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The Hacienda

Great Meadows, NJ

Welcome to Practical Primitive
14 Sussex Lane, Great Meadows, NJ
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Phone 908-637-8137

Fondly nick-named "The Hacienda", our main base of operations is a beautiful 13-acre property in Central New Jersey, between the I-78 and I-80 corridors. Only about 10 miles from the Delaware Water Gap and between the towns of Washington and Hackettstown, we are virtually due west of NYC, straight out Interstate 80.

Plenty of deer, turkey, bear and other wildlife, a great variety of big, old trees amidst the 10 wooded acres, giant grapevines, and more wine berries than you can imagine, Practical Primitive's main location provides a multitude of great opportunites to create many experiences for you, our students.
We look forward to seeing you here!

 

Entry Sign Our Pond

Between our Weekend Workshop Schedule, Skills Intensives, Women's Workshops, Internship & Work Trade programs, Feral Human Full-time Study, Practical Primitive offers something for everyone. Those of you in the area, we hope you'll join us for our Free Open Skills Nights the 3rd Wednesday of the month from May through December.
There is plenty of room on the property to stay overnight for multi-day workshops, or if you are taking two or three workshops in a row. More information about sleeping on site will be provided upon registration for your workshops.

You can click on the map below to get directions from your location, but since we are set a little further off the road , here are some additional directions for you to follow:

IF YOU ARE USING A GPS: Sussex Lane is a private road that does not show up in all GPS databases or internet mapping systems, however using the address 31 Danville Mountain Rd. will take you to the intersection of Danville Mountain Rd. & Sussex Lane. Turn left onto Sussex Lane and follow it for just under a half mile, when you'll see a paved driveway on your right with our sign (shown above) next to it. Turn right up the driveway, go past the little white house on your left and continue up to the big orange house at the top of the hill. Park diagonally on either side of the driveway & come to the doorway under the side portico.

Traveling West on Hwy 46:
Approximately 5 miles out of Hackettstown you will enter the village of Great Meadows.
Turn RIGHT on Rt 611, on the corner with the large Church of St. Peter and Paul.
After only about 50 yds, turn LEFT onto Danville Mountain Rd. You will see a 25 MPH speed limit sign and a bright blue house on your right; these are directly across from your turn. (See "From Danville Moutain Rd." for additional directions.)
Rock wall Traveling East on Hwy 46:
Approximately 5 miles after passing (or turning off of) Hwy 31 you will enter the village of Great Meadows.
Turn LEFT on Rt 611, on the far side of the large Church of St. Peter and Paul.
After only about 50 yds, turn LEFT onto Danville Mountain Rd. You will see a 25 MPH speed limit sign and a bright blue house on your right; these are directly across from your turn. (See "From Danville Mountain Rd. " for additional directions.)
Traveling South from I-80:
Take Exit 12 (Rt 521/Hope Blairstown Rd) and follow Rt. 521 south in to the village of Hope. At the flashing red light turn LEFT on to Rt. 519. After about 100 yds you will see a large sign on your right pointing toward "The Land of Make Believe". Take that FIRST RIGHT on to Rt 611 (also called the Hope-Great Meadows Rd.) and follow it past the Land of Make Believe, the entrance to Jenny Jump State Park and the Senic Lookout on to the Delaware Water Gap. After about 4.5 miles you will see large fields (the great meadows) on your right and a large red barn on your left. After that curve in the road you will see a small green house and a small bright blue house on your left. These are directly across from where you turn RIGHT onto Danville Mountain Rd. (See "From Danville Mountain Rd." for additional directions.)

Grapevines

From Danville Mountain Rd.

Follow Danville Mountain Rd. for almost exactly a 1/2 mile, passing the church parking lot on your left and following the road up, around several curves, until you see two white mailboxes on your right, the first with two blue reflectors on the post and our address, 14 Sussex Lane, along with a red arrow pointing to the left, on the box. You will see the green street sign for Sussex Lane on your left.
Turn LEFT onto Sussex Lane — it is a private, gravel road and looks a more like a driveway than a regular road, and is closer to one lane wide than two so please go slow.
Follow Sussex Lane for a little less than 1/2 mile, past the gravel drive leading to our neighbor's house, until you see a post on your right with another two blue reflectors, and a small solar light on top. Just past that post you will see a paved driveway on your right with our Practical Primitive sign (see photo above).
Follow the paved driveway, past the little white house on your left, all the way up to the big orange Hacienda. Park diagonally on either side of the driveway and come to the door underneath the side portico.
Welcome, and Come on in!

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Starhaven Ranch

Starhaven Ranch — Clifton, TX

40 miles northwest of Waco and about two hours each from Dallas, Austin and Houston, Starhaven Ranch is 60+ acres of pure Texas. Located just outside of Clifton in beautiful Bosque County, Starhaven provides us with an entirely different eco-system in which to teach, and to test, skills.
We hold workshops in this unique location on a regular basis in the Spring and Fall and, as with our New Jersey location, there is plenty of room to pitch a tent to stay overnight, or you can put down a sleeping bag in the heated/cooled classroom. (Directions from Clifton, TX to Starhaven will be provided upon registration for your workshop.)

If you would like to be notified when Texas workshops are going to be on the schedule please send us an e-mail that includes your name, and with the phrase "Add me to the Texas list" in the subject line. (You can remove yourself any time.)

 


Elderberry Lane

Elderberry Lane — St. Agatha, ON

Located in historic Wilmot township, Elderberry Lane is just west of the city of Waterloo, easily accesible from Kitchener, Cambridge & Guelph and an hour from both Toronto and London. In the heart of Mennonite country, Practical Primitive's Ontario location is surrounded by 50 beautiful acres of southern Ontario farmland and forest. We will be holding workshops in this new location at different times throughout the year and, as with our New Jersey location, there is plenty of room to pitch a tent to stay overnight. (Directions to Elderberry Lane will be provided upon registration for your workshop.)
PINE PROJECT - Toronto, ON
We also offer workshops through the PINE Project in downtown Toronto.

If you would like to be notified when Ontario workshops are going to be on the schedule please send us an e-mail that includes your name, and with the phrase "Add me to the Ontario list" in the subject line. (You can remove yourself any time.)

 

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