Earth Connection

Welcome to The Earth Connection School of Primitive Living Skills

Have you heard the call of your ancestors?

They are crying out to us, and telling us that we have lost our way.

As we sit in our homes, vehicles and office cubicles, we have become dependent on modern technology and we have forgotten the ways of the wilderness. We have neglected our intimate knowledge of nature and disregarded the skills of self-reliance.

Generation by generation - these birthrights have been lost or stolen.

Aren't you ready to take your birthright back?

For most of you, it has been difficult to find a place where you can learn the skills that the native peoples naturally knew. Television shows and movies can only whet your appetite for the real thing.

Deep down, you know you want to reconnect with nature - and here's your golden opportunity!

You just found a school where it's easy to learn the skills of the wild in our beginner friendly classes.

The Earth Connection School has been in continuous operation since 1997, and there you will learn hands-on lessons from a nationally reknowned instructor.

Learn From An Instructor with Experience

The Earth Connection School is founded and operated by Tim MacWelch. The first classes began 20 years ago, and the school has run continuously ever since. Tim has been featured on several National Geographic programs, Good Morning America and many national and local news & radio venues. Tim is also a prolific writer for Outdoor Life Magazine and OFFGRID Magazine. When Outdoor Life wanted to write a series of books about survival, they came to Tim, who has authored two New York Times Best Selling books, Prepare For Anything and the Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual. Since the release of those titles, Tim has written two more books for Outdoor Life, How To Survive Anything and the Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook. 

Enjoy The Best Curriculum In The Industry

For TWO DECADES the Earth Connection School has taught a wide variety of hands-on classes, including friction fire making, wild edible plants, tracking, basketry, primitive tool making, hide tanning, wilderness survival, primitive cooking and many more subjects! Why go to instructors who have only a little experience when you could go to the authority on the subject?

Check our Courses Page for detailed course descriptions which explain our class content.

The 2017-18 Class Schedule

Check out the Schedule Page for our complete 2017-18 class schedule
and check out the 2 NEW classes have just been added for this year!

1. Get ready for your Bushcraft class by Blacksmithing your own bushcraft gear - Dec 3rd
2. And put hammer to anvil to learn Blacksmithing (and how to make your own tools) - Dec 30th

 

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School founder and instructor Tim MacWelch is on Twitter - follow him @timmacwelch

Location:

All classes will be held at our private training facility in Northern Virginia. This site is in the forests on the northern edge of Quantico Marine Base, west of Garrisonville, south of Warrenton, east of Hartwood. Detailed directions are provided upon enrollment.

Pricing:

Fieldcraft Friday Classes (Discounted rate for 1st Friday of each month) - $97
One-Day Regular Classes - $127
One-Day Specialty Classes - $187
Two-Day Classes - $267
Three-Day Classes - $397
Five-Day Classes - $697

Remaining 2017 Class Schedule

December 1 - Archery Crash Course(Fieldcraft Friday rate $97)
December 2 - Total Trapping
December 3 - Blacksmithing - Bushcraft Gear *New*
December 11-15 - Bushcraft Week
December 11-13 - Bushcraft 3-Day
December 11 - Bushcraft Crash Course
December 12 - Bushcraft Tools and Weapons
December 13 - Bushcraft Forage and Feast
December 14-15 - Wilderness Survival
December 14 - Modern Survival Crash Course
December 30 - Blacksmithing - Heritage Hand Tools *New*
December 31 - Winter Wild Edible Plants

2018 Schedule

January 5 - Ultimate Fire Starting (Fieldcraft Friday special rate - $97)
January 13 - Winter Wild Edible Plants - $127
January 20-21 - Bushcraft 2-Day - $267
January 20 - Bushcraft Crash Course - $127
January 21 - Bushcraft - Forage and Feast - $127

February 2 - Friction Fire Making (Fieldcraft Friday special rate - $97)
February 3 - Winter Wild Edible Plants - $127
February 4 - Blacksmithing - Bushcraft Gear - $127

March 2 - Total Trapping (Fieldcraft Friday special rate - $97)
March 3-4 - Bushcraft 2-Day - $267
March 3 - Bushcraft Crash Course - $127
March 4 - Bushcraft - Forage and Feast - $127
March 19-23 - Ultimate Survival Week - $697
March 19-21 - Primitive Skills - $397
March 19 - Primitive Survival Crash Course - $127
March 22-23 - Wilderness Survival - $267
March 22 - Modern Survival Crash Course - $127

April 11 - Spring Wild Edible Plants - $127
April 13 - Tracking (Fieldcraft Friday special rate - $97)
April 14 - Spring Wild Edible Plants - $127
April 15 - Medicinal Plants - $127
April 20 - Spring Wild Edible Plants - $127
April 21 - Blacksmithing - Camp Cookware - $127

May 4 - Archery (Fieldcraft Friday special rate - $97)
May 5-7 - Primitive Skills - $397
May 5 - Primitive Survival Crash Course - $127

June 1 - Friction Fire Making (Fieldcraft Friday special rate - $97)
June 2-3 - Wilderness Survival - $267
June 2 - Modern Survival Crash Course - $127

July 6 - Total Trapping (Fieldcraft Friday special rate - $97)
July 14 - Summer Wild Edible Plants - $127
July 15 - Wild Brew 101 - $127
July 23-27 - Bushcraft Week - $697
July 23-24 - Bushcraft 2-Day - $267
July 23 - Bushcraft Crash Course - $127
July 24 - Bushcraft - Forage and Feast - $127
July 25 - Blacksmithing - Bushcraft Gear - $127
July 26 - Tracking - $127
July 27 - Summer Wild Edible Plants - $127

August 3 - Archery (Fieldcraft Friday special rate - $97)
August 6-10 - Ultimate Survival Week - $697
August 6-8 - Primitive Skills - $397
August 6 - Primitive Survival Crash Course - $127
August 9-10 - Wilderness Survival - $267
August 9 - Modern Survival Crash Course - $127

September 7 - Ultimate Fire Starting (Fieldcraft Friday special rate - $97)
September 8 - Blacksmithing - Heritage Hand Tools - $127
September 16 - Medicinal Plants - $127
September 29 - Primitive Cooking - $127

October 5 - Friction Fire Making (Fieldcraft Friday special rate - $97)
October 10 - Fall Wild Edible Plants - $127
October 13 - Fall Wild Edible Plants - $127
October 19 - Fall Wild Edible Plants - $127
October 20-21 - Bushcraft 2-Day - $267
October 20 - Bushcraft Crash Course - $127
October 21- Bushcraft - Forage and Feast - $127
October 27-28 - Wilderness Survival - $267
October 27 - Modern Survival Crash Course - $127

November 2 - Total Trapping (Fieldcraft Friday special rate - $97)
November 10-12 - Primitive Skills - $397
November 10 - Primitive Survival Crash Course - $127
November 17 - Blacksmithing - Heritage Hand Tools - $127
November 18 - Blacksmithing - Camp Cookware - $127

December 7 - Tracking (Fieldcraft Friday rate $97)
December 10-14 - Ultimate Survival Week - $697
December 10-12 - Primitive Skills - $397
December 10 - Primitive Survival Crash Course - $127
December 13-14 - Wilderness Survival - $267
December 13 - Modern Survival Crash Course - $127
December 31 - Winter Wild Edible Plants - $127

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