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All-Levels Fall Course

  • Nov 15, 2013 · 10:00 AM

Hey all!

Our next course will be another all-levels course with Toby Cowern, with an emphasis on getting people out who haven't been out before.  That being said, everyone is welcome and will be challenged according to their level.  The course will cost $120; I hope that this price is reasonable and will encourage a lot of people to come.

If you're curious about Toby and what he does you can check out his website and YouTube channel. If you want to see what attendees have thought about these trips, check out the reviews from past courses!

Anyone who is interested is welcome, even if you've never been camping before. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Fire lighting

Shelter building

Survival psychology and strategy

Priorities of survival

Attracting attention

Use of sharp implements

Knife/Axe sharpening

Basic knots

Improvised cordage

Wilderness cooking

Sourcing safe water

Acquiring food

Camp craft

Emergency first aid

Survival equipment selection

Wilderness hazard identification

Also, for the first time on this trip, we're going to be headed to a location in Maine, near the home of the Maine Primitive Skills School.  Mike Douglas, who runs that school, will be teaching us tracking.  I personally am super excited for that aspect, as it's something I really need to work on.

Carpooling will be required as there isn't much parking space; I will put drivers in touch with riders when we get closer to the date. It takes about 3 hours to drive to the site, and people should plan to arrive at 10 AM on Friday; if you are only able to do two days instead of three, please let me know so we can arrange that. Everyone is responsible for their own food, and it is recommended that you bring something you can cook easily over a fire, as there won't be anything else!

Course kit list is here. Please note that November in Maine will be cold, so check out the clothing page as well.  Unless specifically discussed with me, you must have everything on this list to come on the course.  Please email me if you have questions about gear- you do not have to spend hundreds of dollars to find all of these things.  Consider what you do spend an investment- these items, kept in your car, could come in handy someday...

In addition to the items on the course kit list, please bring a tarp or a tent (or find a buddy who's willing to share their tent with you) as we will be devoting somewhat less time to shelter building on this trip than on others, so it will be useful to have shelter that you can put up quickly.

Hope to see a bunch of people there!

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  • Dawn

    Another extraordinary experience at the Tracking, Foraging and Tree identification class at Maine Primitive Skills School. The invaluable thing about these classes is they not only assist your learning of concrete facts and information, but also in your overall perspective to life and living. My brain and it's thoughts are limited, I want to be challenged to experience what else there is to life beyond simple thoughts and emotions. These skills provide an opportunity for greater connection in this life, and MPSS's approach provides the support needed to experience that greater connection, beyond simple information acquisition. Much gratitude.

    January 20, 2014

  • Dawn

    Would anyone (calling all 750 group members!) be interested in taking advantage of the tracking cheat sheet that the snow is, and join me not this weekend but next for the Winter tracking, Tree identification and Foraging weekend? Half price at $140 each. No outdoor sleeping, if you don't want! All tracking and foraging all the time!

    January 6, 2014

    • Brett E.

      Hey Dawn! I'd like to go! Wanna split the 2-for-1?

      January 6, 2014

    • Dawn

      You're on!

      January 6, 2014

  • beth

    I was hoping to do the Feb tracking class but it turns out I have to work that weekend.... possibly in march I can do it, but not sure yet.

    January 6, 2014

  • Scott L.

    I am still hoping to find someone to join me for the ancestral healing class two for one.

    January 6, 2014

  • Dawn

    Just returned from 5 day winter skills class at Maine Primitive Skills School. It was truly wonderful, even with -23 temps, or maybe because of. How else would I know what temperatures I can function in, without experiencing them? The biggest gift is then experiencing anything above -20 as easier! Tracking (day & nighttime), herbal medicine, foraging, snow shoes, moccasins, tree identification, friction fire, shelter building, hygiene, more I can’t even remember, thank goodness for notes! With philosophy woven through all topics. And the experience of community. Meeting fellow students, who you need to cooperate with to accomplish your task, and learning where you work well and where your challenges are. The combination of increased awareness and engagement has resulted in increased relaxation. I can begin to trust that I will be aware of what is needed and engage these skills to care for myself, the people, and world around me. When was the last time 5 days gave you all that?!

