Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Our very exciting announcement

As you probably know, we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

And I'm not just saying that.  It's true.  

When we started offering homesteading and wilderness summer-campy kind of events for kids, many adults asked if we ever offer retreats for adults.

We have taught many adult classes at our homestead before, but never done it in a retreat-style, where people spend the night and get fed meals.

But now, we do!!!

We will offer one weekend retreat this year, October 15 and 16, at our beautiful homestead in the Upper Skagit Valley at the edge of the North Cascades wilderness.

This will be a time to...

  • slow down
  • connect with nature
  • unwind in gorgeous scenery
  • learn homesteading skills
  • learn wilderness survival skills 
  • eat healthy, farm-grown food
  • connect with like-minded, earth-conscious people
  • ask us questions about homesteading and wilderness skills

We are offering our homesteading and wilderness skills weekend camp to teach you new skills and empower and inspire you to live a more self-reliant, wholesome, simpler and healthier life.

To some extend, this retreat will be flexible and can be customized to what people most want to learn.

On the agenda this time around: 

Saturday, October 15:

10 am: Tour of our homestead, Orientation of sleeping quarters and accommodations

11 am - 2 pm: Choose between Gouda Cheese Making or Primitive Wilderness Skills (shelter, fire, cordage)

2 pm - 5 pm: Choose between Soap Making or Tracking and Wild Edibles in the Forest

6 pm: Home-cooked dinner

7 - 9: Campfire gathering, at the homestead or one of our wild creeks

Sunday, October 16:

8:30 am: Milking goats

9 am: Farm-fresh breakfast

10 am - 3 pm: Choose between Goat Raising Course or other topic of choice or Bow Making Course

3 pm - 5 pm: Choose between Canning or Sauerkraut Making or Archery

Students have several options for accommodations at our homestead:






... and in hotels, motels, air B and B and campgrounds very close by.

We are located at the edge of the North Cascades Mountain wilderness in the Upper Skagit Valley, Washington State, where the scenery is mind-blowingly beautiful!

We are 2 hours Northeast of Seattle, 1 1/2 hours Southeast of Bellingham, and easily accessible by scenic Highway 20.

You could fly into Seatac Airport and be at our homestead in two and a half hours, spend the weekend with us, and then extend your vacation hiking, sightseeing, or exploring!

For more info or to sign up, please fill out this form, and we'll be in touch!

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  1. Oh dear, I just found out that flying to Seattle from Stockholm is only 3600sek or $432. Lucky for you that I couldn't take being in a plane for 12hrs... ;)

    1. That's all? Round trip? It costs me almost that much to fly round trip to Denver Colorado and it isn't even close to being that far (2 hours). I think you ought to go! Oh, I forgot it entails being confined in a tin tube for 12 hours. Ugh!

    2. yup.. roundtrip. Plus another 1600sek for a roundtrip from seattle to LA... ;)
      To be honest, if I could justify such a trip to the family and myself, I would endure those 12hrs.

    3. I wish people could just beam themselves out here! With lasers or something!

    4. Then your peaceful place would get swamped with folks. It is a good thing we just can't vapourise (is that a word??) and reappear wherever we want. Keeps the woods nice 'n quiet.

    5. Darn! I wish you could beam yourself over here!

  2. This is a great idea! I bet you get filled up in no time.

  3. This would be so much fun! If I hadn't just found out that I'm pregnant, I would have seriously talked to my husband about flying out there for such an event! Hopefully you'll still being doing them when the baby is older and can be left with Grammy and Grampy for a long weekend.

    I'm so happy that you and your husband are expanding your wilderness and homesteading retreats to adults! I can't wait to read about what a huge success they are.

    1. Tiffany, CONGRATULATIONS!!! How exciting!!!! Yes, I have a feeling we will keep doing these retreats for years to come, so concentrate on that baby, and then join us later!


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