Ages 16 and up
Linne Doran: Duvall, WA
9-5pm both days; No food provided
November 13th-14th, 2021
The ultimate expression of freedom is the lack of reliance on items you can’t produce yourself. This is the essence of Bushcraft—what you need to know to craft and successfully use the tools for living in the Bush. Each skill that we teach will have a practical application. Theory will be put to the test. You will learn fundamental skills in how to live closer to nature. Instead of just surviving, you will learn to live and thrive with the natural materials that surround you.
In this weekend course, you will learn these core skills of Bushcraft:
- Safe and efficient knife use and maintenance (including sharpening)
- How to make a friction fire (bow drill fire making)
- Carving and coal-burning your own spoon
- How to make strong utility cordage (rope) out of natural plant materials
- Creating containers out of bark and/or gourds
Class takes place on our 40-acre property outside of Duvall, WA. It will go from 9-5pm Saturday and Sunday. No food provided. Participants are required to bring a fixed-blade, non-serrated knife to class. We will have knives available for purchase ($20-35 depending on the model). Please note that not everyone will be able to accomplish all of the above listed, as some projects require more time than others.
Please note that all classes at Wilderness Awareness School will require staff and participants to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and have a health check at the start of each day. With all of this, we’re still confident that these workshops will remain potent experiences that deliver new skills, enrich perspectives, and deepen a connection to the natural world around us.
If we cancel a program before the start date, we’ll offer a full refund. Additionally, if you need to cancel before the program start date due to being adversely impacted by COVID-19 (job loss, illness, caring for sick family members, etc.), we will offer a full refund.
Meet Your Instructor:
Samuel Bowman joined the WAS staff in 2012 after completing the Anake Outdoor School and Nature Instructor Training. He grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Western Virginia on his families’ dairy farm. From solo wanderings on the farm’s 600 acres to working on the farm with the family, Sam discovered a connection and respect for the land and all that are supported by it.
He spent many summers participating in, leading and directing summer camps. From his home church camp in Virginia to a disability camp in Iowa. Along the way learning and having a blast camping, rock climbing, canoing, horseback riding, white water rafting and whatever else campers were interested in doing.
Sam graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Philosophy and Religion. While there he continued his exploration of the world by spending a semester in India and visiting Europe, the Middle East, Nigeria, and the Caribbean. Always adding to his understanding of how others live and view the world.
Sam loves working with his hands. He enjoys wood working and teaching classes of wheel thrown pottery and animal butchering. He feels blessed to now be in a community where all of his passions and interests can be fed, used, and valued.