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Friction Fire & the Creative Flames Within

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The ability to create fire, using nothing but the materials Nature provides, is incredibly powerful, empowering and,yes, magical. It touches something deep in our bones. In this class, you will learn how to make friction fire using a bow drill. With guidance you with then go out into the woods and make your own bow drill kit. On a deeper level, friction fire is a metaphor for our inner flames and vision. What does it take to tend our creative, generative fires and keep them burning brightly for ourselves, our community and the world? We’ll explore this together as we learn the ancient, worldwide art of making fire by friction.

Refreshments and a light organic, gluten- and dairy-free lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Students traveling for the workshop can reserve a bed in our dorm for $20 per night, with full access to our kitchen.

LOCATION: Aprovecho Meeting Hall

TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by January 24th) $200; After January 24th, $250; Last Minute (after February 10th) $285

MATERIALS: Participants should bring either a clasp knife with a locking blade or a sheath knife.


ABOUT ROB: Rob Miller is the lead guide, program designer, and director of Cascadia Quest – a local non-profit that provides wilderness rites of passage and other educational and growth activities. He is a wilderness guide, ceremonialist, wildcrafter, council leader, loving parent, and fun-loving instigator of radical and sustainable earth-based culture change. He is a joyful and ethical commercial wild harvester of medicinal herbs and wild mushrooms. For the past two decades he has been living and teaching variety of survival and primitive skills, focusing on them as a tool for personal and ecospirtual maturation.

Find out more about our workshops! http://www.aprovecho.net/programs/winter-semester-workshops/


Please register and pay to reserve your space, and to get the early bird rate. You will receive an email confirmation within 2-3 business days. Full refunds available 14 days in advance of workshop. After than, a partial refund or voucher for future workshop will be given.


Non-local students who are traveling to attend our workshops have the option to stay on campus on a first- come, first-served basis. If staying on campus, a bed in a double dormitory room is $20 per night. There may be other options available. Please contact us for details. Students are asked to bring their own food and will have acces to a full kitchen. A light lunch and refreshments will be offered for each day of the workshop for all students.


Apart from our internationally-recognized summer residential programs in Permaculture, Sustainable Shelter, and Appropriate Technology, Aprovecho also hosts guest instructors during the winter months to teach workshops aligned with our mission and vision. The road to new skills is long and requires patience and hard work. We aim to give people, from beginners to advanced practitioners, the expert knowledge and guided practice they need to develop or advance skills. We offer the best well-known and emerging instructors in the Pacifc Northwest community. Our standards are high, and we strive to make every student’s experience here inspiring, comfortable, and rewarding. Workshop formats vary depending on subject, teacher, and student needs.


- Provide high quality instruction that provide students sustainability-related trade or homesteading skill(s).
- Create networks among leaders and students in sustainability-related trades and fields.
- Honor our guest instructors’ commitment to sustainability and subject expertise


- Student with valid ID: 10% off workshop tuition. 10% refund will be given at the door with a valid ID.
- Register early for the best rate! All workshops have an early-bird rate.
- If you are attending a longer workshop (5 days) or a series of workshops, please inquire with us about an interest-free Payment Plan to nance your education. Email Maryam Mathieu at maryam@aprovecho.net.
- Rural Southern Lane County and Cottage Grove area residents, including Drain, Lorane, Dorena, Creswell, and Saginaw, qualify for a 2-for-1 rate for our work- shops. So bring a buddy! (This rate is for 2 people attending 1 workshop, rather than one person attending 2 workshops.)
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