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Wilders Apprenticeship

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The Wilders Guild is a team of fiber artists, farmers, and craftspeople. The Wilders Apprenticeship teaches skills that bridge the gap between surviving and thriving. Wilders help to restore the land that they use through ethical harvesting and sustainable cultivation.

During the Wilders Apprenticeship, we will learn a variety of skills that may include and are not limited to:

Fiber Arts
Transform raw wool into wearable items by learning to card, spin, knit and weave.
Folk Craft
Apprentices learn crafts of woodworking, natural building, animal husbandry, outdoor cooking, and even artisan cheese making. They train both to sustain the Village and help build it.
Plant Identification and Restoration
Learn to identify a wide variety of plants to eat, collect for your herbal apothecary and dye fabrics! Plus, our expert mentors teach the principles of ecological restoration, where we restore the land around us to its fullest realization of health and bounty.
Outdoor Cooking
Make an array of delicious foods that help feed the village, cooking over an open fire.

How it Works

One weekend a month, apprentices train in the field at our epic outdoor locations. Four of those weekends are Friday - Sunday overnight expeditions.

Overnight Weekends:
Check-in between 4:30 and 5 PM on Friday and check-out at 3:00 PM on Sunday.
Single Field Days:
Check-in between 8:45 and 9 AM on Saturday, and check-out at 4:30 PM that same day.

Tuition

Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.  

Grade 5 - 8 (Includes 4 Weekend Overnight Trips): Full program tuition is $1,950. Includes: 4 Friday - Sunday overnight weekends, 4 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, Trackers hoodie, access to our weekly family Skills Night, and Mora knife. 

This program comes with...

  • Mentoring and guidance to accomplish the learning levels of a Wilder
  • Working with our top Trackers Instructors as mentors
  • Wilders embroidered patch and hoodie
  • A frost mora wood carving knife

Class Schedule

Class is one weekend a month from September to May. Please check these dates carefully, as we are unable to provide credit for missed days.

Grade 5-8: Schedule B*

  • September 22-24, 2017 Weekend Overnight
  • October 13-15, 2017 Weekend Overnight
  • November 11, 2017 Field Day
  • December 9, 2017 Optional Holiday Party
  • January 20, 2018 Field Day
  • February 10, 2018 Field Day
  • March 10, 2018 Field Day
  • April 13-15, 2018 Weekend Overnight
  • May 18-20, 2018 Weekend Overnight
  • June 2, 2018 Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck

*Schedules A and C not available for this program.  For more details, see our Info Packet.

Registration Policy Information

Download our 2017-2018 Information and Pricing Sheet


Tuition

Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.

Grade 5 - 8 (Includes 4 Weekend Overnight Trips): 2017-18 program tuition is $1,950. Includes: 4 Friday - Sunday overnight weekends, 4 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, Trackers hoodie, and Mora knife. 

Registration

To secure your space for Fall 2017 we require a non-refundable $75 deposit per child. Tuition is divided into nine equal payments which will be charged on the first of the month from September through May. A 5% discount will be applied for tuition paid in full by August 15, 2017.  

Please note that registrations are for the entirety of the program; however, we do allow for mid-season withdrawals per our cancellation policy (see below). If you are unable to provide your deposit now due to financial hardship, please contact us directly so we may make alternate arrangements. Limited scholarships are available in cases of financial need; please see our scholarship page for deadlines and application information.

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

Because of our small group sizes, we are greatly impacted by mid-session cancellations and withdrawals. Please carefully look at the calendar dates above and weigh well if this is a commitment that fits with your family's schedule and needs. Nevertheless, we understand that the needs of families may change during the year. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • We request a two-week courtesy notice prior to withdrawals.
  • For all withdrawals from apprenticeship programs, a withdrawal fee equal to one monthly payment will apply.
  • After the withdrawal fee has been subtracted, we will refund any pre-paid tuition prorated for time not attended.
  • We cannot offer credit for program days due to illness, family vacations, etc.