Announcements Archive

These posts are (or at least were when they were posted) timely announcements.


We’re consciously shrinking. In 2017 we’re lowering the number of participants on almost all of our programs. It’s the opposite of growth, but our focus is on the experience. After years of experimentation, these are the numbers we find work the best for our immersion programs. The new maximum course sizes are: Wilderness Bushcraft Semester: [...]

Our giveaway of a signed copy of The Woods Cook recently came to an end. I'm happy to announce that Mark N. from Illinois is our winner! I sent out the book a few days ago, and he should be receiving it soon. This was our first foray into giveaways, and we expect to do more [...]

On Wednesday, July 6th from 5-7 pm we’re offering our popular campfire cooking workshop in Wolfeboro, NH, in partnership with GALA as part of our Self Reliance Workshop Series. This time around we’re adding a special treat; we’ll be joined by instructor Derek Faria of The Woodsman School. Derek’s an old friend and Registered Maine [...]

I'm excited to announce the recipient of our Wilderness Bushcraft Semester scholarship for the spring, 2016 semester; Christopher Russell! You're going to be hearing a lot about him over the coming months, but for now let me introduce you to his blog, PrimitiveAddictions.com,  and Facebook fan page. We have another scholarship opportunity for the fall [...]

Part of our new lodge-based workshop series, spend a long weekend learning traditional northern forest skills while staying on-site in our modern, comfortable lodge.  The course content draws on the curriculum for our Winter Woodsman course. Topics include snowshoes and snowshoeing, fire lighting, axe use, knife use, knots, ice safety, ice fishing, animal tracking and more.  Group size is limited to 4 people; [...]

Beginning in January, we’re offering something new at our folk school in New Hampshire; lodge-based programs. They combine our popular bushcraft and outdoor skills programs with housing in our modern, comfortable lodge. These programs are limited in size and allow people to participate in our bushcraft programs without having to live outdoors. We’re still offering [...]

Tomorrow night's campfire cooking class is full, but if you're in the area and want to come we could probably squeeze in one more.  We'll be covering a variety of topics applicable to the woods cook, including: Building a tripod Gear - wannigans, pots, frying pans Grilling meat in a raquette Dutch oven cooking with [...]

“We are now reveling in the indescribable freshness of the Antarctic that seems to permeate one's being, and which must be responsible for that longing to go again which assails each returned explorer...”  Ernest Shackleton on his Nimrod expedition to Antarctica This year the Jack Mountain Alumni Winter Expedition, assailed by the memories of the [...]

We’re creating a scholarship for college outdoor education students to make our immersion programs more affordable.  Beginning with the spring, 2016 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester, we’re offering a $5100 scholarship. There are some rules and a specific application process, all of which you can read about at: Bushcraft Leadership Scholarship

We’re adding a second Boreal Snowshoe Expedition session in 2016.  It’s our winter bushcraft immersion; a twelve day traditional northern winter wilderness living and travel expedition.  We’re on the trail living on snowshoes, hauling our gear on toboggans, staying in woodstove-outfitted canvas tents and learning to be at home and comfortable in the bitter cold. [...]

The 2015 Woodsman course is full and registration is closed.  We’ve received numerous inquiries, so we’re opening another week long course in August.  There’s been a two year gap since we’ve ran the Bushman Course, a primitive skills and primitive survival intensive, but we’ve got it on the calendar for August 8-15.  If you’re looking [...]

We're just over four weeks out from the start of the spring Wilderness Bushcraft Semester. We're making some changes to the course this spring, most notably planning more time out on the trail canoeing the remote waterways of northern Maine. We'll be all over the Aroostook drainage and I'm leaving the door open for the [...]

The GI Bill covers 100% of tuition and fees for our immersion programs. I get asked this question often, so I added it to the FAQ on our GI Bill page. We're changing our deposit policy for those on the GI Bill beginning beginning after the fall, 2015 Wilderness Bushcraft Semester. Going forward, we're adding [...]

Open spots on upcoming winter and spring courses are dwindling. We've been adding people here and there and the result is that all upcoming programs are 60% or more full. Here are the current available spaces per upcoming program as of December 4th. Winter Woodsman:  3 Wilderness Survival Weekend Course:  4 Boreal Snowshoe Expedition:  3 [...]

Although we’ve managed to keep our tuition frozen for a number of years, we’re increasing the tuition on our immersion programs for 2015.  Tuition for the Wilderness Bushcraft Semester and the Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester will increase by $250.  Tuition for the Boreal Snowshoe Expedition will increase by $100. But it isn't all bad news.  [...]

We've got a new forum up and running, and we'll be using it for the next few weeks to see if it works for us. I found some great looking software called muut that, without going into a lot of detail, looks like it will be a good fit. Most, if not all, of the [...]

Our forum recently took it's last breath and is no longer with us. It wasn't a sad parting. 100+ new spam users per day, old and clunky interface requiring lots of time and input, not viewable from a mobile device; let's just say no tears were shed on our end. We did lose some content, [...]

I've been playing around with a new kind of blog post for a few months now. I'm calling them updates, and they are short bits and photos that aren't complete ideas. They're the type of thing that end up on social media sites, but as I've always had a healthy distrust of social media I [...]

Are you looking for a cheap, fun night out this Wednesday? For the November installment of our Self Reliance Workshop Series with GALA, we're having an instructional campfire cooking dinner. Learn to cook over a campfire, build a sturdy pot suspension system, and use a dutch oven and a reflector oven like a seasoned professional. [...]

