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The Essential Art of Fire

  • Camp Nihan Breakheart Reservation 131 Walnut St, Saugus, MA 01906 (map)


Join Tim “Primitim” Swanson in a fire making workshop. Fire was the skill that made civilization possible, and it still holds a mystical power of attention for anyone in the wilderness. In this program, we will learn to make one-match fires that work every time, as well as try our hands with flint and steel, fire by friction using bow and drill as well as hand drill methods. We’ll talk about tinder, safety, gathering firewood, cooking fires and much more in this intensive study of our ancestral heritage.

Two hours long in an outdoor natural setting for activities that include building a fire in any weather conditions.

For adults and older teens (16+).

Cost: $35

Duration: 2+ hours

Instructor: Tim Swanson


Cost: $35

What to Bring:

  1. Clothes to stay warm.

  2. A backpack

  3. Snacks

  4. Bottle of water

  5. Any emergency medical supplies you may need

  6. Notebook & Pencil

Can’t Find a babysitter or just want to bring your kids?

If you want to take this course but childcare is an issue we are thinking of having a story time/ craft time for the younger kids for parents who are coming to the program. We ask for a $20 donation because we would have to pay the person taking care of the kids. However we need at least 5 kids to make this worth it and so may not be able to accommodate.

FINAL NOTE: if you sign up with your child, please email us directly at once you have signed up for the course. We’ll notify you as to whether we can accommodate within a week of the class.

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Later Event: February 10
Winter Wildlife Tracking