Class Schedule

~ 2022 SCHEDULE ~

2022 Earth Knack Experiences for the 21st Century

Independent Living Skills … More Important Now Than Ever

Hands-On, In-Person Instruction … More Important Now Than Ever

Lighthearted Positive Teachings … More Important Now Than Ever

Top Quality Instruction … Our Specialty Since 1990!

2022 Earth Knack Courses    Classes and Programs


March

Survival Primitive Skills Adventure Camp for Adults!

2022 Earth Knack Courses    Classes and Programs

5 days   ​March 21-25   (Monday – Friday)

CLASS FULL  CALL FOR WAIT LIST

Co instructed by Clark Patton and Robin Blankenship ​

Get the full Earth Knack experience!

Tap into your ancestral knowledge and wake up your “inner kid”

Build your own shelter and live in it! Identify and harvest plants to make medicine & food.
Make your own rabbit stick and traps to hunt small game. Practice archery skills.
Prepare wild food meals from plants and animals!  Cook your meals over the fire.  Make your own dogbane plant fiber fishing line and willow basket fish trap. Prepare your catch for roasting over the coals using an obsidian knife you make yourself.
Expand your awareness in the wild landscape while you refine movement and stalking techniques.  Learn to become invisible on the landscape using only natural earth pigment camouflage. Use natural torches with bear fat & pitch, to light the way as we explore a late night landscape under a gazillion stars.
Can you find your way back by those stars? Clark Patton has been guiding, instructing and organizing programs for Earth Knack for many years.  He works with many other programs throughout the Rocky Mountain West, always bringing  enthusiasm and passion for the outdoors, primitive skills, ancestral hunting techniques, and a deep rooted oneness with the land. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn with and from Clark, and enjoy his focused expertise and wry sense of humor.
You will camp in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to prepare your own breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner meals. (participants supply their own food)  Oils, spices, and teas provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.
$345 ​ includes camping, classes and materials, use of kitchen and bath facilities.    


April  

Outdoor Living Immersion / Work Trade

April 1st – October 31st
You can choose your month (or months)

Don’t just survive: Thrive!  Livin’ the Dream!

If you say yes, you will ​arrive on the 1st of the month you choose. Arriving on time is important so you can get in the groove of living in the out-of-doors 24 / 7, feeling “at home” and be able to help around Earth Knack to prepare for upcoming classes and programs during our 2022 season. ​The minimum stay is 1 month. You will participate in the agriculture, natural building and primitive resource preparations that go along with daily routine here at Earth Knack. Meals are prepared together, however, due to the current world situation, everyone will provide their own food. You can choose to participate in the Earth Knack courses available to students. You will pay $95 tuition for any course you participate in. You will also still have daily routine support chores around Earth Knack to be responsible for during the class, like helping keep the outdoor kitchen clean, helping maintain the soilets in great condition, helping with horse care chores, working on keeping firewood piles full, and hosting class students to their campsite on arrival days, etc  As you gather skills and familiarity with the tools and techniques of primitive skills, you will have access to the facilities to engage in your own primitive skills projects. Throughout the season, you may be exposed to many different skills and learning.
Read through all the class descriptions to see the kinds of things we do here at Earth Knack.
When there is not a class happening, (or if you choose not to participate in a current class), we all work together during the day on various Earth Knack facility and program projects. Tuesday mornings we head down to the Earth Knack community garden, near town, (driving the horse and cart to get there!) and work in the garden. On Wednesdays, 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.
Except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2 days of your choice each week will be scheduled for time off. The program thrives with good, solid folks who manage themselves well, are easy with the rest of us, have a great attitude, are respectful of the land and are motivated stewards. I am inviting you into my home and lifestyle and the activities I engage in to provide service and livelihood. If you can cooperatively support all this, join us in 2022 for an amazing experience.

Please Note: No alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or pets on Earth Knack property. We do not have on site parking available for vehicles over 15’ in length!

