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Survival, Resilience and Preparedness
10 Week Video Class

About the Class

In this 10-week, video-based series you will go on a deep journey into the world of survival gathering lessons to inform and influence your life in the current challenging world we face.  The course will cover everything from essential survival skills for the wilderness setting to what kind of food you should be growing in your garden.  We'll look at how to forage in your neighborhood and what are the important survival foods you should seek if you are ever lost.  Medicinal plants, survival shelter, the art of fire; all of these things and more...and all within the view of how we can live our own daily lives in a more resilient, prepared way in a changing world.


By the end of the course, you will be comfortable, ready, and prepared for being in a survival situation in the backcountry, but you will also have the opportunity to reimagine your life through the lens of our ancient hunter-gatherer roots and how we might all be more happy and healthy with these principles in our lives.  Recordings of all classes will be available to participants!


Zoom conference calls
Wednesdays at 11:00 AM
Every week for 10 weeks

Recordings available!



Apr 15, 2020 11:00 AM
Apr 22, 2020 11:00 AM
Apr 29, 2020 11:00 AM
May 6, 2020 11:00 AM
May 13, 2020 11:00 AM
May 20, 2020 11:00 AM
May 27, 2020 11:00 AM
Jun 3, 2020 11:00 AM
Jun 10, 2020 11:00 AM
Jun 17, 2020 11:00 AM


Contact Nate Summers:


Head Instructor
Nate Summers (Head Instructor)

Nate Summers, author of Primal: Why We Long to be Wild and Free, and Awakening Fire: An Essential Guide has been a survival skills instructor for over 20 years with a background in anthropology, Asian studies, and natural medicine. He taught and directed at the Wilderness Awareness School for over 15 years, and  has served as faculty for the Desert Institute of Healing Arts, the Asian Institute of Medical Studies, and as adjunct faculty for Prescott College. Nate's passions include ethnobotany, natural mentoring, hunter-gatherer childhoods, natural movement, herbal medicine, internal martial arts, mentoring, and leadership. 


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Guest Instructors
Jon Young:

Jon Young  is a nature connection mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, peacemaker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on human intelligence and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide.  Jon has authored and co-authored several seminal works on nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007). In 2016, he received the Champion of Environmental Education Award for his innovative work, which has inspired positive developments in the field, and fostered the growth of the nature connection movement on a global level.


Alexia Allen:

Alexia Allen and her husband Daniel Kirchhof thrive on Hawthorn Farm, 20 miles outside of Seattle.  With a mission of reclaiming suburbia, they have crafted a delicious homestead with plenty to share.  They put their skills to the test with a year of hand-harvested food in 2017, right down to the salt they got from the ocean.  It's so much fun they can't stop.  Alexia is the garden mastermind and goat whisperer, and encourages others on their own hand-harvested journeys. 



Mink Taylor:

Mink Taylor is a survival skills instructor, artist and musician living in Vancouver, B.C. She has been practicing and teaching survival skills for the last 10 years, working with both adults and children. Her original songs and art pieces are inspired by her connection to the natural world. Mink blends realism with mythology and personal connection in her paintings on live edge wood, portraying wildlife and landscapes. Her music features lush, multi-layered vocal harmonies with hauntingly beautiful melodies over guitar, which speak both to her internal journey and our collective wildness.