Welcome to Earth Living Skills

YOUTH PROGRAMS

In our classes your child will learn about the sacred order of survival: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food, and will make deep contact with the Earth through games, stories and hands on projects.  These classes will invite you to use all of your senses to connect with nature and each other.

We will explore topics from the sacred order of survival, depending on the interests of the group, the weather, and the energy of the location:

Shelter:

using materials from the landscape and the principles of shelter.

Water:

explore methods of finding and purifying water. Water is the life blood of Mother Earth. Our bodies are between 50~75% water depending on many different factors. It's the same water that circulates between us and the trees and the plants and the rain. We are all connected through water.

Fire:

We use fire everyday to cook and heat our homes, but most of us are very disconnected and unfamiliar with how fire acts and responds. It's a primal tool and companion that all of our ancestors knew how to make using friction. Fire can spark joy and empower a person. You learn a lot about yourself by making fire with friction.

Food:

Tracking, baskets, weapons, traps, edible, medicinal and utilitarian plants; the list for what nature can teach us about food is endless.

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SUMMER CAMP SESSION 1 - with Zach

Day Camp July 18 - 22, 9:30 am - 3 pm

Ages 8-14 - $360 per student

Join us for a week of advanced outdoor arts and education! We will be focusing on skills such as plant identification, fire skills, knife safety/carving, archery, animal tracking, orienteering, plant dye, stone tools, pottery and more! As always, there will be games, challenges, hiking adventures, and lots of finished crafts to take home.

Harriman State Park100 Seven Lakes Drive Sloatsburg, NY, 10974 (map)

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SUMMER CAMP SESSION 2 - with Zach

Harriman State Park

Monday, August 15 - 9:30 AM 

Friday, August 19 - 3:00 PM

Ages 8-14 - $360 - per student

Join us for a week of advanced outdoor arts and education! We will be focusing on skills such as plant identification, fire skills, knife safety/carving, archery, animal tracking, orienteering, plant dye, stone tools, pottery and more! As always, there will be games, challenges, hiking adventures, and lots of finished crafts to take home.

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Mondays Kerhonkson Homeschoolers with Emily and Nancye

Mondays and Fridays from September ~ December

Dates tbd soon!

This is a weekly program for homeschool children ages 6 to 16 to engage with earth-based skills and learn in a small group setting. We will create an environment where you can bridge your relationship with the local landscape through bushcraft and earth connection experiences. Be prepared for your child to learn how to explore the edge of what our connection with the earth can offer, while also having a fun experience with other children. 

SHELTER

Using material from the landscape to protect yourself from the elements is a birthright many of us have become separated from.

  • Location

  • Hazards

  • Materials

  • Comfort

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WATER

Water is the life blood of Mother Earth. It's the same water that circulates between us and the trees and the plants and the rain. We are all connected through water.

  • How to find water

  • How to collect and store water

  • How to purify water

FIRE

Fire is a primal tool and companion that all of our ancestors knew how to make using friction. Fire can spark joy and empower a person. You learn a lot about yourself by making fire with friction.

  • Bowdrill

  • Hand Drill

  • and more...

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FOOD

The list for what nature can teach us about food is endless, and so is the list of fun and nourishing activities we can do.

  • Tracking

  • Weapons including bows and arrows, atl atl, slings, spears, throwing sticks and more.

  • Wild edible plant identification

  • Baskets and rope making

  • Wild medicinal plants