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 29 & March 1st 2020

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: 10am – 4pm (on both days)
Location: West island of Montréal, Parc-nature de l’Anse-à-l’Orme &
Parc-nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques
Cost: $110 plus tax
For information on financial assistance, click here.

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Fire Skills, for Beginner and Advanced – March 21st 2020

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 tend 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.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Kawisente’s beautiful backyard forest in Kahnawake
Cost: $55 plus tax
For information on financial assistance, click here.

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Immersion Survie with Les Primitifs – March 28th to March 29th 2020

Led in by Les Primitifs and backed by Coyote Programs staff.
We will partake in an amazing survival experience where we will safely push our edges and learn from some unique and very experienced teachers.

No gear. No food. Pure Survival.

Time: Saturday 8:45am until Sunday 3pm
Location: Saint-Cuthbert, QC
Cost: $125 plus tax

Click here for more info (french only) and to register!


Wild Homes: Primitive, Emergency, and Camp-out Shelters – April 18th 2020

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.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Kawisente’s beautiful backyard forest in Kahnawake
Cost: $55 plus tax
For information on financial assistance, click here.

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Bird Language – April 25th to April 26h 2020

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 atunement 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: Saturday 8:45am until Sunday 4pm
Location: Saint-Cuthbert, QC
Cost: $125 plus tax

Click here for more info (french only) and to register!


Edible Wild Roots and Other Fall Harvests – May 16th 2020

The plant’s energy is now bursting out ! We will discover many different kinds of edible leaves, roots and shoots and talk about safe identification and harvesting with the caretaker approach. We’ll spend the day exploring these local foods and medicines, and prepare a meal to share. Yum!

Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Kawisente’s beautiful backyard forest in Kahnawake
Cost: $55 plus tax
For information on financial assistance, click here.

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Baskets – May 30th & 31st 2020

A healthy community is much like a well woven basket. The strands warp and weft to hold eachother and support those around it, the beauty of the individual strands is greater as part of the whole. The basket supports and nourishes the potential to be held within. We will be met with some experienced basketmakers and have the chance to make a willow basket, or an ash basket over the course of two days. We will learn about the harvest, the story of the plants, the care and preparation involved in processessing the materials, and we will craft a basket of some kind. Prepare to get crafty and sink into the timelessness of working with your hands all day!

Time: 10am – 4pm (on both days)
Location:
TBD, in the Montréal area
Cost: $110 plus tax
For information on financial assistance, click here.

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Accessibility for Parents

For Coyote Programs workshops, youth under the age of 14 are welcome for an additional 30$ per day. Please be aware that you are responsible for your child at all times while our staff focuses on teaching the workshop. 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 at: programmescoyote.office@gmail.com