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Classes in Ancient Wilderness Skills and Earthlore

(see Classes Page for description of individual classes)

All classes taught by Mark Warren


Fall/Winter 2016-2017

Calendar of Events at


Native American Wilderness Survival Skills & Earthlore 

~ Classes for all ages taught by Mark Warren ~

Pre-registration is required for all events   706-864-5928

SEPT. 11 – ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS – Not a class, but a fun adventure for experienced archers of varying skill levels using a handicap system to win the SILVER ARROW. 1– 4 p.m.                                                   $10 (bow rental add $10 )

OCT. 8 – THE ART OF ARCHERY – Learn the best blend of Native American, Old English, and modern styles. For ages 10 to 110 and all skill levels. Learn the melding of strength and grace known to the best of archers of history. Taught by 1999 World Longbow Champion. Archery gear provided or BYO.      $80

OCT. 15 – HOW TO IDENTIFY PLANTS – A comprehensive study of Appalachian plant anatomy and physiology to enable your use of a field guide to name the wild herbs, shrubs, trees, and vines that provide sustenance, craft materials, and medicines. Classes like this one serve as the most important foundation for all the varied survival skills.                                                               $65 

OCT. 23 – ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS – (see above at Sept. 11)               $10

OCT. 29 – THE PLANTS OF THE CHEROKEE – A field study of the medicinal, edible, and crafting plants of Southern Appalachia. Learn about healing plants and sample raw and prepared foods once prized by the Cherokee.              $75

NOV. 4-6  – HEMLOCKFEST –A family event with live music, educational tours, camping, lake canoeing, archery, knife throwing, arts and crafts, and more at Starbridge retreat outside Dahlonega. (see www.hemlockfest.orgfor price and dir.)

NOV. 12 – CHEROKEE STALKING – Learn the discipline for approaching wild animals undetected, whether for observing, photographing, or hunting.        $70

NOV. 19 – PLAINS INDIAN SIGN LANGUAGE – An evening class in Medicine Bow Lodge to learn the little known skill of speaking with the hands (as developed by the Native Americans and picked up by the western Cherokee). Bring a good friend, so as to have someone in your life with whom you can sign.            $20

NOV. 20 – ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS – (see above at Sept. 11)               $10

NOV. 26 – TRACKING – Learn the prints, gaits, and track patterns of the animals of Appalachia and how to read and follow a trail.                                      $70

DEC. 10  – KNIFE & HAWK – Learn to throw knife and tomahawk.  Projectiles provided or bring your own.                                                                     $70

DEC. 17 – THE ART OF ARCHERY – Complete instruction (see Oct. 8)  $80

DEC. 18 – ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS – (see Sept. 11)                                $10

JAN. 7 – ADVANCED ARCHERY – For students who have taken the Art of Archery class. Fine-tune sighting, release, and follow-through. Clout-shots, micro-shots, lobs, timed shots, and moving target.                                                                $80

JAN. 14 – 7th Annual SPELLING/VOCABULARY BEE – An evening event in Medicine Bow Lodge inviting all who love the words of the English language. First prize: free workshop at Medicine Bow.                                                                         $8

JAN. 21  – SURVIVAL SKILLS (Chapter 1: Shelter) – Constructing a warm, dry winter shelter using only the materials of the forest.                               $50

JAN. 28 – A WALK IN THE WINTER WOODS     A multi-themed study of plants, birds, ecology, wildlife & their tracks and scat, trees, edibles, medicinals, and Cherokee survival secrets. Appropriate for the ambulatory elderly.                $65

JAN. 29 – ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS     (see Sept. 11)                              $10

FEB. 4 – SURVIVAL SKILLS  (Chapter 2: Fire ) – Learn to identify the best wood for each stage of a fire, the architecture of successful pyre-building,  and the earliest known technique for creating a flame – the hand drill.                         $75

FEB. 11 – A STUDY OF WINTER TREES - Learn to identify trees by bark patterns, leaf scars, growth characteristics, winter remnants, and habitat. Then learn Cherokee uses of trees as foods, medicines, and craft materials.                    $60

FEB. 12 – ST. VALENTINE’S ARCHERY TOURNAMENT  Bring your paramour, or come find a handsome hero/heroine companion. Archer teams compete for a Valentine treasure.                          $10 (add $10 for bow/arrow rental)

FEB. 18 – THE ART OF ARCHERY –        (see Oct. 8)                                 $80

FEB. 25 – SURVIVAL SKILLS (Ch. 3: Cooking) – A primitive meal.     $75

MAR. 4 – THE NATIVE AMERICANS - An evening history lesson that explores the influence of each American ecosystem on the tribes that settled them, focusing finally on the Cherokees, their way of life, philosophies, crafts, and survival skills.                                                                                                                                $20

MAR. 5 – ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS    ( see Sept. 11 )                               $10



A Plant workshop at your home - There is no better way to learn plants than to know the plants that you see each day around your home, through the seasons. Ask friends and neighbors to join you in discovering Indians’ secrets about food, crafts, and medicines. Call or email for info.



Each class is filled to its limit by a first-come-first-served receipt of check made payable to:  MEDICINE BOW, LTD., 104 Medicine Bow, Dahlonega, GA 30533.  A check received after a class fills is returned in full.  A cancellation 7 full days before class also returned in full.  Cancellation by 4 full days before class, 50% returned or 60% applied to future workshop.


~ Coming This Winter ~

The first of a four-part series for parents, teachers, & survival students: Secrets of the Forest,Volume One: The Magic and Mystery of Plants and The Lore of Survival by Mark Warren





Call or email to reserve your spot, then mail a check made to Medicine Bow, Ltd. (or to Susan Brown for nutrition classes. For more information on Susan’s classes please visit ) Mail to: 104 Medicine Bow, Dahlonega, GA 30533. 706 864 5928 Contacts for questions:   or