August 16-21, 2015 Training Expedition just south of Seattle WA
Current Enrollment: Open/Available for Adults (16-106) while our youth camp version also runs simultaneously.
This is a celebratory week of making the most artistic and useful tools necessary for traditional living. Make obsidian flaked arrowheads by flintknapping, the world’s oldest exotic craft, and make a bow from all natural materials. It’s a real trick to get proficient at these two crafts, since tillering and knapping allow for no mistakes. Fortunately, you can try over and over. You will also have the choice of harvesting a small tree to make a fish spear, selecting shrubs to make an arrow, and/or gathering feathers and fletching a dart for your at-latl, which was the world’s most widely-spread technological invention for efficient hunting, allowing for humans to thrive over six continents. You may also be able to test your skills at primitive fishing, including handfishing, basket weiring, or hook and line. Other choices for the week include making aerodynamic rabbit sticks and practicing accuracy in your throw, making a quiver for carrying tools, crafting parflech, turning raw hide into tanned leather, and making no-kill practice traps. Plus, we’ll practice the at-latl which was paramount for all of our ancestors. Project choices include:
• Bows & Arrows
• Flintknapping Arrowheads
• Natural Knives & Adzes
• Live Traps & Fish Spears
• Rabbitsticks and At-Latls
• Parfletching & Tanning Hides
• Flute & Drum Making
• Soapstone & Wood Carving
• Rock Painting
• Cedar Cloth-Baskets-Boxes
• Birch Bark Basketry
• Building Willow Wig-Wams
• Thatching Grass Lodges
Course Goals & Skills Covered:
The goal of this session is to help you make the items you will need during a stone age living situation, and this course is a good way to see how to take it from the “emergency survival” level you can experience in the Wilderness Survival Training to the “traditional outdoor living” and eventual “stone age living” levels.
Skills covered during this camp session may include, depending on instructor preference and participant interest:
• Use of Survival Knives, training in skills and safety for everyone.
• Natural selection forestry, using Hatchets & Axes for chopping and wood splitting, for those who demonstrate the most ability and consistent awareness of hazards.
• Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation.
• Fire Strategies & Safety
• Natural Water Purification (seeps, filters, and locating natural springs)
• Wilderness Camping, and Swimming in Natural Waters.
• Hunting & Fishing, depending on group readiness and area laws.
• Ability to make flint and steel fire.
• Make good burn-bowls and get proficient at rock boiling.
• We’ll cook in open fires and earthen pits, using rocks and clay like the ancients before us.
• Make rope from nettles, cedar bark, and various roots.
• Make a medicine pouch.
• Carve soapstone and wood with proper tools.
• Drum Making.
• Painting With Rocks We Process.
• Working with Rawhide.
• Cedar bark and willow basketry
• Flute Making.
• Cordage & Cloth Making from cedar bark.
• Navigating to harvesting sites, using map and compass.
• Keep in Shape with Daily Workouts.
This expedition also helps to prepare participants for hunting in the future, since those who choose to hunt carry with them a great sense of honoring all life: that it is sacred, from the mightiest stag to smallest mouse. Of course, hunting can only be done legally, and few animals are in-season during the summer. Yet, when it happens, you must honor any animal you harvest by utilizing all of its body, learning to skin, gut, butcher, and tan hides. Honoring the whole animal is exactly what this camp is all about.
See below for arrival times and Friday-Saturday departure options. Our schedule during the week includes morning wake-up, stretches, washing, and breakfast vary slightly depending on previous evening activities, but if all was quiet by 10:00 p.m. we would awake at 7:00, do warm-ups from 7:30-8:00, and have breakfast from 8:00-9:00 … 9:00-12:00 is the morning session. 12:00-1:00 is lunch, and 1:00-2:00 is usually swimming or other recreational time. 2:00-5:00 is the afternoon session. 5:00-6:00 is dinner, and 6:00-7:00 is usually personal time. Evening sessions begin at 7:00, and bedtime varies according to the activity and the time of sunset.
