North Star Wilderness Skills program

‘’We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it of its territory. But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit. ‘’ – Tom Brown Jr.

This program offers adults a chance develop and hone their wilderness living skills. Our guiding north star is the vision of total freedom to walk into the wilderness with nothing but the clothing on our backs, and thrive.

Participants will be profiled through a short questionnaire after registration for the staff to tailor instruction around your experience, passions, abilities and interests. If it is getting comfortable with starting a basic match fire, carving skills, setting up tarps and shelters, or if it is crafting a friction fire kit that you can use gracefully, or developing confidence in the art of safely gathering sufficient calories from the wilderness – this program is for you.

Often times, these skills aren’t made accessible to people because they are either considered ‘for men’, can be confusing or expensive to get acquainted with, or can seem intimidating. If you are new to camping and living outdoors, this program is designed to be a welcoming initiation into these skill sets.

Going deep with these skills can be a surprisingly rich experience. Our instructors put these skills into practice in their daily lives and have put a lot of dirt time into honoring these ancient and profound arts.

The program will end with a two-night immersion experience in a nearby wilderness area where we will put our skills to the test together.

Topics will likely include:
– Shelter – natural shelters, tarp and knot skills..
– Fire – structures, kinds of fire, fire by friction..
– Intro to wilderness first aid
– Edible and medicinal plants
– Sensory awareness skills
– Traditional survival tools
– The art of staying warm in any weather
– Teamwork !
– … And much more

Get ready to get your hands dirty! We want this to be a precious and unforgettable experience. Having routine time to “skill it up” with others can really root these skills and connections deeply in all of us.

LOCATION
Kawisente McGregor’s beautiful backyard forest in Kahnawake

SCHEDULE
Saturdays every 2 weeks, 9am – 3pm

Fall 2019 (7 sessions)
September 14th, 28th
October 12th, 26th
November 9th, 23rd
December 13th, 14th and 15th (camping trip)

COST
$400 (plus tax)
If you need financial assistance, click here.