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Event Series Event Series: Way of the Wilderness

Way of the Wilderness

March 19 December 10

Monthly on Sundays from 10:15 am – 2:45 pm

5425 Mt Gilead Rd
Reisterstown, MD 21136 United States


Learn the survival skills that people of the land all over the world have practiced for thousands of years. This course is for educators, extreme beginners, outdoor experts or anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of ecology.

Program Details

Long ago and today, native peoples all over the world lived in harmony with the earth. The landscape was their supermarket and the natural world around them was their intimate friend.

This is a fantastic introduction to the core principles of our hands-on, nature-based educational model. Each class explores various wilderness skills that are rarely covered in modern traditional education, such as:

  • edible and medicinal plants
  • awareness exercises
  • Indigenous ecology and mentoring techniques
  • how to survive in the wilderness
  • animal behavior, and more!

NOTE: We acknowledge native and other mentors who cultivated the knowledge used for this class, and understand the word wilderness does not justly describe landscapes co-created by indigenous peoples whose eco-systems were much more abundant with life and biodiversity than is currently happening today.

Dates and Pricing:

$35 per person per class
(free for any Associated employees)

Classes on Sundays from 10:15 am – 2:45 pm

Class Descriptions

March 19: Basic Survival / Why Nature Connection is so important
April 16: Spring Wild Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plants
April 30: Awareness / Bird Language: Wide Angled Vision / Fox Walking
June 4: Advanced Survival Skills
July 16: Summer Wild Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plants
August 13: Tending the Wild / Caretaking
August 27: Reading the Forested Landscape
October 8: Tracking Basic Animals
October 29: Fall Wild Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plants
November 12: Bamboo Crafts, Navigation and Grass Mats
December 10: Winter Edible, Medicinal and Useful Plants


Joe Murray

Joe Murray has been teaching nature connection since 1997 and has made it his life’s work to learn from the indigenous peoples of the earth and share the old ways with as many people as possible. During that time, he has mentored thousands of kids and helped design the curriculum for several wilderness schools and is a founding member of the nonprofit Ancestral Knowledge.

Renata Lynn will join us for our four-class edible and medicinal plant series. Renata is a clinical herbalist specializing in midlife women’s health with a focus on supporting women through perimenopause with herbal medicine and nature-based self-care practices. As a part of the healing process, she helps women deepen their connection with nature through guided interaction and experience. She holds a Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism and a Post Masters Certificate in Clinical Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of Maryland and has been a practicing chemist for 25 years. Her herbal medicine practice is informed by tradition, science, and a deep respect for the role of nature in the healing process.

Pearlstone | 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136
410.500.5417 | info@pearlstonecenter.org