Skills Workshops

” Like the nails on a beasts’ paws, the old tools were so much an extension of a [person]’s hand or an added appendage to [their] arm that the resulting workmanship seemed to flow directly from the body of the maker ..  ” – Eric Sloan, A museum of Early American Tools

This is an opportunity to focus on a specific topic related to survival / ancestral skills, naturalist studies, and / or crafts with natural materials.

Wildlife Tracking – February 23rd and 24th 2019

This is a two-day training on wildlife tracking and ecology. We will spend our time exploring the wilderness, and through multiple teaching styles we will dive into the art and science of tracking. We will get to know the diversity of mammals, birds, and many other forms of life, and the stories they leave by their tracks and sign. The questions of who, what, where, why and when will be our guides, as we learn the skills and awareness that connects us deeply to the symphony of life around us. Walking through the snow will never be the same!

Topics include:
– Clear print ID
– Gait analysis
– Track and sign interpretation
– Trailing
– Track aging
– Ecological and landscape tracking

Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: Anse-à-l’Orme Nature Park
Cost: $110, plus tax
For information on financial assistance, click here.

Survie 1 with Les Primitifs – March 30th to 31st, 2019

Les Primitifs is a partner organization that runs hugely popular survival courses around the Quebec City area. This course covers some basics of survival in the wild, without the use of modern gear.

This full weekend training is the first level in a series of survival courses offered by Les Primitifs. It is not a full-on survival exercise, but more of a training with 10% lectures and 90% practical workshop time.

The following topics will be covered:
Shelter: Several types of shelters for solo or group survival
Logistics: A wealth of tips and experiences that will allow you to do more than just survive, but to build a deeper connection to nature
Water: Management of water without the use of metal, and without modern purifying techniques
Fire: We will explore and practice different methods and techniques. The knowledge of friction fire involves experience and coaching.
Food: Trees, plants, game, cooking, camouflage, and movement – an introduction to the world of the hunter-gatherer
Traps: we will learn about several types of primitive traps
Wisdom: Our teaching is always accompanied by good stories, reflections and time to connect deeply with nature.

Time: Starting at 9am on Saturday; ending at 4pm on Sunday
Location: Kawisente McGregor’s beautiful backyard forest in Kahnawake
** This program is full! 

Bird Language – April 27th and 28th, 2019

Our ancestors always had one ear on the sounds of birds around them – they spoke to the seasonal changes in the plant world, the diversity of life around us, and very importantly they alerted us to the presence of predators. The Kanien’kehá:ka traditionally acknowledged the magic of birds and bird song, saying that it has the power to uplift and to quiet our minds, and celebrated the empathy and atonement it nurtures. As well as geeking out on the species of birds around us, we will learn to understand the types of calls they make, and get a glimpse into their worlds.

How can I use bird language to find owls or other predators of the forest? How can I learn to get closer to large wild mammals without alarming the birds? How can I begin to read the body language and behaviors of birds and get more familiar with individuals? Get ready for stories, games, sit spots, and challenges.

Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: ULM Quebec, Saint-Cuthbert, Quebec
Cost: $120, plus tax
** Payment for this workshop is exceptionally made HERE, but be sure to fill out our registration form below.

Wild Clay workshop – May 25th and 26th, 2019

From ancient weathered rocks and incredible natural processes, clay is formed. Clay has been in such a diversity of relationships with people around the world, from medicine, to crafts like endless forms of vessels, to building. Clay carries stories of the land and ecosystems it comes from as well as stories of the cultures and techniques of those that made them.
Join us for a weekend of transforming wild clay into works of functional art. We will go through the steps of identification, processing, and pottery creation.
Special guest: Ceramics artist and nature mentor Sarah Eby

Time: *** 11am – 5pm 
Location: Kawisente McGregor’s beautiful backyard forest in Kahnawake
Cost: $110, plus tax
For information on financial assistance, click here.

Accessibility for Parents 
Youth under the age of 14 are welcome for an additional 30$ per day. However, please be aware that you are responsible for your child at all times, and our staff will be focused on adult content. We welcome the youth and encourage them to follow along, and we ask that the space for adult learning to be respected. Contact us if you have any questions or comments. If you are interested please mention this in the comment section of your registration form, found below.


To secure your spot in the program you must do 2 things: 

1. Fill in a registration form by clicking HERE
2. Pay at least a deposit of 50%, by paypal (see below) or by mailing a cheque (including taxes of 14.975%) to:

Programmes Coyote
4553 Draper Ave.
Montreal, Quebec

** For installments: Payment in full is due at the latest by the 1st day of the program. 

Lastly: we will send a welcome email one week before the first day with all the details you will need for participation (e.g. directions, gear list, preparation if needed..)

Online Payment