The Snow Walker's Rendezvous is this weekend in Fairlee, Vermont. If you're interested in traditional winter gear and techniques in the north, it's one that you shouldn't miss. I've been going for 15 years, and it keeps getting better. This year I'm traveling with Paul Sveum, who will be presenting on the 21-day Boundary Waters [...]

After seven busy years, we will no longer be offering programs at our 41 acre field school. Today we're closing on an adjacent piece of property, and now we'll be offering programs at our 61 acre field school. If you know the lay of the land around here, the purchase includes the land from the [...]

I heard a while back that there are no other places named Masardis in the USA or Canada. A quick internet search led me to a page that said there are no other places named Masardis in the world. As such, I've decided to refer to it as simply Masardis, and no longer Masardis, Maine. [...]

What: New and coming to the folk school November 10-14, we're taking a bunch of make your own gear projects specific to winter and combining them into a weeklong class called The Winter Craftsman. The focus for 2014 will be making your own plastic trail toboggan and sewing your own braintan mukluks. Other options will [...]

Our registration process and pre-course communications are about to get a whole lot smoother. Our instructors are often away from phone and internet contact for long periods while on expeditions, so to make things work better we're hiring a dedicated office support person. No longer will anyone have to wait for weeks before getting a [...]

This is the winter that won't give up.  Although the weather has warmed in the past week, we're still under its thumb.  There's an ice storm forecast for tonight, with freezing rain continuing until mid-morning on Saturday.  Because of this I'm cancelling the Bushcraft Fundamentals class scheduled for tomorrow. If you haven't already gotten a [...]

I'm cancelling the School Of The Forest class, scheduled for Saturday, March 15th. Even though the most recent storm didn't drop the predicted ten inches of snow, there's still too much of it to run an effective class. The combination of nowhere to park (because of snow), inability to get to the outhouses without snowshoes, [...]

We're running the February School Of The Forest class on Saturday, February first. We've added the class handouts to the SOTF page. Click on course date from the yellow box on the left to download a pdf about that day. For the February first class, you can also get the information sheet by clicking this [...]

In 2004 we had a few (fewer than 40) oilskin baseball caps made up. They've since become highly sought after collector's items. I hadn't thought about getting any more made, but was contacted this summer by the wife of an old friend, who was also one of the few to have an original hat. She [...]

Beginning in 2014 we're moving from email to a forum-based communication system for enrolled students. Email has become unreliable for us due to the volume of it that we receive, messages not being received due to filters, etc. Communication regarding future courses will take place on the forum. You'll have to register to view anything [...]

This year we're partnering with GALA ( a local non-profit) to offer a monthly workshop series on self-reliance. Workshops run the second Wednesday of every month and are $15. More information is our Self Reliance Workshop page. The upcoming workshops are: 1/8 - Traditional Winter Gear, Snowshoes And Snowshoeing 2/12 - Soap Making 101 3/12 [...]

I've been working on putting together a new site for the Jack Mountain Bushcraft School where we can keep up with what community members are up to. We encourage our students to publish their logbooks, photos, etc., but up to this point haven't had an easy way to keep up with one another. This is [...]

Our 2014 calendar is live on our site. We've added a few new folk school programs including the School Of The Forest, a monthly kids program, and the New Hampshire self reliance workshop series, a monthly adult program for which we've partnered with a local non-profit. We've also taken our weeklong winter bushcraft and survival [...]

Aroostook Headwaters

The general route for our spring canoe expedition is set.  We'll spend the bulk of the month on the Aroostook drainage.  We'll be doing a good deal of upriver work, both poling and lining, to visit a few of my favorite spots.   Our second trip in on the Allagash, where we'll be poling up [...]

I'm off in a few short hours on our winter bushcraft and snowshoe expedition.  I'll be gone for two weeks, during the first of which the weather is supposed to get cold!  Next week the forecast is for high temperatures in the negative numbers and lows nearing -30.  We'll be in cotton tents outfitted with [...]

I heard from Dave Wescott last night, and the dates for Woodsmoke 2013 have been set.  It will run July 14-20.  2012 was the first year of this event, and with very little advertising it was at or just below capacity.  This combined with the fact that everyone I talked with had an amazing time [...]

The sunsets are late this time of year, and the sunrises are early. I love the colors on this picture as the sun sets in the northwest sky. The clover is thick in the field and the bees are loving it.  Nature is buzzing at the field school. We just passed the registration deadline for [...]

3 week minimum. For Immersion program students, by immersion program students. There comes a point in a person's bushcraft education where they need to be kicked out of the nest to do things on their own and gain a level of experience that is difficult to obtain during a formal course. Once a certain level [...]

After a lot of thought and discussions with students, we're scrapping our current Journeyman Certification Program. Instead of being based on a 4-week summer field course, the Journeyman Certification will now be based on the Wilderness Bushcraft Semester in the fall. Like the XI (Expedition Instructor Certification), it will be comprised of benchmarks, minimum competencies [...]

I just received some more information on Woodsmoke, a classic camping and bushcraft rendezvous taking place this summer and organized by Dave Wescott.  The dates are set and they're currently accepting applications to fill the 100 slots. Date: July 8-14, 2012 Location: Tetonia, Idaho Cost: $275.00 For detailed info, check out this .pdf I received [...]

We're adding two new certification programs to our list of courses to go along with the Journeyman course: the Expedition Instructor (XI) and Expedition Instructor Trainer (XIT). They exist as add-ons to our current yearlong immersion program. There are no extra courses that need to be taken, nor is there any extra tuition involved. There [...]

 


 

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