Classes


Registry for all is via PayPal at https://www.paypal.me/nicoleapelian unless otherwise noted. Please email Nicole at nicole.apelian@gmail.com with any questions! Thank you.

Classes 2018:

Soft Fiber Basketry in Raymond, WA

DATE: Sat., Jan. 27th
LOCATION: 204 S. Fork Rd, Raymond, WA 98577
TIME: 10:00am-4:00pm Please bring a lunch, a pen and your water bottle
COST: $89 (local rate of $49 for anyone within a 25 mile radius of Raymond!)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Learn how to weave a soft-fiber basket! Once you learn this technique you can enjoy using all sorts of materials to weave stand-alone baskets or weave around glass jars. Bring your own lunch, a water bottle and 2 small mason jars of different sizes. I will provide all other materials. Only 2 hours from Portland, OR or Seattle, WA. Kids 11+ with a parent are welcome and 14+ solo. Register via PayPal before it fills at https://www.paypal.me/nicoleapelian. This is a great skill to have!


Medicine-Making: Herbal Remedies and Healing Salves: Raymond, WA

DATE: Sat., Feb 10th
LOCATION: 204 S. Fork Rd, Raymond, WA 98577
TIME: 1:00-4:00
COST: $89 (local rate of $59 for anyone within a 25 mile radius of Raymond!)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Learn to make your own herbal remedies & natural healing salves! In this 3-hour class, Dr. Nicole Apelian will teach you how to make infused oils and tinctures from local herbs. Herbal oils, tinctures and salves are a wonderful way to use the healing properties of herbs for both topical and internal conditions. We will infuse oils with herbs and then turn those oils into salves. You will go home with a salve you helped create and empowered with the knowledge to make your own herbal remedies. You will also learn about local herbs and their medicinal uses. This is an excellent class to learn about the powers of your local plants!

I will provide all materials. $89 pp. Local Raymond/South Bend rates of $59 pp available. Only 2 hours from Portland, OR or Seattle, WA. Kids 10+ with a parent are welcome and 14+ solo. Sat Feb. 10th starting at 1:00pm. Please eat lunch before arrival. Register via PayPal before it fills at https://www.paypal.me/nicoleapelian. This is a great skill to have! NOTE: For people traveling to learn there is an “Emergency Preparedness Class” the following day at 1:00. Come stay in lovely Willapa Bay and take both classes!


Emergency Preparedness Class (EDC): Raymond, WA

DATE: Sun., Feb. 11th
LOCATION: 204 S. Fork Rd, Raymond, WA 98577
TIME: 1:00-3:00
COST: $65 (local rate of $35 a for anyone within a 25 mile radius of Raymond!)

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
EDC (Every Day Carry) Preparedness Workshop – what to have on you at all times for emergencies for water, shelter, fire, food, medical and signaling. This 2-hour course also includes how to use these items so you are always prepared. We will cover EDC (what you should have on you every day) as well as items everyone should carry in the car and more! Taught by Nicole Apelian, a survival skills instructor and participant on the TV show “Alone” on the History Channel, this class will leave you prepped and ready.

Located only 2 hours from Portland, OR or Seattle, WA. Kids 8+ with a parent are welcome or 14+ solo. Payment via PayPal before it fills at https://www.paypal.me/nicoleapelian. Note for those traveling that you can take the medicine-making class the day before from 1-4. Come for the night and enjoy beautiful Willapa Bay!


Medicine-Making: Herbal Remedies and Healing Salves: Portland, OR

DATE: Sat., 24 Feb.
LOCATION: Jean’s Farm, Portland, OR
TIME: 1:00-4:00

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Learn to make your own herbal remedies & natural healing salves! In this 3-hour class, Dr. Nicole Apelian will teach you how to make infused oils and tinctures from local herbs. Herbal oils, tinctures and salves are a wonderful way to use the healing properties of herbs for both topical and internal conditions. We will infuse oils with herbs and then turn those oils into salves. You will go home with a salve you helped create and empowered with the knowledge to make your own herbal remedies. You will also learn about local herbs and their medicinal uses. This is an excellent class to learn about the powers of your local plants!


Kalahari Tracking and Bird Language Expedition: Botswana, Africa

A TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY WITH JON YOUNG, DR. NICOLE APELIAN AND THE NARO (NHARO) SAN BUSHMEN COMMUNITY

DATE: March 26th-April 4th
LOCATION: Botswana

See http://www.ecotoursinternational.com/kalahari for details and to register.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
In this life-changing safari we experience the ancient art of tracking & bird language with modern-day hunter-gatherers, the Naro Bushmen. We learn of their incredible connection to the Earth by foraging, tracking, and walking with them through the lands of Western Botswana. This is not your typical safari. The philosophy and goals are quite different. We honor and learn from people who have an intimate relationship with the land where they live, learning from the Naro Bushmen in their home of the Kalahari desert.

Every day is a unique journey. The first days of our expedition are spent with the Naro. The Bushmen teach and guide us the same way they do with their own children, hands-on learning out in the bush. We also learn bird language and tracking in a context we do not often experience, where these skills are truly needed for life.