    3 · January 6, 2014

  • beth

    I'm interested in the tracking class Jan 17-19. Is anyone else interested? We could get the 2 for 1 deal, so it would be 100 each w/ early registration (see conversation below).

    December 21, 2013

    • Brett E.

      Hey Beth, did you get my email?

      December 29, 2013

    • beth

      Hi Brett, no I didn't get anything, try me again, or just call me at[masked] lv a message if I'm not in.

      December 30, 2013

  • beth

    Two for one on the Jan tracking class anyone?

    December 21, 2013

  • beth

    I'm interested in either the winter tracking course Jan 17- 19 or possibly the Ancestral healing course Jan 22-26. Anyone else interested in either of these?

    December 4, 2013

    • beth

      Scott are you interested in the tracking class?

      December 21, 2013

    • beth

      Got your message Scott, sounds like the Ancestral class is a better for for you, wish I could do both but hopefully someone else will want to take the tracking class.

      December 21, 2013

  • Michael James P.

    Hey folks! It was great having two meet-up members come to our winter survival weekend. It seems that some of you are interested in the same course coming up in January. I'll include a link to video of one of the shelters we explored during this last one. The tracking class is going to be a blast. We have a resident bobcat and some coyotes we'll learn from and we'll also explore the potential for fisher and otter. The healing classes meld energy work, herbalism, and awareness in to a unique experience that is different for each class. I'd love to answer questions for those of you interested. An example is exploring the Apache' tracking technology and foot mapping, combined with important overlapping elements of reflexology and Qigong to use tracking and accu-pressure as diagnostic and healing tools. Here is the video from the Winter Survival Weekend. Hope to see some of you at the next one! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFWlskluCFU

    December 17, 2013

  • Mike D.

    Thanks to all 22 of you who attended this meetup and helped to make it such a success. I learned more from you then you did from me, I am sure of it. If you are interested in coming back to the school keep in mind the 2 for 1 deal offered to anyone who attended this meet up for all courses offered at the school through March. Also stay posted with the group, I have already began discussing with Lisa different course options to offer for this group specifically in 2014! Thanks again, it was good.

    6 · November 21, 2013

    • naturegirl

      Welcome to the group!

      November 21, 2013

    • Paul S.

      Can't speak for everyone, Mike, but my son and I learned far more from you than you're giving yourself credit for. I don't mean just hands-on skills either (tho we learned plenty), but rather on a philosophical/spiritual level. It's not something you "teach" specifically, more of a demeanor... and it's very positive. Thanks again to you, Lisa, Toby, Mike, Sean, MPSS for an incredible experience. My son and I are definitely planning to do more.

      3 · December 12, 2013

  • Dawn

    I would love to do the Jan 1-5 Winter Skills course if anyone else is interested, cost $305 each. Any takers?

    December 4, 2013

    • Scott L.

      I'll have to get back to you, but I would very much like to do that

      December 4, 2013

    • Dawn

      Sounds good, let me know.

      December 4, 2013

  • Brett E.

    Great week(end) everyone! Good to see old friends and meet new ones. I'm going back to MPSS in December for their survival skills weekend. Anyone want to come with me? I've got a half price ticket available! ($140)

    December 4, 2013

  • naturegirl

    Also very interested in more tracking skills.

    November 19, 2013

  • naturegirl

    I'm also interested in the 2 for 1 deal...and more cold weather skills. Snow shelter!

    November 19, 2013

  • Dawn

    Hard to put into words how much this 3 day experience offered. An abundance of information, practice, and energy. An abundance of growth, and my days since are noticeably different too. Just an FYI, I would be interested in taking Mike up on the offer for buy one get one free before Feb, let me know if anyone is looking for a second person.

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • naturegirl

    An amazing weekend with the Maine Primitive Skills community! The instructors were awesome and created a great environment for learning and sharing knowledge! Definitely returning and look forward to seeing everyone again. Thanks to Lisa for organizing!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • beth

    Awesome!