To Apply: Please send me a one page essay :  Why I Want to Participate in the Earth Knack Outdoor Living Immersion/ Work Trade.
I will then contact you to arrange a more in depth conversation by phone to discuss the realities of being here, questions you might have about what to expect and your personal goals for learning.
If we come to an agreement of participation, you will submit a registration form and a $200 registration fee:
Send to: Robin at Earth Knack PO # 508 Crestone Colorado 81131


Throwing Tomahawk Class

2 days  April 9-10   (Saturday – Sunday)

Metallurgy, Blacksmithing and Wood Carving Skills

Co instructed by  Kevin Off and Robin Blankenship

Out of arrows? No worries! Throw that  “tommy- hawk” and still put meat in the pot!

You will practice lighting up and managing a pioneer style forge and learn some basic principles of metallurgy and blacksmithing techniques to shape your rough cut tomahawk head and to sharpen the blade edge. An eye will be welded that also forms the butt of the blade, and then you will carve, fit and haft your wooden handle. Lots more awesome learning in between each step guaranteed with instructor Kevin Off, who brings decades of metal working expertise to this class, with a knack for creativity and a genius for turning anything into something useful and artistic!  Learn to handle and throw your tomahawk, and engage in some friendly competitive games with prizes!! Let’s see if someone can beat Kevin this time!!!
Set your camp up in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to prepare your own meals and snacks. Oils, spices, and teas are also provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.

$195  includes camping, classes and materials, use of kitchen and bath facilities.


Wild Plants Uses

Including Personal Health Care Plant Preparations
3 days  April 9 -11  (Saturday – Monday)

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Co instructed by Alma Carel and Robin Blankenship

Come learn from the Masters: the plants themselves!

Some look out and see nothing to eat or use. You won’t be one of those after learning to identify and properly, respectfully harvest, process, prepare, and enjoy 3 main plants abundant and vigorous in our south western, high altitude climate: Yucca, Pine and Prickly Pear Cactus.

These amazing plants can be incorporated into your diet and lifestyle in a multitude of edible and useful ways.  Wild blooms salad garnish, Nettle and Pinon Nut Pesto, yummy Nopal recipes, cambium flour!, wild teas, cactus compresses and medicinal salves, body washes, and shampoos! Rope, string, sewing needles and sandals, fire making tools and glue….the list goes on! Start out with Alma on a high desert plant walk to learn to identify, harvest and collect food and materials for a wealth of learning.
Alma has studied and practiced Earth centered living since childhood. She constantly soaks up ‘all things nature’ and transfers the knowledge to her daily living on all levels.
Set your camp up in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to  prepare your own meals and snacks. Oils, spices, and teas are also provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include  composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.

$215   includes camping, classes and materials, use of kitchen and bath facilities.


Stone Tools – Flint Knapping 101

1 day   April 16 (Saturday) 

Instructed by Robin Blankenship 

Rocks as tools: very old tech!
Find out how it started and evolved. Learn to work with different stone and several flint knapping styles to make effective “stone age” tools. Learn “one blow” technique to make a razor edge knife blade. Haft that obsidian blade onto a handle with pitch glue and sinew. 10am – 4pm

$65 If you are traveling and choose to camp at EarthKnack the night before or after this class, add the daily camp fee of $25 per person, paid on arrival.

April 17 Sunday 1pm
All Community Annual Easter Potluck and Egg Hunt along Cottonwood Creek at Earth Knack
Come one…Come All!


