Core Skills

Course Information

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 5:00pm to Sat, 07/28/2018 - 12:00pm
18 and up.

This class is overnight and includes camping.  

Roots Core Skills  introduces students to our school’s main elements, primitive survival skills, tracking, and awareness. In this week long course students will gain hands on experience and time tested information about survival shelters, primitive water filtration and gathering, and friction fire skills such as bow drill and hand drill.

As we move into food gathering students will spend time harvesting and processing wild edibles, practice hunting skills, and learning how to skin, clean, and cook.

Tracking and awareness will support all of these skills as we learn the skills necessary to becoming a member of our ecosystem, not an alien struggling to survive.

Open to all skill levels. We do not just dump students in the middle of no where with nothing. This is course is designed to maximize what  you can learn well in one week, not to beat you up.

Students will also gain hands on time with rock tools, primitive water vessels, cordage making, and more. We keep this class small so expect more time doing than watching.


"Finally made it up to Roots School for a primer in core skills this summer. Something deep inside of me has shifted as a result... Engaging with traditional skills reconnects me to my humanity. These skills provide a healthy level of challenge for mind, body, & spirit - and a very healthy dose of humility in feeling like an infant in a realm that is so fundamental to our existence (and yet so forgotten.)

Sarah and Brad are skilled facilitators who have been immersed in these skills and the subsequent lifestyle in a committed & consisted manner for quite some time... "walking the walk." They get out of the way and deliver the skills in the most clear, accessible, & honest way I could envision.

For anyone who's curiosity is piqued at these notions, I strongly encourage you to heed the call and take a basic course. It's one of the best things I've ever done for myself. Be warned though: you may want to drop everything else in your life and move out to the woods to flintknap and set up traps after you go..."

Taylor, NC

Recurring Dates: 
Monday, December 31, 2012 - 12:30pm

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Directions, Gear & Logistics

Logistical information about what to bring for your class, camping during overnight courses, directions and so forth can be found here.

Registration Forms

Online registrations are preferred, but registration by mail is accepted. Either proceed online above, or mail in the forms below with a check for the deposit.