Awareness, tracking and bird language are ever-present and supported by all members of the community. We participate in food gathering and harvest of medicines. We also learn about hunting, tracking and placing traps along with making rope and fire. The late afternoon is the time to play games extending into the night as we sing and dance around the fire. Some nights we are given the gift of experiencing trance dancing and healing. The second half of the journey is spent in the Okavango Delta, one of the most diverse and wildlife-rich places on Earth.


Flintlock 2018, Watkinsville, Georgia

DATE: April 23rd – 27th
LOCATION: Georgia Bushcraft, Watkinsville, GA
COST: $475 To register and for more information see: https://www.flintsteelcsg.com/product/flintlock-southeast-2018/

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
“Flintlock” is the annual skills gathering for Flint & Steel Critical Skills Group. Our instructors are coming together, bringing valuable skills and experience gained from decades of practicing and teaching skills across the country and making then available to students in a single location over a period of five days.


5-Day Wilderness Living and Survival Skills Experience with Larry Roberts and Nicole Apelian from the Alone Show on History Channel: Raymond, WA

DATE: May 18th – 24th
LOCATION: 204 S. Fork Rd, Raymond, WA 98577
TIME: 3:00 Friday – 11:00am Tuesday
COST: $1095/per person with available work-trade. We believe that this work should be accessible as possible to those who really want to learn. Sliding scale and partial work trade options are available for students in need. Please email nicole.apelian@gmail.com for more information. FOOD included!

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Want to experience what it takes to be Alone in the woods for the long-term? Join Nicole and Larry from the hit TV show Alone for this 5-day workshop and learn the skills we used to survive and thrive alone for 2 months on Vancouver Island. You will have the opportunity to ask us your questions about how we thrived using wilderness living skills, all while doing hands-on skills-based projects.

This workshop takes place in the Washington coastal range on Nicole’s land near Raymond, WA (2 hours from both Portland, OR and Seattle, WA airports) in the Pacific NW in the beautiful Willapa Valley.

Please see the full listing for more details and to register:
https://www.flintsteelcsg.com/product/may-18-22-experience-alone-5-day/


Saskatoon Circle and Traditional Skills Gathering: Twisp, WA

I will teaching here alongside many fantastic instructors at this skills gathering

DATE: June 17th- 23rd
LOCATION: Twisp, WA
COST: $350

For more information see http://www.saskatooncircle.com/


Medicinal Plants: Colorado

DATE: June 30th – July 1st
LOCATION: Colorado Mountain Man Survival School, Cripple Creek, CO
COST: $190

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
The medicinal use of plants and herbs has spanned generation upon generation of indigenous people across the globe, and has remained relevant even in many “modern” societies. With so many plant species growing in so many different environments during different times of the year it would take a person several lifetimes to learn them all.

This course is designed to narrow that list of tens of thousands into a handful that are most useful in the Colorado Rocky Mountain area (and similar enviroments). You will learn how to identify and harvest plants for medicinal use, and how to process them into useful tinctures and salves with one of the world’s most experienced herbalists, Dr. Nicole Apelian!

For more information and for registration: https://www.flintsteelcsg.com/product/medicinal-plants-2-day/


Echoes-In-Time: Monmouth, Oregon

I will teaching here alongside many fantastic instructors at this skills gathering

DATE: July 22nd – 28th
LOCATION: Monmouth, Oregon
COST: $350

For more information and to register see: http://echoes-in-time.com/


Rabbitstick Skills Gathering – Rexburg, Idaho

I will be teaching here alongside many fantastic instructors at this skills gathering

DATE: Sept. 9th- 15th
LOCATION: Rexburg, Idaho
COST: $400

For more information and to register: https://www.rabbitstick.com/


About Wilderness Living Skills

fire sticksWilderness living skills differ from survival skills in that the first is a knowledge-based way of living in ongoing harmony with the natural world. Survival is inherently an acute, short-term perspective; it is a strategy best applied for when you get lost or hurt and need to find a way to survive through difficulty until you can get rescued.

Wilderness living takes practice— it is how we as humans have lived and thrived for eons in a sustainable way, the way that many indigenous cultures still live today. It is a natural way of living as a part of nature. If you want to learn how to get back to your roots of connection, wilderness living skills are the place to start.

On Survival

IMG_3260Shelter, fire, water, food and hygiene are the classic five priorities to staying alive and well in both a survival situation and in wilderness living. Immediate concerns need to be addressed right away. These include personal safety and security, first aid, and if needed, personal protection.

What is the most important skill to understand for survival? Number one is your psychological state; your attitude and mindset affect your choices and actions, which in turn are reflected in your quality of life. Nature can be the greatest teacher of the importance of this lesson. For instance, if you are fearful and rushing when you set up a shelter, chances are that you are not fully aware of your surroundings. When exposed to the elements, this is at best a recipe for cold, wet, uncomfortable nights and put you at risk to true danger at worst. In a survival situation, staying positive and therefore attentive to your own wellbeing is key.

“Research suggests that how a person views his illness may play a bigger role in determining his health outcomes than the actual severity of his disease…” Read more on the Association for Psychological Science website »

In this way, mind over matter works– it even helps with illness. I have found this to be true in my personal journey with MS and also in survival situations. A positive attitude allows room for discernment and leads to better decisions. In my opinion, hope and positivity are two of the most important survival skills you can possess.