Into the Heart of the Buffalo

American Bison Processing Class

3 days  April ​23-25  (Saturday – Monday)

Co instructed by Kevin Off and Robin Blankenship
Learn the processing of meat from “on the hoof” to “in the jar”

Fifth generation rancher, Kevin Off, will introduce us to his philosophy of the cycle of life and circle of gratitude before he shoots one of his herd of “spiritually correct, one happy herd” animals, as printed on his Grande Island Bison Ranch business card!
Then we “field dress” (gut, skin and quarter), in the pasture at Grande Island Bison Ranch.
Our 1st night camp will be at the historic Burro Creek cabin in the mountains above the ranch.
We return to Earth Knack with a ¼ buffalo to learn traditional and modern preservation methods, We will debone the meat, separate back and leg tendons, learn ”butcher” cuts, can chunked and ground meat, make bone marrow broth, grind some sausage for natural intestine casing, and render fat. You will set your Earth Knack camp up in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to prepare your own meals and snacks. Oils, spices, and teas are also provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.
Class starts Saturday at Grande Island Buffalo Ranch at 10am.
$295  includes camping, all classes, use of Earth Knack and Burro Creek kitchen and bath facilities, and a jar of each: ground meat, chunked meat, bone marrow broth, as well as a link of natural intestine buffalo sausage.


Traditional Hide Tanning Methods

5 days  April 28 – May 3  (Thursday – Tuesday)  limit: 6 students
Instructed by Ken Wee and Robin Blankenship
Got Brains?
Ancestral “brain” tanning methods for elk, deer and antelope will be taught. Elk will be framed and “dry scraped”. Deer and antelope will be worked using the “wet scrape” method. Participants will learn how rawhide and “parfleche” were prepared, how to collect and prepare a brain tanning solution, how to hang a hide over smoke for color and water resistance, and all aspects of creating a buttery soft traditional tanned hide. Participants will work together and everyone will go home with some finished pieces of elk and deer or antelope. Ken Wee has been tanning for over 40 years! He is truly a “walking encyclopedia” of hide tanning knowledge, as well as all other aspects of primitive and ancestral skills, pioneer, native and mountain man skills and a well versed historian of native lifeways and the mountain man era.
Don’t miss this chance to work with a true artist and master.
You will camp in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to prepare your own breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner meals. (participants supply their own food)  Oils, spices, and teas provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe`horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely solar shower.
Class runs Thursday 9 am – Monday 4pm
$345  includes camping, classes and materials, several take home pieces of different tanned hides, and use of kitchen and bath facilities.


May 

Ancestral Fire Making Techniques

1 day  May 7 (Saturday)
Co instructed by Ivan Lakish and Robin Blankenship
Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Learn several methods of making fire using natural materials, how to make a good tinder bundle to catch the ember you create, and build and maintain a righteous fire!  Then walk into the woods along Cottonwood Creek and gather your own raw materials to make your personal fire set. Some pioneer style and survival fire making will also be shown. 10 am –  4pm
$65 If you are traveling and choose to camp at Earth Knack the night before or after this class, add the daily camp fee of $25 per person, paid on arrival.


Natural “Fibers Fantastic” Classes

3 days Choose  May 13,14,15  or  May 20,21,22 (Friday  – Sunday)
Co instructed by Bill Oliphant and  Robin Blankenship

Learn to harvest, prepare, spin, weave, and cord a variety of natural fibers.
Many ancestral and some pre-stone age yarn and string techniques will be taught.
Yucca, Nettle, Milkweed and Dogbane plant fibers, as well as Alpaca and Llama fleece and Sheep and Buffalo wool. Make and build a few different simple loom structures, and learn drop spindle technique for plant and animal fibers.  Alpaca fibers “donated” by Iron, Arnold and Tiafore, our alpacas. Buffalo fiber is from our last buffalo butchering program at Grande Island Bison. Plant fibers are harvested at Earth Knack.  Bill Oliphant has immersed himself in the world of “all things fiber” and brings a wealth of eclectic, multicultural and historic fiber arts learning to this program. His fascination with fibers is contagious, served up with continual humorous anecdotes and a gift for patient instruction.
Set your camp up in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to prepare your own meals and snacks. Oils, spices, and teas are also provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.

