Hunter-Gatherer Apprenticeship program
This apprenticeship program is for beginners of a rewilding lifestyle and those beginners who may be interested in living permanently at Wilder Waters Community one day.
You will learn practical skills of a hunter-gatherer life-way, including but not limited to: botany, foraging, bowhunting, fishing, hide-tanning, friction fire, flint-knapping, bow-making, primitive cooking, animal processing, herbal medicine, natural history, fiber arts, tracking, and nature observation.
Botany will be a major focus for all apprentices because it is a foundational skill for many other skills; you must be able to identify plants to craft a bow-drill, to forage food or medicine, to create cordage, etc.
We will also be learning and discussing the ‘softer’ skills of communal living, awareness, village-mindedness, and ancestral child-rearing among others.
Your specialized program will be tailored to the time of year and its seasonal activities as well as your specific interests. You can expect to spend approximately 15 hours of guided instruction with our instructors and 15 hours of independent study each week (if you are using the GI bill, which we are currently seeking approval for, your program will be 40 hours/week).
This is the ultimate place-based instruction so you will be learning and doing what is important for each season of the year. This requires flexibility, determination, an open mind, and a lot of philosophical discussion over our shared meals. Please see below for some example moons and its corresponding activities.
Whirling Wind Moon (Dec 22-Jan 24)
Ice-fishing, winter evergreen foraging, sewing hides
Egg Laying Moon
(Mar 25-Apr 22)
Maple sap harvesting and processing
(Apr 23-May 22)
Spring greens foraging, hide-tanning, dip-netting smelts and alewives
(Sep 18-Oct 16)
Wild-rice harvesting and processing, berry harvesting, fishing, bear hunting
Registered Maine Recreation, Fishing, & Hunting Guide.
M.S. Botany & Plant Pathology.
Skills include: foraging, bow-making, fiber arts, friction fire, hide-tanning, flint-knapping, fishing, hunting, primitive cooking, herbal medicine, tracking.
Registered Maine Recreation Guide.
B.S. Natural Resources.
Skills include: foraging, ancestral child-rearing, food processing, rewilding philosophy, traditional hide-tanning, fishing.
Ph.D Plant Systematics.
Skills include: plant taxonomy, natural history, foraging.
MINI-SEMESTER (28 DAYS OR ONE MOON)
$2,100—includes 30 hours/week of instruction, camp site, compost toilet outhouse, shower, kitchen & laundry access.
SEMESTER (84 DAYS OR THREE MOONS)
$5,800—includes 30 hours/week of instruction, camp site, compost toilet outhouse, shower, kitchen & laundry access.
$350/moon—bedroom rental in communal house
$1,000/moon—for each additional adult family member
Children are encouraged to join and are free of cost!
Although we will all be foraging, hunting, and fishing frequently and sharing in the harvest of such activities, which will supplement your diet (more or less depending on the time of year), you will be expected to provide your own food during the program.