Inventory Trip and Settling In
The beginning of the residential immersion program takes the form of an Inventory Trip, which allows participants (and our staff) to see their experience level, group communication skill, and learning ‘edges’ with primitive skills. Sometimes it takes the form of a survival trip & team building experience, and other times it is project oriented (like setting up the Apprentice Camp for the season, especially with smaller groups). After the inventory trip, which varies from 2-4 days depending on the year and group size, participants are offered the choice to stay for the residential immersion, if they feel it is a good fit for them.
After some time to rest from the inventory trip, apprentices will be introduced to our off-grid Apprentice Camp, where they will be setting up their personal shelters and living systems. Our instructors will work with the apprentice group to collectively develop a rotating duty schedule, set up composting toilets, and get camp operating smoothly. With a dependable routine of firewood collection, carrying water into camp, cooking, and fire-tending, the Apprentice Camp and community will be operating without a hitch, and the classes for the semester will begin!
Daily Schedule and Routines
More weeks than not, the school will be running 5-Day courses from Saturday to Wednesday (from 9-5:00 each day). Our classes allow apprentices to dive deeply into the topic at hand; whether it be foraging, earth-living, awareness, or others; and learn alongside students who come for our classes. It is important to have the Apprentice Camp running smoothly as classes begin, due to the time commitment they require. Apprentices may let our instructors know beforehand if they have good reason to miss class time (time sensitive projects, an extra rest day, catching up on firewood at camp, etc), but are otherwise expected to attend classes.
When there aren’t any classes scheduled, apprentices will work for the day with our instructors on a variety of projects, which often dive even deeper into the skills just offered in a class, or a long term project on campus (like one of our earthlodge builds, or food-forest maintenance). This time is especially flexible to the interests of our apprentices, and the options are truly endless! Other times we will go on outings to forage a wild food that is coming into season, visit guest instructors or other schools, or work on specific skills like canoeing or tracking.