$225  includes camping, classes and materials, use of kitchen and bath facilities
Class runs Friday  9 am – Sunday 4pm
(If you sign up for both weekends you will receive $40 discount on the second class!)


Archery Camp for Families

3 days Choose  May 13,14,15  or  May 20,21,22 (Friday – Sunday)

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Co instructed by Jim Langell and Robin Blankenship

Spend time in the outdoors learning fun and useful skills with your child!
This program includes parent / child ​(working together)​ bow making classes, shooting range instruction, quiver, arm guard, finger tab construction, shooting competitions. There will also be scavenger hunts, field shooting techniques, and campfire discussions on bow hunting and hunter safety, led by “Mister Jim” known to many as “Camp Santa Claus”. He delights in seeing the excitement of the children as they help make their first bow and arrow, and the smile on their face and the spark in their eye after hitting the target!
Morning bird walks and night time astronomy programs with Robin, as well as fishing in the creek are all available. Set your camp up in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to prepare your own meals and snacks. Oils, spices, and teas are also provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.

$195 adult – $105 kids  includes 1st bow and 3 arrows, arm guard and finger tab materials, camping, classes, use of kitchen and bath facilities. Class runs Friday 9 am – Sunday 4pm
If you choose to make a quiver, the cost is not included in tuition. The quiver is $45 for leather, and fur trim can be added at varied prices, paid to Mister Jim at class.You can also make more arrows than those already included. Prices vary.


Horse and Buggy Hitching and….

“A ​Trigger​ a Day” (​a Dojo Turnbull quote)

1 day May 28 (Saturday)

Instructed by Robin Blankenship

Join Trigger and Robin to discover the joy and methods of olde tyme transportation!
Trigger loves to teach folks to hitch up, and then take them for a ride! He’ll give you just the right backwards glance if you miss part of the harnessing process! Robin will step in as head “mule skinner” (buggy driver) so you can roll and rumble down the wide open roads, surrounded by spectacular views of the Great National Sand Dunes and the 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range. All the aspects of horse care and equipment for driving will be shared, as well as how to get started on your own horse powered transportation.
Class runs 10 am – 3 pm
$45 for the class – the ride is free!


June

Earth Centered Living

4 days June 2,3,4,5 (Thursday evening – Sunday afternoon)

Co instructed by Ann Drucker, Mike Foltmer, Robin Blankenship and Julia Lyons

We invite you to join us for an inspiring, nourishing, and rejuvenating weekend. 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature in Crestone, CO. Delight in eating wild foods.
Make herbal medicines; Earth remedies that really work. Create your own personal deerskin pouch. Make pine needle baskets and live for a while in Earth-centered community, off the grid along the beautiful Cottonwood Creek.
The beauty and strength of ‘Bear Medicine’ will be one focus of this program.
Ann Drucker, our true maven of the wild medicines, has shared her wisdom through Earth Knack programs since our inception, in 1990. She has been teaching herbal medicines and heart centered plant / person relationship and healing through her own programs for many decades, here in the US and internationally, and was involved with the Rocky Mountain Botanical School in its nascent years. Ann will be assisted this year by Julia Lyons, an earth-centered healer, gifted teacher, and folk herbalist.  Mike Foltmer has been working with Earth Knack for decades, and shares his expertise in leather and rawhide work as well as natural paints and pigments during this program.
Open to women, men, children 10 and up. We welcome LGBTQ+ and BIPOC community!

Details​: Please arrive Thursday  between 1 – 3pm to settle in and set up your camp.
Our weekend together begins with an opening circle at 5pm!

$225 includes camping and ​Thursday, Friday and Saturday night dinners provided by our amazing chef, Julia Corlett. Bring your own breakfast, lunch, and snack foods and use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen. Oils, spices, and teas are also provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely outdoor solar shower structure.

Want to stay an extra night? $30 more for Sunday dinner and camping.

