PRACTICAL SELF RELIANCE
Do you want to be more self-sufficient? Gather berries, cultivate and conserve vegetables and repair your own clothes? Learn everything from fishing and leather tanning to willow weaving, timber felling, and woodworking.
Learn what you need to be more self-sufficient: whether you live in an apartment downtown and want to grow food in the windowsill, and have compost in the kitchen and a sourdough starter in the fridge.
Or you want to live closer to nature, gather plants for food or other purposes, or wood for building and crafting by going into the forest. If you want that, then this course is for you.
Growing and foraging food
We go for walks in the woods and gather whatever’s in season, and along the way learn about nature, useful plants, trees, and how to read the weather.
In Fall and Spring we’ll go out into the garden to work with soil and plants! We slaughter and part the animals on the farm and sheep from our island.
We’ll preserve fruits and vegetables with methods like lacto-fermenting, drying, making cordials, and pickling.
Together with the Organic Farming line we’ll work to make the school as self-sufficient as possible.
We pick fruit and berries in the fall for the kitchen to use, slaughter sheep to feed all the students, and help the kitchen with things like preserving the fruit and parting the animals.
Make and Mend
Handwork is central in our course. You’ll learn various methods to repair the things you use; sew simple garments, and learn to breathe new life into old things
The year could include:
- Sewing and repair of simple garments
- Making your own fishing equipment and how to fish
- Basic outdoor skills
- How to identify useful wild plants
- Conserving and fermenting food
- Organic cultivation of vegetables, fruits, and berries
- Keeping and care of animals at the school’s farm
- Repair, and maintainance.
- Working in the woods
- Leather tanning
Could this be the course for you?
Do you want to live more sustainably? Do you dream of creating an independent lifestyle? Gathering and growing? Making and reparing? Crafting and collecting skills?
This course follows the seasons and touches a wide range of subject areas.
Our expectations of you
We expect students to be interrested in learning, ready to work hard, and creating a positive class environment.
Bjørn W. Wissing
Bjørn is a whimsical, warm-hearted character. He is always ready to guide students through the forests and share the hidden secrets of the landscape. He is known here as an enthusiastic storyteller and teacher.
Bjørn is a skilled outdoorsman and has endless knowledge about self-sufficiency techniques.
He is often decked out in handknit sweaters and a winning smile.
Marte Iren T. Bakken
Sewing, growing vegetables and preserving food.
Marte is multitalented. She is our deeply knowledgable master of sailmaking, food preservation specialist, and green-thumbed horticulture enthusiast.
Marte is also a skilled plant dyer, knitter, and textile crafter. She has strong roots in the culture and traditions of the school. Her long career here has seen her through many memorable sailing trips and adventures.
9 month course
This is a 9 month course, from late august until the end of may.
In addition to your course there will be a choice of electives and classes where the whole school will be in attendance. The electives on offer change every year, but some of the classics are: tanning of hides, sail making, chest making, outdoor life, forging, knife making, willow weaving, plant dyeing, traditional shoe making, sailing, and textile work.
Whole school classes can be presentations from guest teachers, group work projects, farmwork, even school trips!
Our average student is between 18 and 25 years old, but we also have older students. All students live in the school dorms, and organic food is included in the school fee.
Classes are held in Norwegian, but all our teachers speak English as a second language and will explain in English when necessary. We expect you to try to learn Norwegian, and we offer evening classes in Norwegian language and culture.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions! email@example.com