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Gone Feral


Discover the Wild Within

at Doug Hill's School of
Primitive & Traditional Skills

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Gone Feral


Discover the Wild Within

at Doug Hill's School of
Primitive & Traditional Skills

Our 2016/17 Apprenticeship is now underway.  Details about the 2017/18 Apprenticeship will be posted by October 2016.

We use a rolling application for our Apprenticeship, so apply at any time.

What and Why We Teach

 
 
 

"Once domesticated you can never be wild again,

only feral."

Steven M. Watts

At Gone Feral, we're all about getting people outside, doing.

In an age of an increasingly virtual existence and digital relationships, we're bucking the trend by offering experiences in the raw reality of life:  the primitive and traditional skills that it takes to live off the land.  

Want to make fire with two sticks?  You got it.  Interested in carving your own bow and arrows?  No problem.  Need to learn a unique craft for wedding favors?  Cake.

 
 
 

2016 Course Schedule

Our experiential skills-based courses and workshops get you off the sofa and into the woods doing.

If you've always wanted to feel more comfortable in the woods, make fire with sticks, or carve your own bow, you're in the right place.

Check out our 2016 schedule to find courses from a day to a week in length and on topics ranging from snow shelters to hide tanning.

 

Create Your Own Epic™

Among your own tribe, experience the struggle of the wilderness.  Under our guidance you'll learn not just to survive - but to thrive.

U-Pick the skills in our customized private programs.  Our group packages vary in length from a day to a week, can include a reality-style documentary of your adventures and, best of all, are based entirely on the skills you want.

Packages are perfect for corporate retreats, bachelor/ette parties, and other groups wanting a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Be Epic


"Doug would be my third pick for my zombie apocalypse team.  First would be Chuck Norris, then Bruce Lee."
-Sam, Age 12, Boulder, CO
 

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Be Epic


"Doug would be my third pick for my zombie apocalypse team.  First would be Chuck Norris, then Bruce Lee."
-Sam, Age 12, Boulder, CO
 

Meet Doug Hill

Founder & Director

Doug has been called a "steward of the old ways", "MacGyver of the woods", and "Bow Drill Jesus", among other things both couth and uncouth.

But first and foremost, you could call Doug a teacher.

 
Doug Hill: the most mild-mannered wild man you’ll ever meet.
— Natalie Condon, Owner, Isabelle Farm, Lafayette, CO
 

Learn the skills of your ancestors

in our day- to week-long courses and workshops.

 
 

Primitive & Traditional Skills

Fire.  Shelter.  Stone.  Story.

99% of human history was spent in the Stone Age.  Our ancestors lived off the land, making their livelihood by hunting and gathering.  Fire was made by friction, tools from stone, bone, and wood.  Clothing, sewn from the hides of animals or woven from local plants.

Imagine drawing all of your daily needs and wants from the wilderness around you.  Think of knowing the natural world like an old friend.

    "Primitive means 'first', not 'worst'."

- Scott Silsby         

 While 'primitive' generally refers to the Stone Age, 'Traditional' skills refer to those from a pre-industrial society, such as blacksmithing, axecraft, and building one's own home.

Learn the age-old skills of your ancestors.  Go Feral.

 

Survival Skills

At Gone Feral, we don't settle for 'survival'.  We teach 'thrival'.

Survival has become a catch-phrase in recent years, used by anyone who's watched a YouTube video and wants to make a buck or go on a reality-show on TV.

What we teach is a well-rounded set of skills that promotes comfort in the natural world.  

The Gone Feral approach is to teach a breadth and depth of wilderness skills to promote confidence, self-reliance, experience, proficiency, and stewardship.  Should you ever find yourself in a situation where life or safety are at stake, you’ll have the skills you need to adapt, improvise…and survive.

We could teach you in three minutes how to survive a night in the woods in a majority of places on the planet.  In fact, what the hell...

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(Re)Learn the Skills of Your Ancestors


Primitive Skills.  Self-Reliance.  Wilderness Survival.  Bushcraft.

Year-long Apprenticeship

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(Re)Learn the Skills of Your Ancestors


Primitive Skills.  Self-Reliance.  Wilderness Survival.  Bushcraft.

Year-long Apprenticeship

Spend a year expanding your skillset and deepening your experience through an apprenticeship with Gone Feral.

  • Year-long experiential program

  • Meet one weekend each month

  • Private, guided study between

  • Culminating week-long living experience

Additional Perks of the Apprenticeship

  • A 30% discount on all other courses hosted by Gone Feral during the length of your Apprenticeship
     
  • Two free half-day private lessons with Doug
     
  • Our Hide Tanning Workshop, included at no extra charge

What You'll Receive

  • A solid education in primitive skills, wilderness living, bushcraft, ecology, and nature awareness
     
  • Contact with us throughout the month between sessions
     
  • Community-building through access to a private Facebook group for current and past Apprentices
     
  • A Certificate of Completion from Gone Feral with focus in your chosen area
 

Click below to learn more.

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2016 Schedule


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2016 Schedule


"IN THE SCHOOL OF THE WOODS, THERE IS NO GRADUATION DAY."

Horace Kephart

Our calendar of 2016's public courses and workshops.  2016 includes day- to week-long courses as well as our year-long Apprenticeship Program.  Click on the course for complete details including content, location, and pricing.  Most courses are held at our 300-acre Field School northwest of Boulder, Colorado.  For information on Private Courses and Corporate Retreats, click here.

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Location


Away from it all yet right up the road...

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Location


Away from it all yet right up the road...

Most courses take place at our 320-acre Field School which lies at 9000', about 20 miles northwest of Boulder, Colorado.  Please check course descriptions for specifics.

Field School

Nestled comfortably in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Gone Feral's Field School boasts the advantages of the wilderness while being close to home and easily accessible.  Forty-five minutes from downtown Boulder and 90 from Denver or Denver International Airport, we're easily accessed by anyone in Colorado or, in fact, the world.

Whether you're right down the road or planning a trip from around the world, come live the adventure at Gone Feral.

Office

Our office is located in awesome Lafayette, Colorado.