Pacific Northwest

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Upcoming programs:

Sacred Hunting Comprehensive Course
June 2:               Hunting 101 (see separate listing)

June 16:             Maps, Navigation, Gear and Choosing a Stand
(see separate listing)
August 4-5:        Pre-hunt Weekend Intensive (see separate listing)
August 25-28:   Bowhunting Trip Graduation

This is a course for anyone who wants to get closer to animals, more deeply understand their behavior, and who is either currently a hunter or considering hunting in the future. This extensive course will support you to hunt and care for your quarry efficiently, ethically and in a sacred way.

I’ve been hunting since I was big enough to keep up with my dad in the woods (I’ll be 50 in November), and I’m passing on to you the collective knowledge and wisdom of this outdoors lineage. We’ve been on many hundreds of hunts and successfully trailed hundreds of big game animals. While living in the wilds of Idaho and British Columbia, hunting provided food for my family. I didn’t buy meat or fish from a store for about 20 years, getting all I needed from nature. Additionally, I’m trained as a wildlife biologist.

We will explore ceremony, sacredness and connection with your prey, plus the techniques of primitive and modern hunting, still hunting, drives and coordinating with a partner, choosing a stand location, camoflage of physical, olfactory and mental/emotional signatures, reading tracks and other sign, shot placement for bow and rifle, game behavior and biology, and the predictable behaviors of wounded animals. Stalk deer (we’ll have to find them first, of course) and learn to properly follow a blood trail (we’ll follow a mock blood trail).

And… you will choose a trailside “blind” (sit spot). I will wake you in the pre-dawn darkness and you’ll find your spot and wait for a deer or elk to step close. Silently waiting, you become the tree that your back rests against… you become the soil on which you sit… you become the subtle breezes and play of light and shadow filtered through oak leaves. Will a deer walk past you without noticing your presence?

The vast majority of hunters do a lot of things wrong which reduces their chances of seeing, shooting and recovering their quarry. After this course, you’ll be a better hunter and tracker than 99% of the hunters in the woods.

I’ve taught portions of this course to hunter-safety instructors and many hunting veterans.  Whether you are a novice or experienced hunter, this course will facilitate a deep and personal relationship with your quarry and provide you with skills far beyond that of most hunters.

This course is comprised of a number of stand-alone classes that may be taken separately (but you get a discount if you commit to all of them). Students who successfully complete this course are invited to join me on a free bow hunt for elk and deer in the fall. This will be your opportunity to “put it all together” as we come together at Hunt Camp. Although this hunt is free, the value you’ll receive there can’t be measured, and you can’t go unless you complete all of the classes above.

Dates and Location:  Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
Cost: $295. Payment plans and scholarships are available. If you need, please ask.

Are you ready to join us? 

Register:

$295

 

Sacred Hunting: Maps, Navigation, Gear and Choosing a Stand
Saturday, June 16, 2018
10am – 4pm

This class is part of the Sacred Hunting series of classes, though you are welcome to join even if this is your first class (there’s a discount if you take the whole series).

We continue on our journey of the Sacred Hunt! In this class, we’ll go deeper. Topics today will include:

Reading animal sign and interpreting movement patterns
Choosing your stand/blind
Bird language
Game calls and predator calling
Single day vs. multi-day hikes
Reading maps and other resources to plan your hunt
Gear: packs, game bags, binoculars, flashlights
Make a quickee backpack on the spot
An overview of weapons: choosing a bow or rifle, pros and cons of different weapons
Safe handling of firearms
Archery practice
Safety and survival considerations
Hunting Q and A

Photo by Shane Indrebo.

Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
10am-4pm
Cost: $65

Register:

$65

Stone and Bone Tool Making Workshop
Sunday, June 17, 2018
10am – 4pm

Making effective stone and bone tools is both a science and an art. Learn about the journey of humanity by replicating the tools that pointed us down the path to today! The artifact pictured above is a weather-worn core that flakes were removed from. Those flakes were probably used unmodified for basic skinning and cutting needs and simply dropped when they got too dull.

In this class, we’ll learn all of the basics of:

Spalling
Percussion flaking
Pressure flaking
Notching
Pecking, grinding and grooving
Simple hafting techniques
How to make discoidal flakes, knives, projectile points, scrapers, drills, hammers, axes and adzes
Understanding the Hertzian Cone principle and fracture mechanics
Bone grinding and grooving to make:
Needles, awls, hide scrapers, saws, projectile points

Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
10am-4pm
Cost: $45

Register:

$45

Sacred Hunting: Pre-hunt Weekend Intensive
Sat- Sun, August 4-5, 2018

10am Saturday – 5pm Sunday

This class is part of the Sacred Hunting series of classes, though you are welcome to join even if this is your first class (there’s a discount if you take the whole series).

