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Beginning at the End of October — Sign Up Now!

Stone, Bone & Antler... These were the tools that shaped the world of our ancient ancestors. For hundreds of thousands of years our world revolved around the use of these tools, and they are just as effective today!

During our new Advanced Skills program you will learn skills that we have rarely, or never, taught in our regular workshops or Intensives. Not only that, the entire program will be focused around learning to do these skills using Stone Age technology — Stone, Bone & Antler.
If you're looking to learn new skills, bring your existing skills to the next level, and do some really cool stuff that will take your life in the woods to a Two-stick Fireboard new world of freedom, then Join Us!

"Primitive Means First, Not Worst."
      — Scott Silsby

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About the Program

Advanced Skills: Shelter, Water, Fire, Freedom!
Over 100 hours of Advanced Instruction!
Upcoming Session: October – December 2016 AND March - May 2017
Meets: One 2-day weekend each scheduled month (See dates below.)
Location: Practical Primitive, Great Meadows, NJ
Tuition: $1250 ($250 Deposit to Register)

Tools of stone, bone and antler work differently than steel, but they are certainly no less effective. Understanding the special techniques and ways in which these tools must be used will quickly show you just how well they work.

Having the knowledge and skill to use Stone Age technologies brings a whole new level of skill to your time in the woods and freedom to your entire life. Knowing you can make, fashion and create whatever you need — where even a knife becomes optional — will change the way you look at the world forever!

During Advanced Skills you will learn about and create:

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To be a part of this amazing new Advanced Skills program just sign up below. You'll join us in October, November and December, then take a break during January and February to skip the heart of Winter, and pick back up again in March, April and May. This Winter break will allow us to take advantage of the best weather, without having to worry about traveling during storms and snow. It's going to be an amazing six months of doing skills we rarely, or never, have the chance to teach in our regular workshops, and we're looking forward to getting started!

Program FAQs

Q. Is there an age limit? What sort of skills / experience do I need?
A. You must be at least 18 years old to attend, but there is no upper age limit and no minimum skill or experience requirements.

Q. Where do the weekends take place and where will I stay?
A. The weekend get-togethers all take place at our main Pracitcal Primitive location near Great Meadows, NJ. Participants will stay on-site overnight and have full access to facilities. All meals will be provided over the course of the weekend.

Q. What is the schedule for the program?
A. Advanced Skills: Shelter, Water, Fire, Freedom participants will gather for one weekend each month (Saturday & Sunday) during October, November, December, March, April & May. (See below for the proposed weekends.) We will get started at 9am Saturday morning and finish up around 5pm Sunday afternoon. (If you live farther away, contact us about possible Residential options.)

Q. How much is the tuition for the ADVANCED SKILLS program and what is included?
A. The six-month Advanced Skills: Shelter, Water, Fire, Freedom program includes over 100 hours of Advanced instruction, all of the program supplies and materials, all of your meals during the Advanced Skills weekends, as well as all fees and honorariums to Guest Instructors and Speakers, all for just $1250, or less than $13 per hour. (See our Payment Options below.)


A $250 deposit secures your place in the program, with the balance due via one of the following options:

Option 1: A single payment of the full balance amount of $1000 on or before the first day of the program.
Option 2: Three equal payments of $340, due at the October, November & December weekends.
Option 3: Five equal payments of $205, automatically withdrawn each month, October through February.
Option 4: Use PayPal Credit to recieve 6 months interest-free financing.
(Option 2 includes a $20 fee and Option 3 a $25 fee for the processing of multiple payments.)


Scheduled Dates and Registration

Scheduled dates for ADVANCED SKILLS: Shelter, Water, Fire, FreedomCedar bark sling
October 29-30, 2016
November 19-20, 2016
December 17-18, 2016
March 25-26, 2017
April 29-30, 2017
May 20-21, 2017
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If you have any questions about
ADVANCED SKILLS: Shelter, Water, Fire, Freedom
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