    November 17, 2013

  • beth

    What a terrific weekend! My head is still there, even though my body just enjoyed my hot shower! I learned so much, it will take days/weeks just to begin to sort it all out... many many thanks to everyone, both instructors and participants for a very special and extremely educational weekend.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Scott L.

    It was an amaizing trip to the wondeful Maine Primitive Skills School with a lovely guest instructor. The people on the trip were incredibly varied but still by the end of 48 hours it really felt like a community. Lisa kept everything quite organized and running smoothly. I would definately reccoment both Toby and the Maine Primitive Skills School to anyone that enjoys the woods.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Tayla

    I know I'm late. Any chance Id be able to attend the 15th? *fingers crossed*

    November 7, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Hi Tayla! This trip is unfortunately full. Next time!

      November 7, 2013

    • Tayla

      Definitely! Thank you and enjoy :)

      November 7, 2013

  • J M.

    Hi Lisa, I sent an email yesterday (and a copy today) and I was wondering if you got it? Please let me know. Thanks J.

    November 6, 2013

  • john s.

    definite maybe

    October 28, 2013

  • Rob B.

    Looking forward to learning from others.

    October 25, 2013

  • Wayne

    Hey Lisa, I've another friend who is trying to pay, but because he is only being put on a waitlist when he joins, he's not been giving the option to pay. How does he pay to get his place?
    I also emailed you about it, thanks!

    October 25, 2013

  • Pat P.

    Hey everyone. Sorry, but I'm new to Meetup. I'm interested in this All Levels Fall Course in Maine and I just jumped on the waitlist. Any idea if more spots will open up, or is it just a waiting game now? Thanks and this seems like a great way to spend a weekend.

    October 23, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Hi Pat! There are still a few spots open and as we are getting close to the trip they're up for grabs for anyone. To get a spot, send me a PayPal payment for the course fee and you will have a spot reserved. I'll send you more information once you do. Thanks for your interest!

      October 23, 2013

  • Tyler S.

    Is it now too late to pay? I had originally joined it as a guest with my friend but he isn't able to go so we hadn't paid. Is it still possible?!

    October 9, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    Hi all! I've closed this to RSVPs because we are almost full. For those of you that have already signed up and paid, you're in; those of you that have signed up and not paid yet, better hurry because there's only a few spots left.

    Thanks to everyone for your interest. There will be more trips in the future!

    October 4, 2013

  • Dawn

    Found it!

    September 25, 2013

  • Dawn

    How do I send payment?

    September 25, 2013

  • Priscilla

    Will be working. Too bad!

    September 21, 2013

  • naturegirl

    Looking for a carpool to join from the Boston/Cambridge area. I can meet anywhere along the subway or commuter rail lines.

    September 6, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I'm collecting everyone's driving information and will set up carpools as we get closer, I promise :).

      September 19, 2013

  • Leslie Alley U.

    I've taken a course through Maine Primitive Skills - Mike is the best :-)

    September 11, 2013

  • beth

    Do we need a bivy sack if we are also bringing a tent?

    September 5, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      No, you don't need to bring one if you're bringing a tent. In that case just a sleeping bag will be enough.

      September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make this one; hopefully the next!

    September 4, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Hopefully so!

      September 5, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Hey all, I'm really looking forward to this! But I've never owned/used a bivy bag before, and need some advice in selecting one. I filed a post in the "Equipment Discussions" message board, and am hoping some of you with more experience will find the time to offer some advice. Thanks!

    Cheers,
    Cheryl

    September 4, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      The reason the bivy bag is on the required list is because it takes a fair bit of practice to be able to build a completely waterproof shelter and even when you have practice a downpour can be a real issue. We'll discuss shelter and such on the trip.

      September 5, 2013

  • Gan

    Pretty sure I can make this event ... who's got an empty seat?

    September 2, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Hi Gan! I will help arrange rides as we get closer to the event, nobody will be left home alone :). Sign up and I will make sure you get there!

      September 2, 2013

  • Michael James P.

    It's going to be a blast!

    September 1, 2013

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