This is the big weekend course before the opening of the Fall Archery Season! This is a time to go deep into all of the preparations… physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This is an overnight, so bring a tent or just lay your bedroll out beneath the stars. Before first light, you’ll be leaving camp for the stand you selected during previous classes. Will a deer or elk walk silently past… unaware of your presence, your body invisible against the grays and greens of tree bark and moss?

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Prey anatomy and proper shot placement for all angles and conditions
Reading hair and blood
Predictable movements of wounded animals
Following a mock blood trail
Pre-dawn mock hunt at the stand you’ve chosen
Game call review and evaluation (bring the game calls you’ve been practicing with)
Gear evaluation (bring the gear that you’ll be hunting with)
Archery gear final evaluation and practice
Intention, ceremony and sacredness
Stories around the campfire
Last details and hunting Q and A

Location:  Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
Sat – Sun, August 4-5
10am Saturday – 5pm Sunday
Cost: $175

Register:

$175

Primitive Traps and Snares and Weapons, Oh My!
Saturday, August 11, 2018
10am – 4pm

If you needed to find food in the woods, could you do it?

Learn the skills to effectively, easily and ethically capture animals for food, just as our ancestors did for hundreds of thousands of years. This ain’t no book learnin’! Everything I teach is a skill that I’ve used to provide for my family in the wilderness of Idaho, Montana, Utah and British Columbia. I have over 30 years experience in trapping since learning as a child.

The skills we’ll cover include:

Reading animal tracks, trails, scat and markings
Choosing the proper location for a trap or snare
Types of primitive traps and snares for mammals and birds
Making actual traps on site with available natural materials
Trapping ethics, spirituality and killing

Use of the rabbit stick for hunting small animals
Quick arrows and spears

Effective and humane killing methods

No animals will be harmed during this class and all traps will be disarmed at the end of class.

Trapping was the primary means of procuring meat for the tribe, with hunting requiring greater energy expenditure with less certain success. Traps work for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
10am-4pm
Cost: $45

Register:

$45

Sacred Hunting Graduation Hunt
August 25-28, 2018

Location: TBA
Free

This trip is only available to students who have successfully completed the Sacred Hunting Course.

 

 

Four Day Core Survival Skills Intensive
Watch for this class in the Fall of 2018

Join us on an adventure across time to learn how to live easily, freely and in harmony with the land. Ancient wisdom fills 4 incredible days while you learn not just how to survive, but thrive with what you can gather!  This is not a fear-based course or a test of your toughness. Our journey covers the skills, knowledge and best approaches to enable you to walk anywhere confident in meeting your needs and supporting your loved ones. We’ll start with all of the gear that you want to bring and I’ll show you how to replace it with the tools and skills of the wild lands.

I’m sure that you already know how to hike, so we will only hike when we need new resources. I prefer to focus on skills… living the life. Plan on an experience that you’ll never forget!

Here are just some of the topics you’ll learn about:
Sensory awareness, expanded vision
Silent walking and stalking
Tracking and reading animal sign
Camouflage
Safe use of knives
Edible and medicinal plants
Basketry
Stone tools
Fire making with bowdrill and handdrill
Preparing tinder
Using fire to shape and bend wood; straightening handdrill shafts and making coal-burned spoons/cups
Shelter design and concepts for insulation and weatherproofing
Shelter location based on topography
Water purification using primitive methods
Making rope/string from plants for fishing line, nets, snares, etc.
Digging sticks and rabbit sticks
Make an effective primitive toothbrush
Paiute deadfall trap, springpole and running snare
Safety outdoors (poisonous plants, insects, reptiles, bear and mtn. lion)
Useful knots
Outdoors cooking methods and wild teas
Accessing intuition
Primitive navigation
Traditional and modern stories
Wilderness ethics
And much more!!!

Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
Cost: $350 

From a student after a 6-day Survival Skills Intensive:
“Purely awesome!!! I have never been a hard core outdoor adventurist and thought I would do it just once in my life, but now I am totally hooked to it. Chris no doubt is a national living treasure as he is totally self sustainable in the wilderness. I have not known any person with such broad outdoor knowledge and skills. Not only did we have a great leader, but the talents and camaraderie were so enjoyable.” ~ Janice Allen

Apprentice of the Wild Kids Class!
Watch for new classes in Fall, 2018

This program offers children the opportunity to have fun learning the skills of our ancestors from someone who’s lived the Old Ways. It’s a beautiful way to bring balance to their technology-driven lives, understand the difference between their needs and wants, and gain the self-confidence that comes from meeting those needs directly.

This is a mentoring program. We will make fires by rubbing sticks together, learn edible and medicinal plants, move silently, feel the natural rhythm of the land, and discover ancient wisdom as we “seek what they sought.” All classes are taught with love, compassion, non-violent communication (NVC) methods, and the inherent principles of living a life in Harmony with the Earth.

