Ancestral Arts Series

Join Shane Brown, resident caretaker of Earthroots’ Big Oak Canyon property and wildlife biology graduate of Humboldt State University, for an 8 part series where you can learn survival skills, natural crafts, and more!

In this series, we will practice living a little closer to the Earth like our ancestors did, and learn how this wisdom can enrich our lives today.

Each session, we will focus on a particular craft or element and explore the plants, animals, stories, and aspects of life that are connected to it. We will not only learn the craft and how to use things directly from nature, but we will also practice awareness, gratitude, celebration, and how to tend the living things that we use so they will exist for generations to come. Our ancestors knew how to get everything they needed from the Earth while taking care of and enriching Her at the same time. We must learn these skills and this way of life for the sake of the world, future generations, and ourselves! Take the time to sit down and let the wisdom of the ancestors guide your hands!

February 17 – Shelter
Activities may include building a debris hut, working with cob, and harvesting and building with poles

March 3 – Fire
Friction fire practice, cooking with fire and other uses of fire, a field trip to burn area, and gathering materials for fire kits.

March 17 – Tracking
Animal signs and deer tracks field trip, tracking games, and bird awareness.

April 7 – Water
Rainwater capture, a field trip to the spring and/or creek, water testing and filtration.

April 28 – Fiber
Fiber processing and spinning, making cordage, weaving, and a field trip to fiber plants.

May 5 – Basketry
Forage and harvest native plants, learn how to process plants for basket, learn new basket weaving techniques.

May 19 – Food
Gather and forage native plants, tend to and harvest from the on-site organic garden, cook foraged native plants and organic vegetables and fruits, food preservation techniques .

June 2 – Clothing
Simple stitching using a pattern, adding buttons beads and other accessories to your pattern, working with buckskin, and felting.

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

When: Sundays – February 17, March 3, March 24, April 7, April 28, May 5, May 19, and June 2

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

Age:  16 and up, children are welcome with a guardian

Cost:  $80 per class or $600 for the series

Limited space, 10 adults 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 –

–Online: click HERE for enrollment form, one per family. Please email one Medical and Release Form per person (see link in right column) to Submit payment via Paypal to

–By 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.

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