The question that a lot of people always want to ask but don't when it comes to trailing: Is this real? Can a you or I really learn to follow a trail, track by track, without the aid of sand or snow or mud? It is common in myths, books, and movies to see incredible feats of tracking and several hyped up and popularized trackers make wild claims of skill with little to no verification, so it leaves a question, is the art of trailing real or just something humans wish they could do? Do you have to be a wilderness god or raised by indigenous people to really be able to trail?
The program then strings together a series of Roots Classes, one a month:
Bow Making, Flint Knapping, and Arrow Making- March 2nd-9th
Ancient Living Skills- April 12th-15th
Tracking and Awareness (Begins two days early for Origins Students to cover hunting and gathering) May 8th-11th
Celts, Axes, Adzes, and Chisels- June 12th-15th
Wet Felting- Aug 2nd-3rd
Origins Weekend- September 12th-14th - Animal processing and pelt tanning, Pemmican and Jerky Making, Gathering and Storing Wild Edibles, Shelter
Origins Primitive Living Trip- October 5th-11th
- A handmade wooden bow as heavy in draw as they can shoot well.
- Flint Knapped knives, scrapers, drills, saws and more.
- Bone knives, arrowheads, and awls.
- A collection of small game arrows and quiver.
- Gourd canteen and bark kettle.
- Soap stone cooking vessel or oil lamp.
- Pecked and Ground Adzes or Axes from Green Stone or local basalt.
- Rawhide and willow pack baskets.
- Advanced natural cordage.
- A drop spindle.
- A tanned pelt.
- A hand felted blanket or article of clothing.
- A grass sleeping pad.
- A friction fire kit.
- And of course odds and ends too multiple to list.
After ten months of creating and practicing with these tools we can then go out and put them to the test keeping ourselves alive and fed as people did here 1000 years ago and ten thousand years before that.
In the time between each class students will be given homework assignments that must be completed before the next class attended. These assignments will focus on building the skills in application, and on basic research for the next project and class.
There are 12 spaces left in Origins 2014
Tuition: After October 31st, 2013 tuition is $3200. Enclose $500.00 non-refundable deposit with your registration which is due no later than December 15th, 2013. If we have not received 6 applicants by this time we will not run the program. Full payment of the balance is expected on the first day of class unless arrangements for a Payment Plan or Grant have been made at the time of registration.
Trimester Payment Method: If you need to work out a long term payment method with Roots School we offer a trimester payment method in which three payments of $900 are due on Feb 1, April 9, June 25. The deposit of $500.00 is due by December 15th 2013. If we have not received 6 applicants by this time we will not run the program. If you start the program and are on a payment program we expect you to meet your entire financial commitment even if you choose to drop out of the program unless you choose to drop out from serious personal injury.
Grants: Qualifying Vermont residents may apply for Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, (VSAC) non-degree grants. Origins Program is divided into two terms, and two applications to VSAC are necessary if you desire a grant for each term. We suggest that you apply well before the end of 2013 for the first term Origins Program, which begins in Febuary 2014. You must apply in June 2014 for a grant for the second term. Be aware that VSAC begins its funding cycle in June and January of each year and awards grants on a first-come-first-serve basis while funds last. Please apply early!
Students who apply for VSAC grants are asked to submit $500.00 non-refundable deposit with your registration form. When the grant is issued in August and your tuition is fully paid, we will refund whatever amount of your deposit is in excess of the tuition. Students who receive a grant for the first term are responsible for the entire tuition regardless of attendance and regardless of the availability of a second-term grant. VSAC application forms may be obtained from Vermont Student Assistance Corporation: 1-800-882-4166 or write P.O. Box 2000, Champlain Mill, Winooski, VT 05404-2601.
Refund Policy: Tuition minus the deposit is refundable up to one month before the beginning of the program.
Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 5:00pm
Step 2: Download this Registration form, fill it out and email it back to us.
To Register Offline: Download and fill out your registration form and mail it back to us with a deposit check made out to Roots School. Mail to PO Box 932 Montpelier VT 05601
Ages 18 and up.
Daily Duration: Overnight
Daily courses do not include meals, camping is available upon request.
Overnight courses include meals and camping.
Logistical information about what to bring for your class, camping during overnight courses, directions and so forth can be found here.