We run long, intense field courses in bushcraft and guide training. Over the past few years, we’ve gone to running them almost exclusively. There are many lessons that can only be learned in the field, hence the need for a field school. But there are others where the spirit of learning belongs in a community, not a wilderness setting, and thus the need for the folk school. As we move into the new year, my goal is to make our programs available to all who have an interest in attending.
This winter we’re starting the Jack Mountain Bushcraft Folk School here in New Hampshire. We’ll be offering a variety of crafting (ie. build your own traditional gear) workshops, short courses in bushcraft and outdoor skills, explorations of first person ecology and learning the language of the natural world, kids programs and outings where we get out for an afternoon or a day and explore the world around us.
When we’re not at the field school running immersion programs, we’ll be offering folk school programs here in NH. There are a few of them on our schedule so far, but look for more coming soon. This week we’re starting things off with three days of sewing mukluks from braintanned deer and moose hide, making toboggans, and building a runnered sled; all of which will be put to use in our two week winter bushcraft and snowshoe expedition starting next week.
More on the folk school is available here.