I’ll be drawing from 30 years teaching experience to offer a day that’s specific to the interests and uniqueness of the students. Here is a partial list of experiences children may have:
Exploring
Native and nature immersion games
Sensory awareness, expanded vision
Silent walking and stalking
Tracking and reading animal sign
Camouflage
Safe use of knives and knife sharpening
Edible and medicinal plants
Fire making with flint and steel, bowdrill and handdrill
Preparing char cloth
Preparing tinder
Types of fires for warmth, signalling, cooking and the making of tools
Using fire to shape and bend wood; straightening handdrill shafts and coal burning
Shelter design and concepts for insulation and weatherproofing
Shelter location based on topography
Water purification using primitive methods
Making rope/string from plants for fishing line, nets, snares, etc.
Digging sticks and rabbit sticks
Primitive hygiene (making soap, toothbrush and comb)
Paiute deadfall trap, quail trap and springpole snare
Safety outdoors (poisonous plants, insects, reptiles, bear and mtn. lion)
Useful knots
Outdoors cooking methods and wild teas
Accessing intuition
Navigation
Traditional and modern stories
Wilderness ethics

Age 5-13 (children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
11am-3pm 

Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
Cost: $35 

Quest for Fire!
Date TBA

Our tribe has lost their fire!  Join our intrepid band of hunter-gatherers as we travel the landscape gathering our materials to create fire!  Using only what we find (no knives), we will work together to create a flame.  We’ll also learn about edible, medicinal and useful plants and finish class with a variety of Stone Age fire kits to practice bow drill and hand drill!

I’ll share a story of how fire first came to the 2-legged peoples and offer tips about fire making from the many hundreds of Stone Age fires I’ve made over the past 35 years. This is a great class whether you’ve never started a Stone Age fire or you’ve started many!  Everyone will learn a lot and have fun doing it!

This class is open to adults and children (age 6+).

Class happens rain or shine (though it will be harder if it’s raining!).  The ability to start a fire under all conditions is an essential skill.

Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
10am-4pm
Cost: $45

Tule Weaving: Weave a Water Bottle Cover!
Watch for this in fall/winter 2018

Tules, aka bulrushes, are an incredible plant that is easy to weave! We’ll be weaving a simple, beautiful and useful basket around a water bottle. Tules (pronounced too-lees) are like “foam” on the inside, so this covering offers substantial protection to a glass bottle.

This class is a great introduction to the wonderful world of tule weaving, which includes a wide variety of baskets, mats, hats, ropes and straps and even shoes!

Come out and have fun as we weave together!

Location: TBA (an easy drive from Portland)
10am – 4pm
Cost: $55 + $15 materials fee

Fur Tanning Workshop
Watch for this in fall/winter 2018 

Learn the ancient art of braintanning (egg tanning is the same process) to soften a beautiful fur!  You may choose to make a bag or start a pair of mittens or a warm hat or edge a garment or…  Our process uses no chemicals and is entirely natural.  Chemical tanning methods weaken the hide, but your tanned fur will be naturally durable and silky soft. You will learn skinning, scraping, dressing and smoking methods.  Everyone walks away with a beautiful tanned fur.  Your materials’ cost will be determined by the fur that you choose, ranging from about $20-50.

The ability to make your own beautiful clothing from only natural materials is an essential skill.

Date and Location: TBA (an easy drive from Portland)
9am-4:30pm
Cost: $55 + materials fee

Deer Hide Braintanning Workshop!
Watch for this class in fall 2018

Buckskin made in the old way is incredible. In the pic of me below I’m wearing a buckskin shirt that is now 20 years old, and I’ve thrown it into a washing machine many times. Buckskin in washable, lasts a really long time, and no chemicals are used in making it. Wow!

Tan a deer hide during this 3 day hands-on workshop! You’ll also learn how to process and sew with sinew, uses of rawhide and so much more.

Class size is limited.

Cost: $275 (and you get to keep the leather you make)

Full Payment:

$275

Deposit:

$50 Deposit

All About Fire!
Date TBA

This class is ALL ABOUT FIRE! We’ll learn:

Multiple ways of starting fire including bow drill and handdrill.
Starting a fire in rain, snow and in the dark.
Different kinds of fire-lays for different purposes like cooking, light, warmth and signaling.
Carrying fire to a new camp.
Torches and oil lamps.
Wood selection.
Making a great tinder bundle.
Making char cloth and char wood.
Coal beds and pit bakes.
Maintaining fire.
Keeping a fire in your shelter.
Hot rocks for cooking and warmth.
Bending and shaping wood with fire.
And more!

