Wilderness Immersion Program


Learn by living a primitive lifestyle in the Maine woods

2022 Residential & Non-Residential Programs


The Non-Residential Wilderness Immersion Apprenticeship offers all of the courses, the “Apprenticeship Only” events, and the Community access over a three year period. It is designed for Professionals, Parents and folks with full schedules.

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The Residential Wilderness Immersion Apprenticeship is an on site, off grid Instructor Trainer program that continuously improves it’s content in designing world class outdoor education for top tier outdoor educators. This experience provides growth in field craft, outdoor education and nature literacy, regardless of experience level, through ancestral skills and modern applications.

Our four seasonal sessions focus on the challenges and opportunities each time of the year offers. The result is a well-rounded, highly competent outdoor professional who can speak from direct experience about the natural world, and guide others through safe and enriching programs throughout the year.

Goal: Create instructors and “community builders” in outdoor education by increasing nature literacy and nature connection.

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Spring Session

Emphasis on foundations in skills development from survival to earth living.  Emergent spring growth and tubers full of starch and sugars, the beginning of our journey through the cycle of the seasons in skills development as well as the wild harvest. To include:

  • Spring Edible and Medicinal Plants
  • Wilderness Awareness and Wildlife Tracking Skills
  • Wilderness Survival and Earth Living Skills
  • Outdoor Community Living Experience

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2022 Dates: April 1 – May 27

Cost: $3,500 *

*discount for those who register for multiple sessions

Summer Session

The fullness of the season allows for long days honing the basics toward mastery as well as learning apex skills that incorporate all we have gained in the spring. It is our season of craftsmanship. This is also the peak season of medicinal plants. Our studies include the harvest and prepare for the coming seasons. Included:

  • Wilderness Awareness and Wildlife Tracking Skills
  • Wilderness Trip Planning
  • Moose River Canoe Trip
  • Summer Wilderness Skills Intensive
  • Foraging Field Trips
  • Basketry and Fiber Arts Workshop

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2021 Dates: June 10 – August 5

Cost: $3,500*

*discount for those who register for multiple sessions

Fall Session

The hunting season and mast crops of berries, fruits, and nuts is upon us!  It is a time for gathering, preparing, processing, and storing for the harshest time of year.  Mentoring Skills are also important and we not only learn to be ready for the rhythms of the landscape with regard to food, but also with how we can learn and pass on this vital information.

  • Fall Wilderness Skills Intensive
  • Common Ground Fair
  • Fall Edible and Medicinal Foraging
  • Bow Making
  • Hide Tanning
  • Spirit of the Hunt Workshop
  • Nature Mentoring Skills Workshop

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2022 Dates: September 2– October 28

Cost: $3,500*

*discount for those who register for multiple sessions

Winter Session

This, the harshest time of year is about honing your field craft, awareness, efficiency and winter specific skill sets.  This session will not be easy, but it will be rewarding.

  • Winter Wilderness Skills Intensive
  • Bushcamp Building
  • Wilderness Awareness and Wildlife Tracking
  • Knife Making
  • Steam Bending
  • Maple Syrup Making
  • Winter Skills Assessment Trip

2022 Dates: January 8 – February 19

Cost: $3,500*

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*discount for those who register for multiple sessions


Program Structure



I have learned more here than I have in college! I implement my learned skills into my everyday life, even in the city. There is something here for all different types of folks. Every time i go to the Skills School, I bring a brand new notebook and expect to fill it with information! I am the president of a primitive skills club at my college and the Maine Primitive Skills School has had a HUGE impact on our club by teaching us a lot of skills and supporting us along the way! Trust me when I say that this place is THE BEST!!!”

Tim Swanson, President of Primitive Skills Club Unity College

Every second there was a learning and growing experience…Maine Primitive School is not your average “by the book” learning experience, you will walk away a completely different person. I know I did…Not only did I gain so much more knowledge, courage and appreciation for the world around me, but I left with a new family of brothers and sisters that I will hold dear for the rest of my life…I went for the weekend primitive skills class and learned so much more than I could even process in one weekend and at the same time felt like it was a huge tease for what more there is to learn. I will definitely be going back for more classes and hope to see you there.

Amy Rosebrock, Earth Living Weekend Course

Thanks to a weekend with you I will never take matches and lighters for granted again. Anytime I go anywhere I now look at the lawns and trees differently. I am now recommending Earth Living to my friends. It is just a wonderful weekend spent getting closer to nature and making one think about our surroundings.

Nicole Frame, Earth Living 5 Day Course

It was an amaizing trip to the wondeful Maine Primitive Skills School with a lovely guest instructor. The people on the trip were incredibly varied but still by the end of 48 hours it really felt like a community. Lisa kept everything quite organized and running smoothly. I would definately reccomend both Toby and the Maine Primitive Skills School to anyone that enjoys the woods.

Scott Loren , All Levels Fall Survival Course

After months of researching and practicing skills on my own, I ventured to MPSS for two 5 day courses. I’d seen all their videos and followed all their links but needed to learn in person. What an incredible environment for learning. Not only is Mike and his team highly skilled, but very able to pass their knowledge to a broad range of students from all walks of life. Skills and knowledge are truly learned as you are met with patient instructors who allow you to fail, learn from those failures, and come to a much greater understanding through true experience. The facility is welcoming and perfectly suited for sharing these skills. Trails and outdoor courses provide an incredible playground to demonstrate, facilitate, and practice all the classes the school has to offer.


I wanted to thank you and the MPSS crew for a great workshop. I found this past weekend’s course structure and instruction very professional. This is obviously evidenced by the level of success demonstrated by each of the participants.

Deneen Bernier, Co-owner of Three Red Trees Outdoor Programs

2022 Non-Residential Immersion 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 attended)
  • Opportunities to work on skills between classes with Residential group
  • Expected to share in the duties of community life while at the school

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2022 Dates & Pricing

Program Dates Cost Type
Spring Session April 1 -May 27 $3,500 Residential
Summer Session June 10 – August 5 $3,500 Residential
Fall Session Sept 2 – Oct 28 $3,500 Residential
Non-Res 2 years from start date of your choice $4,500 Non-Residential

Where They Are Now

Deneen Bernier
Mentor at White Pine Programs

Taylor Ackerman
Field Instructor at SUWS of the Carolinas

Braden DeLonay
Mentor at Whole Life Learning Center
Co-Founder at Work Shift Corporate Team Building

Lou Falank
Founder/Director Mountain Bear Programs and Guide Service

Check out what our “Where They Are Now” page for information on job placements and where are past students have gone!

Where They Are Now