Outdoor Studies


This course is all about life.

Many think that Self-Sufficiency deals with survival in a sort of fight against nature. But we just want to live. Simple living, is good living.

New Course

This course has been around for only one year. It was about time for a course like this one. Jordkloden writes that people who live in greater balance with nature if they might make a few sacrifices. All one truly needs to do to be self-sufficient is find food for themselves, have clothes, and have a roof that won't let in the rain. On this course you will learn many of the foundational skills that you need to be able to care for yourself, by yourself.

The course's contents will be relevant whether you live in a town or in the country. In the towns you will also want to be able to repair things you own and need. One can grow quite a lot on an apartment veranda, or can rent space at a communal garden. Edible, wild plants, fish, and forest are perhaps just a short bicycle ride from the town you live in (if you live in Norway).

One year goes quickly and one could never learn all they need to know in just one year, so we prioritize. It is up to the teacher and the students to choose what they will focus on.

Here is a sample of what might be offered:

  • Growing fruits and vegetables
  • Raising livestock
  • Sewing clothes and making other equipment
  • Fishing
  • Repair of tools and equipment
  • Wood working
  • Work in the forest
  • Wild plants for food and medicine
  • Preserving food
  • Modern and traditional house building
  • Forging
  • Network and knowledge
  • Permaculture
  • Leather Tanning


Study Trip

In May we take two weeks to travel to Denmark to Kastaniegaarden (Kastaie farm), together with Frank Erichsen from the TV-show "Bonderøven," where we get to work with different projects and learn specialized knowledge.

Frank Erichsen was a student at Fosen FHS, and knows the school very well.

Meet the Teacher


Teacher on Self-sufficiency is

many pursuits Ingvar Øydvin


Ready yourself. Tear yourself loose from experts, international sales scheme and the advertizing industry. Reassure yourself so that you can stand on your own two legs.


You get to learn to sail, and navigate inbetween rocks and cliff faces, and to be crafty and sportsmanly by working together to sail over the sea. As well as carry a thousand year tradition forward the the next generation.

Organic Farming

På Fosen Folkehøgskole har vi en egen gård. Vi dyrker poteter og grønnsaker, urter, korn og gress.

Hand Work and Design

Wool and leather from our own Villsau sheep, plants to color our hand-spun yarn, and willows to weave into baskets to carry it all in. Our hands and ideas are what make the whole process work, from raw materials to finished products.

Boat Building

Turn a tree standing in the forest into a boat bloating across the waves. The journey begins with working in the forest to collect our wood, and ends with our own handmade boat.