ADULT WORKSHOPS

** All workshops are apt to change due to our ever-changing community strategies surrounding COVID-19.  Should we need to cancel a workshop you have registered for, we will refund your payment in full. **

Please call or email Nathan (Buffalo Cove’s director) with any questions at nathan@buffalocove.com  or 828-964-1473.

 

A note on safety: As we have been struck with the task of adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, Buffalo Cove will implement several core safety measures during our Adult Workshops.  We will be guided by the latest recommendations put out by the CDC.  It is important for us all to understand that these guidelines are always being updated and may affect our group size or ability to hold these workshops.  Please read these carefully and only sign up for a workshop if you feel comfortable committing to, and abiding by, these protocols:

  • Group Size – we will keep the number of participants small and manageable in terms of having plenty of space to learn safely and effectively.

  • Maintaining respectful space - At the onset of every workshop we will establish everyone’s “comfortable space bubble” – and we will respect these bubbles throughout the workshop.

  • Sleeping logistics - For overnight workshops, each participant will set up their own sleeping arrangement, and maintain a safe and respectful distance from other participants' sleeping accommodations.  You may bring your own tent, tarp, hammock, etc. to sleep in.  Buffalo Cove has 4 sleeping shelters that you may reserve upon registration.

  • Food – Each participant will be responsible for their own food during these workshops

Can my teenager attend these workshops? YES! If you have a motivated and capable teen that is interested in these things, we would love to have them join us!  We want to support time afield with cross-generational family groups!

The Way of the Bow: Saturday, September 26th, 2020

Session Details

- 10am - 4pm

- 8-person limit

- Tuition: $75

 

Session Description

Have you ever wanted to develop the graceful skill of traditional archery?  Are you curious about how the bow and arrow are used for enjoyment, meditation, exercise, and making food? In this workshop, we will develop skill and technique based on instinctive archery, one of the most ancient methods of using these tools.  Once we develop a base of skill, we will further our understanding through games and activities centered around the bow!  Then, we will dive into how this traditional combo is used in hunting through an introduction of philosophy and techniques.

Registration Information

Register for Adult Workshops here.

Fall Wild Foods and Woodslore: Saturday, October 24th, 2020

Session Details

- 10am-4pm

- 10-person limit

- Tuition: $75

 

Session Description

Every season presents its own bounty – and challenges - when it comes to gathering wild foods. We will look at this season’s gifts from the plant world!  This day will focus on hard mast and roots of our valley: acorns, hickory nuts, and walnuts, along with a handful of calorie-filled roots. Along the way, we will learn some skills, tools, and techniques of the gatherer.

Registration Information

Register for Adult Workshops here.

Survival Traps and Throwing Sticks: Sunday, November 8th, 2020

Session Details

- 10am-4pm

- 10-person limit

- Tuition: $75

 

Session Description

A crux of survival in a crisis situation is securing enough calories for your group. On this day we will look as a few different tried and true methods of “making meat” when you might need it most!  We will explore different options and strategies for survival trapping and then spend time practicing and refining these techniques.  We will also create one of the oldest hunting and gathering tools: the “throw / dig” as we call it around Buffalo Cove.  Once we make them, we then (of course) will need to learn how to use them through games and drills!

Registration Information

Register for Adult Workshops here.

Wilderness First Aid and Backcountry Crisis Management: Saturday, November 14th, 2020

Session Details

-10am - 4pm

- 10-person limit

- Tuition: $75

 

Session Description

Spend the day exploring what happens when things don’t go as planned. We will teach a foundation in pertinent and valuable Wilderness First Aid skills, life-saving techniques, and basic management of common injuries. We will also learn how to avoid “getting into trouble” in the backcounty... and a few techniques that can really help you if trouble finds you anyway!  THIS IS NOT A CERTIFICATION CLASS.  This is a class to empower the individual through learning and practice of industry standard skills and techniques in back country medicine and rescue.

Registration Information

Register for Adult Workshops here.

Braintan Buckskin: Saturday, December 12th, 2020

Session Details

- 10am-4pm

- 10-person limit

- Tuition: $75

 

Session Description

Turn animal hides into beautiful, usable, soft, and durable leather.  This is a day dedicated to the ancient skill of using an animal’s brains to tan their own hide.  No toxic chemicals or vats of poison here – just what the natural world gives us to facilitate the beautiful transformation of fresh skin to tanned leather.  We will be learning the “wet scrape” method of this art. 

Registration Information

Register for Adult Workshops here.