New Meetup: Wilderness Survival Workshop

From: Kim C.
Sent on: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 7:11 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Wolf Journey Classes in Puyallup & Tacoma!

What: Wilderness Survival Workshop
When: Saturday, February 6,[masked]:00 AM
Price: $35.00 per person

Where: Clark's Creek Park - South Entrance
[masked]th Ave. SW, Puyallup, WA 98371

Hi Everyone. This our big kick-off workshop in Puyallup, so please RSVP right away if you are interested before people from other areas fill it up, as it is being cross-posted to other sites including our own Wolf College workshop page My guess is that we'll have about 25 participants, but my staff can accommodate more if necessary so that you receive plenty of one-on-one help with developing skills.

Description of Workshop running 10 AM - 3 PM

We will start the workshop promptly at 10:00 with a brief survival scenario simply designed to help you assess the emergency skills you already have, and then we'll walk through the park gathering materials we'll need for our afternoon projects, ending up at the Wolf College home office next to the park. However, any participant who currently has limited mobility may drive in and park at our home campus. Please contact me for directions.

At our home campus, we'll sit down for a quick summary on the order of survival, and you will receive a copy of my essay on the subject, which you can read in advance by clicking on The Critical Order of Survival. We'll end the morning by gathering a small selection of wild edibles from our property, talking a bit about poisonous plants, and and then sharing lunch together while discussing questions you raise.

During the afternoon, we'll divide into groups where you can work on the survival skills that most interest you, including: safety, navigation, primitive shelter, water purification, primitive fire making, wild edible cooking, plus making "burn bowls" and "rock boiling" among other choices.

You will have the chance to let me know upon rsvp'ing which skills most interest you so that I can tailor the afternoon for you. Or you can decide on that after experiencing a selection of skills in the morning, and choose a skill you most want to practice later. For instance, you could choose primitive firemaking using the bow drill. The picture you see is one of my students-turned-staff blowing a coal into flame that he made using a bow drill and tinder - all made entirely of western red cedar.

The workshop will end promptly at 3:00 at which time you may want to walk as a group back to your cars in the park, and perhaps put your skills to the test with new friends you meet by constructing a debris hut, looking for more wild edibles, or practicing other things you learned today before going home at dusk:)

Cost & Prep Notes

The regular cost for this workshop is $35, plus $30 per additional family/friend. You will probably go home with some materials we provide, as well as ones you collect and work with during the workshop.

Please prepare as you normally would for a hike, including lunch, water bottle, 10 essentials, etc. However, please be aware that sparks from the campfire can melt your synthetic clothing, so wool might be a good option. Total walking distance during this workshop will be approximately 1.5 miles, depending on which skills you and your working group focus on. But again, any participant who has limited mobility may drive in and park at our home office to reduce walking distance. Please contact me for directions if necessary.

Contact / Payment Options

Please feel free to email me directly at [address removed] or call me on my cell anytime before the workshop at[masked]-0253. Besides using the PayPal option when you RSVP, you can also send a check payable to the Wolf College,[masked]th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 in order to register. Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you! - Chris

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