Welcome to Practical Primitive
Live On-site Internships,
Live Off-site Work-Trade Agreements
and our NEW
Instructor Apprentice Program
- THIS WEEKEND! Drum Making — Create your own 8-sided "Shaman's Drum" using no glues or adhesives — Only 2 Spaces Left!
- NOW SEEKING: Interns, Work-Traders and Apprentice Instructors!
- Second Weekend of Blacksmithing Basics, May 9-11 — Only 2 Spaces Left!
- Coming in April — Slings, Atlatl and Stone Tools! — Discover how effective "Primitive" technologies really can be!
- Join the FERAL HUMAN PROJECT! Our full-time resiential program is accepting applicants for April, July & October start dates!
- Watch our Newest YouTube Video! See Eddie shooting a bow and demonstrating just what's possible with practice and proper form!
- Practical Primitive T-shirts, DVDs, Books & More are all available through The Trading Blanket —Check it out!
- Open Skills Nights return April 16th — Free, Informal and All are Welcome!
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Our Passion is Teaching
We focus our workshops on specific topics, and provide Personal Mentoring sessions on almost any aspect of Traditional and Primitive skills. Do more than just gather knowledge; work hands-on with the tools and materials that will help you to fully integrate a strong and stable repertoire of skills into your life. Taught practically and learned passionately, there need not be any distinction between "class time" and "the real world".
Our Workshops are Small
Our workshop sizes are limited to a maximum of six to ten people, depending on the subject, so you'll get more out of your learning experience. Keeping the student-to-instructor ratio so low ensures that you will get the personalized attention you need to have your questions answered and your needs addressed. We teach in the manner that is best for you, not easiest for us. If you can't do at home what you learned in our workshops, we didn't do our job!
Our Focus is You
Small classes, Personal Mentoring, reasonable prices, weekend workshops — we have dedicated our program to providing you with the best in affordable, top-quality instruction in a wide variety of Primitive and Traditional skills. We'll even bring our Workshops to You! At Practical Primitive, our committment is to providing you with the practical means for you to master and integrate the knowledge of our shared ancestry into your modern life.
"Distance is the Enemy of Awareness"
-- J.B. Mackinnon