For teepee or cabin lodging fees for the Earth Centered Living Program, contact Robin directly at ​earthknackschool@gmail.com

Check out Robin’s super comfy Crestone, CO.  Airbnb options (first come, first serve)                              The Earth Knack Garden House; A unique, artful home

https://airbnb.com/h/earthknackgardenhouse

The Godfather Creekside Cottage at Earth Knack

https://airbnb.com/h/godfathercreeksidecottage

The Wild Woods Rock House at Earth Knack

https://airbnb.com/h/wildwoodsrockhouse

“Ride the Range” Equestrian Amish Off Grid Cabin

https://airbnb.com/h/ridetherangecabins


Botany and Foraging Extravaganza

In cooperation with Tom Elpel and Green University

8 days  ​June 8 – 15 ​(Wednesday through Wednesday)
Co instructed by Tom Elpel, Erica Davis, and Robin Blankenship for more details and registration, please go directly to Tom’s web site at this link: http://www.greenuniversity.com/Class_Schedule/Botany_Foraging_Intensive.htm

(there is no registration option for this class on the Earth Knack web site)

Throughout June and July Mid summer will offer opportunities for hands-on learning in sustainable, high altitude gardening, bio construction and off grid energy systems, sourcing and preparing primitive materials for Earth Knack programming and learning about lower impact systems that help Earth Knack stay earth centered and land based. Check out our Outdoor Immersion / Work Trade opportunity  if you are interested in participating in the daily rhythms, stewardship and learning at Earth Knack.


August 

Paleo Bread Baking with Natural Leavening

2 days August 6 – 7 (Saturday and Sunday)

Co instructed by Alma Carel and Robin Blankenship
What a better way to celebrate Lammas, the first festival of the grain harvest, then to bake traditional paleo recipes?
Alma will start us out on our first day teaching primitive sprouted bread preparation, and then we will set a sourdough sponge.   Learn to winnow grain from the field, hand grind whole grain into flour, and learn delicious preparations for ancient grains and wild seeds. On the second day we will bake the different breads using hearth cooking and mud oven techniques.
Throughout the class Alma will share a wealth of knowledge of Earth traditions and history, gathered  after years of focused and diligent study driven by her deep curiosity of global cultures and celebrations throughout history. Don’t miss this inspiring weekend.
Set your camp up in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to  prepare your own meals and snacks. Oils, spices, and teas are also provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include  composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.
$115  includes camping, classes and materials, use of kitchen and bath facilities.


Best Tasting Survival Plants of the Rocky Mountain West

with nationally known survival plant expert Cattail Bob Seebeck
2 days August 11 – 12 (Thursday – Friday)
Instructed by Cattail Bob Seebeck

Plant walks on Thursday through the riparian and more moist meadow areas of 8,000 ft.  Friday walk will focus on the more desert environment and the Pinon and Cedar boundary along the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Learn to correctly identify, compare and contrast plants for  survival, edible and medicinal uses.. Cattail has described  and photographed Rocky Mountain plants for several volumes of his plant identification books that brilliantly include identification photos for all 4 seasons!!
He teaches at many colleges and institutes around the Rocky Mountain west.
Set your camp up in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to prepare your own meals and snacks. Oils, spices, and teas are also provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.

$195  includes camping, classes and materials, use of kitchen and bath facilities.


Moccasin Making and Buckskin / Fur Sewing and Design Tips and Tricks

2 days  August 13 – 14 (Saturday and Sunday)
Instructed by Robin Blankenship        
   

“These (boot) moccasins are made for walking….”
Make a pair of custom fit moccasins. Learn how to work with natural leather to make lovely garments and accessories. Hides don’t work like cloth. How do you get the right fit? Use stone age tools to mark and cut patterns in rawhide, leather and fur. Learn the tips and tricks of fur sewing. Make buckskin lacing, sinew (tendon) and plant fiber stitching material. Several stitching techniques will be shown.
Set your camp up in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to  prepare your own meals and snacks. Oils, spices, and teas are also provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.
$135  includes camping, classes, moccasin materials, use of kitchen and  bath facilities.


