Gap Year Options to Provide Growth Opportunity!

Our Gap Year programs offer an opportunity to grow in the transitional space between big life decisions and new commitments. Increase your skills in self reliance, and develop a deeper connection to nature and self.

Discover or re-invent who you are by exploring your passions. If you are in a state of transition, desire clarity, or just need to get a different perspective, a week long gap year experience can provide you the freedom to explore a different culture built around your interests.

You will make life long friendships, gain insights regarding your own internal landscape, and bring clarity to important decisions in each Gap Year area of interest.

“Gap years should be the norm, not the exception. An increasingly ugly secret of campus life is that a mix of helicopter parenting and social media has rendered many 18-year-olds unfit for college. Ninety percent of kids who defer and take a gap year return to college and are more likely to graduate, with better grades.”
— Scott Galloway

Gap Year Course Offerings

Wilderness Skills Week

Thriving by living in a long term nature setting requires skills and knowledge of the immediate environment coupled with the will to to succeed and grow.

Regular price $700.00

2024 Dates:  May 18-24

       July 20-26

       September 14-20

Wild Foraging and Herbalism Week

Knowing how to recognize, harvest, propagate, and prepare the plants that surround us for food medicine and fiber deepens are sense of healthy connection to the land and ourselves.

Regular price $700.00

2024 Dates:  May 25- 31

       August 24- 30

       September 21- 27

Nature Awareness and Wildlife Tracking Week

Learning to read the landscape, from field to forest, can include anything from aidless navigation, tracking, field meteorology, or studying bird language. The path to nature literacy is lined with these rewarding skills.

Regular price $700.00

2024 Dates:  April 27- May 1

       June 1- 7

Time: 9.00 Sat. – Noon Fri.

Limit: 12 Students

Deposits transferable but non-refundable

Minimum Age: 16 years

Course location:

Maine Primitive Skills School, 716 Church Hill Road, Augusta, ME 04330

Tel: +1 207-623-7298 email:

“When I see people with an interesting gap year, if they can explain it, if they can justify it, if they can show what they’ve learnt from it, it’s sometimes more profitable or more intelligent than having been through a traditional, continuous race from high school to the end of university.”

— Jean Pascal Tricoire