Here at Ancient Earth Skills you will:
Gather round the fire to learn skills, celebrate, share food, stories, and enjoy the company Nature brings. All people: ages, genders, races, colors, shapes, sizes, hairstyles, and backgrounds are welcome.
Deepen your connection to the Earth as you interact with the Landscape by learning and processing edible/medicinal plants, tracking the patterns of animals, etc. Become more aware of natural resources and act as a caretaker would, learn to satisfy your needs while helping the landscape become more abundant with resources.
Build a stronger healthier physique and boost your confidence via exercise gathering debris for a shelter, making fire by friction, moving with the gait of an otter, jumping like a frog, or climbing a tree like a porcupine.
Enrich your life with art, beauty, and functionality. You may craft a handmade basket from invasive species, a string from wild fiber, or a life-giving vessel born of river clay, or tell a story moving the way the animal did, reliving the moment you saw it. We believe that art is a form of pure communication, and we play with the many forms of expression our muse may guide us to.
Be real with yourself and one another as we learn and grow. There is no quick fix, or real safety in life. The weather changes constantly, rain, snow, ice, flood, drought… we drive to work, and in a moment, we can be on the other side of life. The blistering heat and numbing cold, or the hole we just stepped in, do not care how we feel. Mother Nature is in charge and we must surrender to her laws. In order to survive and to thrive we must live in unity and harmony with her rhythms and with one another. The more we are attuned to the landscape and all its creatures, the more self-aware and skilled we become, the more we can avoid potential trouble, and the more adaptable we can be in any given situation. As my friends and mentors say, “The more we know the less we need.” We train these skills to have a deeper understanding of natural materials and ourselves, and we realize it takes work to become more durable, more capable, more aware, more proficient… it’s a life-long process full of ups and downs.
We recognize that we are not here to fix or change each other, as we cannot do that. True Growth & Change is a personal decision, motivated intrinsically, and happens over time. However, we can be present with each other through our learning and life changes. We experience countless real-world failures along the way and grow together by accepting and moving past our differences, our personal challenges, preconceived notions, egos and imperfections. We find success as we move in unity, explore our boundaries, and develop true proficiency with our skills; be they interpersonal relationships, making a fire, a warm shelter, or physical self-care.