Reconnecting With the land: Primitive Earth Skills (Weekend Workshop)


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For the independent, free-spirits and wild-hearts out there, there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that you have all the necessary skills and knowledge to actively survive in Nature. It is an almost forgotten, core part of being human and a beautifully empowering experience.

With the advance of technology, we have been slowly disconnecting with nature and forgetting ancient primitive skills. We are having a hard time remembering how incredibly fulfilling it can be to enjoy immersing ourselves in nature, fearlessly and confidently.

If you've been resonating with this and dream of being reconnected with the land, this experience is for you!


A perfect gift for Bachelor/Bachelorette parties, Girls/Boys groups, Family group celebrations. This is a fun and empowering experience to learn first-hand about the hunter-gatherer technologies that humans depended on for over 10,000 years in Central Texas.

Learn to connect with the land in real time, and see how it offers everything you need to survive and thrive. This is a more in depth, weekend-long experience than Ryan's Intro Workshop for Basic Primitive Skills

In this expanded, immersive experience you will learn the basics for primitive survival in a native terrain exploration and search for materials, followed by live demonstrations and a chance to practice yourself:

We will take a walk towards the creek and discover an area that has been historically used by native hunter-gatherers and find the exact type of rocks they used to search for, learn to get flakes off of then and learn how to refine them further and shaped them into a tool.

We will find and learn which naturally growing plants are suitable for making cordage, take a few leaves/strands and learn the history of the chosen material. A hands on demonstration will follow on how to transform the material into an actual tool. We will then learn to combine it with the previous stone tool.

This is probably the oldest technique to start a fire and often the most difficult. We can use the previously learned cordage to help create friction fire. Besides proper technique, you must choose the right wood for the fire-board and spindle. We will grind particles from both surfaces of the spindle and its indentation in the fire-board, which must heat to 800 degrees F before a glowing coal forms. This must then be transferred to tinder and ­gently blown to life.

With these 3 core skills, one can do just about anything in nature: working with the land, for the land — respecting its ecological, cultural and historical value.

We will also go go beyond the basics and also learn in real time how to:


This is a weekend long workshop, group experience, beginning on Saturday and ending on Sunday.


DURATION: The couple or group would meet Ryan for 4-5 hrs each day

LOCATION: McKinney Roughs, in Bastrop county (30 min drive from Austin)

PRICE: $600/weekend workshop (divide by number of participants to get the per/person price)

- All materials for workshop

- Lodging. There’s a lodge on location, the park is called McKinney Roughs and you have to go to the headquarters to check-in. (There’s no overnight camping available here.)
- Insurance
- Transportation
- Food and Beverages

- Comfortable shoes or boots, for walking a few miles
- Socks, no open toe shoes (protect from insect and the elements)
- Long pants (no shorts)
- Insect repellent (Ryan will have some too)
- Long sleeve shirt is preferred to protect from sun or brush
- Plenty of water, no matter the season
- Snacks provided, bring/make your own meals


Paleo Path intro video (Ryan's YouTube channel)
Friction Fire


From $75 /person

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Reconnecting With the land: Primitive Earth Skills (Weekend Workshop)

About Experience Provider

Ryan Cooper

A man who so gracefully blends practical, natural and soulful skills who also carries a big, generous heart, makes for a soulful and life-changing mentor without a doubt.

Ryan Cooper is an artist, a naturalist, a creator and a teacher. A wide, warm smile meets you with the quickly followed humor and facts. Ryan’s back to roots teachings come from his childhood, when he was first exposed to a life immersed around nature. He first learned what’s now commonly known as “primitive skills” by growing up on a street called Moccasin Bend in a Native American community called Lake Thunderbird. He lived near a lake and made bows, hunted, fished, searched for fossils... Made his first bow at 10 years old from Yaupon Holly, Ilex vomitoria. Not all his peers were into it, but Ryan was fascinated by studying the world around him, led by his natural curiosity and a very influential older friend. Later on, he always excelled in science throughout school. And years later while in the Army, he served in an Airborne Infantry unit for four years and learned how to survive in the wild as a Paratrooper/Scout, sometimes up to a month at a time with no contact to the outside world.

Fast forward to college. At ACC (Austin Community College) and UT Austin (Texas), Ryan was called to study and master art and design. This widened his area of expertise and allowed him to participate in highly enriching artistic projects, one of which was featured in The Guardian (UK). From there, Ryan branched into commercial graphic design and he created signature album covers for local bands and had several art gallery showings.

In the present days, Ryan has changed gears a bit to focus on what is most important and natural to him. Something which brings him an even greater feeling of satisfaction than selling a painting or handling a freshly-pressed vinyl record with his art on it: Teaching kids about nature and passing on Earth science and primitive skills knowledge to adults and kids. Ryan’s been an Environmental Educator at the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department for 4 years now. He teaches Earth Science to Title 1 AISD students in the 5th graders. Before Coronavirus related changes, Ryan took 30 students every week and taught them earth science, integrating primitive skills into his lessons.

Ryan's Primitive Skills experiences can be appreciated by anyone who enjoys or is interested in the outdoors and perhaps also has an interest in science; those who maybe have no experience but want to know how to fish primitively with a spear or hand-woven line; perhaps a geologist who wants to see sedimentary rock implemented in a Paleolithic context; or a person simply looking to expand their horizons with knife-making or friction fire skills. In any case, something can be gathered from Ryan's classes that will bring you closer to the land which has nurtured our species, here in the Americas, for thousands of years.