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.


Edible Wild Roots and Other Fall Harvests – September 28th 2019

Many plants’ energy is sent into the roots and fruits during the fall for storage and hibernation, so fall is a great time to get acquainted with some amazing wild edibles. Many are familiar with leafy greens, and neglect the dirty and calorie-rich roots of a lot of wild foods. We’ll spend the day exploring local foods and medicines, and prepare a meal to share. Yum!

Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: Kawisente’s beautiful backyard forest in Kahnawake
Cost: $55 plus tax
For information on financial assistance, click here.


Wild Homes: Primitive, Emergency, and Camp-out Shelters  – October 26th 2019

This is a chance to practice building primitive and/or emergency shelters, as well as understanding some important concepts to building a simple home with minimal gear in the wilderness. Participants will have a chance to explore various types of tarp shelters (you might never want to carry tent poles again!), and/or work on building a primitive shelter. We will practice some basic techniques, and discuss more advanced primitive structures. Especially in our cold climate, being versed in this skill could be really helpful in emergency situations, and is also really fun for creating functional and beautiful campsites.

This workshop is currently full.
Please register onto our waiting list.
(Scroll down and click on the + besides Ateliers / Workshops)
Contact us if you have any questions.

Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: Kawisente’s beautiful backyard forest in Kahnawake
Cost: $55 plus tax
For information on financial assistance, click here.


Fire Skills, for Beginner and Advanced – November 23rd 2019

There is nothing like the magic and inspiration of fire – bringing people together, the dance between wood, water and air, the lessons of responsibility and the history of our species, and the humbling and satisfying ability to create and control it. There is always more to learn! We want to meet you where you are at. If you are totally new to making fires from the forest in any weather conditions, or if you can make a hand drill kit from the land and light it behind your back, we want to meet you there, to take you further. Some skills may include: assorted friction fire techniques, using mushrooms and plants as coal extenders, types of fire structures, types of woods, weather considerations, fire structures, modern techniques and more.

This workshop is currently full.
Please register onto our waiting list.
(Scroll down and click on the + besides Ateliers / Workshops)
Contact us if you have any questions.

Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: Kawisente’s beautiful backyard forest in Kahnawake
Cost: $55 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.