NOW OFFERING PERSONALIZED OUTDOOR CLASSES FOR INDIVIDUALS & SMALL GROUPS

Check out the array of wilderness workshops available! Arrange a time to come out to the woods to learn something new!

Rolling Ridge Study Retreat (near Harpers Ferry, WV)

Bark baskets have an ancient history in forested landscapes all over the world. There is a short window between May and June in this region when Tulip Poplar bark can be “slipped” from the tree and fashioned into a basket.  These baskets are easily assembled given a knowledge of the materials and a patient hand. Learn how to identify, select and transform a Tulip Poplar tree into your own berry basket. Each student will leave the class having made their own basket from pre-cut logs. If time allows the teacher may also demonstrate how to turn Tulip Poplar inner bark into basket weavers for woven baskets.

Learn how to weave and make your own egg basket out of materials you harvest out of the field and forest. Attendees will experience the full process of putting together a ribbed egg basket after harvesting vines and branches from plants they learn to identify for themselves. Each person should leave with a basket either complete or far enough in process to confidently finish at home.

Organize your creative chaos in the art of the random weave basket. In this workshop you will learn how to identify wild plants in the local landscape and take them from the field and forest to a completed basket. Each person should leave with a basket either complete or far enough in process to confidently finish at home.

Learn one of the most basic technologies developed by our ancestors in their wild landscapes. In this class we will meet plants in the field and forest that can be used for making cord. We will discuss harvest timing and methods of preparation. We will learn a basic reverse wrap technique and explore other braids and plaiting techniques. All experience levels are welcome, and children are encouraged to attend with supervision of an accompanying adult. 

Join us for a foraging workshop anytime of year. We’ll take a short walk around the edge of the forest and then check out the garden edges to see what wild plants and “weeds” we can find for the table and medicine cabinet. All experience levels are welcome, and children are encouraged to attend with supervision of an accompanying adult. 

Spend the morning with us and cultivate wilderness awareness skills to fully utilize your senses in your time outdoors. We will focus on learning to see more through all our senses. Learn to connect with your local landscape and be surprised by what is always available to us and often lies just beyond our view. All experience levels are welcome, and children are encouraged to attend with supervision of an accompanying adult.

Come explore the trails and learn some fundamentals of mobility and natural trail running form. Learn how to connect with the landscape on your runs and integrate your health and wellness with the local ecosystem. All experience levels are welcome, and children are encouraged to attend with supervision of an accompanying adult.

Ideal for kids ages 6-12, join us for a day of exploration, wonder and creation. Each session will include a short walk in the woods where we’ll play games and connect with a sense of place through ancestral arts and wilderness awareness skills: building a lean-to, using our “fox ears” to listen, practicing our camouflage like a fawn, weaving with materials we find in the forest, nature-inspired art projects and more! This is a great learning opportunity for homeschool groups!

Instructor Luke Bauer is a basket maker, forager, woods wanderer, educator, permaculturist & father of two. He has been working at connecting himself and others to the local landscape for more than a decade. He leads workshops on basket making, plant identification, ancestral skills and wilderness awareness for adventurers of all ages.

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