Pacific Northwest

Do you have a special place where you’d like to see our programs offered?  Do you belong to a group that can host a custom class? Please let us know!

 

Upcoming programs:

Deer Hide Braintanning Workshop!
Sept 29 – Oct 1
10am – 5pm

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 with Chris Morasky and Harmony Cronin! 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)

About Harmony:
I went to Africa for the first time when I was 17. Since then I have traveled and studied in 12 different countries, experiencing massive paradigm shifts while living in extreme, diverse life ways.  I’ve witnessed the beautiful resilience and adaptability of humans on this planet and I’ve seen the incredible flux of different ways humans participate in the great organism of earth.  Through all of the years and all of the cultures, I’ve found that traditional life ways are the only proven “sustainable” human experiment.

I’m currently a professional skinner for a specialty butcher shop in Montana.  I skin around 500 animals in 7 weeks during the hunting season; mostly deer, elk, antelope, moose, and a few bison.  I utilize hides, heads, brains, fat, legs, bones, sinew, and other discarded parts of the animal to craft clothing, bags, tools, shelters, and jewelry.

I spend most of my time tanning hides, shooting my bow, foraging, cooking weird and wonderful food, making fire, and walking around secret wild places.

 

Full Payment:

$275

Deposit:

$50 Deposit

Apprentice of the Wild

Are you looking for a great program outdoors for your child this year?

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.

We increase the childrens’ awareness and connections with the land/self/others, plus give them the internal resources to help resolve whatever limitations they have placed on their potential. We do this through a combination of sensory exercises and games, stories, and invitations to question what they think they know, plus learning ancient skills. The ancient skills offer a means to get in touch with their “roots”, establishes a foundation that provides stability amidst a society that is unstable, and challenges their abilities. Children discover more about who they are as they are guided in an exploration of their relationships with the land and its inhabitants, the group, and their layers of self.

And did we mention fun? WOW! We have lots of fun!

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.

Here is a partial list of experiences children will have during this series:
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 Homeschool and Unschool
4-6pm Afterschool program, too!

Too late to join the first class? Ask if there is room to join at a pro-rated cost 🙂

You can also try any one class without needing to commit to the series!

Sauvie Island (north Portland)
Wednesdays April 2, April 5, 19, May 10, 24

This incredible location is home to an amazing abundance and diversity of animals and plants!  Over 275 species of birds have been sighted here, plus black-tailed deer, red and gray fox, mink, otter and beaver.  The wapato plant was a major food source for native peoples here and the island has many sites with the remains of pit houses and tool-making sites.

Homeschool:

$195 5 classes

Homeschool:

$40 One class

Tryon Creek (southwest Portland)
Every other Tuesday March 28, April 11, 25, May 9, 23

Wow!  Not only do we explore the vast trail network of Tryon Creek State Natural Area, we also utilize the neighboring Tryon Life Community land!  This combination offers the opportunity to make fires in the Old Way, build shelters, discover an ancient grove of yew trees, make baskets, find owls and so much more!

Homeschool:  

$195 5 classes

After School:  

$115 5 classes

Homeschool:  

$40 One class

After School:

$25 One class

Oregon City
Fridays April 7, 14, 28 and May 12, 26 

Join us for a magical adventure on 20 beautiful private acres!  Most of this land is wooded, with a wide diversity of plants and animals, plus goats and chickens are there to greet you as you drive in!

$195 5 classes

$40 One class

 

 

Primitive Traps and Snares and Weapons, Oh My!
Saturday, June 24
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: TBA (an easy drive from Portland)
10am-4pm
Cost: $35

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Carve a Wooden Spoon!

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).

Date and Location:  TBA (an easy drive from Portland)
11am-4:30pm
Cost: $45

Tule Weaving: Weave a Water Bottle Cover!

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

Foraging, Feasting and Fire

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!

Date and Location: TBA (an easy drive from Portland)
10am-6pm
Cost: $55

Weekend Core Survival Skills Intensive

Join Chris Morasky on an adventure across time to learn how to live easily, free and in harmony with the land. Ancient wisdom pervades a packed weekend that teaches you 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
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
Primitive hygiene (making soap, 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

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

Full Week Core Survival Skills Intensive

Letting go of the distractions, busy-ness and disconnection of society takes time.  It also takes time to get grounded, feel the interconnectedness of nature, match your pace to the rhythms around you and settle in.  This course offers a deep dive that goes so much further than the Weekend Core Survival Skills Intensive.  Beyond survival is wilderness living.

In addition to the skills learned in the weekend course, you will also learn:
Primitive fishing
Locating and setting up a wilderness camp
Quickee bow and arrow making
Stone and bone tool manufacture including flint knapping
Binding technology including ties, wraps, pitch and hide glue
Cedar bark basketry
Whole shoot willow basketry
Chop wood, carry water and fire maintenance
Longterm concepts of efficiency and cooperation
Living like a Village

Fur Tanning Workshop 

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


Quest for Fire!
Saturday, November 4
10am – 4pm

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: TBA (an easy drive from Portland)
10am-4pm
Cost: $45

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Sacred Hunting Comprehensive Course

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 49 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.

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 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.

Do you know what to do with your deer or elk after you’ve found it?  We will process a deer or other large animal including skinning, butchering and wrapping the meat, plus uses for almost every part of the animal including tanning the hide and making bone tools.

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.

Dates and Location:  TBA (near Portland)

Make a Cedar Bark Berry Basket!
10am – 4pm

Location: Wisdom Keepers Home
4034 NE 30th Ave., Portland
Cost: $55 + $10 materials fee

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.

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