9-month, Weekend Immersion
Wilderness Survival & Primitive Skills Bay Area, CA

9-month Immersion Take 1-weekend a month for 9 months to immerse yourself in the core study of Wilderness Survival and Primitive Skills. The Rangers Guild presents one of the most thorough immersion programs of its kind. This program takes you through the art of survival, than builds upon that foundation into more advanced arts of wilderness living and primitive skills.

Thrive, Don't Simply Survive

Any one can build a debris shelter on summers day or make a fire and stay warm at night. The immersion program takes you further, it gives you the fundamentals of wilderness survival, than we ask you to perfect them in all seasons and conditions. Even beyond that, delving into nearly 1 million years of human history, we bridge the gap between survival and longer term wilderness living. Dependence on the wild around you forges a strong connection to the natural world.

In this program you get hands on experience building and actually sleeping in various single and group shelters. We cover water finding and purification, along with how to boil it with primitive pots and heat sources. We intensively train you in key fire making methods and drill you on your ability to get a flame in any conditions. Wild edible plants are addressed from a sustenance perspective, along with how to care for all the resources you harvest, making your presence on the land more sustainable. Primitive fishing methods are covered, along with wildlife tracking with a focus on trapping on hunting. From these fundamentals we also create a culture of more advanced primitive skills craftsmanship. We do in depth into flintknapping arts, bow making, basket weaving, leather work and much more.

A Community In Which to Learn

For both the beginning and advanced student, the pace is high and the days are packed. We have you not simply build one bow drill for friction fire, we ask you to make several from many different woods throughout all seasons. These consistent trials and rapid scenarios are performed with each skill until a certain level of mastery and ownership is accomplished by each student. Along with the expertise of our instructors, one of your greatest assets as a student is the collaborative learning community we develop. Similar to a martial arts dojo, different levels of student experience actually enhance the continuous learning environment.

Independent Study and Research

You are given independent study homework for skills projects outside of program weekends. The amount of work is flexible and tailored to a student's available time. This optimizes what you can be learning during actual course days with our instructors.

Immersion That Fits Your Life

Our Guild Immersion Programs integrates well into both your working and social life. Each weekend begins Friday evening and ends the Sunday afternoon. Most weekends take place within a two hour drive from the SFO Airport (an international terminal). Each weekend occurs monthly, so there is time for students to self-utilize and refine experience in the skills we teach. Dates are as follows….

September 23-25, 2011
October 21-23, 2011
December 2-4, 2011
January 27-29, 2012
February 24-26, 2012
March 23-25, 2012
April 27-29, 2012
May 25-27, 2012
June 1-3, 2012

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9 monthly weekends September 2011 to June 2012 Friday Evening to Sunday Overnights
In various key ecological areas in Northern California
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Payment Plan $950 down payment with two other $950 payments every 3-months
9 monthly weekends September 2011 to June 2012 Friday Evening to Sunday Overnights
In various key ecological areas in Northern California

Tuition and Class Size

Tuition Tuition includes meals and camping for program weekends. Plus, course reader materials. Our payment options include...

Pay in Full $2,550 by credit or debit card. Use Add to Cart above.
9-month Payment Plan 3 payments of $950 every 3 months. Please Contact Us

Scholarships or Our Outdoor & Environmental Educator Training Program We have scholarship or Our Outdoor & Environmental Educator Training Program awards available of up to 10%-50% or tuition. Due to limited funds of awards we recommend you apply early to increase your chances of acceptance. Submit a scholarship or Our Outdoor & Environmental Educator Training Program application

Wilderness Survival & Primitive Skills Immersion includes...

• Tracking from the perspective of trapping and hunting
• Various single person and group shelters, actually sleep in many of these shelter options
• Beginning and intermediate bow making
• Water gathering, purification and safety
• Primitive food prep and cooking
• Fire methods applicable to nearly all seasonal conditions
• Basket weaving
• Hide-tanning and leather working
• Stone and bone tools with beginning to advanced flintknapping instruction
• Harvest of wild edible and medicinal plants for sustenance
• A fundamentally deeper awareness of the world around you

More Wilderness Survival and Primitive Skills Programs

Guild Immersion Programs are designed to be an immersive experience in a core Guild study. They are 1-weekend a month for 9-months. Check out our other core programs for more in-depth work...

$25 Taster Wilderness Survival & Primitive Skills 3-hour introduction
Fundamentals Wilderness Survival & Primitive Skills 2-days learning the foundations
Field Intensive Wilderness Survival & Primitive Skills 4-day overnight expedition

More from the Rangers Guild

This is one of 3-core study tracks of the Wilders Guild curriculum. Other tracks include...

Wildlife Tracking
Way of the Ranger: The Curriculum of Shadows

Long Term Immersion

The Way of the Rangers 3-weekends per month Combine all the Rangers immersion programs to create full 3-weekend per month program.

Trackers Village: Residential Wilderness Living Program 7-days a week Live in a primitive and traditional village for one 1-year.

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