Join Chuck and Wren in a weekend of dynamic experiences that will teach practical skills and deepen meaningful connections with nature, each other and ourselves. By doing it yourself, you will learn to make rope from local plants, ferment vegetables, make honey wine, and build a successful fire. Participate in culture regeneration as we sing, tell stories, drum and dance around a fire. Transmute any fear of the woods into confidence by learning how to meet your needs for shelter, water, fire and food. All this and three delicious communal meals each day!

The previous workshop weekend we co-created at the Hostel in the Forest was a huge success! We learned a lot, got a lot of great feedback and made some amazing connections. We’re looking forward to integrating some things we’ve learned since then to cocreate an experience that will be truly stellar. Come join in the fun!

This is on Mother’s Day weekend, so we encourage you to bring the one who brought you into this world, or bring the ones that you’ve brought into this world!

The cost of two nights at the Hostel is $50 per person, and for the workshop there is a sliding scale of suggested donations: $10 – $100

Terisa “Wren” Shoumate was introduced to primitive/survival skills while she attended New College of Florida in Sarasota, pursuing a degree in liberal arts which she received in 2005. Two of her friends had just completed Tom Brown Jr’s Standard course and they were on fire to share their newly acquired skills. Wren and about 10 others were their Guinea pigs as they taught for the first time skills such as building a survival debris shelter and crafting a bow drill kit to make fire by friction. They also shared numerous other skills, games and activities to create a sense of belonging and confidence in wilderness environments. Wren was hooked. From that moment on she has made primitive skills and earth-based skills her focus. Wren was Program Coordinator at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey, Fla., in 2006 and 2007, where she crafted earth skills Summer camps for the children there and helped with ongoing primitive skills demonstrations for the visitors at the museum. Then, she began attending Earthskills rendezvouses in the Appalachian region and has since work-traded, organized youth programs and taught youth and adult classes at these gatherings for the last four years. Since 2008, Wren has worked as a camp counselor and program coordinator/camp support at the Living Earth School in Charlottesville, where she relocated in order to be nearer the wealth of earth knowledge found in the Appalachia region. She has constructed a wigwam in which she lived during several winter months in Nelson County Virginia during the heavy winter of 2010. Wren continues to delight in the learning and sharing of these precious skills, the birthright of all people.

About five years ago, Chuck’s experiences at the Hostel in the Forest inspired him to leave his career as an insurance broker to pursue a more meaningful life on the road. After almost three years on the road (about 10 months of that at the Hostel), he contributes almost nothing to the consumer cycle and most of his meals are cooked over a fire. He’s passionate about making use of what others discard and helping individuals and communities thrive by doing whatever they want with whatever they have. He has been in the woods and around fires since he was a little boy, and he was introduced to “primitive skills” at the Earthskills Rendezvous in October, 2010. Since then he has work-traded, facilitated and/or taught at 10 primitive skills gatherings, and even created a ten-day skillshare in Floyd, Va. He continues to travel through communities and to gatherings, cross-pollinating best methods and watering the seeds of a new culture.

May the Forest Be With You

The Hostel Staff