Classes in Ancient Wilderness Skills and Earthlore

(see Classes Page for description of individual classes)

Fall/Winter 2017-2018

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. 24 – ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS – Not a class, but fun and adventure for archers of varying skill levels using a handicap system to win the SILVER ARROW. 1 pm – 4 pm. $10/person  (bow/arrow rental add $10 )

SEPT. 26 – CHEROKEE MEDICINES – A program at Atlanta’s main library (near Peachtree & Forsyth)  1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  no charge

SEPT. 30 – BOTANY CLASS – An academic study of plant anatomy and physiology to enable your use of a field guide to identify the herbs, shrubs, trees, and vines that provide food, craft materials, and medicine. This class serves as the most important foundation for all the survival skills. $65

OCT. 21 – CHEROKEE PLANTS & BOOK SIGNING – A family program at Elachee Nature Center in Gainesville  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  non-members $5

OCT. 22 – ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS – (see above at Sept. 24) $10

OCT. 28 – THE WILD PLANTS OF AUTUMN – 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. 3-5  – HEMLOCKFEST –A family event with live music, educational tours, camping, canoeing, knife throwing, arts & crafts at Starbridge retreat outside Dahlonega. To save the hemlock trees. (see for price and dir.)

NOV. 18 – 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. Taught by 1999 World Longbow Champion. Archery gear provided or BYO. Only 6 students taken per class.      $80

NOV. 19 – ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS – (see above at Sept. 24)  $10

NOV. 29 – SURVIVAL SKILLS PROGRAM & BOOK SIGNING – At the main branch of the Hall Co. Library, Main St. in Gainesville, GA –  no charge

DEC. 2 – STALKING – Learn the Cherokee discipline for approaching wild animals undetected, whether for observing, photography, or hunting.                    $70

DEC. 9 – TRACKING – Learn the prints, gaits, and track patterns of the animals of Appalachia and how to read and follow a trail.         $70

JAN. 6  – KNIFE & HAWK – Learn to throw knife and tomahawk.  Weapons provided or bring your own.    $70

JAN. 20 – THE ART OF ARCHERY – (complete instruction, see Nov. 18) $80

JAN. 21 – ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS – (see Sept. 24)    $10

JAN. 27 – ADVANCED ARCHERY – For students who have taken the Art of Archery. Fine-tune sighting, release, and follow-through. Clout shots, micro-shots, lobs, timed shots, and moving target.    $80

FEB. 3 – 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.  $65

FEB. 18 – ST. VALENTINE’S ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS – 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. 24 – CREATING FIRE: the HAND DRILL – Learn the earliest known technique for creating a flame with the proper wood & technique.     $75

MAR. 10 – THE ART OF ARCHERY –        (see Nov. 18)    $80

MAR. 18 – ARCHERY RENDEZVOUS      ( see Sept. 24 )   $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 the discovery of the Indians’ secrets about food, crafts, and medicines. Call or email for information:    706-864-5928


Coming This Fall: Volume 3 of the four-part series, Secrets of the Forest, by Mark Warren. This volume offers stalking, tracking, hide-tanning, snake lore, and wilderness games. Vol. 1 & 2 are available at Click on “Books.”



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.


Call or email to reserve your spot, then mail a check made to Medicine Bow, Ltd. (or to Susan Brown Warren for nutrition classes. For more information on Susan’s classes please visit )

Mail to: 104 Medicine Bow, Dahlonega, GA 30533. 706 864 5928

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