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



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



This Summer Create Your Custom Learning Adventure!

29 YEARS OF TOP QUALITY INSTRUCTION in ancestral living skills * survival * outdoor adventure * pioneer skills * sustainable agriculture * alternative natural building * family camps urban homesteading * canoe expeditions * horse pack trips * custom homeschool & teen camps women’s wilderness workshops

Send your custom course idea request to Robin at

719 256 4909 P.O. # 508 Crestone, Colorado. 81131



Camp Daniel Boone ~ Women’s Wilderness Workshop

Taught at camp Daniel Boone in Canton, North Carolina, Robin will join a wonderful crew of women instructors at Christina Gordon’s Women’s Wilderness Workshop.
Please visit for more information and how to register.


Earth Knack Internships

June 1 through June 30

Fill your senses with the sights and sounds of nature as you live and work outside throughout the season. This immersion invites health and wholeness while you develop ancestral and modern land based living skills: Traditional stone masonry , Sustainable food growing , 3 basic life skills of our ancestors (fire by spinning sticks, breaking stones into tools, natural plant fibers into rope and string) Post and beam log work, Straw bale construction, Natural adobe plasters & floors, Outdoor and survival skills, Horsemanship, Natural history of our local area, Wild edibles, Medicine plants, Hearth cooking, Natural fiber spinning, netting, and felting, Alpaca and Llama handling, Buckskinning, Archery, …… Your learning adventure will be hard work, inspiring, surprising and tiring! You will be joyfully lovin’ life & livin’ the dream!

$465 monthly College Credit Available
To Apply, send your 1 page essay titled: Why I Want To Intern At Earth Knack This Season to: P.O.Box # 508 Crestone, Colorado 81131


Earth Knack school site available for rent!


Weddings! Family Reunions! Private Camp Programs! Have your next Event here!
One day events can accommodate 120 people. Overnight for groups of 50
Send Robin smoke signals at: 719 256 4909


The 14,000 foot mountains of the Sangre De Cristo Wilderness area rise up 4 miles behind the Earth Knack site and the valley below provides river running, gold medal fishing, trips to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, multiple hot springs sites, numerous migratory bird and wildlife preserves within easy day trip distance.


Instructors! Want to organize and teach your own class?
Hide Tanning, Flint Knapping, Archery, Blacksmithing and Fiber Arts areas set up and equipped for the experienced instructor. Outdoor kitchen, solar shower house, creek side campsites and “soilets” fully equipped for groups up to 50.
Many bird and wildlife species and a large variety of fauna invite tracking, birding and plant classes
Sustainable agriculture, gardening and natural building projects are always “in the works” on campus and in our community garden for teachers who have those skill sets and want a lab!

Have a class you want to run here? Let’s talk!

Send Robin smoke signals at: 719 256 4909


Winter Count Primitive Skills Program

In Arizona, Please visit for more information.


The Buckeye Gathering

Primitive Arts and Technology in California. Robin instructs and organizes Kids Camp. Please visit for more information.



Rabbit Stick Rendezvous

In Rexburg, Idaho hosted by Paula and David Wescott
visit for more information


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