Our Apprenticeship Programs develop instructor level proficiency in Primitive Skills and Outdoor Education.  These professional programs are an immersion in skills development, application of educational strategies, and community building put in to daily practice.

All of our Apprenticeship Programs include the following opportunities:

  • Minimalistic housing, kitchen, and bathroom options
  • Enroll in any available school classes at discounted price rate (included in Tuition Cost)
  • Individualized mentorship in Nature Literacy and Self-Reliance
  • Assessment of coursework including:
    • Peer Review and Performance Indicators
  • Be a part of a larger community
  • Gain insights into self-development and growth
  • Rapidly develop skill sets in Primitive Skills, Survival, Bushcraft, and Outdoor Education


Apprenticeship Overview: (click program options for additional information)

The apprenticeship programs are offered in a seasonal format (spring semester, fall semester) and can be taken “back to back” for applicants interested in a residential immersion program. There is also a year long non-residential option for busy folks with too many obligations to go “all in”.

The dates, costs and a brief description for these programs are as follows:


Spring and Fall Seasonal Primitive Skills Apprenticeships

Semester 1Spring Residential Apprenticeship Program.  This semester is a fully residential wilderness experience that focuses on the core curriculum of wilderness skills.  You will be living in the woods and practicing skills most days. This semester sets the necessary foundations for the specialty skills developed in the second semester.  To include:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Shelter Building
  • Foraging for food and medicine
  • Scout Skills
  • Fire Making
  • Sustainable Community Skills
  • Overall Emergent Skill Sets in Self-Reliance Living

For full syllabus and more general info Click here

2019 Dates: April 24 – July 1

Cost: TBA


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Semester 2Fall Residential Apprenticeship has two main focuses:  Long term living skills and Mentoring skills.  It includes a transition to living in a long term primitive shelter.

  • Long Term Living Skills include:
    • Hunting – Bow Making Course
    • Food Harvests for year round survival – Blueberries, Wild Rice, Apples, Acorns, etc.
    • Medicinal Plant Harvests
  • Mentoring Skills include:
    • Choosing custom skills sets to develop
    • Gain teaching, facilitation, and leadership skills through real life experiences
    • Build a resume for future job opportunities

For full Syllabus and more general information Click Here

2019 Dates: July 23 – October 12

Cost: TBA


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Full Immersion – Back To Back Primitive Skills Residential Program (Semesters 1&2)

This is the original apprenticeship program. It combines the two seasonal apprenticeships with the month of July off in between. It is the most rigorous and thorough route to learning survival, awareness, tracking, bush craft, and primitive skills. It is intended for folks who are committed to furthering:

  • a career in outdoor education leadership
  • a lifestyle of deep nature connection, simple living, hunting, and/or gathering.

Click Here to learn more – Link to Residential Page


  • Semester 1: April 24-July1
  • Semester 2: July 23-October 12

Cost: $7,890


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Non-Residential Apprenticeship Program

Want to learn all these skills, but don’t have the time to invest in a Residential Program? This includes:

  • Opportunity to take any/all of the school classes available for two years
  • Stay at the school for up to three weeks at a time (provided courses are being atttended)
  • Opportunities to work on skills between classes with Residential group
  • Expected to share in the duties of community life while at the school

Click Here to see full syllabus or get more general information – link to non-res page

Dates: Sign up anytime.

Cost: TBA


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A letter from the Director:

Dear Prospective Apprentice,

These programs have been evolving from a desire to immerse more completely in nature for over 25 years.  They are the heart and lifeblood of the school.  From ones first steps in moving from Survival toward comfort in the natural world with little to no dependency on modern tools, you will experience something ancient, empowering, and sacred awaken within you.  In addition to learning how to re-integrate with the landscape, we’ll share, through guided experiences, what it takes to become leaders in the field of out door education.  We train mentors, Maine Guides, and current as well as future primitive skills and outdoor instructors. The days can be tiring, exhilarating, riddled with mosquitoes, or filled with joy, but they are always real and there is always growth in one’s self. The hard skills and soft skills of our collective ancestry serve to increase your awareness, self-confidence, overall abilities and much more.

This is a place of explosive growth for those willing to invest themselves. Apprentices learn and then live the skills they are taught. What you will also develop is the perspective of someone who knows their vision path and strengthens that part of them that seems to flounder in the modern construct. If you want to track, learn plants, increase your awareness, get fire off the landscape, or rediscover yourself outside the expectations and demands of your current situation, we invite you to take the next step in the process. This usually means setting up a day where you can come to the school, meet the instructors, even experience a part of a class you have interest in and/or haven’t yet attended. If you are passionate enough about the skills to work at them until, in honing your craft, you better define your vision, then we are more than eager to help you work your edge.

See you on the trail,

Michael Patrick Douglas





Application Process

We are searching for passionate learners who have a desire to share skills with others. Preference is given to applicants who have completed a five day or weekend course prior to applying for apprenticeship. Before acceptance, candidates will be requested to:

1.  Fill out and submit the Application and Interview Questions before April 1st.


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2. Visit or Telephone Interview

3. Submit non-refundable tuition deposit(s) of 50% one month prior to program start.

4. Have tuition paid in full by start of program.

5. Successfully complete the Apprenticeship Inventory Trip April 24-27, 2018        *This is for Semester 1 participants

International students have been accepted in the past, and can arrange a phone interview if unable to visit the school. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis but it is strongly recommended to submit your application and interview questions before December 15th. Deposits are required by one month prior to start date to reserve a space.