Ancestral Arts Series

Join Shane Brown, tracker, craftsman, educator and caretaker of Big Oak Canyon property to expand your knowledge of ancestral arts.

In this series, we will practice living a little closer to the Earth, as our ancestors did, and learn how this wisdom can enrich our lives today. Each session focuses on a particular craft or element and explores the plants, animals, stories, and aspects of life that are connected to it.

We will harvest materials directly from nature while practicing awareness, gratitude, and celebration. Thoughtfully tending the living things we use allows them to exist for generations to come.

March 3 – Fire
Learn techniques to make a friction fire, cook over the fire and gather materials to make your own fire kit.

March 17 – Tracking
Follow animal tracks and signs, play tracking games and develop an awareness of bird language and animal communication.

April 7 – Shelter
Activities may include building a debris hut, working with cob (clay, sand and straw) and harvesting and building with poles.

April 28 – Fiber
Fiber processing, spinning, making cordage, weaving and plant identification.

May 5 – Basketry
Forage, harvest and learn to process native plants to weave a basket.

May 19 – Food
Gather, forage and cook native plants on site. Tend and harvest and cook organic vegetables from the garden. Practice age old food preservation techniques.

June 2 – Clothing
Working with buckskin and felt, you will learn to follow a pattern and use simple stitching to add buttons and beads.

Location: Big Oak Canyon (directions to property are emailed to attendees once payment is received).

When: Sundays – March 3, March 17, April 7, April 28, May 5, May 19, and June 2

Time: 9am – 3pm (with the option to camp Saturday night)

Age: 8 and up, children 8-15 are welcome with a guardian

Cost: $525 for the series ($490 for series for additional family members)
$80 per class ($75 for additional family members)

Limited space, 10 participants max

Camping Options: DIY camping onsite is available for an additional $10 per person Saturday night. If you would like to camp the night before, please rsvp in advance –

*Descriptions listed for classes are potential activities. Classes are catered to the interest of the group and are subject to change.

Please email one Medical and Release Form per person (see link in right column) to Submit payment via Paypal to

To register via Mail: send one Enrollment Form per family (see link in right column) and one Medical & Release Form per person (see link in right column). Send check or money order to – P.O. Box 504, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678.