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5 x 5 Survival Skills Intensive Program

5 x 5 Survival Skills Intensive Program
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  • Dates: five Hours for five Weeks to learn all you need to know to survive outdoors.

    • October 5, 1pm-6pm

    • October 12, 1pm-6pm

    • October 19, 1pm-6pm

    • October 26, 1pm-6pm

    • November 2, 1pm-6pm

  • Geared for adults but mature teens are welcome to sign up.

  • Class will happen rain or shine.

  • We do have indoor meeting space with bathrooms we will use as our base.


This is your chance to dive deep into survival skills and nature connection in a community setting. We will keep the group small- no more than 25 people.

We will cover topics including how to make a shelter, start and maintain fires safely, purify water, tracking, foraging, wood carving, and many other skills based off group interest.

The group will meet five times for five hours each session. During the training weeks period, we will communicate in a private online group offering feedback and support on our skills work (this will also serve as a place for you to ask for help on "homework" from the instructors).

You will start the class with your very own survival kit with quality items picked out by the instructors.

Your journey in this class will set you up for a lifetime of nature connection practice. This seminar will challenge you to push your comfort zone, but will also be a blast.

Sample Schedule:

As time allows we will weave more topics and skills into each day. Topics covered on each day may change:


  • Intro to Program

  • Knife Skills/Safety

  • Fire Skills/Safety(modern/primitive)

  • Knots

  • Natural Awareness


  • Knife Sharpening

  • Wild Edible Plants

  • Cordage from Plants


  • Tracking

  • Bird Language


  • Spoon Carving

  • Bowl Carving

  • Rabbit Sticks


  • Shelters

  • Pine Bark Baskets

  • Graduation

Instructor: Tim “Primitim” Swanson


Tim has been involved with primitive skills for over 15 years. His teaching style accommodates any age due to his playful and light-hearted attitude along with an informative and in depth approach to the natural world. Tim has taught primitive skills all over the northeast including at Unity College, Bryant Pond 4H Camp, True North Wilderness Therapy Program, Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education, Wingate Wilderness Therapy, The Umbrella Community Arts Center, Nashua River Watershed Association, and Groton Wellness Holistic Healing Center. For more information on Tim’s work, visit his website at

Earlier Event: October 5
Forest Bathing
Later Event: October 12
Introduction to Wilderness Survival