ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
RECONNECTING WITH THE LAND: PRIMITIVE EARTH SKILLS
** An Exclusive My World Registry Experience **
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!
DESCRIPTION AND DETAILS
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:
STONE SHAPING OR 'KNAPPING'
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.
PLANT FIBER CORDAGE
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:
* MAKE A PRIMITIVE KNIFE OR SIMILAR PRIMITIVE TOOL
* PRIMITIVE FISHING
This is a weekend long workshop, group experience, beginning on Saturday and ending on Sunday.
MIN. & MAX NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 2 to 8 people
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.)
- Food and Beverages
LIST OF ITEMS TO BRING
- 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