Activities covered during this session include, but are not limited to the following list, and are somewhat dependent on weather, instructor discretion, participant interest, and serendipity:
SUNDAY: Elements of Creation and the Social Self
Story: Following Receding Glacier Rivers North & Needing Clothes, Mocs, Hunting, Gathering, Rocks
Air – Knotweed Straws & Flutes
Fire – Magnesium Fire Steel; Tinders Intro; Flint & Steel; Making Char Cloth
Water – Boiling Water in Metal Can; Burn Bowls
Rock – Make Slate Knife
Plants – Raffia & Cedar Rope
Animals – Make Leather Pouch; Buckskin & Fir Clothing Demo
MONDAY: Rock & Water (The Physical Realm)
Story: Climbing Rocky Mountain, Crossing Icy Glacier, Running Old Man River
Air – Rock Rabbitsticks, Bamboo Blowers, Himalaya Blackberry Blowguns
Fire – Banking Coals; Group Mortar; Flint & Steel
Water – Burn Bowls; Boil Water in Burn Bowl; Water Stalking; Primitive Baths;
Rock - Knife, Axe & Saw Safety; Hunting & Pecking Group Mortar & Pestle; Talcum Powder
Plants – Tree & Shrub ID: Gardening Yew & Vine Maple, Ocean Spray & Alder Spear Harvest;
Animals – Fish Species & Spears; Sinew & Gut Cordage Demo; Big Game Bow Making & Arrow Fletching;
TUESDAY: Plants and Emotions (Chemicals, Sensitivities, Feelings)
Story: Counsel of Friendly Forest, Grassy Prairie, Soggy Bog, Flora Meadow
Air – Traditional Archery – Hunting Style
Fire – Tinder & Pitch Sticks; Bow Drill Kits
Water – Swimming & Water Stalking; Fish Species & Catching Amphibians
Rock – Axe & Saw Safety; Award of Knife Belts; Pecking Group Mortar & Pestle; Hunting & Pecking Bow Drill Hand Holds; Making Group Hammer & Adz
Plants – Vine Maple Harvesting & Seasoning; Processing Yew, Harvesting Spruce Arrows & At-latl Materials
Animals – Survival Bow Making; Gut Cordage Making; Big Game Bow Making & Arrow Straightening
WEDNESDAY: Animals and Personality (Creativity, Dreaming, Patterns, Rote Thought, Common Sense)
Story: Lessons of Crafty Coyote, Repetative Raccoon, Naying Horse, Courageous Cougar, Medicine Bear, Wise Eagle
Air – Archery & Hunting Games
Fire – Bow Drill Kits; Arrow Straightening
Water – Fish Wiers, Swimming & Bullfrogging
Rock – Slate Spearheads; Flintknapping Glass Arrowheads; Finishing Group Hammer & Adz
Plants – Cedar Bark Quivers; Trap Making; At-latl Training
Animals – Parfleche & Fleshing Hides; Bone Tools Intro; Hide Cordage Making; Big Game Bows; Big Game Hide Tanning; Making Bone Tools; Making Hide Glue
THURSDAY: Fire and the Individual Mind (Will Power, Responsibility, Discipline, Scientific Learning)
Story: Individual Inventions Build Upon Each Other for Success, Art, Literature & Leisure
Air – Archery & Hunting Games
Fire – Fire Hardening Spears & Arrows
Water – Swimming & Bullfrogging; Fish & Frog ID & Trapping Test
Rock – Blacksmithing Intro; Flintknapping Obsidian Arrowheads
Plants – Finish Cedar Quivers; Finish Traps, Make At-latls
Animals – Big Game Bows; Big Game Hide Tanning; Making Bone Tools
FRIDAY: Air and the Spiritual Dimension (Prayer, Meditation, Synchronicity, Connection, Quantum Worlds)
Story: Travel through Black Holes to Stars, Planets, Moons and the Future
Air – Archery, Rabbitstick & At-latl Tournaments
Fire – Smoking Hides
Water – Camp Cleaning
Rock - Iron Blacksmithing; Finishing Arrowheads; Soapstone & Pipestone Carving & Gifting
Plants – Trees & Shrubs Review & Wood Experiments; Cedar Bark Clothing Demo; Wood Testing;
Animals – Finish Hides & Quivers
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Arrival Options on Sunday:
Complimentary Arrival Option: Drop off at Dash Point State Park – Group Camp located at 5700 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98023 on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. and help us set up camp from 5:30-6:00. We will start at 6:00 sharp with an introduction to the week, followed by final camp set-up and orientation from 6:30-7:00, at which point we recommend family/friends depart. Participants should eat a full, healthy dinner before arriving, unless traveling by airplane or train, in which case dinner is included in your pick-up fee. Participants arriving directly at our campground location are also encouraged to bring hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share with others during camp set-up time.
$45 SeaTac Airport Arrival Option: Book your arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:15 p.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate or unaccompanied minor waiting area.
$25 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station: Arrive by 3:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our course location.
$25 Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 3:00-3:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to arrive at Dash Point on Friday between 3:30-4:00 in time for presentations from 4:00-5:00 p.m. before departing between 5:00-5:30.
$25 Friday Tacoma Bus/Train Departure Options: Get dropped off at the Tacoma Bus or Amtrak Train Station by 6:00 p.m.
$35 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Options: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 7:00-9:00 p.m. after participants travel back home and have dinner with us.
$95 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday in Puyallup.
$125 Saturday Afternoon Bus/TrainAirport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. Drop-off at ticket counter unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$140 Saturday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday night and depart Saturday evening after dinner in Puyallup.
$165 Sunday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday & Saturday nights and then depart on Sunday before 12:00 noon in Puyallup.
$180 Sunday Afternoon Bus/Train/Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay Friday & Saturday nights with us, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in time for afternoon departures. Drop-off at ticket counter unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option: Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us next week!
To add transportation and weekend stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!
Tuition for Summer Expeditions is $595 if you complete registration at least one week prior to the start date, or $600 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot and lock in the earliest registration discount, make a $175 minimum deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival.
You can also receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional friend/family member attending together, $10 per additional expedition you attend, and $10 for successfully referring others to attend. The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will need specific camping gear, although we have plenty of extra just in case. You will also need health insurance, but check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional pickup/dropoff and weekend stayover choices.
Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 253-604-4681 or 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
Our refund policy is that deposits are not refundable unless your registration is not accepted. If you cancel after making additional payment, you may receive a credit for a future program, minus a 25% administration fee of total payments made, in case of emergency. You will receive a full refund if your program is canceled and not rescheduled at a time that you can attend. No refund (and not necessarily any credit) is given if a participant is inappropriate at the program and asked to leave.
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