MountainCraft Earth Skills Gathering in Hedgesville
Spend four days outdoors learning primitive wilderness skills. Team up with experts to work on your abilities, then enjoy music, bonfires and more in the evening hours.
What You Will Do
- Learn primitive skills like used by our ancestors such as fire by friction, gourd art, archery, flint knapping, yarn spinning and more in seven scheduled sessions with several options per session
- Team up with expert instructors who teach you essential skills needed to survive in the wilderness without modern conveniences or technology
- Enjoy evening events like music jams, bonfires and wild tea parties with your fellow campers
- Breakfast and lunch
- Seven 3-4 hour workshops
- Most materials
Pets are allowed by appointment only and acknowledgement of risk is required.
Full refunds available through August 15 and partial refunds available through September 1.
- 22 Ratings
Very satisfied, but there is a caveat, the porta johns on Saturday afternoon got pretty bad, and on Sunday it was a real challenge to use them, for they were full!! Other than that, it was a lot of fun, good food, especially Joe's diners. great workshops, lot of good people. I am looking forward to next year....hopefully with the bathrooms situation solved.
The people and sense of community. The skills taught and quality of instructors. The worst part had to due with the weather and you can't control that. I am very satisfied and will return next year.
The people were all so friendly,caring and deeply passionate about their crafts and how they treated one another. The patience and love displayed by the parents and teachers towards the children and students gives me hope for the next generation.I am grateful to Jason and Sera and all the helpers and teachers who shared their knowledge,thoughts and skills with others for this event.I left feeling like I was part of a community of caring thoughtful people that I will return to over and over to learn and replenish the feeling of friendship and community that seems so lacking in this world today.
I feel that there needs to be more variety to the food. The addition of sandwiches and a option for dinner were helpful to improve the menu but the quinoa and spicy potatoes get old year after year. Classes were great this year with more new topics than I had time for. I would love to see beading back next year along with Jesse and more Native American ceremonies like the sweat lodge.
We had a great time and learned so much!
Great Instructors - Great Learning Environment! Thank you Jason and Sera for taking care of the land and allowing your medicinal plant students and amazing opportunity to see and find such great healing plants growing naturally on your land. The addition of the teaching pavilion and solar panels was a nice addition - There is no doubt in my mind that the North American Bushcraft School will keep growing and going. Thank you and your staff for an amazing weekend. Tracey P. Harpers Ferry, WV
My children and family were so welcomed into this community. We learned a ton, met amazing people, shared in community and had a blast. Thank you to Sera and Jason for creating this and to all the amazing instructors, staff and volunteers - job well done. My daughter who is eleven said as we were driving home "I have found my tribe." I think that sums it up.
Jason and the community of folks that gather at the North American Bushcraft School are great. The classes are accessible and interesting - in one day I made a gourd bowl and a freeform basket out of kudzu vine. The kids ran around, played together nicely, and had a blast learning primitive skills. I came with friends but made new friends with folks who were kind and had interesting experiences to share. In the evenings, there was music and dancing (seriously good bands!). Things to work on: classes actually offered do not always match what's listed on the website (though there are plenty of great options, so I was satisfied); food for folks with special diets (it was available but not enticing. Lunch was the same quinoa salad I had for breakfast plus some lettuce); and the port-a-johns (they get gross quickly - how about building some composting toilets and putting cleaning into the work rotation?). These were all minor inconveniences, though - we had a great time and are looking for opportunities to go back and spend more time there.
Happy to be part of this tribe of amazing souls and teachers!
The classes were wonderful - I learned a lot. The morning gatherings were so meaningful and connecting - I felt so inspired by the beautiful intentions for the land, the gathering, and the community. One of the most moving things for me was seeing children roaming freely on the land, unafraid to be involved in activities requiring risk and responsibility, full of curiosity and full mental engagement. I work with children in in a mental health setting, and seeing how children respond to such a healthy natural and cultural environment really gives me hope for the future. I'm really grateful to the North American Bushcraft School for the legacy they are leaving to all the young minds they touch.
What a great weekend at MountainCraft. The instructors were so knowledgable and I learned a lot from the classes. Equally as valuable is the environment that was cultivated - one of sharing knowledge, making new friends, and embracing new experiences. Highly recommended.
Thank you guys for another great year! I really enjoyed myself as usual! We still need to square up with you on the registration - I spoke to Shay a couple of times about trying to figure out what we owe you because we had to change Emily's reservation a couple of weeks back due to another family commitment that we were not aware of. I sent Sarah an email about this a couple of weeks back and did not hear back on how to change the reservation. basically i registered Emily and myself for the whole weekend with food -Emily was only able to come for Saturday and I believe we paid for half of the original reservation for both of us. We had to leave unexpectedly early on Saturday and Shay agreed to just talk to you guys when things slowed down and bill my card on file appropriately for the reservation change. I apologize for the mess, please give me a call at 410-404-1145 or an email firstname.lastname@example.org so I know what the outcome is and we can ensure that you get paid. thanks Chris Nicoli
Great people, awesome classes, good food, cool music, laughter, love, and harmony-- please don't give up on providing this experience. Our young people need to see there's a better way of going through life and I believe this community demonstrated what was intended of us all.
I had a fantastic time, catching up with old friends and made some new ones.