The main purpose of this group is to share traditional “back to the land” skills and develop a greater connection to and appreciation for our Earth, while having fun and making connections with others in the general eastern MN and western WI area.

In addition to "skills", this site is also a format for posting earth connecting solstice celebrations, raptor center bird releases, earth day happenings, and farm/earth based festivals and gatherings.

Please post any classes, workshops, or gatherings, that you would like to offer or know about that fit this group's theme.  there is really a shortage of people willing to teach. so if you have something to offer, please consider sharing. 

“Back to the land” skills are referred to by various names, such as Folk-Green-Traditional-Nature-Wilderness-Earth-Primitive-Survival-Native-Homesteading Skills. If you are interested in being more connected to nature, sustainability, self sufficiency, and have ever wanted to learn about: edible wild plants, tanning hides, wool spinning/felting, flintknapping, mushrooms, making fire without matches, maple syruping, cheese making, basket making, bee keeping, hunting/fishing, gardening + seed saving, canning+food preservation, homemade soap, raising animals, natural building, knitting/sewing, wood working, herbal medicine, etc and too many others to list. then please join and lead or attend a class/workshop.

This group is intended to have an emphasis on honoring and connecting to Earth (the plants, animals, water, air, and soil) by raising awareness of our relationship with nature, and how the Earth provides so abundantly for us, nourishing our body, mind, and spirit. 

In addition to learning skills, may we have gratitude and honor for all the earth gifts that provide life.

If you RSVP for a class, but later decide not to attend, please un-RSVP as that is considerate and helpful for whoever is leading the class.

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  • 4 days ago · 1:00 PM

    Now it's Time to Make an Arrow

    2 earth friends

    We will be learning to make an arrow. With a pre-cut Douglas fir shaft we will learn how to Hand Fletch an Arrow, how to Cut a Nock, and how toTip the Arrow. You will... Learn more
  • 5 days ago · 12:00 PM

    Let's Make Bows and Arrows

    2 earth friends

    This is actually two classes. On August 22nd,we will be making LIMB BOWS. These are Bows made from a stout limb or sapling. The limb is carved into a bow. These bows... Learn more
  • August 20 · 7:00 PM

    Afton Oneness Circle

    3 earth friends

    ​Thursday, August 20th ~ Empowerment Circle ~ ​​7:00-9:00 pm (promise!)​Please join Afton Embrace and David Nelson ( for a​n Empowerment... Learn more
  • August 19 · 11:00 AM

    Return to First Medicines 2nd Annual Gathering

    3 earth friends

    keynote speeches by elders -restoring traditional knowledge and skills about traditional medicines-how to grow and prepare native american food crops-learn about... Learn more
  • August 16 · 8:00 AM

    2015 Traditional Ways Gathering

    3 earth friends

    The gathering is held on the shores of Lake Superior on an incredible remote beach adjoining northern forests; Black Ash bogs, grassy campsites, and a modern ceremonial... Learn more
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  • Frank Florin founded MN and WI Traditional Skills & Earth Connection Meetup

    on January 18

Founded Jan 18, 2012

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