Eastern Schools

These are the schools that are located in the Eastern states and regions.

Hawk Circle Wilderness Programs

Located in Cherry Valley, New York, Hawk Circle focuses on increasing awareness to the nature surrounding us and viewing the wilderness from a new perspective.

Example Course: Primitive Foodways – This hands on workshops covers ways to harvest, cook, and store food in primitive settings.

The Tracker, Inc.

Located in New Jersey, The Tracker focuses on getting back to nature through philosophy and skills.

Example Course: Standard Course – Students immerse themselves in the natural world through tracking, making tools, working with wild food, finding water, building fires, and making shelters.

Wilderness Survival Training Center

Located in Old Washington, Ohio, this school focuses on down and dirty crash courses dealing with all the phases of basic survival.

Example Course: Self-reliance Skills – Where will you find water if disaster strikes? How would you be warm in winter with no electricity? This class focuses on these situation and much more.

Earth Connection School of Wilderness

Located in Warrenton, Virginia, this school believes in applying ancient skills to modern life. This school teaches ancient philosophy and tells of the idea that the earth should be preserved for future generation and well cared for in the present.

Example Course: Seasonal Wild Edible Plants – Each season the course is different, as the instructors take you through wild edibles for that specific time of year.

Nature Awareness School

Located in Lyndhurst, Virginia, the schools main focus is to teach students how to live simply and live in harmony within the environment.

Example Course: Log-Cabin Building Week – Students learn to build an Appalachian hewn log-cabin. They learn the use of tools such as the broad axe, drawknives, timber carriers, and other tools.

Silver Water Retreat, E.A.R.T.H. Programs

Located in Todd, North Carolina, this school focuses on hands-on activities dealing with the respect and appreciation for the natural world.

Example Course: Summer Youth Camp II – A program for 9-14 year olds, teaches the skills of making bows, arrows, blowguns, carved wooden bowls, and much more.

Skills Alive!! Aboriginal Living Workshops

Located in Laurel Hill, North Carolina, Skills Alive!! focuses on the ancient skills used by our ancestors in their quest to survive.

Example Course: Primitive Fire Making – This course covers the basics of friction fire and provides an introduction to other advanced methods of fire making.

Windsong Primitives

Located in Stanley, North Carolina, Windsong focuses on the teaching of skills of primitive man.

Example Course: Baskets, Containers, and Burden Baskets – This class includes making and using baskets, woven bags, cane and bamboo containers, pack and burden baskets, burn and scrape bowls, cups, and pottery.

Maine Primitive Skills School

Located in Augusta, Maine, The Maine Primitive Skills School focuses on reconnecting people to ancient technologies.

Example Course: Rawhide Workshop – This class teaches you how to utilize rawhide, making containers, shields, boxes, and rattles.



  1. raku said,

    June 8, 2007 at 12:44 am

    There is also the Maine Primitive Skills School in Augusta (www.primitiveskills.com) and Earthwork in southern VT and western MA (www.earthworkprograms.com, focus mainly on families). I know of a few others, but don’t know much about them.

  2. Aftermath said,

    June 8, 2007 at 9:48 am

    I’ll be sure to add those to the list.

    – Miranda

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