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Upcoming Programs:

  • Montana River Camp Adventure!

  • Date: July 10-16, 2020
  • Location: Jefferson River, Montana

  • Imagine exploring a wild and scenic Montana river! A huge and majestic moose might be just around the next bend! Beavers, elk, deer, eagles, bears, wolves and other wildlife live here along the Jefferson River in SW Montana. The trout fishing is word class, too!

    Welcome to River Camp! The land is operated by our good friend, Tom Elpel, whom Chris has known for almost 30 years. Here Tom runs a Hunter-Gatherer Immersion program where students learn to be a part of nature by living it.

    Sleep in a 34 foot earthlodge, one of several wickiups, a grass hut or tipi. Gather cattails and other wild plants for a pit bake dinner and make your own plant medicines. Learn a wide variety of skills from pottery to parfleche to fire making! And then fall asleep each night to a crackling campfire and the hooting of great horned owls.

    This magical experience is a week that you’ll never forget! Come immerse yourself in the wilds of Montana!

    ***This event is limited to 20 participants.

    Day One:

    Introductions and tour of the area with Tom Elpel
    Make a grass rope and join the Tug-of-War!
    Swim in the pond, go fishing and explore your home for the week
    Dinner (Receive Gourd and Spoon Blank)
    Burning and carving to make a spoon
    Campfire Stories

    Day Two: 

    Morning stalking / bird language
    Plant walk and gather materials for fire-making kits
    Coiled and Pinch-pot Pottery
    Canoeing Instruction (on the pond)
    Evening Games

    Day Three:

    Pony, Montana

    Travel to Tom’s permaculture homestead and tiny castle!
    Gather and begin processing of natural earth pigment
    Botany Card Game intro to plant medicines
    Plant Identification / Foraging Walk
    Medicine Making from local plants
    Permaculture Homestead Tour

    Day Four:

    Free Day! Choose your own adventure:
    Float Trip on the Jefferson River (no cost/unguided)
    Local History
    Wildlife Viewing
    Bird Language
    Complete fire kits and other projects

    Day Five:

    Primitive firemaking
    Fires for many uses – Learn about the 5 basic types of campfires
    Outdoor cooking methods with a special wild meats and plants pit bake.
    Introduction to parfleche (rawhide containers) and primitive pigments

    Day Six:

    Complete parfleche and pigments project
    Complete other projects
    Enjoy our last full day (hiking, canoeing, fishing, tracking, weave a basket, new projects and more)

    Day 7: 

    Closing Circle and gratitude for an incredible week!
    Break Down Camp/Departure

    *Each student leaves with a gourd bowl, wooden spoon, pottery drinking cup, 2 jars of medicine, an earth pigment decorated Parfleche carrying case and memories of this trip-of-a-lifetime.

    Parfleche decorated with natural earth pigments.

    About your instructors:

    Chris Morasky is a wildlife biologist with over 35 years experience teaching ancient skills and nature connection and is considered one of the top Stone Age skills experts in North America. He lived in a tipi for 6 years, homesteaded along the most remote mail route in the lower 48 states and led totally Stone Age expeditions into the wilderness of Idaho and Oregon. His teachers include Lakota, Shoshone, Arapaho, Crow, Blackfeet and Serri tribesmen, many wilderness skills experts and life itself. Chris’ workshops focus on awakening instincts, ancient skills and deep nature connection as doorways to understand more fully who we are, why we’re here and where we’re headed.  

    Chris Morasky

    Thomas J. Elpel is the founder of Green University® LLC and Outdoor Wilderness Living School, LLC (OWLS), as well as HOPS Press, LLC and the Jefferson River Canoe Trail. He has authored seven books and produced seven videos on topics ranging from wilderness survival and botany to stone masonry, sustainable construction, and green economics.

    As a child, Tom was mentored by his grandmother, Josie Jewett. Together they explored the hills and meadows near Virginia City, Montana, collecting herbs, looking for arrowheads and watching wildlife. Grandma Josie helped Tom to learn about native plants and their uses, igniting a passion for nature that has inspired him ever since.

