Class Schedule


~ 2020 SCHEDULE ~


30 Years with Earth Knack
Three decades of Top Quality Instruction in
Ancestral Living, Traditional Arts, Outdoor Immersion, Survival,,
Remote Expeditioning, Homesteading and Environmental Education


If you are planning to attend you can now register on our web site. I was asking folks not to register earlier because of all the uncertainties, however, we now have a committed line up of fantastic instructors, and Tina Freel is beginning to create our amazing dinner menu. Earth Knack is on!

And if you are planning to come you should register right away so we can plan for you. We have the honor of having some old time and founding instructor’s of the Gathering format return this year, like Ann Drucker who will teach wild edibles and medicinal plants, and Ken Wee, who will be teaching brain tanning deer skins and so much more! What a privilege to have there knowledge and expertise back in the camp! Clark Patton, Jim Langell, Mike Foltmer, Alma Carel, Kevin Off, Papa Dean Smith, Doug Dahl, and Susan Jeffay, are all packing up for a wild wonderful teaching and learning! how lucky are we!!

Earth Knack will remain a fear free zone, although all precautions will be taken here.. If you have any concerns about participating, don’t!

Coming? Then, please bring a few rolls of personal toilet paper, personal sanitizer for use before and after using the toilets, and a mask You will chose how and when to use it.. Groups will be kept small and dinner will be catered out of a commercial kitchen and served in small groups.Camp areas for preparing your own breakfast and lunch and camp set up will be expanded to create personal space. Take responsibility for yourself and bring your personal needs to feel comfortable.

This is the final Gathering format I will run,(although many other classes will continue to be offered), and I hope you can join us to learn and celebrate.

I’ll be having a great Gathering celebration, and if you are healthy enough and brave enough to join me, I’ll see you then.

Much love and health to all!


Earth Knack 30th Anniversary!
Join Our Annual Family Gathering

Thursday, June 11 – Tuesday, June 16


The 30th Annual Earth Knack Family Gathering will be held at the Earth Knack School Site in Crestone, Colorado. Spend time in the outdoors learning fun and useful skills! Camp in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Earth Knack staff and guest instructors will offer top quality instruction in a variety of outdoor living skills, survival skills, pioneer and homesteading skills, ancestral weaponry including bow and arrow and atlatl, astronomy and navigation, over the fire cooking, plant and animal fiber felting and weaving, edible plants, medicine plants, beekeeping, and blacksmithing. Classes will run 9 to 4 daily. Special Tours of the San Luis Valley meteor impact site, a tracking class at The Great Sand Dunes National Park, morning birding walks, harness and horse buggy hitching classes, swimming in the creek and astronomy night programs are available. Hiking trails directly from the Earth Knack School site into the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness, with mountain hiking, alpine lake fishing and 14,000 peak ascents for those inclined. Several hot springs areas within a 45 minute drive. Penitente Canyon climbing and mountain biking area is 1 hour across the valley.
Dinners provided. Music and stories around our evening campfires.
Plenty of classes and activities to choose from every day!
Adults $265 (daily rate available $68)
Kids 8-15 $175 4-7 $95 3 and under free

See our Fantastic Line Up of Instructors!


Register here

***You can apply for the Jerry LaVelle Primitive Skills Learning Scholarship to help with your Earth Knack Gathering tuition. Jerry was passionate about learning and sharing primitive skills. His wife Kathi, family, friends, past students and instructors contribute to this memorial fund so others may continue to learn and share. To apply for $100 off your tuition: Write a one page essay on why you want to attend the Gathering and how you will share the skills and knowledge you learn. Send to: Earth Knack P O # 508 Crestone Co. 81131



New Offering for June 2020

Outdoor Living Immersion / Work Trade


If you say yes, you will arrive June 1st, get in the groove of living in the out of doors 24/7, help around Earth Knack to prepare the site for The Gathering (our 30th anniversary!!!) and participate in the agriculture, natural building and primitive resource preparations that go along with daily routine here at Earth Knack. Dinners are provided and prepared together. (Everyone does their own breakfast and lunch in the big creekside outdoor kitchen.) This part of the immersion will go from June 1st through June 11. Then you attend the Gathering, at no charge, as a student until the 16th. Dinners are catered by Tina Freel and some instructors may have class materials fees or materials or books for purchase. From the 17th -30th, the immersion continues as you take the opportunity to stay on site and use all the facilities to engage in your own primitive skills projects, building on what you have started to learn from instructors at the Gathering, or projects you’ve had in mind and need time and space to pursue.. (hide tanning, snaring and hunting, bow and arrow making and use, stone tools, blacksmithing, fiber work and weaving / felting, homestead butchering and canning, survival skills that can be practiced in the wild country surrounding us, plant medicines and foods or whatever! , There is a $200 fee for this time, as well as 2 days, Friday and Saturday, of work exchange each week. On Saturdays we all head down to the Earth Knack community garden near town (driving the horse and cart to get there!) and work in the garden and enjoy the town market. On Fridays we all work together on site at Earth Knack to progress on the current alternative building project underway. I provide direct instruction these 2 days for a wealth of learning in sustainable / natural agriculture and building. After that, if there are some good, solid folks who manage themselves well and are easy with the rest of us, respectful of the land and are motivated stewards, the opportunity to stay on site through the summer could be available.

This new unique opportunity replaces our traditional internship for the summer 2020 season.

Come experiment with me and see how wild you can go!

To apply:

Please send me a one page essay : Why I Want to Participate in the Earth Knack Outdoor Immersion and a $200 deposit (that covers the second half of the month fee if you stay) Send to: Robin at Earth Knack PO # 508 Crestone Colorado 81131



Earth Knack offers camping nightly at $15 per person. In the woods along the creek, fully equipped outdoor kitchen with propane, large fire pit, solar shower house.
No alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or pets.

Primitive living skills for the 21st century