Wilderness Immersion Adult 28 Day Survival Course – California
Wilderness immersion is a 28 day survival training course for both men and women 18 years and older.
This month long immersion course is uniquely tailored for those who have a strong desire to challenge themselves personally, while living and learning in a remote and beautiful back country setting. Wilderness survival, nature awareness, and animal tracking skills are the main focus of this course.
What to Expect
Though we always put in a full day during this course, even on rest days, we offer a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere compared to other schools that offer this type of program. If you want an intense, competitive month long course then we are not what you are looking for.
However, if you are looking for a wilderness survival school with over 19 years of teaching experience, that is supportive and teaches real survival training in a relaxed, supportive, and fun way, then Lifesong Wilderness Adventures is for you.
Even though we run a very relaxed training in many ways, living a primitive lifestyle without modern comforts is a physically and mentally demanding experience for everyone.
No outdoor experience, no worries. No previous outdoor experience required to attend this camp.If you’re ready to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and are excited to learn and completely immerse yourself in nature, then you will love this exceptional outdoor experience.
Currently both Summer and spring courses are held in northern California near Mt. Shasta.
The summer course is conducted at our primitive field camp simply called High Camp. High camp elevation is about 6,000 ft. This is the same camp location where we run our July wilderness 28 day teen apprenticeship course.
The spring course: camp is held at our Low camp. Low camp – elevation is about 3,400 ft. Each field camp offers unique opportunities to experience nature at its best.
Spectacular view of Mt. Shasta and the surrounding area are earned by hiking the higher ridges and hills of camp. The unique and mixed setting includes both coniferous forest and more open and lush areas with a Montane-type habitat. Conifers include pine, fir, cedar, and juniper. Varied species of native shrub and deciduous trees (including chokecherry, and native birch) provide endless opportunities to study and discover the natural history of a diversity of flora and fauna.
Who Comes to Camp?
The 28 day adult immersion camp is perfect for young adults, both men and women who are interested in having a month long positive outdoor wilderness experience such as this before continuing on to college. But any adult may attend the 28 day immersion camp once your application is accepted and a medical release is completed and signed by your medical practitioner that you are fit to attend.
Camp proper provides a primitive and tranquil atmosphere with two canvas wall tents that combine a cook tent, lecture hall and library. Both tents are equipped with cozy wood stoves for meals and warming during cooler or inclement weather. Additionally, a sixteen-foot tipi creates a spacious work area for general student use. Participants will sleep in nearby tents until survival shelters are constructed. Shelter designs are crafted by participant’s own hands and ingenuity.
Falcons, eagles, hawks, and ravens make High Camp home. California black bears, mountain lions, and coyotes are the dominant animals we track on this expanse of wild and rugged wilderness. We also explore the lives and habits of other wildlife species including: blacktail deer, grey fox, porcupine, fisher, striped skunk, California grey squirrel, mountain quail, cottontail, to name a few.
A mountain stream fed by snow melt and clear water springs flow through the center of camp. Lined with shrubs, wildflowers, and trees, the creek is a constant and a hub to the rhythm and flow of wilderness living.
Great food makes a great camp! While we learn how ants, scorpions and grubs may give us sustenance (and are heartily welcomed to the dinner menu if needed), there is nothing like delicious camp grub after a long day of survival training. Our menu is carefully planned to provide plenty of nutritionally rich calories to replace the 3,000 to 4,000 calories participants will burn on some days.
Camp meals consist of whole food including: beans, rice vegetables, fruit, grains, breads, nuts, seeds, eggs, and meat. We use a variety of cooking methods at camp such as: underground oven cooking, open pit, hot rock, Dutch oven baking, and other primitive cooking techniques. We will also gather seasonally available wild plants to supplement our menu and for those who choose, we learn how to humanely butcher, safely prepare, smoke, dry, jerk, and cook domestic livestock.
Plants are an important focus of the adult 28-day immersion curriculum. Wild plants include trees, shrubs, grasses, herbs, lichens and mosses. Many plants are edible and life sustaining, while others are important for fire and shelter making. Most plants have more than one use and can be used extensively for medicinal and utilitarian applications.
Once participants have taken care of basic needs and have provided themselves with the tools for survival, they begin training in animal tracking, nature awareness and the ancient way of the hunt.
Utilizing what nature provides, the class will create and build a variety of primitive yet highly effective hunting tools including at-latl, quick bow, traps and snares. Participants will practice and become proficient in building, setting, and application of their use. These powerful and self-sufficient skills of survival are empowering and available in times of need.
Stalking is a hunting skill that must be mastered to approach and capture shy and elusive quarry. Using a simple camera as a hunting weapon, participants will learn how to stalk, track, and trail wildlife. No game animals will be taken in this course.
Orienteering and Adventure
Empowering wilderness survival skills are accompanied by days and nights filled with walks and hikes, tracking, and observing the wild world around us. Students learn to bivouac overnight using nature’s bounty to provide basic shelter and fire. Compass use, orientation, navigation, and the use of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) are taught along with the art of navigating without modern technology.
Other Lifesong survival courses are held during this time and 28 day Immersion students will also participate in these classes. Immersion students maintain their continuity by their presence at camp for the duration of the month along with camp staff.
There is much to see and do each and every day of the “28-day Adult Immersion Course.” In this life-changing adventure you will learn how to meet your most basic survival needs: shelter, water, fire and food. Immersed in the simplicity of primitive living, you will learn to take care of yourself in an environment outside of your normal comfort zone. Through practice, direct experience and skill mastery you will earn the confidence to overcome challenging survival situations. This confidence will ultimately become your new comfort zone!
Lifesong Adventures 28 DAY Adult Survival Immersion Course
Beware! Course results may cause: confidence, healthy weight loss, muscle tone and endurance, happiness, smiling faces and spontaneous singing with a twinkle in the eye.
We urge you to attend this once in a lifetime adventure!