    Tom’s first serious exposure to wilderness survival skills began at the age of 16, when he went on a 26-day, 250-mile walkabout in the desert canyons of southern Utah with Boulder Outdoor Survival School. The following year he and Grandma Josie went together to Tom Brown’s Tracker School in New Jersey. From there Tom spent thousands of hours practicing, developing, and teaching survival skills in his “backyard” in the Rocky Mountains. 

    Tom’s basic philosophy is that wilderness survival skills are useful to connect with nature, yet you shouldn’t run away from the problems of modern society. Instead, we need to apply the lessons of living close to nature to the challenge of solving our worldly problems.

    Tom Elpel
  • Register for Montana River Camp Adventure!

  • Sacred Hunting Comprehensive Course

  • Date: June 2, June 16, August 4-5, 25-28
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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, camouflage 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.

  • Register for Sacred Hunting Comprehensive Course

  • Sacred Hunting 101

  • Date: Coming again in 2019
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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
  • Register for Sacred Hunting 101

  • All About Outdoor Cooking!

  • Date: TBA
  • Time: 10am - 5pm
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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!

  • Register for All About Outdoor Cooking!

  • Make a Cedar Bark Berry Basket!

  • Date: TBA
  • Time: 11am - 5pm
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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.

  • Register for Make a Cedar Bark Berry Basket!

  • Foraging, Feasting and Fire

  • Time: 10am - 6pm
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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!

  • Register for Foraging, Feasting and Fire

  • Carve a Wooden Spoon!

  • Date: TBA
  • Time: 11am - 4:30pm

  • 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).

  • Register for Carve a Wooden Spoon!

  • All About Fire!

  • Date: TBA
  • Time: 10am - 4pm
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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.

  • Register for All About Fire!

  • Deer Hide Braintanning Workshop!

  • Date: Watch for this class in Fall of 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.

  • Register for Deer Hide Braintanning Workshop!

  • Fur Tanning Workshop

  • Date: Watch for this class in Fall/Winter of 2018
  • Time: 9am - 4:30pm
  • Location: TBA (easy drive from Portland, OR)

  • 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.

  • Register for Fur Tanning Workshop

  • Tule Weaving: Weave a Water Bottle Cover!

  • Date: Watch for this class in Fall/Winter of 2018
  • Location: TBA (easy drive from Portland, OR)

  • 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!

  • Register for Tule Weaving: Weave a Water Bottle Cover!

  • Quest for Fire!

  • Date: TBA
  • Time: 10am - 4pm
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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.

  • Register for Quest for Fire!

  • Apprentice of the Wild Kids Programs!

  • Date: Watch for this class in Fall of 2018
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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 over 30 years teaching experience to offer fun experiences that have real value in supporting your child’s growth into a whole human.

    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
  • Register for Apprentice of the Wild Kids Programs!

  • Four Day Core Survival Skills Intensive

  • Date: Watch for this class in Fall of 2018
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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!!!

    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

  • Register for Four Day Core Survival Skills Intensive

  • Sacred Hunting Graduation Hunt

  • Date: Aug 25-28

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

  • Register for Sacred Hunting Graduation Hunt

  • Primitive Traps and Snares and Weapons, Oh My!

  • Date: Aug 11, 2018
  • Time: 10am - 4pm
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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.

  • Register for Primitive Traps and Snares and Weapons, Oh My!

  • Sacred Hunting: Pre-hunt Weekend Intensive

  • Date: Aug 4-5, 2018
  • Time: 10am Saturday - 5pm Sunday
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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
  • Register for Sacred Hunting: Pre-hunt Weekend Intensive

  • Stone and Bone Tool Making Workshop

  • Date: June 17, 2018
  • Time: 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
  • Register for Stone and Bone Tool Making Workshop

  • Sacred Hunting: Maps, Navigation, Gear and Choosing a Stand

  • Date: June 16, 2018
  • Time: 10am - 4pm
  • Location: Ffynnon Sacred Land, Vernonia, OR

  • 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
  • Register for Sacred Hunting: Maps, Navigation, Gear and Choosing a Stand

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