Friend,

Do you enjoy spending time in the outdoors? Do you camp, hike, fish or hunt?

Have you ever wondered what you would do if you got lost?...Stranded?...Injured?

What if you lost your backpack?...Your coat?...Your matches?

Do you have the knowledge and skills to survive in the wild for one night?...Two nights?...An entire week...or longer?

Each year thousands of outdoorsman find themselves in these exact situations only to realize that they lack the necessary skills to provide even their most basic needs. Our ancestors had none of the modern high-tech gear that we have today, yet could survive easily because of their intimate knowledge of the natural world. Without matches, knives, GPS, plastic containers, tents, sleeping bags, or freeze-dried food, they were able to live comfortably and easily.

Nature provides everything we need to survive, and flourish, if we take the time to learn her many secrets. The basic skills of survival and awareness were common knowledge to all native peoples from a very young age. In our modern fast-paced, technology-dependent society, its easy to see how far we have distanced ourselves from this important information. Could you survive without your gear?

And what about awareness? Awareness is the key to living well in the outdoors. Awareness of your surroundings. Awareness of your strengths, weaknesses, abilities, limits. Awareness of the plants, animals, trees, birds, and more are all critical, not only to your survival, but to your enjoyment of the outdoors. What have you been missing?

Get ready ! This is the program you've been looking for. Join us for 14 days of training that will blow your mind! Held in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, this program will teach you everything you need to know to feel safe, secure, and in balance with the great outdoors.

In Wildness,

Richard Cleveland
Founder & Director

More Highlights From This Class...
  • Learn to identify a number of wild edible plants. You'll learn how to gather and make nutritious meals and teas, even in the dead of winter !
  • You'll learn basic rockworking and flintknapping techniques. Whether you're experienced or a novice, expert instructors will help you reach the next level !
  • Finding safe, clean water is a problem in even the most remote, untouched wilderness areas today due to pollution, viruses, and bacteria. Learn how to purify water collected from streams, rivers, & lakes without the need for filters or chemical tablets !
  • Learn advanced animal sign tracking. You'll learn how to interpret and understand the clues animals leave as they move through the landscape relating to their natural environment. This knowledge is critical to Survival and can be applied anywhere !
  • Also, you'll learn several hunting and trapping techniques in this program. Students will actually make their own traps, and not just see diagrams. *NOTE: No animals will be harmed during this program.
  • And much, much more !

Testimonials from Previous Students...

Thanks again for a great two weeks in your advanced wilderness survival class. I learned so much in the way of factual knowledge/skills along with a broadened perspective and appreciation for nature. It was all the hands-on experiential learning that really made it stick. The knowledge base of you and your instructor's was incredible!

The day after I returned from your class I found my 16-year-old cousin lying on the couch complaining that there was nothing on television. Immediately I offered to take her outside and have some fun. Walking around urban Winston-Salem, NC we collected willow branches for weaving baskets and flat rocks for a stone oven. We saw a great blue heron, harvested from a sweet bamboo grove, and studied deer and raccoon tracks in a creek that ran through a tiny patch of woods I would never have guessed could support a deer. Your class gave me the knowledge base and enthusiasm to share this with someone else and make it applicable to fun, tangible projects.

Since I came home, I've been camping in my tiny 30 x 50-foot back yard in order to spend more time outside and learn the area better. I had lived in that house for 10 years and never paid any attention to the plants or animals. Now I'm using the wisteria there to build a little bamboo shelter, and this morning I sat and listened to the birds sing while watching a rabbit nibble at the grass. I guess it all boils down to this: your class taught me how to appreciate and utilize the natural resources all around us, which can be so easy to overlook if nobody shows us what to look at. I simply can't thank you enough.

Eric Thompson ,  Winston Salem, NC.




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