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Wilders Apprenticeship

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Join our Wilders Guild! Live the life of folk craft, animal care, gardens, and restoring the land.
A school-year program that teaches skills 1 weekend-a-month.

Apprenticeship

Make new friends while learning skills of ecological leadership. Share in adventures with a team of like-minded peers. With dedication and hard-work, an Apprenticeship can grow into a life-long study of ancient ways:

Wild Plants Delve into the incredible world of wild plants. Learn skills of identification and safe harvest of wild foods-developing a connection to the land through seasonal cycles of growth and restoration.

Homestead Craft Learn crafts of woodworking, natural building, animal husbandry, outdoor cooking, and even artisan cheese making. Train both to sustain the Village and help build it.

Animal Care Learn to care for the animals of the farm: goats, chickens, sheep and more. Explore how they help us restore the land. Make fiber art projects into beautiful and useful crafts.

Gardening Tend to the Wilders Garden. Grow food while learning principles of soil restoration and ecology. Journey into a world where wild plants run through our gardens as our gardens grow through the wild forest.

Our Apprenticeship Mentors are experienced educators teaching authentic and traditional skills. They are facilitators of thoughtful growth through the power of nature and community.


How It Works

Apprentice Field Days - 9 program meetings: 1 Saturday or Sunday a month, Fall - Spring. Check in is at 8:45 AM and check out is at 4:30 PM.  At our monthly meetings, Apprentices join a team of friends learning in nature with our teachers. See below for scheduled dates.

Community Celebration Day - Saturday June 1.
Parents and family join Apprentices and Teachers for a community celebration of what we learned.

Optional Community & Family Programs Dates Vary
Wilders Apprentices and immediate family can join us for fun Community Events and our Skills Nights.

Tuition

Full program tuition is $1,495. Tuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.  Includes: 9 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, and access to our family Skills Night. 

This program comes with...

  • Mentoring and guidance to accomplish the learning levels of a Wilder
  • Working with our top Trackers Instructors as mentors
  • 9 field Saturdays and 2 community gatherings
  • Access to our weekly skills nights
  • A frost mora wood carving knife

Download 2018-19 Info Packet

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 1-12: Schedule B*

    • September 15, 2018 Field Day
    • October 6, 2018 Field Day
    • October 27, 2018 Field Day
    • November 17, 2018 Field Day
    • December 8, 2018 Optional Holiday Party
    • January 26, 2019 Field Day
    • February 16, 2019 Field Day
    • March 16, 2019 Field Day
    • April 20, 2019 Field Day
    • May 11, 2019 Field Day
    • June 1, 2019 Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck
*Schedules A, C, & D not available for this program.  

Registration Policy Information

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 1 - 12: 2018-19 program tuition is $1,495. Includes:  9 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, and Mora knife. 

Registration

To secure your space for Fall 2018 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.  

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.