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Branching Out; Nature Connection Mentorship Program

Wild Plant Walk

Wildlife Tracking

Ancient Fire Making

Bow Making Intensive

Beyond Spoon Carving

Make a Blanket Coat

Branching Out:

Nature Connection Mentorship Program

Do you want to feel more at home in Nature, as comfortable there as in your own home?

Do you want to feel like more than a tourist in the forest?

Practicing what it takes to feel that level of connection to Nature on one’s own can be daunting. You may not even know what to practice in order to get there. Having someone to guide you and a group of compatriots on the same path can make all the difference. 

And now it’s time for you to be part of such a journey

Once a month Branching Out will meet to have experiences and practice skills in line with the seasons and needs of each person in the group.

Click below to find out more.

Bow Making Intensive

A symbol of humanities ingenuity and mastery of skill, archery has existed for at least 10,000 years.

In this 4 day class students will go from stave to hunting tool covering the entire process of bow making. Along the way you will gain experience in use and maintenance of hand tools necessary for the task.

$500 per participant
Tools and materials provided.
Max 5 students 18 years of age and above.
This is a 4 day class.
9am to 5pm each day with a 1 hour break
September 7, 8, 9 and 10 2023
Litchfield CT

Wild Plant Walk

Our ancestors, recent or ancient, knew the plants and trees in their environment intimately. Food, medicine, fibers, dyes, tools, all could be fashioned from plants.

The intimate relationship with plants that all people once had is still possible and quite accessible. Join me to explore, experiment and get to know some of our local wild plants through direct experience.

Every plant walk is different due to season and landscape. Past students often come again and again.

Safety, ethics and methods of identification will be covered.

$35 per participant.
Limited to 8 participants 18 years of age and above.
1 to 4pm
May 6th, 2023
June 3rd, 2023
Dates DBD
Litchfield CT

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Wildlife Tracking

There are always clues created by wildlife for us to decipher, telling a story of their habits and lives. By learning the language of track and sign we gain insight into Nature’s mysteries. Who left this track? How did this feather get here? Why are the birds all calling from over there?

Beginner students will learn a new way to look at the world and experienced trackers will be challenged toward a greater understanding of Nature.

$50 per participant.
Limited to 6 participants 18 years of age and above.
10am to 4pm
January 29th 2023
Litchfield CT

Ancient Fire Making

To create fire from nothing but sticks and ingenuity is fun, empowering and magical. This is your chance at a glimpse of deep understanding of humanity’s relationship with fire. It is one of our earliest and most versatile tools.

In this workshop participants will learn how to make fire with the bow drill method and experience other ancient fire techniques.

I have an exceptional amount of experience in practicing and teaching this skill. One would have a difficult time finding a better mentor in this area.

$130 per participant.
Limited to 6 participants 18 years of age and above.
Includes materials.
10am to 4pm
October 7, 2023
Litchfield CT

“Andy is the best. Making fire changed me- I’m crying a little writing this. It’s profound to make fire with only a knife and things in nature. I took Andy’s class because I felt my wings were clipped (airline pilot 767, furloughed 3/3/03), to enjoy the ‘ground’. Nothing else would’ve worked”.

Carla Bates Barzetti

Beyond Spoon Carving

Trees have been used by people not only to make useful and beautiful objects as far back as we can imagine.  They have fed us, treated our illnesses and inspired us.

Spend two days learning the craft of spoon carving and beyond spending time with a few species of trees, learning identification, edible and medicinal traits and how to transform “green” wood into spoons for eating, serving or cooking. 

Instruction will include how to use tools such as knives, chisels, hatchets and saws safely and effectively.  This is a great introduction to woodcarving of any kind.

$220 per participant.
Tools and materials provided.
Limited to 6 participants 18 years of age and above.
This is a 2 day class
10am to 4pm each day
March 25-26th 2023
Litchfield CT

Make a Blanket Coat

Create a Capote, a traditional French Canadian garment made from a wool blanket for the snowy North.

Using a simple design students will sew a warm coat to their own specifications. Pockets, hoods, buttons, belts, and more can be customized to you.

Plain colored blankets will be provided (like the grey one pictured here that is 80% wool) or you can bring your own fancy one!


$180 per participant
Max participants 8
18 years of age and above (16 if accompanied by an adult).
10am to 4 pm.
October 29 2022
Litchfield CT