In the Pacific NW, fire is your top survival priority and provides comfort and greater efficiency. I’ll also share an ancient perspective on the relationship between humans and the domestication of wild fire. No matter what your level of expertise, you’ll be more knowledgable and competent after this class.

Location:  Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
10am-4:00pm
Cost: $45

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Carve a Wooden Spoon!
Date TBA

So many of the items that we own today lack a beautiful, rich story. Most of our items were made in a factory far away by people we don’t know and often under conditions that we might rather not know about. But that wasn’t always the case…

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn’t own much, but every item had a beautiful, rich story. You would know who made it, when it was made, and all of the circumstances surrounding it. Your items were a part of you, your community and your environment. They tell a story… This class will include wood selection, knife safety and ancient perspectives on creating a functional work of art that brings harmony to the journey of carver and the one-legged (tree) being that supplied the wood.  The bowl of your spoon will be burned with a hot coal from the fire (which, by the way, we’ll start with a hand drill in the Old Way).

Please bring food to share for a potluck lunch around the fire as we work on our spoons.

Children are welcome with adult supervision.  Children who have worked with me before may be allowed without an adult.  You must supply your own knife (I can direct you to an excellent knife available over the internet for about $20).

Location:  Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
11am-4:30pm
Cost: $45

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Foraging, Feasting and Fire
Date TBA

Mmmm… imagine a sumptuous wild food banquet featuring gastronomical delights that you harvested… cooked over a fire that was spun from the friction of wood against wood, the Old Way. That’s what we’ll do together.

Join Stone Age skills expert, Chris Morasky, for a fabulous day of foraging for edibles, fire-making using bowdrill and handdrill methods, primitive food preparation and finally, a feast that we’ll all enjoy together! During the course of our travels, we’ll learn about medicinal plants, accessing your intuition, plant communication, primitive tools and so much more!

Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
10am-6pm
Cost: $55

Make a Cedar Bark Berry Basket!
Date TBA

This beautiful, simple and eminently functional basket style is found all over the world.  In the northern hemisphere, berry baskets have been made from cedar, birch, spruce, maple, pine, aspen, willow, tulip poplar, cypress, hickory and more.  Any flexible bark that can be removed as a panel will make a berry basket. This is an easy and fun project!

Join us as we honor the cedar and the wisdom to be found in the convergent methodology of this nearly universal basket style.

Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
11am-5pm
Cost: $45 + $10 materials fee

Animal Processing
Date TBA

Receiving the life of an animal is a sacred act. We’ll receive this gift with clear intention, humility and gratitude. Whether you’re a hunter or homesteader, this is the class for you!

Here’s what we’ll learn:

Sacred, conscious, effective, humane killing.
Processing using both stone and steel tools.
Skinning and hanging.
Butchery made simple.
Organ meats and odd bits.
Bones for tools.
Maximizing the calories you collect.
Cooking the liver and other tasty items.
Preserving meat and fat.
Preparing for tomorrow’s pit bake at the All About Outdoor Cooking class.

Most of the meat from this class will be cooked at tomorrow’s class.

Location:  Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
10am-5:00pm
Cost: $65

All About Outdoor Cooking!
Date TBA

There’s something really amazing (and delicious!) about opening a pit that’s been cooking your food for the past 5 hours or more. The steam becomes more and more intense as the layers of earth and greenery are slowly peeled away and the aroma becomes oh sooooo yummy! Food cooked this way is so rich and flavorful and the meat just falls off the bones. So good!!!!

Join us for a day of cooking in the Old Way! In addition to cooking in a pit, we’ll also cook using flame, coals, hot rocks and steam. We’ll “eat our way through the day” and have sooooooo much fun doing it!

All you need to bring is your cutlery and dishes and a big appetite and a smile!

Location:  Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
10am-5:00pm
Cost: $65

Sacred Hunting 101
Coming again in 2019

This class is part a series called “Sacred Hunting Comprehensive Course”, but you’re welcome to take it as a stand-alone class.

Have you ever wanted to go hunting, but weren’t sure where to begin? Are you interested in learning a sacred approach to hunting that honors the animals you pursue? Would you like to know the forest and it’s wild inhabitants more deeply? Do you want to awaken your primal instincts as you walk the ancient circle of hunter and hunted? If any of these questions tugs at you, then this is the class for you.

Our first class will be a very full day delving into the core of Sacred Hunting. Bring a notebook and bring an open mind. There’s a lot to cover and our day will be very hands-on.

Here’s what we’ll do:

Setting your intention
Ceremony and what is sacred
An ancient understanding of hunting
Intro to deer and elk biology and behavior
Game calls
Tracking and reading sign
Choosing a stand
Stalking
Understanding camouflage
Becoming a natural part of the land and stillness
Oregon Game regulations

Location:  Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR
Cost: $65

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