September

September offers opportunity for hands on learning in harvesting, processing, and preparing garden grown and wild harvested foods for the root cellar. “Putting up” meats, fish, fruits, herbs  and vegetables, by canning, dehydrating, jerking, and pickling fills busy days at Earth Knack this time of year. These alternative methods help Earth Knack stay earth centered and land based. Check out our Outdoor Immersion / Work Trade opportunity if you are interested in participating in the daily rhythms, stewardship and learning at Earth Knack.


October 

Pioneer Style and Natural Process Soap Making

3 days October  14 – 16  (Friday – Sunday) 

Co instructed by Matie Belle Lakish and Robin Blankenship  

Make your own soap with natural herbs and oils!
Matie Belle is an original ‘back to the land” woman who has lived a land based lifestyle for many decades. She will share Pioneer Style, over the fire, kettle cooked, hot process soap making, and cold process methods to use in your modern kitchen at home. Glycerin melt and pour method demonstration by Matie Belle.  Learn the Science!  Guided to understand the chemical process, you will be able to make up your own recipes.
Robin will show how to harvest Yucca Root, then pound and soak it to make a cleansing suds. You will also learn to use other saponin plants, like Clematis and Bouncing Bet.
Learn how lye is made from wood fire ashes!
Set your camp up in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to  prepare your own meals and snacks. Oils, spices, and teas are also provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.
$165  includes camping, classes, materials, soap to take home, kitchen and bath facilities.


Pioneer Style Blacksmithing

5 days October 20 – 24  (Thursday – Sunday)

Instructed by Papa Dean Smith, a fourth generation blacksmith, and Robin Blankenship
Learn basic principles of metallurgy and blacksmithing techniques.
In Paul Revere’s day they called it “IronMongery”!
Practice lighting up and managing a pioneer style forge. Learn to make useful tools for forge work, plus a variety of  hooks, handles and holders for the home, celtic blanket pins, and artistic items like ornate brass brushed leaves for beauty and decoration.
Set your camp up in the woods along the banks of pristine Cottonwood Creek. Use our fully equipped large outdoor kitchen to prepare your own meals and snacks. Oils, spices, and teas are also provided, along with all the cooking pots, pans and eating dishes. There is an adobe “horno” baking oven, several solar ovens, and dutch ovens. Facilities include composting toilets and a lovely solar shower structure.

$345  includes camping, classes and materials, use of kitchen and bath facilities.


Bio Construction / Natural Building Workshop in Mexico!

A New Earth Knack International Learning Adventure  November 2022

8 days  November 7 – 14 (Monday – Monday)  limit: 15 students

Join us in Ajusco , Mexico for this adventurous offering.  Hands on learning from foundation to roof! Use naturally sourced local materials and earth centered design concepts. Be part of the building team and learn how to create an affordable, natural home.  You will learn traditional, long lasting building methods, wall and floor adobe recipes, efficient and affordable processes of

construction, alternative home energy choices, repurposing of recycled materials, how to create a living roof, and so much more. Breakfasts and dinners will be provided each day.  We will be hosted on Giselle Beltan’s Rancho El Aile, a historic family therapeutic horse ranch on the outer southern edge of Mexico City at 9,000 feet. Volcanic Pico de Aguila Mountain towers 15,100 above, ready for the adventurous climbers. Horseback riding through the colorful village of Ajusco and the surrounding woodlands that skirt the mountain are available. A lively, bustling market is just down the road, offering an amazing variety of produce and supplies.

$495  breakfast and dinner meals, camping, classes, materials, and bath facilities.

Transportation from (Nov. 6th by  2pm) and return (Nov 15)  to Benito Juarez International Airport provided for additional shuttle and driver costs

Primitive living skills for the 21st century