Wild Series

What we offer


The Wild Series offers in-depth education in earth-based skills and crafts. Our instructors are artisans, naturalists, musicians, cooks, storytellers, villagers and stewards. We weave, tan, wild tend, spin, felt, dye, woodwork, track, forage, feast, hunt, smith, sing, learn, make and more! We share a love of creating beauty through fun, hands-on experience and believe that learning to work with the hands is one of the ways to awaken and remember our diverse legacies of traditional ecological and cultural knowledge.


Wild Series Courses


The Art of Hide Tanning

The Art of Hide Tanning

Join us for a four day immersion into the traditional art of making leather by hand. In this intimate and experiential class, students will tan one deer or goat buckskin from start to finish, learn to make rawhide, and participate in a fur tanning demonstration. The art of hide tanning is a cross-cultural human legacy

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Archery Weekend Workshop

Archery Weekend Workshop

Join us for this knowledge-packed weekend workshop on traditional archery! Archery holds an expansive place in the story in our human history – we invite you to be part of that continuing history as we learn and practice intuitive archery in a beautiful high desert setting. Connect with your body through the practice of this ancient functional tool, and connect with nature as you move over the land.

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Holiday Handcrafting

Holiday Handcrafting

Join us for a fun and cozy weekend of making beautiful handmade holiday gifts! In this two-day class, students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of small crafts under the mentorship of several skilled Quail Springs stewards. Using mostly natural and simple materials, many of which have been locally hand-harvested and prepared by our teachers, you will have the opportunity to create several projects from a range of possibilities.

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Buckskin Moccasins

Buckskin Moccasins

Beautiful footwear made sustainably from natural materials has been worn by human beings for thousands of years. In this class students will create a pattern customized to their own feet, and learn to craft a pair of short moccasins using genuine brain-tanned buckskin and vegetable tanned leather. This will be a two piece style moccasin, with a harder sole for longer wear. The foundations of this pattern can later be applied for making many other styles of moccasins, including boots of all lengths.

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The Art of Blacksmithing

The Art of Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is an ancient form of alchemy, bringing together fire, metal and air to birth functional and beautiful items that we depend upon in our daily lives. Instructor Justin Starting has been inspired by the way tribal blacksmiths use the simplest methods and materials to forge the highest quality tools. He believes that we can look to their traditional relationships with blacksmithing to bring consciousness and harmony back to our connection with metal.

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The Sacred Hunt

The Sacred Hunt

This class is designed to explore our ancestors’ relationship to the land through the art of traditional hunting. By cultivating this relationship of respectful exchange, we can deepen our understanding of what it means to live sustainably and remember our place in nature. The Sacred Hunt will be a combination of instruction, group discussions and hands-on experience in the field.

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Wild Foods

Wild Foods

Explore the delicious, fragrant and storied California landscape by learning to identify edible, utilitarian and poisonous species. Students will become acquainted with much of the local flora of Burges canyon and begin to develop real relationships to the world of plants. In this two day class we will dive into cuisine, culture, history, natural living skills, and stewardship. Classes include meals featuring traditional recipes that integrate wild foods.

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Trailing Cuyama

Trailing Cuyama

Learn the art of trailing an animal as it moves through its daily routines. Deer, cougar, black bear, coyote, and all the little creatures of the desert provide ample learning opportunities as we explore the Dick Smith Wilderness, Chumash Wilderness and the Los Padres National Forest.

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Land Restoration Training

Land Restoration Training

This 5-day Project-Based Land & Watershed Restoration Training is a must for anyone owning land or working in landscape design. The course offers hands-on experience in the assessment, design and construction of an on-going land restorative and regenerative watershed project with intensive immersion and experiential training. Participants will learn skills needed to do high quality work that will stand up to natural processes over time. These skills will serve a wide spectrum of people and professions, from backyard restorationists to farmers and land managers.

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Seasonal Farm Tours

Seasonal Farm Tours

Visit Quail Springs Permaculture Farm, have a delicious farm-to-table lunch prepared in our earthen ovens, learn about growing food in the high desert, tending a variety of wonderful food-giving animals, creating shelter, and stewarding agricultural lands & wilderness. The event will include a tour of our gardens, animal systems, natural buildings, crafts display, alternative technologies, and more. After the tour, participants will enjoy a delicious farm cooked lunch followed by a question & answer session with our farm managers.

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