Jeff Hatch Owner/Instructor

I've had a close connection with nature since i was a young child, always out in the forest making forts and exploring. As i got older I studied primitive skills, and how Native Americans lived their lives, i would recreate everything i learned. I also studied the Sami people of Lapland Scandinavia and learned so much about what it takes to live and survive in a cold climate. I've had many wilderness adventures around the world including Vancouver Island, British Columbia and Alaska. I now focus what i have learned into teaching other people how to not only survive but to thrive in the wild. I also test gear for outdoor companies, currently i'm an ambassador for Morakniv and UCO Gear

All classes are held at our primitive camp in Williamsburg Massachusetts

413.923.1514    ravenwildernessschool.com   [email protected]

2017 Class Schedule

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Basic Wilderness Skills

Cost: $75.00

Duration: 1 Day Class

  • Firecraft
  • Shelter Building
  • Knife & Axe Safely
  • Wilderness Knots
  • Basic Bushcraft Skills
  • Gear Selection 5 C's

Intermediate Wilderness Skills

Cost: $150.00

Duration: 2 Day Class

  • Firecraft including Flint & Steel
  • Shelter Building
  • Natural Cordage
  • Wilderness Knots & Lashings
  • Water Purification
  • Gear Selection for Multi-Day Trips
  • Wilderness Kitchen & Cooking

Advance Wilderness Skills

Cost: $200.00

Duration: 2 Day Class

  • Firecraft including Friction Fire
  • Advance Shelter Building
  • Tarp Shelters
  • Water Gathering & Purification
  • Wild Edibles (seasonal)
  • Natural Cordage
  • Primitive Traps
  • Primitive Hunting Tools
  • Survival Mentality & Psychology

Wilderness Survival Intensive

Cost: $250.00

Duration: 3 Day Class

  • Survival Mentality & Psychology
  • Water- Collection/Purification
  • Shelter- Natural & Tarp
  • Fire- Primitive & Modern 
  • Food- Primitive Hunting & Fishing, Wild Edibles, Primitive Traps 
  • Natural Cordage
  • Must Have 5 C's / Kit Selection
  • Wilderness Knots & Lashings
  • Rescue Signals & Codes

Firecraft

Cost: $75.00

Duration: 1 Day Class

  • Tinder Identity & Collection
  • Tinder bundle / Birds nest
  • Firewood Processing
  • Firelay & Preparation
  • Making Char Igniters 
  • Bowdrill 
  • Handdrill
  • Flint & Steel
  • Fire Steel (Ferro Rod)

Land Navigation

Cost: $75.00

Duration: 1 Day Class

  • Parts of the Compass
  • Reading a Topo Map
  • Adjusting for Declination
  • Terrain Awareness
  • Taking & Following a Bearing
  • Pace Beads / Determining Distance
  • Dead Reckoning w/o Map
  • Use of Handrails, Backstops, Baselines, Waypoints
  • Obstacles 90-90-90
  • Triangulation

Primitive Fire - Flint & Steel

Firecraft is one of the most important skills you can learn, with fire you cook your food, purify your water, and warm your body

Primitive Fire - Hand Drill

I like the hand drill because of its simplicity, besides the tinder bundle you only need to two parts, fireboard and a spindle

Morning in the forest

Early morning is a great time to be in the forest, on this day i listen to animals as i collected tinder for my fire